Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box
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Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box

I know the frustration of trying to find a gift for somebody who seems to have everything. What finally helped me take the angst out of gift buying was starting to think outside the box. Since then, it seems to be easier to find something that my loved one will like, whatever the occasion. These days, I look in unusual places for gift ideas. Instead of retail shops, I see what is happening at local auction houses. I may look into getting my loved one something they've expressed an interest in recently, like taking guitar lessons. I may even surprise my friend with a visit from a chef who prepares a special meal just for him or her. If you have the gift buying blues, let me help. I'll provide some tips on how to get clues for wonderful presents that will delight and amaze your loved ones.


Gift Buying: Thinking Outside the Box

Runner Rugs: Their Uses And Care

Peggy Lee

Runner rugs can create a unique and polished look for your home. They come in many styles and colors, including distressed, trellis, contemporary, and Persian. You can choose from tufted, flat-woven, and hand-knotted weaves that complement the design. Keep reading to learn more about runner rugs and some of the best places to use them.

What Are Runner Rugs?

A runner rug is a long rectangular rug that people traditionally put in their hallways. Like most rugs, people use runner rugs to protect their floors and keep people from slipping. They also help cushion your feet against a hard floor. The runner rugs' unique shape makes them easy to fit in narrower places that a traditionally-sized rug won't fit.

Where Do People Use Runner Rugs?

Hallways are not the only way to use runner rugs. Here are some unique contemporary ways to use them.

Over a Stairway

An extra-long runner rug can look great over a set of stairs. However, take extra steps to ensure your rug is very secure with no movement.

In Front (or Next To) Your Bed

Place your rug next to your bed for a soft space to step on upon getting up. Or, put it at the foot of your bed as decoration.

In Your Mud Room or Entryway

A runner rug near an entryway is a great way to protect your floors from mud and rain.

In the Kitchen

A small runner on a narrow kitchen floor can add a bit of color and interest to the room.

Hung on a Wall

A good-quality runner rug can be an art form. Some people display artisan rugs the same way as a painting.

How Can One Care for Runner Rugs?

How you care for your runner rugs depends on the size and material of your rug. When buying a runner rug, be mindful of the type of care it will need. Rugs made with synthetic material are usually the easiest to clean. Some small synthetic rugs may even be machine-washable. However, wool and other natural materials usually need special care. Ask the seller for advice and err on the conservative side with runner rug care.

Runner rugs are an understated but very versatile decorative component in your home. You can use them in several ways. You can choose from a variety of sizes, so they fit well in even a small room or apartment. If you are ready to decorate your home with a runner rug, contact a rug salesperson to get started.