The 8 Best Places to Buy Rugs in 2018

Find the right stores for your style and budget

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A great area rug can really set the tone for a room. A soft-spoken neutral can add just a whisper of texture to the floor, while a boldly-hued pattern can be the starting point for an all-new decorating scheme. Even if you keep all your furnishings the same, swapping in a new area rug is a quick way to totally change the feel of the space. On top of being a style statement, a rug can add softness underfoot to make standing or sitting on the floor more comfortable and can help insulate the room...MORE against chilly temperatures as well as buffer sound from echoing through your home.

The best places to shop for a rug will have a good selection of options within you budget and the styles that you like. While many home stores offer a selection of rugs to complement their furniture, some furniture stores have become destinations for rug shopping in their own right. Other stores specialize in rugs specifically, and there you’ll find an even broader selection. And whether you prefer to comb through pages and pages of options online on a Friday night, glass of wine in hand, or to visit a store in person to browse on the weekend, we’ve got options for you. Here are the best places to buy rugs.

  • It should come as no surprise that this online home furnishings megastore has a big rug selection! If you are a person who needs to see just about every rug out there before making a pick — head straight to this website and start browsing. You can just go page by page, or you can easily navigate straight to the rugs in your category, whether you’re looking for a particular color, shape, size, feel or application (like a rug for a bathroom or to run up the stairs). The selection includes traditional, transitional and modern options, with some trendy pieces thrown in as well, and most of the rugs have multiple size options or come in a few colors.

    When you select an item, the site will automatically suggest similar ones to easily compare and choose the best one. Most items ship free, with reliable customer service and tracking. Be sure to check out reviewers images in the comment section to see how the rugs look in actual homes. 

  • For affordable rugs with international flair, head to World Market. This brand offers a range of rugs, from classic selections like jute or shag rugs, to flat-weave kilim rugs, to antique-inspired rugs and even some trendy out-there options, like a metallic-accented faux cowhide rug. Most of the stores have a well-stocked rug selection, and you can find even more options online, including more sizes and colors than you see in the store. One ongoing in-store-only find: Their small chindi area rugs, made of bits of Indian saris. These under-$20 mats are the perfect size for a bathroom or entryway and are reversible, too.

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    Urban Outfitters

    While this brand is better known for its clothing, Urban Outfitters has a strong, curated selection of rugs. Geared toward younger decorators like apartment-dwellers, college students and first-time homeowners, the options are trend-forward and generally inexpensive —characteristics that design-savvy folks of all ages can appreciate.

    Though the selection is smaller than some of the other retailers, it’s a good first place to look if you saw something on Pinterest or Instagram that you want to recreate in your own home. You’ll find more options online than in stores, and the navigation is easy with styled shots that are an inspiration in themselves. Keep an eye out for some of their cheeky shaped accent rugs for a powder room or entryway.

  • The name just about says it all: This brand specializes in selling just about every rug you can imagine, at affordable prices. You can quickly sort by price, size, style material, weave or brand, or if you want to know what’s trending, check out their top sellers. If you’re looking for a budget buy, check out the clearance section, where you can find high-end rugs for super low prices! Shipping is free within the contiguous US and its fast, and they have some good information about rug shopping and care to help you make an educated buy.​

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  • If you’re looking for affordable, trendy rugs, consider West Elm. All of the rugs fit into their design, budget-friendly style, and will make your living spaces feel cool and modern. Most of the rugs fall into their signature palette of muted blues, greys and creams with splashes of bright orange or yellow mixed in, so it’s hard to go wrong with any of the choices. You can find good selections of rugs both in the brick-and-mortar stores and online, where shipping is generally about 10% of the total order.​

  • IKEA is best known for its cheap, assemble-it-yourself furniture, but it has a great rug selection — no assembly required! You can browse the full selection online by style or color, but not everything is available for shipping, so the best option is to shop in-store. Plus, it’s fun to browse everything that they have! These rugs are very affordable and offer a mix of traditional and trendy designs to suit many different kinds of homes. All of the rugs are well-priced, and some, like the black-and-white stripes ​STOCKHOLM rug, has been in the collection so long that they’ve become icons unto themselves.

  • If you like the thrill of the in-person hunt, head to HomeGoods. This budget-friendly store is always updating their rug selection, and the options are always well-priced. Here, you’ll find a mix of traditional, contemporary and transitional rugs that work for a variety of homes, many from brands that sell for much more at other retailers. Though you can’t shop online, you can preview the products they might have in stores there. Plus, they have an engaged blogger and trendsetter community that styles HomeGoods products in different ways so you can get inspiration browsing their site at the same time.

  • Consider Overstock the online answer to HomeGoods — if you browse often, you’re bound to find deals on rugs you love. Overstock has a huge selection of rugs in just about every shape and size, and the styles range from very traditional to trendy. If you have something specific in mind, they offer many categories to narrow down your search, not just by color, material, or size, but by design style or trend as well. Most orders ship within one or two days, and shipping is free for purchases over $45, so if you start a decorating project on Monday, you just might be able to finish it by the end of the week with an Overstock rug. Overstock includes less-expensive brands as well as deeply discounted bigger-ticket brands.

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