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Rug Decorating Tips - Choosing an Office Rug

Luxury rugs are a great addition to any room of the home. They are practical, warm, comfortable, and provide cushioning over tiled or wooden floors. They also add an artistic value to a room, creating a well-balanced space. Choosing the right shape and size for a rug differs with each room in your home; taking into account the size of the room, its design and it's usage. The discussion here primarily focuses on picking a rug for your home office. Discover top rug decorating tips for your perfect office rug.

Choose a Rug that Fits the Desk and the Chair

Home offices require area rugs that combine the desk and the chair together. This can be achieved by placing the rug under at least the front two legs of the desk, and completely underneath the chair- even when it is pulled out. Extend the rug out in all directions as much as possible. This not only creates a warm and comfortable space to work but also prevents chairs dragging over the edges of the rug, which is not only irritating, but can damage the binding of the rug. Use a non slip underlay underneath your rug to make sure your office rug stays in place as the chair is being dragged over it.


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Additionally, when deciding the size of the carpet, take into account the access areas you need every day. For example, if you need to reach the file cabinets, the edge of the carpet should reach at least all the way up to these items of furniture.


Choose a Hand Knotted or Hand Tufted Rug

There are many different rug constructions on offer, which all vary greatly in quality. Hand Loomed or Machine made rugs are unable to take the wear and tear of of repetitive chair movement and heavy footfall, so you are better to opt for a more robust style. Hand Knotted rugs are the most hard wearing of all, and particularly if there are made from wool, show little signs of wear even after decades of constant use. If you are on a tight budget, a good alternative would be a hand tufted rug. These are not as strong as hand knotted rugs, but provided they are made with quality materials, can provide more years of use than most other styles. 

Choose a Low Pile Rug

Low pile rugs allow easier movement for office chairs with wheels and better accommodation of heavy office equipment and furniture. Avoid thick shaggy styles, such as Berber Rugs, and instead go for a hand knotted rug with a pile height of 6mm or less. All our Indian and Nepalese rugs at Bazaar Velvet fit this specification, browse our Core Collection for some great examples. Loop pile is also a good choice as chairs can easily slide along its surface. We can create bespoke rugs in a loop pile with our free bespoke service.


Choose a Rug that Matches your Personal Style

Like any other room, create an office space that is both functional and personal, an item that you will love to live with. Area rugs can help set the imperative mood and comfort to focus on work. As such, it is important to pick colours materials and pattern that bring out the best in your working self. Some people feel energised using boldly patterned rugs while others need softer looks to focus on the tasks at hand.


If you would like more advice about choosing a rug for your office, please do not hesitate to contact us


Find out more about choosing the right size rug for any room of the home using our excellent Rug Size Guide

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