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Guide to Recycled Plastic Outdoor Rugs and Mats

Guide to Recycled Plastic Outdoor Rugs and Mats 5

Here at Floorsome we are very proud of our recycled plastic rug and mat range. We offer once of the largest selections in Australia. With our speedy shipping times you can literally order one of these beauties and have them sitting on your deck on patio within a few days! Being made from recycled plastic means you are doing your bit for the environment.

 

Outdoor Rug Recycled Plastic - Brooklyn Blue

Outdoor Rug Recycled Plastic - Brooklyn Blue

 

How are they made?

The plastic used in these rugs is selected from a variety of different sources such as plastic bags, drink bottles, medicine bottles, tin foil, shopping bags, carpet fibres and a range of other things that are normally thrown into landfill. Normally these items would sit in landfill for many years so the fact they can be re purposed into new items is wonderful news.

The plastic items are then melted down into large vats which have a colour dye mixed in with them. This melted down plastic is then forced through a pipe so it comes out in the form of straws. The straws are then woven around spool which can then go onto a loom.

The loom then weaves the plastic straws together creating the mat!. After the mat is finished the ends are capped off with tape. For some of the larger mats they may be stitched together. (If a mat is stitched together this will be advertised). The result is a wonderfully soft yet hard-wearing mat that will last many years.

Outdoor Rug Recycled Plastic - Kilimanjaro

Outdoor Rug Recycled Plastic - Kilimanjaro

 

What other uses do they have?

Of course most of of our customers use their recycled plastic rugs for under an outdoor setting but don't think this is all they are good for! These rugs can also be great as an easily washable indoor rug. Often used in kids rooms or play areas where spills are common. As these rugs are very light they can easily be rolled up and taken to a variety of outdoor activities such and camping, the beach, picnics, sporting events and BBQ's.

HIGH TIDE Recycled Plastic Outdoor Mat / Rug, Green & Grey 3x3m

HIGH TIDE Recycled Plastic Outdoor Mat / Rug, Green & Grey 3x3m can be used for camping and is easy to fold up.

 

What is a PET rug?

You might see some of our recycled rugs with the PET label on them and wonder what does this mean? The main difference with these rugs is the feel of them. Our PET rugs feel more like a wool rug than a plastic rug. They are made from recycled plastic bottles.Although they have the appearance to something closer to an indoor rug these rugs are still totally fine to get wet and are UV treated. Select one of these rugs if you want a rug that is soft like wool and can still be used outside without worry. These rugs also make great indoor rugs!

Indoor Outdoor Recycled Plastic PET Polypropylene Rug Longwood

Indoor Outdoor Recycled Plastic PET Polypropylene Rug Longwood

 

How do I clean my rug or mat?

As these rugs are totally waterproof simply hose them down and then let to air dry or even hang it on the line. For spot cleaning just use some kitchen spray such and spray and wipe.

 

Where can I get one?

We have a large range of recycled plastic rugs and mats right here :https://www.floorsome.com.au/collections/recycled-plastic-outdoor-rugs

 

How long will it take to get to me?

Our recycled plastic rugs are usually shipped the next business day and can take anywhere from 1-5 business days to get you depending on where you live. They are shipped from our warehouses in Sydney and Tweed Heads.

 

 

 

 

  • Brett Ryder
Hallway Runner Buying Guide

Hallway Runner Buying Guide 8

If you are reading this blog you might be considering whether or not you need a hallway runner. There are many benefits to putting down a hallway runner, not only do they look great, they will also protect your floor. A hallway is generally a high traffic area which will attract lots of dirt and debris from outside. A good runner will help collect these particles from the floor and stop them being spread further throughout the house. When used in entry ways, they can be used to set the tone for the rest of the home. They are also a great noise insulator and protect your floors from UV damage.

 

Step 1: Always measure first.

Carnival Runner

Carnival White Transitional Runner Rug

 As a general rule its good to have a 10 - 15 cm gap of visible flooring around the runner on all sides. Its also no problem if you have a larger gap of floor visible at each end if your hallway is a little longer.

