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Area Rugs

Check out this question from reader, Shea –

I am completely redoing my entire living room and am looking to purchase an area rug; however, they are SO expensive. Maybe some Hip2savers will know ways to save on area rugs?

Please share your tips in the comments below! Thanks!

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  1. Lee

    Honestly I have gotten some great deals with free shipping off eBay. Gorgeous ones and no chemical smell either. Big Lots also can have good deals. Kmart also can have great clearance deals time to time.

  2. Michelle

    I needed area rugs recently and I ended up finding great rugs at Shopko, they always have many rugs on clearance. I bought from 2 different stores, on different days, and used three of the $10 off $50 coupons they always have, I was able to get 3 coordinated 8 x 10 rugs for under $100!! (I bought a rug from there about 15 years ago and it still looks good.)

  3. Kelly

    $80 remnant at menards then had it bound for $70, it was 10×14!

  4. Momof3

    We bought an 8×10 for our living room from Home Depot for $210 it’s homestead brand–gray and white—it’s SO SOFT! We love it! Several ppl we know here have also purchased it–$200 isn’t bad for a rug that size AND that soft! We have young kids so we are on the floor a lot.

  5. Jamie

    I shopped everywhere for a big area rug. I needed a large size. I ended up getting a FLOR rug, which was not necessarily cheap, but they do have cheaper options. Twice a year, they have a huge % off sale. The pieces fit together like tiles and you can get any color/design combo you want. While I didn’t necessarily save (a 12×16 cost me about$550), it cleans SO nicely. Every time a dog or kid pukes, or a drink spills, I simply pick the one or two tiles up and throw it in the wash. Because of this, I believe I have really saved because I would have had to buy a new one by now! And I really got exactly the colors and style I wanted. Really recommend it!

  6. Em

    Watch Target end caps for online returns. I’ve gotten two 5x7s for $30ish. Our big living room rug was a splurge…we bought a locally made 9×11 and it was so super worth it…we spent around $400.

  7. Kristina

    Costco has had nice big ones inexpensive!

  8. Jenny

    Oh Collin I love you……I’ve become so lazy. I rarely search out my own deals, recipes, gift ideas or decorating tips anymore. I just wait for your posts and utilize your ideas. 😘 Thank you for everything.

    • Arianne

      Jenny, I feel the SAME WAY – LOL!!

    • Kate

      Amen to that! Collin is amazing!

  9. Ons on

    HomeGoods with a Raises gift card

    • Kate

      This is a great idea. I
      ‘m wanting to try Raise. Any new customer promos or referral links that might help?

  10. M

    Anybody know of any good and cheap area rugs for kids? Preferably educational

  11. Mandy

    Check Facebook local sites. Just got a 8×10 for $50. The person o bought it from paid $300. Also for an 8×10 at the Home Goods Store (like TJ Maxx). Paid $120 about $60 off.

  12. ResseCup

    Since I’m moving by year’s end, I’ve been eyeing rugs at Ross. Great selection and prices. You could also try HomeGoods or a TJMaxx with a HomeGoods in store.

  13. vanessa

    I have had to furnish a new home and get rugs for every room. Even rugusa, Wayfair, etc, you really can’t get anything for under $100. The absolute best deal I got was at a dock sale at West Elm. They had a stack of 5×7 rugs for $35 and 8×10 for $50 (or right around that price). Most were floor models I believe. We only got 2 and i am kicking myself for not getting more. Our West Elm has these once or twice a year. I am wondering if other stores do the same with floor models.

  14. MRB

    I just bought one I’ve been watching for months. It was a Target Threshold brand, went on sale and then there was a cartwheel for all Threshold 20% off. After tax $125, 7×10.
    I love it and am so glad I waited for this deal on this perfect rug.

    • Ashley

      I second target. Just bought mine when it was 20% as well!

