12.15.2010

Random Rug Ramblings~

We have a very pretty area rug in our living room. We bought it about 5 years ago and it was not cheap. I like it. But my love affair with it is waning. It is tan with reds, golds and browns. I have been fighting the desire for quite a while to add blues to my decor because they just won't go with the rug and I can't justify buying a new rug when we have a perfectly good - and not inexpensive one - already. (You can see one end of the rug in the photo below.)






Here's where the story gets interesting. Or gross. The Princess woke up in the middle of the night a couple of nights ago with a tummy ache. She couldn't sleep so I got her settled on the couch in the living room with a movie on the TV (we don't normally have a TV in the living room, but there is one there right now left over from the Hubby's convalescence.) Not long after I was settled back in bed, I got the frantic shout from the living room that she threw up - I realize this is probably more than you wanted to know but it is pivotal to my story. And it wasn't until I got in there that I discovered that my area rug was a casualty.

Now, I have scrubbed, and scrubbed. Lysoled. Febreezed. You name it, I've tried it. And the smell remains. (I realize the smell will fade over time, but humor me please.)

Every year we receive some Christmas money from our parents. (And by we, I mean each member of the family receives an alloted amount.) This year I had been toying with the idea of buying a new rug for the living room, but I couldn't justify it to myself, because being the decorating-obsessed girl that I am, it seemed like a guilty pleasure to me -especially since we have already established that the rug we have was perfectly good. But now that my rug smells completely atrocious, I feel justified in using my money to buy a new one. (Okay, it's a bit of a weak justification, but it works for me...and it is gift money after all.)





So after that uber-long explanation, here is the meat of my post. I really want to purchase a sisal-type rug. I am considering one from IKEA like the one pictured above because their prices are doable for my budget. But I was wondering, my dear readers, if you have any suggestions? I need a rug that is roughly 8x10. And I can't spend a lot, but I don't want it to look (or feel) cheap. I sure could use some input. Anyone out there have experience with the IKEA rugs? Anyone have any other suggestions? Sure hoping you can help a gal out.

And on a completely different note, just a reminder that Frugal Friday goes up tonight at 8:00 pm MST. Hope to see you all there!


Have a great day~

32 comments:

DisturbedAngel said...

No experience with IKEA rugs but if they are as awesome as the rest of their stuff, I'd say go for it. And considering your existing rug, though still technically "good", has now been irked on, all the more reason to go for it.

As for the smell in the meantime, go to your local pet store and see if they sell "Simple Solution". I've always found it to work wonders for my area rugs for all sorts of pet and kid stains and odors.

Hope it helps!

Kristin

Courtenay@Signal Hill Interiors said...

I've never tried Ikea rugs, but I've always been interested. I've had good luck with Lowe's. In my store they have a stand tucked away in the back of the aisles where they have their clearance rugs. I got a really nice quality one last year for about $100. Keep an eye out there!

Mrs Lemon said...

Will two smaller rugs solve your problem? And YES - use your gift money! It's a useful investment that will make you smile :)

Tricia - A Rosy Note said...

Oh that is too bad! Was your rug wool? If is was, they can't be cleaned with water. I have a nice rug from Pottery Barn called the Heathered Chenille Jute Rug and I love it. I don't know what you are looking to spend, but it is about $450 for an 8 x 10. Good luck :)

Kolein said...

I'm sorry to hear that your daughter was sick. I sure hope she is feeling better.

The rug is a goner, especially if it is wool. I will NEVER EVER IN A QUADRILLION YEARS BUY WOOL EVER EVER AGAIN. I have tragically lost several because of furry friend faux paws!! ;D

Ok, let any and all guilt go. Out the window. Bye. Bye. Then go buy a new rug.

I have NO idea about IKEA rugs because they are not in my area. However I used to be rep for high end rugs. Natural fibers including jute will deteriorate over time if there has been a mishap with wine and other stuff (being sick, animals, etc.) Even if professionally cleaned they will not survive. Why do people buy them? They've got gobs of money. That's the only answer I could come up with. Well, and the rugs look and feel dreamy.

Here is an option to consider: rugs made from recycled composite or polypropenol. I have 4 of these rugs in my home - an 8 foot round, an 11 X14, an 8 X10 and a 4X6 in the entry. They have literally had everything on them. Wine. Dogs stuff. Kids stuff. Mud. Grease. Every mishap including odors - GONE. We carpet clean them a couple of times a year. And spot clean them when a mishap occurs.

