The Best Material For Your Bedroom Rug
Are you having issues deciding on the best material for your bedroom rug? Don’t worry, in this article, we will be breaking down the 7 best options for you
Ever since the old days, the bedroom has always been one of the most important parts of a home. After all, sleeping is unarguably a vital part of our lives, as important as eating, drinking, and breathing.
Thus, it is important that the room we sleep in has the most comfortable decorations as well as furniture. One of those necessities is, undoubtedly, the rug.
Have you ever had the experience of putting your feet on the cold hard floor after a great sleep? From our personal experiences, that was not a great feeling at all! However, with a warm and fuzzy rug covering the bedroom floor, a chilly cold floor will never be your concern anymore.
A great bedroom rug helps start your day off just right!/ Ph: Overstock.com
But choosing a great rug is also not an easy process, as there are quite a lot of things that you need to consider. For example, you have to estimate the size, the thickness, and most importantly, the material.
With the right material, a rug’s durability and feel will also be improved significantly. That is why we want to break down the 7 most popular synthetic and natural fibers for the best area rugs for the bedroom.
Natural Fiber Rugs
These rug fibers are the “traditional” types of rug material that we have been using to make rugs since forever. Some of the most well-known materials for a great bedroom rug are wool, cotton, and of course, silk.
These days, they are often only found in handmade, high-quality rugs. After all, as people nowadays love natural products so much, the price has been driven up as well. So, here are our 4 choices for natural fiber rugs.
Being among the most durable options for rug these days, it should come as no surprise that wool is among the best choices.
First of all, wool as a material is incredibly versatile, thanks to its easy-to-dye nature. Thus, it allows for a boundless number of color combinations. Can you imagine just how many great patterns can be created? In addition, wool can also hold its dye for quite some time, think 50-plus years.
With that kind of color retainment capability, coupled with its incredible durability, there is nothing better for families with little kids. In addition, the wool rugs are very comfortable for the feet.
Furthermore, thanks to wool’s dense properties, wool rugs repel liquids naturally. Of course, the rugs will still absorb the liquid eventually. However, there is quite a long time range, so a fast cleanup will help keep any permanent damage away.
With that being said, it does not mean wool rugs have no cons. For instance, if you live in a high-moisture area, wool is not a great material for you. This is because wool is really absorbent, so being in a highly humid area constantly will cause mildew as well as mold.
Additionally, cleaning wool rugs is not an easy job. In fact, it is advisable that you leave the cleaning to professionals. Thus, it will be expensive to maintain wool rugs.
As the material comes with high durability, diverse color options, and a soft feel, wool is among the best options for your bedroom’s rug type.
Of course, it does have some drawbacks like being costly to buy and maintain. Thus, we at inhouse Carpet give it a 7/10 score as a bedroom rug material.
Cotton is surely something that you see each day. After all, it is among the most popular materials for clothes. However, have you ever considered it as a material for your bedroom’s rug?
Cotton is, first and foremost, really easy to dye. Just like the case with cotton clothes, there are so many color options that one can choose for cotton rugs. Next, we simply cannot deny the fact that cotton is just so cheap as a material.
Furthermore, cotton rugs are machine-washable without any risk of damage. Thus, it is also really inexpensive to maintain. You can certainly save a sizable sum if you use cotton instead of wool.
As for the drawbacks, the highly absorbent nature means that cotton rugs will stain easily. In addition, a cotton rug will also turn brown after some time. The reason is due to cells breaking down and releasing lignin, which produces a yellow/brown color.
While it can’t compete with wool or silk on the softness side, cotton is surely more comfortable than jute and sisal. In addition, it also has many available color patterns.
Of course, it does have some flaws like staining easily. Thus, we believe that cotton is a serviceable 6/10 material for your bedroom rug.
Jute And Sisal Rugs
Why do we group two materials into one? Well, it is due to the fact that they perform almost identically. The very first impression one gets about jute/sisal rugs is that they are really tough and durable. After all, both jute and sisal are fiber-rich plants. Thus, this allows the weaver to make weaves and textures different from other types of fibers.
However, they cannot compete with wool or even cotton rugs when we talk about comfort. Jute and sisal’s constructs mean that they will always give rougher feedback to your feet. In addition, they also share the high humidity issue with wool rugs.