    • Ashley

      I bought a threshold fretwork rug from target for around $105 about a year ago (I combined a few promos). I have 3 small kids and it has held up to puke and baby poo shockingly well! It’s not super thick, but it’s fine for sitting on to play with the kiddos. I really wanted a thick, plush one, but honestly, it’s nice to have one that I don’t have to vacuum everyday to avoid it looking trampled on.

  15. Swathi

    This may help you on website in the search box type in as ” as is area rugs” so the rugs which are on clearance are shown first for very low price you can see a lot. So whatever you want type in the word “as is” and the name of item you are searching. HTH

    • Sara

      Oh, good tip! I didn’t know that!

  16. Bonnie Peterson

    Our local carpet store had a $10.00 “remnant” carpet sale. We found a 10×12 foot piece that was perfect. Took it to a local guy who does custom binding and paid $.75/ft to have it bound. All in cost: $100.00!

  17. JP

    Make your own. Remnants, seam tape, & binding

  18. Jennifer

    Target + Ikea

  19. CJ

    I read a tip online about buying a large sisal or jute rug (BC they’re less expensive) then using a smaller decorative rug in the center…so it looks bordered by the sisal rug.

    I’ve gotten two nice, large rugs for $25-30 each off local Facebook sale sites.

  20. jerri

    Old time pottery

  21. Tee

    Easy peasy DIY cheap customized area rug.
    This is my super frugal cheap diy way. I’ve bought carpet sample squares (usually 16-20 of them) in complementary colors to my decor. I lay them out 4×4 or 4×5 in an eye pleasing pattern. Then I flip them all over mirror image face down and use heavy duty gorilla duct tape and tape them together. Then I get someone to help me flip over my giant custom area rug. When I get tired of the color scheme, I seek out new carpet squares and repeat the process. It’s cheap and it runs me $1-$2 a square and $8-10 for a roll of tape. Voilà!

  22. Barb J

    Target and Ikea.

  23. Workaholic

    Costco or Craigslist. The last one is a pain in the rear (writing, inspecting, cleaning, etc) , but well worth the time.

  24. Bekah

    I got ours a couple months ago as the Deal of the Day on Overstock and stacked a 10% coupon.

  25. Demi

    I got a great 9×12 rug from Ross for my living room a few years ago for $89. Also, I recently got rugs for my son’s nursery from Target when they had 25% off one day only, I was able to add to his registry and use the 15% completion discount, which I stacked with my RedCard 5%, some gift cards, and cash back through Ebates. Another great option is Craigslist or Facebook resale sites, my husband and I are resellers so we often come across rugs or other home décor in good used condition that we sell for 10-25% of original retail. Ebay can be great as well, my Mother in law bought a beautiful wool rug that retails for over $3000 for $600 in an auction.

  26. Jolanta

    If you care about quality, not just price, keep an eye on Craigslist. It takes time to find the right rug, but it is well worth it. We got rugs that are 100% wool, handwoven, size 6 x 9 for avarage $200 per rug. Well worth it!

  27. Maggie

    Someone already mentioned it but if you live near a Christmas Tree Shops, they have area rugs for a very reasonable price! I would definitely buy from them again.

  28. CrescentCityCurly

    I needed things to stage a home my BF renovated and found great, high quality rugs at a furniture warehouse store. It is a store that rents out office furniture.

  29. MosleyMOM

    I love the Store AT HOME. It used to be Garden Ridge. They have a huge selection of larger sized carpets at great prices.

  30. Allison

    I have done Tuesday Morning, Pottery Barn clearance sale, Home Goods, and Craigslist. My best deal was Craigslist! I got a Pottery Barn 8×10 rug that regularly retailed for $700 for $50. In amazing shape and very clean! I highly recommend making sure that if you do craigslist check it out make sure it is clean and has not bugs!

  31. Veena

    Flea market

  32. Brit

    Okay so, Bed bath and beyond has there clearance events. At the end of last summer I got one of the big outdoor rugs that’s normally $200 for $100 and used a %20 off coupon and got it for $80!

