Budget Sources for Area Rugs

By Kate Riley January 11, 2017

It’s been three years since I rounded up my favorite sources for affordable rugs, so I thought it time to do another list. It’s hard for me to spend a lot of money on a rug. When I add together the wear and tear that comes from kids and pets on top of my everlasting longing for a new look, it results in a 2-3 year life expectancy on a rug before I’m ready to donate the old and move on to something new.

For my home, I always buy 6 x 9’ rugs because that size fits my living room, family room, office, and dining room space so I can rotate them to my heart’s desire. I find 6 x 9’ rugs are a little harder to come by since most rugs come in either 5 x 7′ which (for me) is always too small or 8 x 10’ which is always a bit large.

Today I’m sharing my list of the top go-to sources for good looking and affordable rugs, the first places I visit whenever I need to makeover a space on a budget. Most offer plenty of options for an 8 x 10′ rug under $300.

All Modern & Wayfair (sister stores)



8 x 10 favorites under $300


olga gray / verona / bungalow rose / seaport ivory


Urban Outfitters


8 x 10 favorites under $300:


sahara medallion / izmar maze / boucherouite  / magical thinking




8 x 10’ favorites under $300:


mod gray / fiber & jute / vintage pink persian /navy & gold


World Market

8 x 10’ favorites under $500:


high tide / woven kilim


Rugs USA

8 x 10’ favorites under $300:


sierra paddle / parallel bars / bermuda diamond trellis / abstract splatter



8 x 10’ favorites under $300:


multicolor shag / vintage distressed


There you have it! These are the places I shop first when I’m on the hunt for an affordable large scale rug for a budget room makeover. What are your go-to sources for an inexpensive rug?


  1. I have that Vintage Distressed rug from Target and I love it! It’s so much softer than I expected.

  2. I have purchased for rugs from RugsUSA over the past two years and have loved each and everyone of them. Although their everyday prices are great, they have even better sales on the days surrounding Black Friday!

  3. Target – I love their outdoor rugs I have 5 now. Love their free shipping & easy returns though I’ve never returned one. I’ve looked at the other place but the return policy stops me. If there’s a problem I don’t want to have to pay for shipping. And they have a great selection of rugs.

  4. Rugs USA and Wayfair are my go to place for finding affordable rugs, but I also started to look on Home Depot and Lowes website just to check if they carry the same rug – mainly for easy returns. Actually, I bought an Olga rug you linked to, and I found it at Home Depot for a much better price. It can be tricky to find as every website seems to have a different name for the same rug.

  5. I have tufted rug for my Living room and I bought it from the classy home and I love to buy from there because of its budget price. I love this collection, thank you Kate.

  6. Thanks for the tips! Here in Finland large area rugs are quite uncommon and that is the reason while the selection is very narrow and costs a lot. Having good foreing store to shop at is the best solution, if in need of bigger rug.

  7. I have the distressed Persian-esque rug which you listed as no.2 under Wayfair. I got a 9×12 from Amazon for $200!! It cost me much much more than that because I live outside of the US and had to import it and pay duties but for those of you in the US it’s a great deal.

  8. This post could not have come at a better time. Find an area rug for the (recently finished) family room addition was actually written on my to-do list for today. Thanks!

  9. This is a perfect post, as I have been looking for a rug for our office for several weeks now. Many that I see are polypropylene. Do you have any of these, and if so, what’s your opinion on them? Are they nice? For some reason I feel like they would look/seem cheap. Thanks, Kate! Love your site so much!

    • I’ve used the indoor/outdoor made of polypropelene rugs in my house before, the quality varies by manufacturer but for the most part I’ve been happy. It seems they’re getting better and softer in recent years.

  10. Hands down Rugs USA – I have bought several rugs from them the last few years. Always wait for the 70% sales. Free shipping also. I also prefer non-wool now because the wool ones would shed like crazy for a few months.

  11. Thank you for the tips on where to purchase area rugs. Any comments on the backing of area rugs and the interaction with vinyl plank flooring??

    • It depends on the rug, the cotton ones can be more slippery so a rug pad is recommended, but I usually don’t use one with a heavier wool or polypropylene indoor/outdoor version since they often have a slight grip background.

  12. Area rugs can really add something special to a room since they’re both beautiful and functional. They add texture and color to the home, and they can also help protect the floor from wear and tear. It’s especially important to put them in highly trafficked areas.

  13. If you are lucky enough IKEA has some great rugs (the cowhides are fantastic) and countless times I have scored big at Tuesday Morning. Sometimes I buy a rug just because I love it and I keep it packaged up to sell to my clients! Shop often and you will eventually hit the jackpot.

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