4 Unconventional Ways to Afford Area Rugs

Let’s face it – rugs can be expensive. Today I’m going to share 4 unconventional ways I shop for area rugs for our home. If you’re on a tight budget, I hope these tips will help!

How to afford large area rugs

You guys know how cheap I am when it comes to home decor, and let’s face it – rugs can be expensive! I had a friend recently ask me about this, so today I’m going to share 4 unconventional ways I afford large area rugs using examples throughout our home. If you’re on a tight budget, I hope these tips will help!

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How to Afford Large Area Rugs – Tip 1

Search eBay. I love checking eBay when I’m hunting for something specific, because on eBay you’ll find gently used and even damaged items. 

How to afford large area rugs

A perfect example of this is my natural fiber living room rug. I loved the layered look, but every jute rug I found in the size that I wanted was anywhere from $500-$1,000. There was just no way I was going to spend that kind of money on a rug. 

My Mom is sort of an eBay queen, so I asked for her help on this one. She ended up finding a 9×12 natural fiber rug (worth well over $1,000) for $150 because the corner was slightly torn. After looking through the seller’s photos I knew the torn corner would end up underneath of our couch, so no one would ever see it!

How to afford large area rugs
How to afford large area rugs

The best part about eBay? You can make an offer! It always makes me nervous, but what’s the worst that could happen? All they can do is say no. I offered $100, and the seller accepted!! I was over the moon excited.

You can find a similar match to our jute rug here.

How to Afford Large Area Rugs – Tip 2

My second tip is an easy one if you’ve been following me for a while. Search thrift shops. Remember, large stores like Walmart and Target often donate merchandise to thrift stores! The rug in our boys’ bedroom is a brand new outdoor rug from Target. It’s very large (8×10) and we paid $69. 

We are actually finishing up the boys’ bedroom this spring, I can’t wait to share the space with you all here on the blog!

How to Afford Large Area Rugs – Tip 3

My third tip might sound super crazy, but hey, it works! Rather than purchasing one expensive, large area rug, why not purchase two smaller ones and place them side by side? Obviously you would need to choose patterns that work for this method, like stripes or even a natural fiber option. 

In our dining room, we have two, 5×7 rugs side by side under our dining room table. We bought ours at K-mart years ago for $70 each, but 140 bucks for a large, 7×10 rug is an amazing deal if you’ve been rug shopping lately.

How to afford large area rugs

Our rugs are no longer available, but you can find a similar one here

If you look close enough you can definitely tell, but most people don’t even notice unless I point it out to them!

How to Afford Large Area Rugs – Tip 4

Don’t be afraid to ask for more of a discount on clearance rugs. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like stores still ask for way too much money when items are clearanced, especially when they are damaged! Don’t be afraid to ask the retailer if they can take more money off! 

How to afford large area rugs

The rug in our nursery was the only one of it’s kind left at Target, and several strings were loose and frayed. I asked if they could go lower on the price, and they took off an extra ten percent! It never hurts to ask. 

How to afford large area rugs

Find a similar rug here.

I hope these tips were a help to you! How do you afford large area rugs? Share your tips in the comments below!

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