Rugs 101: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Rug for Your Space

When it comes to creating your dream dorm room, there are certain necessities you need to consider. A cute comforter, comfy throw pillows, and wall decor are all essential. But there's one thing that can...

When it comes to creating your dream dorm room, there are certain necessities you need to consider. A cute comforter, comfy throw pillows, and wall decor are all essential. But there's one thing that can truly elevate your space to style perfection - a decorative rug. If you've been wondering whether or not to get a rug for your dorm, let us tell you that the answer is a resounding YES! An area rug for your dorm can help complete your space and there are so many decor directions you can explore. Whether you prefer a round area rug or a faux sheepskin rug, there's a style that will perfectly match your vibe.

Understanding Different Types of Rugs

Before you can choose the perfect rug, it's important to understand the different types available. Here's a quick guide to common rug styles:

Accent Rug: These smaller rugs, typically measuring 4 x 6 feet or smaller, add color and texture to a space. Whether you prefer faux sheepskin, cowhide, or fun patterns and shapes, accent rugs are well-suited for dorm rooms due to their small size. They can effortlessly bring any aesthetic vibe you're looking for.

Area Rug: Perfect for filling up larger spaces, an area rug adds warmth and softness to tiled or wooden floors. They come in various shapes, including round, square, and rectangular, and are meant to sit underneath your furniture, at least in part.

Runner Rug: These slim, rectangular rugs are longer than they are wide and are often used in long hallways. However, they can also cover narrow spaces in your dorm room, adding both style and functionality.

Natural Fiber Rug: Made from woven fibers such as jute, sisal, hemp, and bamboo, these rugs provide an earth-friendly and organic vibe to your space. They are not only durable but also add warmth and coziness to any room.

Picking the Right Size for Your Space

When working with a small space like a dorm room, it's crucial to choose the right size rug. Before you start shopping, research the size of your room online or take measurements if you've already moved in. Knowing the size particulars of your space will allow you to maximize your rug's impact and ensure it fits properly in your side of the room or the entire space if you've agreed on the room's aesthetic with your roommate.

Rugs usually come in standard sizes. Here's a guide to the common sizes you might consider when looking for your dream rug:

  • 2 x 3: Small but stylish, this size is perfect for adding a splash of color, texture, or softness to any small space. Try an organic shape or cozy faux fur rug to add a dose of flair next to your bed or draped over a chair.

  • 3 x 5: This mid-size option is ideal for small spaces like dorm entries or small bathrooms. It offers a great opportunity to play around with fun patterns and trendy prints without overwhelming your space.

  • 4 x 6: Slightly larger, rugs measuring 4 by 6 feet are perfect for placing by your bed in smaller spaces, instantly elevating your dorm aesthetic.

  • 5 x 7: If your dorm room is on the larger side or has a small living or dining space, this rug size might be just right for you.

  • 8 x 10: If you and your roommate already have a specific vibe in mind for your shared space, an 8 by 10 foot rug can cover most of your floor area, creating a cohesive and finished aesthetic.

Choosing the Right Material

Choosing the right material is just as important as selecting the size and style of your rug. The material can determine the washability and durability of your rug. Common materials used for rugs include polyester, wool, cotton, as well as natural woven fibers like jute and sisal. Make sure to check the material tag of a rug for care instructions, whether it's machine washable or requires spot cleaning. At Dormify, many of our rugs are machine washable, making maintenance a breeze.

If spot cleaning is necessary, it's usually because the fabric cannot hold the dye during washing. To spot clean, create a mixture of mild dish soap and water, then gently blot the affected area with a sponge or rag.

Ready to find your perfect rug? Head to our complete rug collection to explore all the styles available for your space. Whether you're looking for a cozy accent rug, a statement area rug, or a functional runner rug, we have something for everyone. Don't forget to check out our curated room aesthetics for additional inspiration. Happy rug shopping!