How to Choose a Hearth Rug

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How to Choose a Hearth Rug
A hearth rug can be any size. (zoomphotographics/Valueline/Getty Images)

A hearth rug is a floor covering that you place next to your fireplace. Some hearth rugs are fire-resistant, and can protect your carpeting or hardwood from spark damage, while others serve more decorative purposes. Whether you select a fire-resistant hearth rug or just a regular floor rug that you place in front of your fireplace, the rug should match the decor of the rest of the room.

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    Assess the fire risk of your fireplace. If you have an active, wood-burning fireplace, you will need a fire-resistant rug. An electrical fireplace or one that is simply decorative does not need a rug with a fire-resistant treatment. Untreated rugs are generally less expensive.

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    Measure the width of your hearth. If you need a fire-resistant rug, select one that is at least the width of the hearth. If you do not need fire resistance, you can select whatever size best complements your room.

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    Select a rug design based on the decor of the rest of the room. The rug's colours should complement the furniture and wall colours; you can also select a print that accents the room. For example, if you have utilised modern decor throughout the space, you can select a hearth rug that has a bold geometric pattern featuring colours that complement the paint. If you have a room decorated in a rustic or country fashion, a woven hearth rug with fringed edges would be appropriate.

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    Narrow down your selection to the rug that best fits your budget after you have selected a few options with the right level of fire resistance, size and design.

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