Install Rugs for Looks and Longevity

By HomeAdvisor

Updated October 18, 2016

Living room rug

For homeowners looking for a way to improve the looks of their living space and protect their flooring at the same time, purchasing and installing rugs should be at the top of the list. If you like the looks of a natural fiber rugs, seagrass rugs and sisal rugs are some of the best looking—and economical—area rugs on the market. Installing rugs is usually a DIY job, but for large, closely-fit rugs or if you decide to add padding underneath the rug for better comfort and durability, you might want to consider hiring a professional for the day.

Install Rug for Natural Interior Decorating

One of the main reasons seagrass rugs and sisal rugs have become so popular of late is the trend towards more natural interior decorating. From hardwood and laminate flooring, to stone tile and ceramics, the hottest design fads in home improvement are embracing materials that hearken back to natural materials. And because seagrass rugs and sisal are made from natural woven fibers, they fit many of the most popular home designs. Natural interior decorating is a loose decorating scheme, but one of these types of rugs is a great place to start.

Seagrass Rugs

Seagrass rugs are a popular choice as an area rug because of their durability and looks. Seagrass is grown in India and China in coastal areas, where seawater floods the fields as part of the growing process, hence the name. It is a tough and non-porous material, making it perfect for high traffic areas. It is also very easy to clean and resists the buildup of dust, dirt, and allergens, making it the perfect area rug for those with respiratory concerns. Most seagrass rugs come in natural colors, ranging from light beige to olive green, and are backed with a non-slip, foam padding. Because it’s such a tough material, it can be slippery when applied over slick surfaces like hardwood and tile. The foam backing is more than adequate for alleviating this problem in general living areas, though it is important to note that seagrass isn’t recommended for stairs for just this reason.

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Sisal Rugs

Sisal is a material that has been used in rug making for thousands of years. It is a tough, durable, natural fiber, that stands up well to heavy traffic. And it looks great at the same time. It is finer, and easier to bleach and dye than seagrass, making it a better choice if you’re looking for a more neutral rug, or want a dyed rug to match your current color scheme. Sisal’s finer fiber, however, makes it more difficult to keep clean over time than seagrass area rugs.

Inexpensive Rug Installation: Seagrass and Sisal Rugs

While both sisal and seagrass rugs are a beautiful addition to any living space, they are also some of the most economical rugs you can purchase. Compared to an oriental rug, there really is no comparison. And don’t forget that the simple installation of a natural fiber rug also goes a long way towards preserving the integrity and beauty of your original flooring. That means investing in a seagrass or sisal rug is also an investment in the longevity of your hardwood, stone, laminate, or other flooring. If you’re interested in purchasing a natural fiber rug, talk to a retailer about finding the right seagrass or sisal area rug for your needs and home design.

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