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Rugs Buying Guide If you’re pondering how to buy rugs, JCPenney is here to help. We carry a wide selection of area rugs, accent rugs, and doormats for every room in your house, including the patio. These are available in various styles, colors, and at affordable price points. You can also choose rugs based on their pile height, size, material, and make. These factors can sometimes get confusing, and finding the perfect rug may seem like a daunting task. Well, it isn’t, and this guide will help answer all queries you may have about buying rugs.

How to Choose an Area Rug

Area rug size should be the first thing you need to consider. It's all about identifying the room the rug will unroll in and the purpose it's meant to serve. Traditional, modern, casual, or formal – a great rug can complete the look of any room while offering practical benefits. Next, focus on the right material, including polypropylene, wool, silk, and cotton. The material will depend on how and where you plan to use the rug, as well as the softness and comfort level you want your rug to have.

How to choose Accent Rugs

Accent rugs are available in a variety of shapes, accent rugs can add a splash of color or a little extra comfort to your room. They are typically smaller than all other rugs, sizing generally at around 4’6’ or smaller. Accent rugs also add character to a room and enhance to look of any room. Don’t be afraid to experiment – bold colors and bright patterns won’t overwhelm in small doses.

How to choose Runner Rugs

Enhance the look of your hallways and even kitchen with runners. It can also be a great way to create an interior flow from one room to the next. Typically, runners can run from 6' to 14’ in length A general rule of thumb when selecting runners is to choose a runner that is smaller than the furniture piece or the hallway. You can play around by mixing and matching different patterns and runner sizes to make the space look larger and feel connected.

Doormat Ideas

More than just a stylish way to greet your guests, doormats keep dirt where it belongs – outside your home. Choose a patterned rug that is durable for indoors or outdoors and can camouflage the dirt. When choosing a solid color rug, opt for darker shades because dirt can easily show up on solid colors especially if it is lighter in shade. Match the size of your doormat to the size of your entrance door. A standard door typically measures at about 3’ so choose a doormat that measures at around 29 inches. Choose a fun and colorful doormat to welcome your guests in style!

Living Room Rug Ideas

If your sofa is against a wall, ensure that the front legs of the sofa and other armchairs are on the rug. A 6'x9' size rug in a small living room and consider 8'x10' size rug for a medium living room. In a large living room, the rug should contain all furniture, front and back legs with space around. Opt for a patterned rug if your room is neutral and if your upholstery is patterned, go for a solid rug. Since the living room is a high-traffic area, pick a low pile rug in high quality, durable material such as wool or jute rug.

Dining Room

Start with the dining table size as your point of reference. A 6'x9' size rug will work for four dining chairs, a 6' round rug for six dining chairs, and 9'x12' rug for a large table. Ensure you have exposed floor around the rug be the same on all sides. Pick a rug that matches the shape of your dining table and opt for colors that will help camouflage accidental spills and stains. It’s best to pick a low-pile rug in the dining area as a high-pile rug can trap every crumb and make the chairs unstable.

Bedroom Room Rug Ideas

From runners to large area rugs, there are multiple sizes and layouts that work in the bedroom. For a rug under your bed, consider a rug runner size of 48' wide and 24' longer rug than the bed. If you're on a budget or only looking to accent your bedroom, try runners on both sides of the bed versus a large area rug. Consider soft accent rugs in soothing, natural colors as you'll wake up to them every day.

How to Choose a Kitchen Rug

When considering a rug for the kitchen, think about the space limitations caused by cabinetry, appliances, and islands. You may want to consider small rugs or mats in front of the task areas, runners or even accent rungs to properly fit the space, while softening the feel of the room.


Create a positive first impression with a round rug or runner. Smaller patterns can complement tight quarters and allow the rug to become an accent rather than a focal point. Go with a runner to connect the rooms together or go with an indoor doormat if you have a smaller space. Add a round rug to add an elegant and grand entrance look which would work great in traditional style home. Look for a rug that is durable and easy to clean as they will be placed in high traffic area, your entryway.

Outdoor Rug Ideas

Choose a 5'x8' rug for a small, 8'x10' for a medium, and 9'x12' rug size for a large patio. We recommend opting for bold patterns and bright summer colors like red and yellow for the patio as rugs often serve as the focal point of your outdoor arrangement. Whether it's patio, deck, or porch mats, synthetic materials are perfect for the outdoors. Select polyester as it can stand up to the elements and are easy to clean.


High Pile Vs Low Pile There are three different kinds: low, medium, and high. Low-pile rugs are generally sturdier than high-pile rugs and easy to maintain and vacuum. Whereas rugs will high pile are softer and luxurious for a more inviting vibe. But for a high traffic area, low pile rugs make the perfect choice. How Rugs are Made There are five different methods used to make rugs:
  1. Hand-Knotted
  2. Hand-Tufted
  3. Hand-Hooked
  4. Flat-Woven
  5. Machine Made
Hand-Knotted Rugs: As the name suggests, they are handmade where vertical threads are tied together with horizontal threads entangled to create knots. These are the most luxurious and long-lasting area rugs to invest in. Hand-Tufted Rugs: These rugs are handmade without knots, generally using wool. The threads are looped together which sets them apart from other handmade rugs. Hand-Hooked Rugs: The yarn of the loop in these rugs remains sheared, and the weaving is created with a latch-hook tool. These rugs are not very durable and cannot always withstand heavy traffic. Flat-Woven Rugs: These rugs don't have a pile. They are woven on a loom and lie flat on the surface, hence the name flat-woven. Machine Made Rugs: As the name goes, they are high-powered looms, and fibers such as wool, nylon, and acrylic are used in the making of machine-made rugs. How To Clean a Rug As a rule of thumb, you should always look for a rug care label to see if it should be dry-cleaned, hand-washed, or spot-cleaned. Rugs need to be vacuumed and spot-cleaned in case of stains. In the case of cotton and synthetic fiber, they can be machine washed if it's small enough. In the case of large area rugs, you can deep clean them by hand. Best getting it done on a sunny day because you'll have to bring it outside to dry.