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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What size is it really?!?!

Having been in the area rug business for years we have grown accustomed to the fact that rug sizes are anything but consistent. One manufacturer might make a 5’8” x 7’10 rug and the next might make a very similar rug at 5’4” x 8’ and both will call them 6’x9’ – odd and confusing we know, rugs can vary between 2% and 3% and there is no industry standard or legal clarification.

Here at Rugs to My Door, we have done a wee bit of research to find out what’s going on and pass along that answer to our customers. (we realize our customers like to be informed and knowledgeable about the products they purchase, so here goes):

First, at Rugs to My Door, we give you the actual measurements as given to us by the manufacturer so you know what size your area rug should actually be. There does have to be a little bit of tolerance here, because we are dealing with a textile, and sizes will vary in a very slight manner based on the conditions when a rug is produced. More humid and the rug could be slightly larger, less humid and slightly smaller (so slight that you probably won’t notice but you want the facts and we’re here to give ‘em to you) Also, rugs have a tendency to shrink every so slightly after they are made, up until the time they are opened and placed on the floor. Not all rugs, but many, so it is very hard to have an industry standard. And, then surprise, all measuring tapes are not equal, they even vary. So keep in mind, rugs are like a living addition to your home, they breathe, they move, they shrink, they expand, you probably won’t notice, but an informed shopper is one that has realistic expectations on what they are putting in their home.

Now, another issue seems to be a rug that is labeled as 5’8” x 7’10” showing up on a page as a 6x9. What’s this all about? Well, we try to put our rugs into size categories so you can find the correct size for your room in a quick and efficient manner. While it may be in a category, rest assured when you select that rug it will have the actual measurement so you can make sure it will fit into your space correctly.

Finally, remember rug manufacturers are not trying to be devious or underhanded with their rug sizes, but there is no real consistency in the industry and Rugs to My Door is always trying to give you the most accurate information possible. As always, if you have questions about the rug you are purchasing our customer service department is ready and willing to help you, we strive to give you the most accurate and helpful information possible. Just give us a call, we’re here to help you with your rug purchase.


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