Home interiors can be troublesome for those allergic to cotton, wool or silk. Most furniture items, including area rugs and carpeting, are upholstered in fabrics made from one or a blend of these materials. Though hypoallergenic rugs were once a rarity, they are becoming more prevalent on the commercial market, as many rug manufacturers have begun making hypoallergenic floor coverings with their allergy-prone customers in mind. These rugs are often made from materials such as bamboo, seagrass or sisal.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
Measure and record the dimensions of the room where the rug will be laid. This step may not necessary if you will be purchasing a small entryway rug.
Visit your local carpet and rug supplier and ask a salesperson about hypoallergenic options. Most stores will have a small portion of space dedicated to rugs made with natural, hypoallergenic fibers.
Select a rug that will complement the decor of your room. Most hypoallergenic rugs tend to be simple in appearance, but exciting patterns or colors can be found in some stores.
Compare the dimensions of your room with those of the available rugs. If the size you need is out of stock or backordered, you may be able to have it shipped to your home once it is available.
Purchase your rug online if there are no hypoallergenic options available at your local supplier. Be sure to verify correct dimensions before finalizing your purchase.
Tips & Warnings
- Home furnishing stores may also carry hypoallergenic rugs. Shop around locally before making an online purchase.
- Purchase a used hypoallergenic rug from a friend, family member or coworker to cut costs. Ensure that the rug is clean and in suitable condition before buying.
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