Our runners come in sizes of 3m, 4m and 5m long and 80cm wide which should be suitable for most hallways. (To look at sizing just click on the runner you like then look for the drop down "size" menu on the product page) If you have a very long hallway you can easily use two smaller runners and just join them half way. They are fine just sitting next to each other but another option is to have them professionally joined by an over locker. 

A common question we are asked is if we have custom sized runners, the answer to this is no we don't, as all our runners come pre-cut from the manufacturer.

Step 2: Decide on your material

Runner designs

Choosing what your rug is made of is an important consideration in the journey to choosing your ideal runner. Below is some information on different materials.

Wool: Hardwearing and soft, wool is still the gold standard fibre in rugs and for good reason, it will last for years and its luxurious underfoot. Great for high traffic areas. Wool is a little less stain resistant than synthetic fibres so we recommend cleaning stains as soon as you notice them. The drawback with wool is generally they can cost a bit more than synthetic rugs.

Heatset Polypropylene: Feels very soft to the touch and is one of the hardest wearing piles. This fibre is also very stain resistant so great for high traffic areas.

BCF Polypropylene: Generally our cheaper rugs are made from this process. These rugs are well priced but wont wear as hard as the more expensive Heatset Poly and Wool rugs. That said however they will last for years if cared for and are very inexpensive so you can update the look of your hallway without breaking the bank.

Jute/Sisal: Jute and sisal rugs have a natural look that can really bring and organic feel to a hallway. While these rugs are very hard wearing its important to note they will are a little harsher underfoot than some of our other rugs and also can stain easier like all natural rugs so its important to clean up stains as quickly as possible.

Step 3: Choose your style and colour

This is where you personal preference should come into play, look at choosing a hallway runner that will match the style and decor of your home. 

Styles

Traditional Runners: These tend to go very well with wooden floors, it will give the hallway a rich inviting feel. If your home has a more traditional style of decor then this style of runner can be a great choice.

Modern Runners: Modern runners go very will with both tiles and and wooden floors. Keep in mind if you are choosing your runner for an entryway then the runner will set the tone for the style in the rest of the house.

Natural Fibre Runners: These runners have more of a natural look to the them and have some great earthy tones for an inviting feel.

Colour

Again this will certainly come down to preference but we can offer some tips to help you choose a great colour for your hallway runner.

If your hallway is painted in a fairly neutral colour like white or grey, consider using a brighter bolder colour to add some flair to the space.

You should also consider your colour scheme for the rest of the house and choose a colour that will tie in with your other rugs and decor.

If you have more of a bright colour scheme it can be a good idea to just pick a runner that is similar colour to your flooring and it will blend right in.

Step 4: Other considerations

Chunky Barker Fiber Runner Rug

Do I need a rug pad?

 

Rug Pads for Runners

Rug pads have several benefits and should be a serious consideration for you when you buy your new runner. Rugs that are subject to heavy traffic can often move around slightly on the floor and a rug pad will keep the rug from moving. Rug pads will also extend the life of your rug as they offer a bit of give under the runner so its not taking the full weight of the traffic that passes over it. If you still aren't sure feel free to give your runner a trial without the rug pad and then if you feel its moving about too much you can always order a rug pad after.

Pile Thickness:

Lastly you should consider the pile height of your runner. Check to make sure it will fit under any doors that may open into the hallway that its sitting in. If you are looking for something really soft underfoot a shag runner can be a great choice. If you have pets and children however and want something that will be easy to keep clean a flat weave pile might be a better choice. Heatset polypropylene rugs are also a great choice for the hard wearing option and are super easy to clean.

 

That's the end of our guide and we hope it has helped you on your journey to finding the perfect hallway runner, if you have any more questions please do not hesitate to email us at info@floorsome.com.au and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you have any comments or suggestions please leave a comment below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Brett Ryder
Try Our Best Selling Rugs

Try Our Best Selling Rugs 5

Choosing a rug can be a hard choice. First, you have to choose what the rug is made of. Do you go acrylic, wool, jute or polypropylene? Then you will need to choose a colour, blue, red, white, yellow, green, orange? Then what size and shape do you need? Round or rectangle?

