Have you ever found yourself dealing with a narrow empty space in your home and were not quite sure what to do with it? That’s when runner rugs come into play! Runner rugs have become trendy worldwide: they have become the go-to for many interior designers when it comes to filling long narrow spaces or giving the illusion of elongating a particular space. In today’s blog, the Sukhi team has decided to look into runner rugs and find out how to use them. We will look into the best places to have a runner rug and how to pick the perfect runner rug. So, is a runner rug a rug worth investing in? Let’s find out!
What are runner rugs?
So, what exactly are runner rugs? No, they are not rugs that you run on- although that would be the case if you have young children! However, a big reason runner rugs are called “runner” is because they are usually placed in areas with a lot of traffic. Runner rugs are rugs that a longer than they are wide. They have the appearance of being narrow and long as if to fit a hallway. These long rectangular rugs are often placed in specific areas. They serve multiple purposes, such as guiding people to a certain destination, protecting flooring in high traffic zones and bringing texture and décor to empty spaces.
Why do we need runner rugs?
At Sukhi, we believe runner rugs are one of the essential rugs every home needs. Here are some main reasons why:
First of all, runner rugs are an effortless way to enhance the décor in the empty narrow spaces in your home. They can easily add character and comfort to any room or space in your home. Runner rugs come in different shapes and forms. The possibilities are endless! If you love boho-décor, try a beautiful modern oriental rug. If you are more of a minimalist, opt for a flat weave rug with a neutral color like grey, white or cream. And if you have young children running around barefoot, how about adding a fun and colorful felt-ball rug in their bedroom?
2. High traffic areas
Another important reason why everyone should own a runner rug is because they can be used in high traffic areas around the house. In areas where there is a lot of traffic, it is easy for the floors to get damaged from wear and tear. Having a durable rug in that area, like a hallway or on a staircase, will help protect the flooring from that risk. In addition to that, these places are more likely to get dirty from spillages, pet urine and shedding, and dirt from outside. Runner rugs are a great way to manage this problem, especially if you have expensive wooden flooring.
3. Leading to a space
Runner rugs are often used to guide guests towards designated areas in your home. Being narrow and long tricks the mind into thinking that a certain destination awaits at the end of the line. So, you can use a runner rug in your house to help guide your guests in an artistic way and, thus, be the perfect host! This makes them a must-have rug, especially in open floor plans where you need to visually separate different living spaces.
Where are the best places to have runner rugs?
So now that we know why it’s a good idea to own a runner rug, let’s determine the best places to put them. First, the most obvious place you would want your runner rug is the hallway. These are those long narrow corridors that lead to other rooms in your house. These areas are usually the most boring and uneventful parts of a house. However, you can easily turn that around and make it your favorite place by adding a runner rug! How about a dazzling hand-tufted rug to create a dramatic entrance for your guests? Or a dark color entryway rug to help with that high traffic?
Runner rugs are an essential rug to have if you have hardwood stairs. Hardwood stairs are classy and luxurious. However, they can be very slippery with socks on! To avoid slips and falls, especially if you have young children, roll a runner rug down the stairs. This will not only add interesting details to the staircase but make it safe for you to run up and down the steps anytime of the day. It also helps with reducing noise of heavy or rushing footsteps!
Let’s admit it: rugs in the kitchen have become very trendy these days! Place a runner rug between your cabinets and island and watch your kitchen transform! Also, make sure that it is placed in front of the sink so that you can enjoy the plush feeling on your feet while doing the dishes. No more need to go looking for socks and dreading those cold tiles during winter. You will finally start enjoying those chores!
4. Open floor plans
Finally, another place you absolutely must have a runner – or many- is in open floor plans. Open floor plans are large living spaces that are not separated by a wall or partition. Common open floor spaces include living rooms and kitchen, living rooms and dining room or living rooms and study. Another example of an open floor plan are studios, where your bed, kitchen and living room are in one open space. Because of this lack of direction, runner rugs can be used to define different spaces and guide visitors around. For example, in a cozy studio apartment, you can use a runner rug to guide your visitors towards the eating or sitting area and away from the sleeping area.
How to pick a runner rug?
Since runner rugs are placed in areas of high traffic, it is important to consider the material of the rug. You want to ensure that the rug is durable and can handle people – and pets- walking over it multiple times every day. For this reason, wool rugs remain our material of choice! We believe wool rugs are the perfect rug to use as runner rugs as they are durable, dirt resistant and springy. This means that no matter how many times it is walked on, a wool rug is most likely to go back to its original shape. A wool rug can be stretched out 30% and still return to its original form!
On top of that, wool has natural fibres that are resistant to dirt and liquid. This means that the dirt lies on top of the rug and can be easily vacuumed away during cleaning time. Wool rugs are also perfect rugs to have in the entryway as they will not absorb all the dirt, slush or rain from outside. These are only a few benefits of wool rugs but there are many more!
What style runner rug is best for you? Have a look at your room and decide what style you are going for. A beautiful oriental rug can add an exotic feel to your home. A contemporary rug will blend in with your chic furniture. Or maybe you want to jazz things up with a magnificent Turkish patchwork rug to add a bit of history in your kitchen. Find the right style that reflects your personality and wow your guests.
Runner rugs cover a large surface area, especially in hallways and on staircases. So, finding the right color is very important. Think about the type of color that will reflect your personality. Do you want something more muted, that will blend in to offer a serene and minimalist feel? Or do you prefer to create a dramatic effect with a bold contrasting color? This will really depend on how you feel and what emotions you are trying to convey about your space and, evidently, yourself! Also, think about the needs of the area you place your runner rug in. For instance, Entryways might want darker colors to handle the high traffic!
Rugs come in different shapes and forms. So, deciding on what the right texture is for your runner rug is important. This will depend on what your needs are for that given space. Are you looking for a robust rug that will stand the test of time in a high-traffic zone? In this case, you might want to opt for a flat weave rug as these tend to work best when it comes to wear and tear. They are durable and easy to clean which make them the perfect addition to a hallway.
Or do you want to create a luxurious and soft guide rug in your open floor plan? In this case, you might want to try a soft felt-ball rug. These are nice additions in a living room area as they elicit feelings of relaxation and unwinding. Entertain these different ideas and decide what is most vital for you. There are so many textures you can choose from: hand-knotted, braided, felt ball, chunky and flat weave. The possibilities are endless!
Where to get custom-sized runner rug?
Finding the perfect runner rug can prove to be difficult. This is because all our spaces are different, so it becomes hard to find the perfect size for that narrow hallway we have. On top of that, maybe the only rugs available in that size are not the right color, design or texture we need! However, the Sukhi team has your back! At Sukhi, we offer custom-size rugs and nearly all of our rugs online. You can easily decide how long and wide you need your rugs to be based on the space you need covered. So, make sure to select the custom size option when picking your perfect Sukhi rug!
If you are shopping for rugs online on our website and have some questions about delivery times and costs, here are some answers to help you!
How long does delivery take?
The production time depends on the rug you choose. It can vary from 2 weeks to 12 weeks! The information is always shown on the website: when you select your chosen product, you can see the delivery time details. As a general rule, felt ball rugs and most Indian rugs take 4 weeks. Once the rug is made, it takes 1-3 weeks for it to be delivered.
Is it free shipping?
Yes, it is! Not only does Sukhi offer free shipping, but if there are any custom fees or taxes added, we guarantee refunding these costs to our clients.
Do you ship worldwide?
Yes! Sukhi offers free delivery all over the world!
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