Creating Your Dream Rug: A Guide to Designing a Custom Piece

If you’re big on the idea of unique decor, custom rugs should be at the top of your shopping list. They take personalisation to the next level and let you mark your space in an incredible way. 

As it happens, we at The Rug Maker craft a lot of bespoke rugs each year. As such, we know what the process of creating one entails, what people want out of such rugs, and so on. 

If you’re curious about all of that, you’re on the right page. Today, we’ll provide a guide to the process of designing a custom rug.

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Why bother getting a custom rug? 

We already noted it before, but one of the main reasons to get bespoke rugs is the edge they have over ordinary ones when it comes to personalising spaces. 

Few – if any – mass-manufactured rugs will have the same power, for the simple reason that finding a mass-manufactured rug that caters to all of your exact needs and preferences is about as likely as winning the lottery. 

Sometimes you may find a mass-manufactured rug with the design you want, yes. But then something like size may be slightly off. Or you find one with the perfect design and size. But then a colour or the materials aren’t what you want. 

There are simply too many factors to account for when sifting through mass-manufactured rugs for the “perfect fit”. With custom rugs, you can skip all of that effort: you can just have the perfect fit created.

That lets you satisfy all of your preferences from the get-go. Moreover, since you design your own rug, it lets you express your character and brand your home with it! 

What’s involved in making a custom rug?

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Assessing and Understanding Your Space

Assessing your living space is critical when you want to design your own rug. You should take a look at the room size, the existing colour schemes, and even the overall style of the decor in the room. 

Among other things, note the room’s obstructions. Practical considerations like doors should be included, as it’s perfectly possible to end up with an oversized rug that blocks doors’ bottom edges. Thick rugs can also be tripping hazards, so it would be best to look at where their edges would end up when sizing.

If you’re having trouble visualising the ideal size for your rug, check out our previous article on the topic. That said, you can also just ask us to do an assessment with you. We can inspect your space to put together recommendations for sizes.

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Choosing the Right Material

Material is absolutely vital when designing a rug. It can affect the rug’s feel, durability, and even colours and look, as some designs are best on certain rug materials. 

Generally, though, the first things you should think about are the rug’s purpose and placement. What is the rug supposed to do? Into which room is it going? 

Just as you wouldn’t want to put a costly silk rug on the patio, you probably wouldn’t want a hard-wearing but rough sisal rug in your bedroom. You want something hardy for the former, where people are likely to tread with shoes and things like weather are a consideration. In the latter room, though, you’re more likely to be barefoot and seeking comfort.

Consult our article on rug materials for a rundown of some of the most popular options and what each one offers. That should help you figure out which one is best for your needs.

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Exploring Design Inspiration 

When visualising your custom rug, it’s a good idea to look at items you find inspiring. These can range from other rugs to even things like your favourite parks or works of art. 

Inspiration can come from anywhere when it comes to design. The idea is to look at things that you feel both suit the look you’re going for in your home and epitomise you or your taste. 

Of course, your rugmaker will very likely give you some help here. We certainly provide guidance or ideas to our clients when they approach us for assistance in custom rug design.

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Finding the Right Partner

Obviously, you can only get the perfect rug if you work with the right rugmaker. A good idea here is to ask others for recommendations. You should also ask manufacturers to show you samples of their work or talk to their previous clients. Most will provide references if asked.

At The Rug Maker, we’re more than happy to show you our many success stories, for instance. We can show you countless cases where we guided people at every step of the process, from consultation to actual production. 

And in each case, you’ll see our passion for personalised work. We’re all about living up to clients’ expectations and fulfilling their dreams.

Start the process of creating your custom rug now

If you’re raring to begin your own bespoke rug journey, there’s no time like the present. We’ve already given you all the basics of what’s involved, so you should be better-equipped to get started compared to before!

Should you need more help, however, feel free to reach out to us. At The Rug Maker, we specialise in custom rugs and thus have more than enough experience to guide you through the process. 

Reach out to us for a consultation on your custom rug plans. We can help you figure out what’s best for you and how you can get it!