We are overdue for a new rug in the Living Room. The one we curretly have has been through a lot in the past 3 years. And with the other updates to the room, it really stuck out like a sore thumb.
I have been scoping out a lot of rug option over the past few weeks, as you can see in Pinterest. I was immediately drawn to these light gray rugs and felt it would lighten up the room. Not to mention that I love all things gray. But I learned my lesson with our current rug, that it needs to be darker and able to hide stains. So the search continued.
I do not have the best history with purchasing rugs online, so I enlisted the help of my sister. She recommended a Safavieh indoor/outdoor rug with a good mat underneith. She has one in both her living room and dinning room. They have held up well with all of the traffic and do wonders with stains. We have spilt red wine and strawberry jam on the rug and it came right out.
The last rug I purchased was a wool rug for D’s room. I went with wool because I thought I wanted something thicker and comfortable to play on, but it sheds EVERYWHERE!
The first place I looked to purchase the rug was Overstock. When they are running a sale, their prices are great. When looking at rugs online, they do not always display the most accurate pictures. So once I found a few options that I liked, I looked through Amazon to see if there were any pictures in the comments section and to read additional reviews. Wayfair is another good reference, as they too have additional pictures and comments. Also, Rugs USA has a Pinterest and an Instagram account that’s worth liking through.
I decided to go with the Safavieh Courtyard Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Anthracite/Beige. I did not love the look of the rug in the manufactures picture, the gray looked dull. But when I saw pictures from the Amazon reviews, I loved the deep rich gray.
The price on Amazon was comparable to the one on Overstock. Since I did not have a great track record with my rug purchases, I decided to go with Amazon, so I could easily return the rug if there were any issues.
The rug is very thin, therefore we also purchased a felt rug pad. It was a great price and even better, it was made in the USA. I am very pleased with these two purchases.
Here is a recap of what I did for research when ordering a rug online.
- Research – The same rug is normally sold on multiple sites, so read lots of reviews.
- Pictures – Manufactures’ pictures are not very accurate in terms of color. Try to find other people’s pictures of the rug(s) you are interested in.
- Wait – Online providers are constantly having sales. Wait until the rug you want has been marked down to an affordable price.
What tips and tricks do you use when shopping for rugs online?