Over the past few years, my obsession with beautiful rugs has grown, as I’ve seen how they can transform a space. Change the rug, change the room. And, surprisingly, once you know where to look, there are so many beautiful–and affordable–area rugs to be found.

For example, I love how this inexpensive blue and white patterned area rug updated our hearth room:


Rugs are the design anchors for your rooms, but choosing the perfect one can be a bit of a challenge. If you’re anything like me, you need a little visual inspo, so I’ve rounded up several beautiful and affordable area rugs that will help you get the look for less.

Where to buy affordable, well-made area rugs

Although rugs often run in the thousands, I found several affordable area rugs for you below–most are under $200 and some are under $100. Even though these rugs are affordable, they’re still good-quality, well-made rugs from reliable sellers like Wayfair, Target, Amazon, Overstock, and World Market.  Shopping the sales at Pottery Barn and West Elm is also a great way to buy quality rugs on a budget.

What size rug do you need?

For a living room, choose a rug that’s large enough for the front legs of your sofa and chairs to rest on the rug. This usually means buying at the very least a 5 x 7 or 5 x 8; but most likely an 8 x 10–or even a 9 x 12.  The rug in our living room, below, is a 7 x 10. 


For a dining room, ideally, choose a rug that allows the table and all chair legs to rest on the rug, with extra room for the chairs to push back. This most often means an 8 x 10 or a 9 x 12.

In the bedroom, it’s nice to have at least a foot or two of rug peeking out on each side of the bed, with the rug far enough under the bed for your feet to land on it when you get out of bed.  (I’m breaking my own rule in our master bedroom, below.  I need to pull that rug up a bit!)


A 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 works best.  Because bedrooms are low-traffic areas, this is a great place for the plushness of thick high-pile rugs or shag rugs that feel good under your feet.

From globally-inspired styles to casual stripes, muted neutrals, farmhouse favorites, beachy naturals, vintage looks and more, below you’ll find a great assortment of wallet-friendly area rugs you can buy online.  

Stylish Area Rugs for Every Style and Every Budget

Simply click directly on any photo for details:

Have a wonderful day! xo jane

P.S. For even more ideas, I have an entire page devoted to beautiful area rugs and runners I love!  Also, make sure to read my post sharing where to find beautiful and affordable Turkish runners!