Are you getting confused yet? Don't worry, this is normal and with so many different choices it can be almost too much to choose from. With all the sizes, styles and shapes Floorsome stocks over 6500 different rugs!

Sometimes you just need to get some inspiration so here are some of our best sellers that are sure to look great on your floor.

We have used customer provided pictures for some of these so you can get a real idea of what they will look like on your floor.

1. Monet Stunning Blue Rug

Monet Stunning Blue Rug

Blue is one colour that never seems to go out of style. Use some blue throw cushions to tie this rug into your decor and it will look amazing on any floor. Its made of a dense hard wearing acrylic material so its soft and long lasting as well.

2.Eternal 910 Grey Rug 

Eternal 910 Grey Rug

Vintage Persian rugs can cost thousands of dollars. With this rug we have recreated that look for a small fraction of the cost. This rug is tip sheared by hand for the stone washed distressed appearance.

 

3. Urban Curves Rug Charcoal Purple

Urban Curves Rug Charcoal Purple

These Floorsome exclusive shaggy rugs are very popular at the moment. Purple must be in! These rugs a very low maintenance and affordable as well. They are really comfortable to sit on.

4. Plush Luxury Shag Rug Charcoal

Plush Luxury Shag Rug Charcoal

Charcoal rugs are very popular and so easy to match with almost all decor. These rugs combine a mixture of thick heavy strands and thinner shiny strands, this gives the rug a heavy quality feel and look while still having a dazzling look. Very thick and comfortable underfoot.

5. Saffron 11 Natural Rug

Saffron 11 Natural Rug

This rug has only just come into stock in 2019 and is already proving to be a great seller. The 4cm pile height gives the rug a super plush feel underfoot and the fringes look great as well.

 

6. Skandi 300 Grey Wool Rug

Our Skandi range is currently 20% off so this rug in particular is proving to be very popular. Its a 100% wool rug and a flat weave which means its really soft underfoot while being hard wearing as well. This rug looks and feels very high quality.

 

Hopefully that has given you a bit of inspiration. If you would like to see all our best sellers head over to our main rug page here which is sorted by best sellers. We are sure you will find something you love. If you need any more advice you can always send us an email at info@floorsome.com.au

 

  • Brett Ryder
Rug Size Guide

Rug Size Guide 6

Pick the perfect rug size, every time.

One of the most common questions we are asked is what size rug should I buy? We have put together this handy guide to help you choose the perfect size rug to go in your home.

The recommended sizes below are just approximates so feel free to choose sizes that are similar.

Before you start!

Measure the area out first. It can be easy to just try and estimate what size rug you want and then end up getting the wrong size and having to send it back! This can be avoided by simply picking the size you think will be suitable and then taking the tape measure and actually measuring out where the rug will end.

Living Room / Lounge Room:

 

Recommended Sizes: ( 400x300cm, 320x230cm, 290x200cm and 230x160cm(for smaller lounge rooms))

Bigger is better! Although it can be tempting to choose a smaller size rug because they are cheaper this can often make the room look smaller. Make a statement with your rug and go big!

First, look at the coffee table, this will often be where the centre of the rug will be, you would at least want the rug to be large enough to go under the legs of the surrounding lounge and chairs in the room. 

 

Bedrooms: 

Recommended sizes: (230x160cm, 165x115cm, 130x70cm)

Put the rug under the bed and have a symmetrical border around the edges, make sure the rug is large enough that you can see a good amount of the rug.

Another idea is to get a smaller rug and put it next to the bed, this can add a splash of colour and set the tone for the room. 