  33. Brit

    Big lots stores also has VERY cheap rugs. For indoor, you can snag a 5′ 7 for $20.

  34. Kristi

    When we moved last year, we bought 7 rugs from Ollie’s for $600!! That less than ONE rugs from anywhere else! Two of them were decorative rugs and the rest were bound remnants. So glad my mom told me about them!!!

  35. Sarah

    If you have any thrift stores near you, might be worth checking out. My local Salvation Army stores have lots of large rugs, some are new. another easy place to look in your state and city for estate sales close by. I often see gorgeous rugs for a fraction of the retail cost.

  36. MCouzens

    The Habitat ReStores in my area have rugs. Several different sizes, and the giant ones where under $100 last time I checked.

  37. Nicole

    Target clearance is the best deal around! I just got a 5×7 rug for 19.18! It was marked 23.98 but I had a 20% off area rugs cartwheel.

  38. Jessie

    Sorry for the silly question but how do I know what size rug to get? Is there a formula?

    • Shelby

      If you look up Emily Henderson she has a video all about how to choose the proper rug size. Usually people buy too small. You need at least a foot on each side of your furniture and the rule of thumb is that at least the front legs should be on the rug of all the furniture in the room. (Sofa and chairs)

  39. Angela

    Home Great rugs for great prices! They also carry “odd” size rugs! Very happy with the quality of them!

  40. April

    Home goods. Got our 5×7 shag rug for $50

  41. April

    Once I went to a rich neighborhood and found an area rug that looked new that the homeowner was throwing away on the curb because of a very small defect and I took it for free and saved it from the garbage dump. Go to rich neighborhoods on their garbage day, they throw out lots of nice stuff.

  42. Tuesday's Child (@SaucySweet)

    My biggest tip is to buy wool rugs. They’re more expensive than polyester rugs but they release stains that you wouldn’t be able to get out of cheap rugs (great for dogs/ small kids). They also physically hold up better than poly rugs. You can expect to get 10-15+ years out of a wool rug, so you’ll save money over time. I like to buy rugs from HomeGoods. I also have several wool rugs from Restoration Hardware that were bought during warehouse sales for 90% off. Incidentally, I recently bought a $2000 Restoration Hardware dining table for $200 during a warehouse sale. If you live in a more upscale major metro area, those sales are worth a trip when they pop up.

  43. vmm

    TIP: be sure to shop around AFTER you pick which rug you want!
    I found a rug I liked on a specialty home site once, don’t recall which one, but of all places, when I was searching by name or at least brand(they sometimes have different names for the same pattern at multiple stores), I found it for half the price on Farm & Fleet’s website…and later at home depot for a bit higher but they offered other sizes.

    also, go back to the site with the most reviews to really learn about it!

  44. Ashley57

    Oddly enough…found my area rug on the side of the road…ready for the garbage. I cleaned it then laid it out! I have gotten lots of compliments on it too.

  45. Inda

    Target “outdoor” rugs on clearance. Some of them are literally the same material as their indoor rugs.

  46. Shelby

    rugsusa is the cheapest if you shop when they have a 75% off sale. They have them frequently. I’ve got great deals on there. Also eBay if you’re looking for vintage or Turkish

  47. Mary

    Ollie’s! Beautiful bound plush, Berber, you name it. All sizes. 10×12’s were $80

  48. Michelle

    I bought my last large area rug on Groupon and I love it! Groupon Goods always has deals on rugs so I recommend checking there first since it’s so easy to do.

  49. Mona

    I recommend local family owned and run furniture shops. My husband and I own a furniture shop and since we have just a couple of employees we have less overhead usually, therefore our mark-ups stay relatively low. Also each small family store may carry different interesting lines and designs that you won’t find at big box stores nor even at the bigger retail furniture chains. Which means you are less likely to find your rug in someone else’s home, too 😉

  50. lindsay

    Ocean State Job Lot…. found threshold (Target) rugs there for half the price target was selling… 5×7 for $60

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