Carpets vs. Rugs in NSW: What’s the Difference?

Many people often use the terms carpets and rugs in NSW interchangeably, as though they mean the same thing. This is quite understandable since both have a lot of similarities. For one, both are used to refer to a piece of thick cloth that is normally woven by using organic fibers or synthetic materials. Both are also used to decorate homes and offices around the world. Despite these similarities, there are marked differences between both types of flooring materials.

Floor Coverage

For one, a carpet is generally used as a form of wall-to-wall floor covering. That is, carpets are installed to cover an entire room of virtually any size. In addition, wall-to-wall carpets are permanently affixed to a subfloor. On the other hand, rugs are usually used to cover a particular area only. They can simply be laid anywhere and since they’re not permanently fixed to the floor, they can be moved easily from one place to another.

Size

Another main (and more obvious) difference is with regard to their size. For instance, wall-to-wall carpeting can be as large as the room that they are being installed in. On the other hand, rugs are much smaller by comparison. They are often as large as a few feet in length and width. Area rugs in particular can cover only a certain portion of the room where they are placed, like the center of a living room for example. There are also area carpets which do not cover the entire floor space of the room. However, they are still much bigger than a typical area rug.

Cleaning

When it comes to cleaning and maintenance, many people agree that carpets are more challenging than rugs. More often than not, carpets are clean with the use of a vacuum cleaner. However, this does not give the carpet a thorough cleaning, or at least not as thorough as one would expect. When carpets do need a thorough cleaning, the only option would be professional deep cleaning. And people who have tried professional deep cleaning knows how expensive and time consuming this process can be.

Area rugs on the other hand are much simpler to clean. Since they’re not permanently fixed to the floor and because of their relatively small size, it is easy to bring them outside the home and give them a thorough cleaning. Some can also be washed by hand using a soft-bristled brush and mild detergent, though care must be taken not to damage the fibers.

Aside from the ones mentioned above, there are many other differences between rugs and carpets. But whichever one you choose, you are bound to get a soft and comfortable flooring material that you’ll enjoy for many years to come (with proper care and maintenance, of course).

If you are looking for high quality carpets or rugs, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. You can call us up at (02) 4677 3366 or (02) 9520 0628 or leave a message in our contact page. We also have a range of other products like timber flooring, vinyl flooring, and others.