I think we can all agree that shopping for area rugs can be overwhelming. There are so many styles, sizes, and prices to choose from online.
In this post, I’m going to share the best affordable area rugs that you can find online. I’ve included a variety of colors (bold, neutral, and in between) to choose from.
Also, let talk about texture! I know shag carpet ended years ago, but it’s fun to have different options depending on which room your rug will be in—like a living room, dining room, bedroom, or office. An area rug can really make a big impact on a room.
Related: The Cutest Sofas Under $1,000, Best Living Room Rugs (Splurge + Save) and The Best Coffee Tables (Splurge + Save).
At the end of the post, I’m going to share our tips for keeping area rugs clean. This is a popular question in the A Beautiful Mess world since so many of us love light-colored rugs!
Types of Area Rugs in this Post:
Rug Sources: Wayfair, Rugs USA, Urban Outfitters, World Market, Rifle Paper Co., and Amazon.
Simple Jute Rug
You can’t go wrong with a simple jute rug. Elsie swears by this rug and has used it time and time again in her home. This neutral color goes with everything and this rug is available in 11 versatile colors.
One reviewer said “This jute rug is not only beautiful, but it’s very soft on your feet. It lays perfectly with no wrinkles.”
Colorful Shag Rug
This vibrant shag rug has all the 70s feels. It would be great in an area where you want to hide stains and marks (like a playroom or kids room) or as a colorful statement piece in a living room.
One reviewer said “This is a fantastic rug. Super bright colors, very soft, and a great price.”
Wool Terrazzo Rug
Laura has this amazing terrazzo rug in her pink living room. I love the vintage-inspired pattern and the dusty pink color is fresh and fun. This rug is also available in ivory and navy blue.
One reviewer said “It’s gorgeous. There are metallic threads in it, which you can’t see from the pictures. And this size of rug for the price is incredible.”
Orla Chenille Rug
This soft chenille rug has rich, earthy colors with a cool bohemian-inspired geometric design. This type of rug works best in low traffic areas with a rug pad.
One reviewer said “I get so many compliments on this rug. It matches a lot of my other decor because it has so many different colors in it.”
Rifle Paper Co.
Power Loomed Rug
Rifle Paper Co. makes high quality rugs and the prices are very reasonable. Elsie has this loomed rug in her master bathroom. This stunning rug also happens to be stain and fade-resistant. If you’re looking for a neutral rug with a lot of charm, this one is for you!
Moroccaan Jute Rug
I’ve been looking for a pink textured rug for my living room, and this Moroccan jute rug is on my list. Handmade in India, this rug is made from an eco-friendly fiber that’s easy to clean (a huge plus if you have pets). It’s available in 4 colors.
One reviewer said “It’s very well made. I also have a $5K rug in the house and it is hard to tell the difference.”
Striped Taupe Rug
Elsie has this affordable striped loomed rug on her back porch She actually placed two of these rugs together to create the look of one long rug to work for her outdoor space. I love a versatile rug that can be used outdoors as well as inside.
One reviewer said “I am super happy with this rug. I plan to put it on the balcony in the summer, but couldn’t resist using it to layer and now I think I need a second.”
Southwestern Tufted Rug
I love this handmade ivory rug. It’s extra plush with a wonderful geometric pattern and bright, fun colors. And, you can’t beat the price.
One reviewer said “I love this rug! It’s super soft. I bought it for my office to make it cozier and more welcoming.”
Faux Cowhide Rug
I had no idea that faux cowhide rugs were so easy to maintain and clean until Emma told me about one she has in her dining room! The fibers can be spot cleaned, so you don’t have to worry about spills as much. And, this neutral rug can “dress up” any space.
One reviewer said “I bought this to layer over a vintage Turkish rug and it looks elevated and luxurious. This rug is soft and nice.
Boho Dots Rug
This rug that would look so good in a bedroom or dining room. This wool polka dot rug (I love the imperfect dots) is thick enough to be used without a rug pad. It’s also available in dark blue.
One reviewer said “Just what I was looking for. Great quality, heavy rug. Looks phenomenal in my space.”
What’s the Best Way to Clean a Rug?
Elsie owns a mix of vintage and newer rugs and she swears by this stain remover. Keeping your rugs vacuumed (at least once a week) is another trick to keep them looking new and fresh.
If you have pets, Folex is the best cleaner you can buy, hands down. Elsie and Emma swear by it, and it has nearly 80k positive reviews on Amazon.
Looking for more tips? Check out How I Clean My Vintage Rugs and Leather Sofas.
Speaking of vintage rugs, Elsie’s favorite places to shop for them are:
Great layout and lots of fun recs, thank you!
Love the format of this post! And the rugs are great too.