Top Tips for Online Rug Shopping

7 Tips for Online Rug Shopping - Peach and Pine Home

These days, we are accustomed to shopping online for just about everything, but some things feel more intimidating than others. While it may seem like a no brainer to order clothes and small items on the internet, sometimes larger household items like rugs can still seem intimidating. While I truly believe that sometimes shopping in person is the way to go (for vintage, one-of-a-kind rugs especially), certain projects call for ordering online. I have a few tried and true tips for online rug shopping. Take the guess work out of shopping for floor coverings and feel confident buying a rug for your space!

  1. Always MEASURE your space. And then measure again.

This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes it’s easy to just guess on sizing when ordering online…or to simply go with what seems like the best deal regardless of the size and then end up with a rug that is oversized or way too small for the space. When in doubt, measure. And when you’re not in doubt, measure anyway. I recommend using painters tape to outline the size of rug you think you need in a room so that you can envision the sizing and furniture placement!

In my opinion, a rug that is too small for a space immediately makes the space feels “off.” But the right size rug in a room all of a sudden makes it feel complete.

2.  Read customer reviews…especially those with photos.

Sometimes manufacturer photos are deceiving, so seeing photos from customers can help give you a more clear image of the color and pattern of a rug.

I have often been swayed to purchase something or convinced not to after looking at reviews and seeing other customer’s photos in their space. Shout out to all the people who take the time to write a review. It makes a difference!  

3. Read the material description.

Is it polypropylene? Wool? Cotton? Jute? Do a little research on materials so you know what you want and what you’re getting. Not all materials are created equal.

This is a huge determining factor in the quality of a rug. Something with natural fibers is better for the environment, will look nicer, and is designed to last. But for some spaces, all you’re looking for is inexpensive and manmade—which is fine! Just make sure you know what you’re getting before you hit “order.”  

4. Shop at online retailers with a good return policy. Bonus points if it’s somewhere that allows in-store returns.

My favorite online only retailer is Wayfair — because their customer service is top notch and they will let you return anything—even rugs. This isn’t sponsored; I’m just a loyal Wayfair customer! I’ve ordered hundreds of items and had several things arrive broken or a client has changed their mind, and the returns process is always easy breezy. I trust a place like that to order rugs because I feel like even if I don’t like it, the risk is fairly low.

Another great way to shop online for rugs is with a store like Pottery Barn or West Elm. I love both of their rug selections, and the good news is that if, for some reason, you aren’t satisfied with your purchase, you can return it to your local store and save yourself the shipping cost!

5. Pay attention to descriptive words

This is a big one! Have you ever seen a scenario like this…

Item description says “Teal, flat weave, indoor outdoor rug.”

Then you read a one-star review that says “I thought this was sky blue but it’s totally teal in real life. Also, I wanted something plush but this rug is too flat for me, and the material seems like it belongs outside. So disappointed.”

Don’t be that person.

If the photo looks pink but the description says “purple,” assume that the coloring is off.

Here are a few descriptive words to look out for:
- Colors
- “Flat weave”
- “Printed” — if a rug says it’s “printed,” that means that the pattern is actually screen printed onto the material. The fibers themselves haven’t created the pattern. This means that the pattern can be rubbed off overtime with heavy use.
- Indoor-Outdoor — an indoor-outdoor rug can be a great choice inside for a room where you’re concerned about spills or heavy use, but it will have a very distinct, less cozy texture.
 - Hand-Woven - A handwoven rug is higher quality but usually higher pricetag than something machine made.
 - Tufted - a tufted rug has a thicker pile (height) and is woven with those little loops. A tufted rug is thick and warm, but it does tend to snag. Just be aware!

6. Be aware that you get what you pay for 

This is a general rule of online shopping, but if something looks too cheap to be true, it probably is. A very inexpensive rug will not be as high quality as something with a higher price tag. Sometimes all you need is the cheaper option, but, in my opinion, rugs are often an investment worth making.  

7. Certain rug retailers have local stores with samples in stock. Consider checking them out in person before buying.  

If you’re ordering from Pottery Barn, West Elm, Rejuvenation, or any other online retailer with retail locations, consider making a stop by your local store to see the in-stock sample.  

