The 12 Best Affordable Rugs of 2022

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When shopping for an area rug, you’ll quickly learn that these floor coverings can cost hundreds, if not a couple thousand, dollars. Fortunately, there are plenty of affordable rugs on the market that provide the same style, comfort, and quality as their pricier counterparts. 

The key is to look at the material. As Todd Saunders, CEO of FlooringStores, tells The Spruce, “Synthetic rugs are much more affordable and often much more durable [than natural materials].” Unless materials or origin are extremely important to you, it’s easy to find a rug that’s the size and style you really want. 

We researched affordable rugs, evaluating them on material, size options, color choices, and cleanability. Our top pick, the Jonathan Adler Inkdrop Rug, is a stain- and water-resistant piece with a geometric pattern that livens up a room. 

Read on for the best affordable rugs to spruce up any room.


Final Verdict

The Jonathan Adler Inkdrop Rug is a soft, sturdy, and versatile option that looks more expensive than it is. Available in eight sizes, four colors, and two shapes, you’re sure to find a combination that suits your needs and aesthetic. If you’re looking for an outdoor option, we love the Fab Habitat Reversible Rug, which is durable and easy to clean.

Material

Your location and the location of the rug are key factors when considering a rug’s material. If you live in a naturally humid climate or intend to use a rug in a room with a lot of moisture, like a bathroom, a cotton rug like a dhurrie is a great option,” Georgia Hoyler, owner of rug company Passerine, tells The Spruce. “If seeking a rug for an outdoor lounge area, jute or sisal are great natural indoor-outdoor options.”

Saunders adds that these “natural fiber rugs are going to be more comfortable and gentler on your underlying floor, but also harder to clean and less durable.” So in the case of high-traffic areas, like a living room or hallway, synthetic material is the way to go.

Keep in mind, however, that the material of choice may impact the cost. Rugs made of synthetic materials, such as polyester, are generally cheaper and easier to maintain than those made of natural materials. But rugs made from more natural, eco-friendly materials will have a low environmental cost.

Size

As a general rule, the larger the rug, the higher the price tag, so think about how small a rug you can get away with using. Saunders tells The Spruce that “a rug should leave a minimum of 3 feet on each side between the edge of the rug and the wall.”

You should also consider the floor coverage you are after in a given room. You can use smaller rugs in a living room, for example, if you float the rug and arrange your furniture around rather than on top of it.

Pile  

Pile refers to how tall or short the fibers are on a particular rug. Generally, a higher pile rug will be softer but also more difficult to maintain. Prone to flattening from foot traffic and furniture, plush pile rugs are also magnets for dust, dirt, stray hair, and food particles, and tend to shed, meaning they require constant vacuuming and aren’t terribly pet- or child-friendly.

“We tend to go for higher pile rugs in living rooms for a plusher feel,” says Julia Miller, Creative Director of Yond Interiors. “Lower pile rugs [are great] for busier spaces, as they are often easier to clean and maintain.”

In addition to the feeling and maintenance, the pile also impacts how tall the rug is. Because of this, Miller says paying attention to the pile height ensures you get the right rug in the right space. “If, for example, you have a tight opening between your floor and the bottom of the door, make sure to measure it,” she says.

FAQ

  • In general, rugs made of synthetic materials are easier to clean and maintain than those made with natural fibers. But every area rug needs regular maintenance to keep it clean and free of dust and dirt. Keep your rug clean with a no-shoes policy in the house. Next, be sure to regularly vacuum your rug. Once a month or quarterly, take it outside and give it a good shake. Spills can be spot cleaned with a damp sponge immediately after the stain occurs. Otherwise, you can try sprinkling the area with baking soda or non-aerosol dry shampoo and vacuuming it. Some rugs may be machine-washable, but be sure to check the care instructions. Rugs that have been stained or are very dirty can be professionally cleaned, but keep in mind that this process may fade the rug or alter its texture. Learn more by reading our guide to cleaning an area rug.

  • It may seem like an unnecessary fixture, but Hoyler, Miller, and Saunders all agree that a rug pad is a good investment. To start, Sunders says rug pads can make a rug more comfortable, something that is especially beneficial for thin, synthetic rugs. He also notes that a rug pad will keep your rug in place, avoiding any potential slips.

    But the most important perk of a rug pad is that it makes the rug last longer.

    “Without a rug pad, the dirt and silica that settles deep into the rug fibers can rub against hard surfaces and wear down the rug’s foundation,” Hoyler tells The Spruce.

  • It depends on the size of your living room, how you place your living room rug, and how much of the bare living room floor you want to cover up. For a small space living room or to anchor a sitting area in a larger living room where you wish to keep as much flooring as possible visible, a medium-sized 5×7-foot rug might do the trick. In a larger living room, you might want an 8×12-foot rug or larger, depending on the room’s dimensions and the length of your sofa and other furniture.

This article was written by Leah Rocketto, a lifestyle writer and editor for The Spruce. To select the best picks for your consideration, she sorted through dozens of customer and third-party website reviews, along with insights from The Spruce’s expert product testers.

For tips on what to look for when shopping for an affordable area rug, Rocketto also consulted with Todd Saunders of FlooringStores, Passerine owner Georgia Hoyler, and Julia Miller, Creative Director of Yond Interiors.

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