Can I Put An Area Rug Over Carpet?

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Although Not a Popular Trend, There Are Several Reasons To Put An Area Rug Over Carpet

Although not generally a design choice, you’ll find many people have valid reasons to add an Area Rug over their wall-to-wall broadloom.

A Solution for Tenants

For those renting an apartment with tired or boring carpeting throughout, strategically selected and positioned area rugs are a way to change the look and feel of their space when replacing the current flooring isn’t permitted.

The best part is being able to take your area rug with you when you leave. When you go the route of putting new wall-to-wall broadloom in an apartment, (assuming you’re allowed), you can’t take it with you.

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To Further Enhance Noise Reduction

If a room in your apartment or home sits above a noisier location, and you find that thin wall-to-wall broadloom isn’t doing the trick in terms of reducing the noise, then adding a heavy area rug over your existing carpeting becomes a practical solution.

The reverse may also be true: If your room is rather noisy with kids running around, then adding an area rug may be something the people in the room below you appreciate.

To Add Warmth to a Cool Space

If you find a room quite cold in actual temperature or overall decor-mood, adding a rug-over-rug is a way to add visual as well as practical warmth to your space. A finished basement is a perfect example of a ‘cool’ space. Remember that warming up a space visually involves adding more texture to it; throw blankets, pillows, lush colored drapes and wall coverings, and yes carpet-over-carpet.

Things To Remember When Choosing Your Area Rug

How to Prevent Your Area Rug Over Broadloom from Scrunching Up

The most unattractive part of an area rug over broadloom is that it can buckle up and look messy, and of course present a tripping hazard.

To avoid this, you’re best to choose heavier area rugs. As a personal example, before we had hardwood in our home, we had actually placed our 9 by 12ft Persian Area Rug (very heavy) over our broadloom. It looked warm and cozy, and never buckled.

You can use carpet grippers to keep a lighter rug in place, but personally, I’ve tried them on a rug we have over flooring, and it didn’t work very well. If you can afford a heavier rug, go that route.

What Style and Color of Area Rug Should You Choose?

Do the reverse of the depth of the wall-to-wall carpeting. As an example if your broadloom is deep and lush, choose an area rug that’s not as thick. If your broadloom is thin, then go ahead and feature a plush area rug over it.

If your wall-to-wall carpeting is a bland, neutral color, then you’ll have some wiggle room with your area rug’s color and design. However, be sure you tie your area rug into your existing decor theme.

Also, with plain low-pile wall-to-wall carpeting, you can also go for different shaped area rugs: round, oval, or even one shaped like an object. Just be sure it works with your furnishings.

You can define spaces with an area rug as well, so be sure you understand the purpose of your rug.

Typically the rule is this; if you’re looking to use a traditional square or rectangular area rug in a sitting area, the area rug should be ‘touched’ by the seating that surrounds it. Just a little bit of the leg of the furniture is fine. You don’t have to cover your entire area rug with your furniture. In fact, why would you, after-all, you want to be able to see it.

You can use an area rug to define other parts of an open concept room as well; a reading area, play area, office area, or sitting area.

In summary, if you want or need to put an area rug over carpeting, go ahead!

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Can I Put an Area Rug Over Carpet?
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  1. paustinelf says:

    An interesting way to solve a problem. I have wall-to-wall carpet in the apartment I rent, including in the dining area and I’ve been considering getting a rectangle area rug to put under the table to help protect the apartments’ rug from any spills and dropped crumbs.

    • funkthishouse says:

      Pat, I say go for it – as I mentioned in the article, we had a heavy area rug over rug for a number of years before we removed the wall to wall broadloom, it is was wonderful for hiding some of the ugliness on that carpet. Plus it added depth and warmth. Matching is the biggest thing in my opinion and in the case of putting it under a table I would make sure when the chairs are pulled out they sit on the area rug too

  2. Cynthia says:

    Area rugs are an absolute must for me! Personally, I need the warm spots since I have hardwood floors, but even in previous homes that had carpeting, I used area rugs.

    • funkthishouse says:

      Cynthia, we’re a little bit similar in that area then, I’ve had area rugs for over 25 years and yep, over carpet as well lol 🙂

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