Why area rugs are a big deal
Many people simply overlook area rugs when it comes to their
home’s flooring. While this isn’t a big problem in most cases, it could be that
you are passing over one of the most protective features available for many
floor coverings. In some cases, these beauties can even be responsible for
longer life spans for the flooring that they cover.
Area rugs for hard surface flooring
Protection is a key element in hard surface flooring,
especially solid hardwood floors. For instance, this is a flooring that can be
refinished, when necessary, which brings the floor back to a like-new finish.
However, the procedure can be lengthy, messy, and time consuming. Many
homeowners can push that process out a few years, simply by making use of area
rugs in specific places.
One great use for these rugs is underneath heavy furniture
that isn’t often moved. Over the course of time, that furniture can cause
indentations in your wood floors that simply won’t bounce back. Should the time
come that you do need to move those large pieces, you’ll be left with unsightly
You can also place area rugs
where guests come from the outside to the hard floor surface. They will often
catch much of the dirt and debris that are often the culprits behind some of
the scratches and wear that your floors fall victim to. You can also use these
rugs between rooms that see different levels of foot traffic, for the same
Area rugs for carpeted homes
It might seem redundant to use area rugs in a home that is
carpeted, but let us explain why it isn’t. To start with, these rugs will take
on a lot of the everyday wear and tear that your carpet would otherwise be
getting. The rugs can help prevent crushing of the fibers, stains, and they can
catch spills that would have landed on your carpet in their absence.
They can also accomplish the same thing for carpet as with
hardwood flooring, in that they will keep dirt and debris from being
transferred into your carpet. Instead of scratching, the way it does on hard surfaces,
the debris can get packed down into your carpeting, leading to stains, dark
spots, bacteria growth and strange odors.
Rugs, placed in just the right spaces, can also serve as a
design element or accent as well. If your flooring just seems to be lacking
something, an area rug could be just the thing to save the day.