As you may know, being soft to the feet is the core requirement for a bedroom rug, so that is a big disadvantage. The durability is more fitting for places with high foot traffic, like a living room. Thus, we do not think that jute or sisal rugs are fitting for your bedroom. We give them a 4/10.
Silk has been the synonym of beauty and luxury for literally millennia. In fact, there is a reason that the Silk Road is even older than Jesus. With its unique sheen and incredible softness, silk rugs have been among the most sought-after luxury products since its conception.
Of course, what we call silk rugs are not completely silk. Usually, the weavers combine silk and wool to create them with wool being underneath and silk being on top.
Thus, one can easily be deceived by the delicate feel that silk rugs give out. In fact, they are quite resilient. On its own, silk filament is already stronger than steel, capable of stretching 20 times its length. Once combined with wool, we have the most long-lasting and durable rug material on our hands.
Furthermore, silk absorbs colors easily, so the weavers can freely go ahead with their creativity.
There are still some disadvantages, however. First of all, direct sunlight and silk are not good companions, as the UV light will make the dyes fade. In addition, silk is really sensitive to chemicals. Bleach, alkaloids, and wine can all damage your rug. Thus, maintaining silk rugs can be quite a pain.
Despite its high price and difficulties to maintain, there is simply no material that can compete with silk softness. It really is the best material for your bedroom rug. We give it a score of 9/10.
Synthetic Fiber Rugs
Typically, synthetic rugs are made by machines, woven through power looms. With these rugs, you can freely customize their patterns, colors, sizes, etc. After specifying the details, they will be passed to a computer and the machines start forming the rug you decided on.
Here are the best synthetic fibers for your bedroom rugs.
At the moment, we have two options of nylon materials on the market: 6 and 6.6. For a while, the 6.6 was unarguably better at resisting static as well as retaining color. However, after many improvements to nylon 6’s molecular structure, the gap has been closed.
There is no beating nylon if we talk about durability. Its creators design nylon specifically for its capability to resist abrasions as well as stains.
However, due to focusing too much on durability, the nylon rugs do not have that luxurious feel of silk or wool. In addition, it does not offer any soft feedback to your feet.
As it fails in the most vital part for a bedroom rug, the softness challenge, we cannot say that nylon is suitable for your bedroom. After all, the first few steps can always make or break a day. We decide on a 4/10 score for nylon rugs.
There is just no denying that these days olefin, or polypropylene, is the most popular synthetic material for rugs. After all, it was created as an alternative to wool.
Thus, it is just as soft, or even softer than wool. Additionally, olefin is quite resistant to moisture as well as many outdoor elements. Of course, it is indeed less expensive than wool.
However, it is not a resilient fiber, so marks of furniture will be really hard to fix. Furthermore, olefin is not as easy to clean as one may think.
With soft feedback to your feet, an olefin rug in your bedroom will surely make your day better. However, due to it not being as resilient as wool, we give it a 6.5/10 score.
There are many attempts at producing alternatives to wool as a rug material, olefin is one of them, and polyester is another. The polyester that is commonly used for rug making is Polyethylene Terephthalate. This is why we sometimes call polyester synthetic rugs P.E.T. rugs.
If your budget is not too high, a polyester rug is simply a bargain as it usually costs even less than nylon rugs. As it is quite soft, the feedback a polyester rug gives to your feet will feel incredible.
In addition, as many companies make P.E.T. rugs out of recycled plastic, you are also helping with protecting the environment!
However, due to its nature, polyester rugs do shed fibers, which will get stuck to our bodies or float in the air. Thus, that may be a concern, especially for children and pets.
As the bedroom is usually a confined area, the fiber shedding can pose a problem. On the other hand, the softness of polyester is on par with wool and olefin. Thus, we give polyester a 6/10 score as a material for your bedroom rug.
After reading through this article, we hope that you are now ready to make an informed decision for your bedroom from all these types of rug materials.
Our last advice is that you should always remember to balance your requirements against your budget. After all, there is always a perfect rug for you out there, it’s your job to find it.
Nithana Nguyen is an ex-carpet installer. After leaving his job, he has been focusing on the inhouse Carpet blog, specializing in rating and ranking the best area rugs on Amazon. For the bedroom, he reviews carefully the materials, colors, patterns, and brands to put out the list of the best area rugs for bedroom. Check out this article if you want to shorten the time spent on picking out the best carpet for your bedroom.