Finally you could also buy two small runners in a 200x80cm size and then put one on each side of the bed. We have some of these in a shag pile style and they are super soft under your bare feet:

Click here for 2m runners

 

Dining Rooms:

 

Recommended Sizes: ( 400x300cm, 320x230cm, 290x200cm)

With dining rooms you want all the legs of the table and chairs to be on the rug.

Measure your dining table and then add on an extra metre all the way around to allow enough room for you to pull out the chairs and remain on the rug.

Other Rooms:

Entryways: A good runner will do the trick here, measure out the length of your hallway and choose an appropriate size (300x80cm, 400x30cm or 500x80cm).

Note: Have you considered a new door mat? They can be used for a cheap and easy way to change up the look of your entryway. Door mats here.

Hallways: This is what runners are designed for. Again always measure first! This will save on the headache of having to send the runner back for replacement. (300x80cm, 400x30cm or 500x80cm).

Office: A smaller rug may be appropriate here, put a rug under your desk and make sure you have enough room for your chair to move back and forward on the rug. (230x160cm should do the trick!)

Outdoors: Depending on the outdoor setting the rules will be similar to our dining or lounge room size guides. Make sure all the legs of the outdoor furniture are sitting on the rug and allow for enough room for chairs to move back and forth. A large outdoor rug will make a great statement!

 

Thank you for taking the time to read our guide, we are always on hand to take further questions so please do not hesitate to email us at info@floorsome.com.au if you need anymore help with choosing your rug.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Brett Ryder
How to choose a rug

How to choose a rug 1

How to choose a rug

Choosing a rug can be a stressful decision to make as there are many factors to consider. Firstly, the colour you choose needs to match the rest of your decor such as your cushions, lounge and wall art. Next, it's important to pick the correct size rug, as a rug that is too small will look out of place and a rug that is too large may cost you more than it needs to. Thirdly, the type of rug should be considered, do you want something that is super soft and fluffy or a harder wearing low pile rug for high traffic areas. All these should be considered before the decision is made.

Start with the rug

If you are decorating an entire room the most common advice from interior decorators is to "start with the rug". This means choose the rug before you pick any other decor. The reason for this is because then you can use the rug as an anchor for the rest of the decor in the room. Rugs are also generally one of the more expensive decor items you will buy for the room so it will probably be changed less than something such a cushion covers.

 Skandi 316 Grey Wool Rug

Skandi 316 Grey Wool Rug

 

Colour 

The colour or colours you choose in your rug will be dictated by many factors, but the first thing will be whether you are starting from scratch decorating the room. If so then you can go wild and choose anything that takes your fancy, knowing you will be able to use this to set the mood for the room and choose decor to match it later. If however you are just wanting to freshen up the room or perhaps replace an old rug which is more often the case, then your choices may be a little more restricted.

Take a look around the room, if you have alot of colour and texture in your other furniture and decor, it may be wiser to choose a more plain style of rug to go with the decor you already have. If, however you feel the room needs a bit of a lift, then don't be scared to choose a heavily pattered or brightly coloured rug as this might be just the thing the room needs.

Beautiful Stripped Rainbow Kids Rugs

Add some colour!

Beautiful Stripped Rainbow Kids Rugs

You can also help unify the look of the room by adding some wall art, cushions or perhaps a vase in the same colours as your new rug.

 

Material

Rugs come in a variety of different materials such as wool, heat set polypropylene, jute, BCF (bulk continuous filament polypropylene) and more. This can be a little confusing so we have a little guide below to help you choose a material for your rug.

Wool: Hardwearing and soft, wool is still the gold standard fibre in rugs and for good reason, it will last for years and its luxurious underfoot. Great for high traffic areas. Wool is a little less stain resistant than synthetic fibres so we recommend cleaning stains as soon as you notice them. The drawback with wool is generally they can cost quite a bit more than synthetic rugs.

https://www.floorsome.com.au/products/loft-stunning-wool-pink-rug

Wool rugs in soft pastel colours can make a room feel more inviting.

Loft Stunning Wool Pink Rug

Heatset Polypropylene: Feels very soft to the touch and is one of the hardest wearing piles. This fibre is also very stain resistant so great for high traffic areas.

