How to choose the right rug

Whether you’re redecorating or moving into a new home, you may be looking at filling those blank spaces with a rug. A rug can be the perfect way to finish off a room and can provide a sense of warmth.

Not to mention, they add extra comfort to a house with tiles or timber floor boards, they’re safer for families with babies and rugs are easier to clean than carpet. However, choosing the right rug isn’t simple. The right rug needs to compliment the style of your home.

Size and design

There are classical rugs, oriental rugs, simple 1-colour block rugs or contemporary rugs. Consider the colour scheme of your house and ensure the rug you choose doesn’t clash with the other colours. You don’t want a rug that’s too busy with a strong design, colours and texture. Rugs are usually better understated and should tie up a room. Sisal rugs are also popular.

Make sure the rug you choose has the right dimensions. As a rule of thumb, a bigger rug works better in a room than a rug that’s too small for the space.


Now that we have size and design out of the way, you need to consider if you or someone in your family has allergies. While many people think carpet could make allergies worse, woollen carpet can actually work wonders for people who suffer from allergic rhinitis, also known as hayfever.

This is because the fibre in rugs can trap dirt, dust, pollen, dust mites, dust mite faeces, food crumbs and pet dander. However, on hard floors the dust and other allergens can be kicked up into the air.

One of best materials for allergies is natural woollen fibre rugs. Woollen rugs are hypoallergenic and because they’re constructed from a non-synthetic material are unlikely to cause any skin reactions. The lack of moisture makes wool a bad environment for dust mites to survive in, and another benefit of wool is its resistance to mould and bacteria.

Here are some tips to avoid those dud rugs:

  • Consider installing a woollen rug.
  • Consider a rug with low pile carpet instead of a high pile carpet. High pile carpet sheds, and could cause allergies, releasing allergens with the fibre.
  • Vacuum the rug 2-3 times a week with a HEPA filter vacuum cleaner.
  • Buy a washable rug.
  • Install an air purifier in the room. An air purifier will eliminate airborne particles and triggers like dust and pollen.

So next time you’re looking at buying a new (woollen) rug, consider it as an investment for you and your family’s health!

If you’ve tried to eliminate triggers, but you’re still suffering from hayfever symptoms you should consider visiting a doctor or an expert who can help you find a suitable treatment for you. We have more tools and resources for you here.

(photo credit: Flickr, by Shine Rugs)