When it comes to getting area rugs for your home, you have to make sure what you get matches your lifestyle. For example, if it’s just you and your partner, you may have flexibility as you can get a rug that is stylish and gorgeous for a living room or dining room that doesn’t need to be the most durable. This is because if you have a family, for example, with dogs and young children, there are high traffic areas in the home, like family rooms or the front door by an entryway (by high traffic area, we mean an area that is frequently used). Think about how often dogs and children play running around the house. Also, if you have other families over for birthdays and dinner parties, that’s even more foot traffic. This means there are different types of rugs to consider depending on your needs. So, we thought it would be a great idea to share the best rugs for high traffic areas!
When it comes to rug materials, we have a few different options for you. Each one can be prized for its durability so don’t worry, you’ll find the appropriate rug to match to your home for a good amount of time.
What to Do
Get a polypropylene rug.
When you have gone rug shopping before, you have probably come across rugs made of polypropylene. They are considered synthetic rugs because polypropylene is a synthetic fiber, a more affordable option if you can’t get wool rugs. What’s great about these area rugs is that they are not only soft to the touch but durable too. They’re very resilient as they don’t absorb liquid so if your child spills often it’s all good because polypropylene is easy to clean too! These rugs can handle the wear and tear of that high traffic area you’ve been worried about, so they’re definitely family-friendly. They also don’t fade or grow mildew if you decide to place one on your patio or balcony. It’s why the first rug we’re showing you is an indoor/outdoor rug, which can be used inside your home or in the backyard.
Isn’t this rug gorgeous? Look at the little elephants! Whoops, sorry we’re supposed to be explaining what makes this indoor/outdoor rug durable. This rug is made of polypropylene as we said, and it’s weather and mildew resistant so it’s designed to stand up to the elements, so imagine its usefulness inside your home.
Here’s a polypropylene rug for your home. The Intrigue 8’ x 10’ Area Rug is not an outdoor one but because of its fibers, it’s still spill and stain resistant. Take that, juice stains!
Get a polyester rug.
If you decide to get a polyester rug, you’re making a great choice. We’ll explain why with the Milan Dark Gray 8’ x 10’ Area Rug, made of 100% polyester. It has a plush feel that makes it comfortable for you to walk on. The Milan is also a shag rug, making it easy to maintain. It’s spill resistant so just use mild soap and water for spot cleaning. For regular maintenance, a vacuum with straight suction is all that you need. Now you can see why a polyester rug is perfect for a high traffic area!
Get a wool rug.
As we have said, there are benefits to each material. Wool rugs tend to be more expensive because they’re a natural material so if you want to invest in another fabric, that’s fine with us. What’s great about wool though is that it is soft to the touch for extra comfort in the room you put it in and it’s crush resistant, meaning it’s able to withstand against high traffic of children and pets running across it. Keep in mind though that wool is not as easy to clean because if you leave a spill for too long, it can be absorbed into the fabric.
Here’s the perfect example of a wool rug! Besides being durable, it also brings a fun contemporary flair to your home.
Get a rug pad.
If you feel like just having a new, durable area rug is not enough, the simple use of a rug pad under your rug will also help to extend its lifetime. It’s always annoying to find yourself slipping on your rug too, so each rug pad has a non-slip grip material.
What Not to Do
Definitely stay away from area rugs that are made of natural fibers or natural materials.
This is something like sisal or chenille. We just spoke about wool so of course, this is a natural rug you can still get.
While silk rugs are soft and luxurious, they’re not that durable and usually require professional cleaning. Remember the couple we mentioned earlier without children and pets? That’s an example of when a silk rug is a good idea.
Now that we have discussed the best rugs for high traffic areas, it will be easy for you to check out our selection of area rugs where you can find polypropylene, polyester, and wool options. You can shop online by clicking here or feel free to visit our El Dorado Furniture showrooms found in Broward, Miami, Lee, Collier, and Palm Beach counties!