Tabriz Transitional Modern Rug White Navy Grey

BCF Polypropylene: Generally our cheaper rugs are made from this process. These rugs are well priced but wont wear as hard as the more expensive Heatset Poly and Wool rugs. That said however they will last for years if cared for and are very inexpensive so you can update the look of your room with out breaking the bank.

Uber Cool Black Rug Grey Ivory Rug

Uber Cool Black Rug Grey Ivory Rug

Jute/Sisal: Jute and sisal rugs have a natural look that can really bring and organic feel to a room. While these rugs are very hard wearing its important to note they will are a little harsher underfoot than some of our other rugs and also can stain easier like all natural rugs so its important to clean up stains as quickly as possible.

Tumu Hand Woven Tribal Jute Rug

 

 Tumu Hand Woven Tribal Jute Rug

 

Size 

We often get asked what size rug people should buy for their house. This one can be hard to answer as there are a few things to consider such as furniture and room size. 

Small Rugs - Small rugs are usually from 150x80cm up to 170x120cm. Great for small living areas and bedrooms, these size rugs can be used to highlight furniture pieces as well.

Medium Rugs - The standard size for a medium rug is 230x160cm. Our most popular size rug. Great for under the coffee table in your living room, bedrooms and home offices.

Large Rugs - 290x200cm, good size for most lounge rooms, and dining rooms. This size will allow you to have the feet of your furniture on the rug which generally looks better than having a smaller rug.

Extra Large Rugs - Extra large rugs are generally considered to be 330x240cm to 400x300cm. Extra large size rugs are great for large living rooms, 8-10 seat dining settings, master bedrooms and large entertaining areas.

 

Skandi 300 Grey Wool Rug

230x160cm can go well at the end of your bed

 

 

Thanks for reading our guide, and we hope this helps you on your journey to finding a new rug. 

If you need more help please send us an email to info@floorsome.com.au

 

  • Brett Ryder
RUG DECOR TRENDS 2018 SEASON

RUG DECOR TRENDS 2018 SEASON 1

In this blog article we go over two design trends we are seeing come through this year. Rugs are a very important part of any room design. They are also easy to change and freshen up the look of a room if you wish to do that as well.

 

Modern Bohemian

modern bohemian

Colour is back!. While you will still be surrounded by boho décor, colour fans will be happy to hear, that colour is making a comeback, in the form of modern bohemian.

Deep Green, as in this Diamond Twist rug is right in vogue this year and if you team it with a deep green velvet lounge, you will have hit the mark.

Green Diamond Twist Rug

Diamond Twist Green Rug

 

Not a fan of green? Navy and Taupe is also a great colour combination this season and teams well with any colour. Sticking with neutrals on the walls and adding colour with your soft furnishings, such as rugs and cushions, is always a good rule to follow.

Our Oasis range is heavily inspired by the modern bohemian design trend, available in vivid brights and soft neutral palettes to suit various design themes.

Oasis 455 Navy Tribal Rug

Oasis 455 Navy Tribal Rug

Urban Tribe Designer Rug Blue

Urban Tribe Designer Rug Blue

 

Jungalow

Jungalow Style

An example of Jungalow style

 

Navy also goes well with the next trend, which you may have seen a hint of in Summer. 

Jungalow is all things botanical, and is inspired by blogger, Junstina Blackeney. Indoor pot plants and wall paper with palm trees are back in vogue this season and there is some great rattan furniture to complete the look. Think palm springs, capri, Hawaii, its all in the mix.

Capri Palm Springs Stone and Soft Blue Rug

Capri Palm Springs Stone and Soft Blue Rug

 

MOROCCAN Recycled Plastic Mat, AUBERGINE & White 1.8 x 2.7m

 

In closing, as it has been with the last 10 years or so, you can make any trend your own, as long as the colours are right, and you have a workable and balanced space to live in, or Hygge as the Swedish would say.

  • Trish Ryder
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