Rugs add comfort underfoot and create a defined area in our rooms. They create cozy and inviting seating areas while breaking up an expanse of hardwood flooring.
A common problem many people face is finding the right sized rug for their room, especially large rooms. You don’t have to shop for a pre-made rug in the perfect size to fit your room or pay a ransom and wait many months for a custom hand woven or knotted rug to be made. There are alternatives!
The Inexpensive route: Broadloom Area Rugs
Equally, you do not want to compromise on the layout of your furniture to fit the standard rug sizes 5′ x 8′, 8′ x 10′, 9′ x 12′ . If a rug looks too small for the room, then it may look like it is floating and unconnected with the rest of your furniture. In a family room, your sofa and chairs should be positioned on the rug. If not, they can look disconnected; like an “island” floating on your wood floor, rather than part of a larger “continent”.
Consider wall to wall carpeting or broadloom made into an area rug for your family or living room as the solution to this dilemma.
It will be constructed to look like a beautiful area rug and no one will guess that it was made from broadloom or wall to wall carpeting. You can even add a border as you can see in the photo above.
There are so many options available both in terms of colors, patterns and materials. Wool and polypropylene carpet is a great looking, hard wearing and cost effective material for a family room or entryway.
The only limitation is that most broadloom carpeting comes in 12′ or 13′ widths, although there are some 15′ wide options available. So, as long as your room doesn’t need a rug which is wider than 15 feet, your rug can be as long as 30 feet or as long as you need it to be, down to the exact inch. Custom does not mean expensive!
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Give your Rug Personality with an Interesting Border
This is where you can be creative with your custom area rug. There are many options for creating a border. Some patterned carpeting is offered with a matching or contrasting border but consider adding a unique touch with a colorful fabric which coordinates with the rest of your decor. I would recommend a heavy weight upholstery fabric for this but in a low traffic area such as a bedroom, even velvet would be wonderful as a border for your rug.
There are also simple cotton bindings available in different colors or you can add a leather, shagreen or animal skin effect border.
Your choice of border can really add personality to the rug and give you a custom look at a fraction of the cost of hand woven rugs.