One of my favorite rug brands, Dash & Albert (by the Annie Selke company) carries some of the best quality, family friendly rugs on the market. And they are carried in a lot of local boutiques. If you’re in Nashville, head to C’est Moi in Brentwood and take a look at their in-store samples. If you aren’t in Nashville, try the online store locator! 

 I hope this guide helps you shop with a little more confidence the next time you’re looking for the perfect rug for your space. 

Happy Shopping!

BONUS: Here are a few of my FAVORITE rugs online right now. I’ve purchased most of these for myself or for clients, and I can vouch for them! They’re great!

7 Tips for Online Rug Shopping - Peach and Pine Home

Peach & Pine Pregnancy Favorites

As a first time pregnant mama, there has been a big learning curve of figuring out how to tackle pregnancy well. I wanted to share a few of the items that I've bought throughout pregnancy that have made these 40 weeks easier and smoother. Any other fellow pregnant mamas out there? I want to know your maternity must-haves! 

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1. Blanqi Maternity Tank Top // Built-in back support, flattering fit, sturdy construction, and breathable fabric. So many wins for pregnant mamas with this tank top! It's expensive, but I think it was worth it for me. I've worn it to work out, over leggings with a cardigan or kimono, and even with my jeans.  It is sturdy, a great back support, and makes me feel smoothed out in all the right places!

2. Maternity Full Body Pillow // How in the world do pregnant mamas make it through pregnancy WITHOUT one of these? There are lots of different maternity body pillows, and I'm sure there are lots of good ones! But I went with this Queen Rose Maternity Pillow, and it has been a sleep-saver for me. If you're preggers, just buy one of these. 

3. Exercise Ball // I've never owned my own exercise ball before (I've only used them at the gym), but I now roll one all around the house and use it throughout the day! My friend who is a physical therapist recommended I get one to help with pelvic balance and help my body stay aligned in light of some pregnancy pelvic pain that I've had, and sitting on that exercise ball instead of my desk chair (and using one at the gym during my workouts) has been one of the best things I've done for my physical well being in pregnancy! 

4. Deep Relief Essential Oil // For headaches, weird back pains, and general pain relief when you're trying to avoid OTC pain killers during pregnancy, Deep Relief has been a huge help for me! I twisted my ankle and got in a car accident during this pregnancy, and having oils that I could rely on for some all natural pain relief has been a major win. 

5. Albion Fit Maternity Friendly Swimsuit // I love that I can wear this during and after pregnancy! It isn't maternity only but it has grown with me and stayed comfortable throughout pregnancy so that I feel confident in my ever-changing body...even in a swimsuit! I went with the Wave style in Midnight. 

6. Mama Natural Week-By-Week Guide // There are a dozen or so books that I have referenced throughout pregnancy, but this one is the BEST. For anyone who is interested in approaching pregnancy from a natural perspective, this is like "What to Expect When You're Expecting" for natural mamas. I look forward to reading the next chapter every week. 

7. Swing Dresses // For the first seven or so months of this pregnancy, I LIVED in my non-maternity swing dresses. Now that I'm at the tail end of pregnancy, I'm finding ruched maternity dresses to be the most comfortable, but for all of those early, I-can't-zip-up-my-jeans moments and the middle, is-it-a-burger-or-a-baby days, swing dresses are cute, flattering, and COMFORTABLE. Old Navy has some of my faves, and as we are headed into the Fall season, I'm loving this button down swing dress. I think I may just need it for postpartum/nursing, too! 

8. Spindrift // How can I talk about favorite maternity items without covering my biggest maternity craving? Ice cold, fruity beverages! I've been pregnant in the summer months, and I am always craving something cold and refreshing. Spindrift has been my favorite thing to pull out of the fridge. It's like La Croix...but better because it's flavored with real fruit instead of elusive "natural flavors." Mmm...I think I need to go drink a Grapefruit Spindrift about now. 

9. PinkBlush Maternity Floral Wrap Dress // As I’ve entered the later part of pregnancy and watched my body change, I have struggled to find much of anything that I feel pretty in. I slip this dress on and feel feminine, pretty, and comfortable in my own skin. I also love that it’s designed to fit me after baby comes, too! It will be a great nursing dress for next Spring.

10. Gap Modal Maternity Nightshirt // This thing is SO soft, so comfortable, and perfect for sleeping and wearing around the house. I plan on wearing this during labor at the birth center as well, and I know it will come in handy with my robe during those first weeks of newborn care.