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A Rug Purchase

July 26th, 2015 at 06:35 am

We have hardwood floors on the main level of our rental home. Of course, part of the agreement when renting a home is to leave the home in the same condition as you found it (or better). With that in mind, we are beginning to purchase some rugs for under our furniture.

Yesterday we purchased an 8x10 rug for our fourth bedroom, a guest room. I wouldn't be in such a hurry for that room, except in a week my parents are visiting! A bed on a wood floor seems like it could roll (at least our frame has rollers) or definitely make deep marks over time.

The rug was $167 at Home Depot. We purchased a $48 rug pad and a package of 4 light bulbs at the same time. The total after our military discount and tax was $212. I wished I put it on our Discover card as they have 5% cash back at home improvement stores. I didn't have mine with me. Found out later my husband had his (and he was with me), but I didn't ask him! That would have been another $10 in savings.

We have a rug under our kitchen table that I bought for $20 probably six years ago. It has always been in our basement and was purchased for that purpose. I had tried selling it before we moved. It is working for now, but I don't like it.

We also need a rug for our living area. We did see a few yesterday that would probably work, ranging from $328 to $398. They were at Lowe's. They are having 10% off their area rugs in stock until Aug 2. We would also get a 10% military discount after that. And if we actually use our Discover card this time, we could save even more. Smile

When we first saw this rental home I liked the floors, but I didn't think about the cost I would incur to protect them. We did put little felt pads on the bottom of several pieces of furniture that will be directly on the floor, so not a requirement to have rugs everywhere!

Do you have large area rugs in your home to protect floors? Where have your purchased yours? Any rug tips?

9 Responses to “A Rug Purchase”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    If you have an IKEA anywhere near you, you can get attractive rugs there fairly cheap.

    I had the same issue when I moved from wall-to-wall carpeting to a condo with wood floors. I ended up getting rugs made from a factory, but it was expensive. However, I am in my long-term home, and want the rugs to last a long, long time.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Closest IKEA is 114 miles away, so a possibility if I get desperate for something. I'll at least look online. I'm sure I would find many, many things at IKEA to buy!!

  3. snafu Says:

    I'm determined to pull up the wall to wall carpet throughout this condo and have hardwood installed as it's currently the preferred flooring for everyone but DH. I plan to get large area rugs at a carpet discount outlet that offers to bind the raw edges for the living room and Bdrms because it's so cold here in winter.

    Can the carpet you dislike go in DD's Bdrm?

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    The rug I dislike, which is in kitchen dining area is too large for a dorm room, and now too big to get to school on an airplane! Smile My daughter's roommate is bring a carpet and a microwave. We are providing a tv/dvd combo, which has been shipped to my parents who are nearby.

    Good plan using traditional carpets with binding. There were large remnants at Home Depot, but without binding they were not appealing to us.

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    We just bought a rug from overstock.com. It's really nice.

    I am sure we have bought rugs from Home Depot and/or Target in the past. We had a really nice rug and don't remember exactly where we got it but I feel like it was Home Depot. I had given it away because we did not need in current home.

  6. Carol Says:

    I bought"Waxman super slider floor protectors" from Amazon for my kitchen chairs--they are cup shaped with felt bottoms and stay on better than just the felt-- at least for us -I love them.
    Crazy as it seems to me, I had good luck buying a rug online from Macy's. I have also bought remnants that were then bound.

  7. rob62521 Says:

    We don't have area rugs, but we do have some rugs at the doors to catch stuff as we come in. We bought little pads to put under some of our furniture that had rollers or legs we thought might scratch our hardwood.

  8. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I don't have any rugs, other than the one in my bathroom. I did have a humongous one which I inherited from my parents downsizing ... I gave it to one of the people who helped me pack my moving truck when I left NM. It needed a cleaning desperately (cat hair, dog hair ...) I didn't realize rugs were so expensive.

  9. snafu Says:

    http://www.amazon.ca/Grip--Non-Slip-Surface-Floors-11-Feet/dp/B003TDQQM6/ref=sr_1_12/182-0059527-8277566?ie=UTF8&qid=1438006849&sr=8-12&keywords=non-slip+rug+pad

    We've used these in the past to 'anchor' area type rugs to hardwood floors. The product is also sold for just 'corners' to stay down in entry applications. Check prices as often available at Dollar type stores and Liquidator outlets. If too large, they easily cut with scissors.

    If you have a Community College nearby, you might like to talk to an Interior Decorator instructor to have student[s] do a furniture and existing artwork layout for your living rm as an assignment. It's e-mail, measurements and photos via attachment to a designated e-mail a/c. No cost to you, no commitment to carry out the plan and student gets marks based on needs of a genuine client. Instructor doesn't need to think up more assignments. Win for all.

    If you have Pottery Barn nearby, many offer occasional no cost Saturday AM class for projects like Tablescapes or working with a theme.

    The point of these is to use what you have as effectively as possible in a new place to make the rental feel 'yours' even in the short term.

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