7 Ways to Get Stylish Rugs at Budget Prices
A great floor covering doesn't have to break the bank—This Old House shows you how to get the look of an elegant rug at a price you can afford
Buying the right rug can rejuvenate a room, but this simple upgrade can get expensive fast. The good news? For every pricey style and material on the market, there's a great less-expensive option. So before you decide to splurge on that hand-knotted oriental or that plush wool wall-to-wall, see how we've compared a high-end "Spend" to an affordable "Save" in several popular floor-covering styles.
High-quality Indian imports are a luxurious centerpiece for a room. However, with prices often soaring into the thousands, traditional hand-made rugs can put a strain on lesser decorating budgets. Think of it as an investment, though. Orientals retain their value if well cared for (and often increase in value), and are meant to be heirloom pieces. That can make a rug like this 7½-by-11½-foot antique Agra rug from ABC Carpet worth the splurge.
A machine-made nylon rug is a more affordable alternative to a pricey Persian, and its durability can stand up to serious foot traffic without a lot of maintenance. With a similar color scheme and comparable size, this Allure Area Rug from Oriental Weavers Sphinx from PlushRugs.com can stylishly upgrade a room for a much lower price.
About $14 per square foot
When it comes to wall-to-wall carpeting, wool is one the most luxurious—and expensive—materials. And it's relatively stain- and flame-resistant to boot. This high-quality wool carpet from Karastan, available at Macy's, costs about $2100 for a 10-by-15-foot room—not including installation.
About $2.40 per square foot
Nylon is a quality, less-expensive alternative to wool carpeting, and what you sacrifice in luxury, you recoup in savings. This Regent Street nylon carpeting by Weavepoint is only around —$360 for a 10-by-15 room—or about one-sixth the price of wall-to-wall wool.
Blocks of bright color are an easy way to inject some life into your room's design. This 5½-by-7½-foot Ashton 92 Color Block rug from RugStudio.com is 100 percent New Zealand wool and is a simple, classic option.
FLOR carpet tiles are a great option for DIYers who want to design their own floor-covering patterns. The tiles range in price depending on style, but the look pictured is only $7.99 per tile or $2.97 per square foot.
Sisal is a natural, renewable, eco-friendly fiber that, when woven, makes for a durable and easy-to-clean rug. But even the simplest designs, like this 8-by-10-foot East African sisal rug with black leather binding from Coastal Style, don't come cheap.
If you like the look of sisal but can't afford the price tag, you may want to opt for seagrass. Like a genuine sisal, this 8-by-10-foot rug from Natural Home Rugs is made from 100 percent natural fibers.
A hand-woven wool runner like this one is the pinnacle of high-end decor in any household. Made in Pakistan, this 3½-by-14-foot Chobi runner will have lasting value and is worth the money if it's in the budget.
This 2¼-by-8-foot rug from the Home Depot is 100 percent wool yet durable enough to withstand years of front-hall traffic.
Another way to save money on area rugs and runners is to purchase remnants of large carpet rolls, available from most carpet retailers. You can get a piece cut to perfect runner size for as little as 50 cents a square foot. That means a 3½-by-14-foot runner would cost only $25, binding not included.
Stepping out of bed onto a real sheep pelt can be quite a treat on a cold morning, but the privilege will set you back several hundred dollars for a small throw rug like one of these small sheepskins from Horchow. (Larger, dyed and patterned shearling rugs can run into the thousands of dollars.)
Add warmth to your room with this IKEA version of a sheepskin rug. It's the same authentic pelt shape and style of the Horchow option at a fraction of the price. Available in-store only.
AnimalsonRugs.com's trophy-grade zebra skin is about as authentic as you can get—the company imports Burchell's zebra skins straight from South African artisans. This rug comes complete with mane, tail, and ears.
This animal-friendly option from HollywoodRugs.com uses acrylic fur to simulate the look and feel of a real zebra hide. Not only is the price lower, but it's also easier to care for: The rug is machine washable and stain resistant. This particular faux zebra skin comes in two sizes, the larger option (4-foot-10 by 6-foot-8) being similar in size to a real zebra skin.