They can be purchased everywhere from Walmart to Target to Lowes and HD to furniture stores to Pier 1 to Pottery Barn.

I realize that was long. Sorry. I hope some of this information helps!

Good luck. After following you for a while I know you will do the research and pick a fabulous rug and be passing all the knowledge onto us!!!

Have a great night!

kelly lautenbach said...

Overstock has great rugs at great prices! :) and their shipping is just $2.95. I'm pretty sure if you do a little sleuthing you can find some discount codes too! :) Good luck. Can't wait to see what you decide on!

vintage vine said...

I saw a nice sisal type rug at Home Depot a few weeks ago...I think it had a binding around the edge...not sure if you would like that....Home Goods here in Tx. also had a similar one...both priced around $150....Happy Hunting...!!!

Christy Wheeler said...

We have a large IKEA rug in our living room and LOVE it. It is a 6x10 beige rug and was $200. I think it is the Gasen one. But so far it has been great, and great for the money. I have a little baby and he plays on it all the time. It doesn't look cheap. We have been very happy with our purchase. Good luck to you.

raggygirlvintage said...

Love sisal rugs, my only word of caution is that they do tend to "shed"!
Tracey

Marianne@Songbird said...

I have that exact same rug in my living room. Had it for a few months now and love it. No shedding, no pilling, looks great and we even lie on the floor now, which we never did on our wood floor.

Here are two links of how it looks in my living room:

http://www.songbirdisnesting.com/2010/11/fall-colors-in-my-living-room.html

http://www.songbirdisnesting.com/2010/10/to-rug-or-not-to-rug.html

And yes do buy yourself a new rug. It is ok to splurge sometimes.

jknapp00 said...

I have a sisal rug in my living room, but I haven't figured out if it can be cleaned at all (short of vacuuming)! I do love it though and since I live alone and don't have pets, it is not too much of a problem.

For the smell on the other rug, I have had much luck with 'Odorzout' granules from the pet store.

Beverly @ The Buzz said...

Read the first paragraph and thought "hmmm, I'm looking for a rug in just those colors...wonder if she'd want to sell hers". Looked at the photo and thought "that would be perfect in my bedroom". Read the next paragraph and thought "pass". ;-)

An anglo in qu├ębec said...

Well, I just threw out that rug after owning it for many years. I loved it and would certainly buy it again. Ours was placed in a high traffic area and held up really well. Unfortunately during a recent renovation it was rolled up and mistakenly left outside. It did not do well with a week filled with rain!

Anyway, go for it. I have since changed to wool rugs throughout the house, love, love them and since I really believe that we need natural fibers in our lives I am very cautious about going with anything other than sisal or wool.

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Sorry to hear about the mishap, I too suggest the pet solution, it works like a charm! As for an Ikea rug, I had a gorgeous wool one {which I regret giving away!}, but it was hard to clean, a friend's son spilled coffee on it and I couldn't get rid of the stain. I have a sisal in my entrance, while you can't really spot clean it, it is easy to shake and vacumn and it hides the dirt:)

Sarah said...

we got our rug from Home Decorators Collection

Holly said...

I swear by Crate & Barrel's sisal rugs, of which I have three. I once tried to save a few dollars and ordered a sisal rug from Overstock. I ended up replacing it with the C&B rug that I really wanted after a few months because it had a horrible chemical smell that wouldn't go away, I assume from the vinyl backing. I also have a sisal rug from West Elm and have been very happy with it. Sorry, no experience with Ikea rugs.

Him, Her & The Wee One said...

I've never commented on your blog, but I just recently spent some time rug shopping, so I thought I'd share my opinion for what it's worth. I am very picky and very cheap (very bad combination). My mom and I spent 4 hours looking for a rug for my entry, including a trip to IKEA. I was not impressed with the quality of the IKEA rug, at all, not even for the awesome prices. I ended up purchasing a rug at Lowe's. I was extremely surprised with their selection, quality and prices. If you have one nearby, it's worth checking out. Good luck!

Margaret said...

I've had a sisal rug before and it did not survive my puppy. The pee stains would never come out and I can't imagine that baby puke would either.

Lolo said...

