Can You Place a Designer Area Rug on Carpet

Most of the large area rugs you see are placed on hardwood floors or other hard, flat floors. But if you have carpets in your home, you might be wondering if you can still enjoy having a designer area rug in your home. The answer is yes! You just need to put some extra thought into what kind of rug you use and where you place it.

The pile of your carpet can help you determine whether placing a large area rug will work. If the carpet has a high, dense pile, a rug is more likely to bunch up and the edges are more likely to roll upward. If you have a thick rug on top of high pile carpet, it just doesn’t look as elegant and can be hard not to trip over. Thinner rugs are better for high pile carpet like those made of silk, and thicker ones like wool area rugs will be better on thinner carpets.

Renters often have this question, since they can’t change their home’s flooring. A designer area rug allows the tenant to add their own look to a living space, and they can take it when they move out as well. However, the natural nap in both the carpet and the rug will work against each other and create bumps in the rug, even if no one walks on it. A good carpet pad that sticks your rug in key points to the carpet can alleviate this issue.

If you want your designer area rug to last, there are a few locations you want to avoid when placing it on carpet of any height. Keep your rug away from the clearance of any doorways, as the rug is much more likely to catch on the bottom of the door when it is on carpet. It’s also ideal to make sure any furniture is either completely on or off the rug — this will help prevent unnecessary wear.

When you are vacuuming your carpet, take extra care around your rugs. Do not catch the fringe in the vacuum, as this can damage them. If possible, lift the rug or at least the edges so you can vacuum under them. You can also vacuum the top of the rug, just turn off the beating brush or use the attachments.

Bringing shape and style to your living space is definitely possible, whether you have hardwood flooring or wall-to-wall carpeting. You just need find the right rug for your situation and taste!

By Allison Edrington.

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