I have the same rug from Ikea - except with a border and I love it. I have it in my kitchen area which is high traffic (read spills, dog hair, mysterious food grows, etc) and it has held up exceptionally well. That is the only rug that I will give good reviews on.

About 10 years ago I got a wool rug from Ikea.....and lets just say its not with us anymore ;)

I wish I could remember the name of it...anyways, the border comes in a few colors. We got a chocolate colored border and I love it :)
Good luck!

Missy said...

You TOTALLY need a new rug. ;)

Kirby said...

I bought a rug for my hall off Overstock. It was a smaller one, but it was a great price. It is one of the nicest, thickest rug I own! I would definitely check out Overstock!!
Kirby
www.everydayre-creations.com

Jill said...

Never tried Ikea's rugs but have three Pottery Barn sisal rugs in my house and love em'. I think they are pretty affordable too. Can't go wrong with the sisal look! It matches everything so when gals like us change our mind, no need to worry about that costly rug we purchased when we were in our red or green or brown, or blue or yellow mood!
xo~Jill

Denise said...

I adore the look of sisal rugs- they go great in any decor or color. I have only purchased cotton rugs from Ikea, but they do relatively well, and I would buy others from them in the future.
My only concern with where you're wanting to use it is the same scenario you described- sisal doesn't wash. At all. So if it's inexpensive, great, you can replace it if it gets wet or soiled, otherwise you might want to consider an indoor/outdoor (poly) rug that has the look of sisal but can literally be hosed off if you need to. I'm considering this option for our dining areas! Good luck!

Michelle Vandepol said...

real canadian superstore's are fab and cheap. i have a houseful

Cheryl said...

you might laugh, but when we moved to Louisiana six months ago we had to buy area rugs too and I didn't want to spend a fortune. So, here is where the laugh might come in. We actually bought two rugs at Home Depot. Very pleased with them....and they are big ones. I think the one in our living room is a 6X9 and the other one is 12 X something. Can't remember. Anywho, for both we paid less than three hundred. So, for you, one would be doable.

Lisa, An American Mom said...

Ok, I totally get why you'd want a new one. The barf just helps you justify it. ;) However we have the heathered chenille jute rug from Pottery Barn (which my son also puked blue icee on), and while my husband did get out the stain, he also bleached out the fibers of the rug in the place where the vomit landed. And something else... because it's woven, its just more difficult to clean with kids (and for us, a dog) around. And the fibers are fraying much faster than a normal, carpet-style rug would wear. I totally love the look of sisal and jute, but if you do it, get one that you don't mind replacing in a couple years because with kids, it may not last too much longer. Good luck!

LuLu said...

I had a crate and barrel jute rug and loved it but, yes i have a but..... water was spilled a few times, and when i had crawling babies spit up and guess what... one it left the ring water marks... so bad that I finally had to switch it out for a Dash and Albert rug. Also over time the ends frayed and it was in a room that was gently used. That's my experience with sisal/jute rugs. If i want that look i go for the indoor/outdoor rugs instead. hope this helps.
xo,
LuLu

Sarah said...

I know you're ready to let go of the current rug, but vinegar should do the trick if you haven't tried it yet.

Homegoods is my favorite source for rugs. I had to visit 1-2 times a week for about 6 weeks to find the perfect one. 8X11 Handtufted wool for $299.

I considered an Ikea rug for a while, but they are expensive (for Ikea) and got bad reviews online; Apartment Therapy I think.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

oh my!!! That's what happens when you have kids.

Sarah @ The Ugly Duckling House said...

My source for great inexpensive (but large like you're asking for) rugs is actually Garden Ridge. You have to sift through a lot of ugly ones, but the finds are usually worth it.

See this post for the one in my dining room - cost me less than $50.

Tyree said...

I love Target rugs. They really do have nicer rugs than most for the cost and they are really pretty.

Lindsay said...

I'm late reading this, but I have the exact rug you pictured from IKEA. It's great! Very comfy, which was my biggest concern since we tend to walk around barefoot. We've had it for two months and it's stood up well so far to the cat, the 80-pound dog, and the two of us. We spilled a glass of iced tea and it dried fine. We got the slightly smaller size for $99 because they were out of stock in the one closer to 8x10, but it's working out really well. And for that cheap, if you have to replace it in 2 or 3 years, you're still getting a deal.