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Large Affordable Area Rugs

If you are in the market for an area rug, but don’t have a big budget to spend on it, don’t lose heart! There are lots of pretty and affordable rugs on the market if you do a little digging.

In the 8 years we’ve lived in our current abode we’ve gone through three rugs in our family room, and now we’re onto a fourth! We spend most of our time in this room since it has the fireplace and TV, and there is nothing that I love more than our house filled up with our kids and their friends and everyone sprawled out watching a game or a movie, and so our rugs do see a lot of action.

We have always bought wool or natural fiber rugs, but my mom bought this huge 10’x14′ polypropylene rug a couple years ago and while it’s thin (it definitely needs a decent rug pad) we continuously admire how lovely it is and how it wears so well, so I kept an open mind and looked at synthetic rugs for our family room in addition to the usual suspects. I was searching for 8’x10′-9’x12′ rugs, and considering synthetics opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

Here are some of the affordable rugs I auditioned, and the one that made the cut!


Large Area Rugs Under $300

nuLoom polypropylene 8’x10′ rug, $202

I love all the vibrant rugs that are on the market! I just adore this one with our sofa and neutral chair possibilities, but not so much with the settee.

Bohemian Multicolor Polypropylene 9’x12′ rug, $285

Love all the colors in this more traditional rug.

Diamond Jute Rug, 8’6″x11’6″, $287

Diamond pattern jute rug

This is definitely more in line with the “coastal chic” vibe that I’m going for and relaxes the velvet chesterfield a bit.

Natural Jute Braided Rug, 9’x12′, $246

Another jute rug that is tightly woven and gets great reviews.

Off White Jute Braided Rug, 9’x12′, $246

A tightly woven but soft jute rug

Same rug in ivory.

A few more noteworthy rugs under $300:


Calathea Hand-Braided Jute Rug, 9’x12′ $294.99

(similar to this rug from one of my favorite stores that is 3x the price!)

Navy and natural jute area rug

Brandt Tibetan Polypropylene Rug, 9’x12′ $132.99!! 

Affordable large rug blue and white

NuLoom Wool Pixel Trellis Rug, 9’x12′, $277

Affordable wool area rug

Honorable mention!!

Last but not least, the basketweave seagrass rugs I have in both my living room and dining room. Seagrass is super durable, fantastic with traffic and cleans up so well (I’ve had red wine and red sauce spilled on ours and was able to get the stains out!) however they are NOT soft underfoot or for lying on for TV watching or playing games, so that is something to take into consideration, and the reason I didn’t go the seagrass route with our family room. I LOVE seagrass for the dining room, living room and our stairs though!

How our seagrass stair runner has held up through the yearsSources for DIY stair runners


Basketweave seagrass rug, 9’x12′, $239

Synthetics do give you a lot of options, and natural fiber rugs are clearly also fantastic at stretching the budget, so if you need a big rug on a dime, I hope this little list helps to at least point you in the right direction.

Any guesses on the one I picked for my One Room Challenge family room?


If you guessed the one I would be most crazy to buy then you’d be right. I’ll show you on Thursday along with an update on how the room is coming along.

Have a great day friends!


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Large area rugs that are less than $300

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Wednesday 25th of April 2018

Gorgeous choices Lisa! I particularly love the white one in your room!

cassie bustamante

Wednesday 25th of April 2018

all such great picks! i love that first one so much!

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country

Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Can't wait to see what you chose! Regarding your parents' rug, I have that exact one saved in my cart, but was hesitant because I keep thinking I want wool, plus I wanted to see it in person. (I also need a 10 x 14 for the family room.) I guess I should just order a small one to test it out in the room. And what a great price! Shelley


Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Do you have any suggestions for rug pads? I just bought one of the rugs you suggested above but it will definitely require a pad. It's going in our dining room . It's a high traffic walkway so i need a nonslip mat that can be easily and regularly vacuumed. Thanks in advance!


Tuesday 24th of April 2018

Jill I'm happy you found one you liked! I do have some rug pad suggestions. You can go two ways - a simple rubber rug pad that keeps the rug from slipping, or a felt and rubber one that also gives a little cushion to the rug. I initially got my mom the simple rubber pad for her polypropylene rug but the rug IS very thin, so I eventually got a felt/rubber one and it's a nice upgrade to the feel of walking on it. However, for jute rugs that tend to be a little loftier, the rubber pad is fine. I actually ordered a thin felt/rubber one for a jute rug just to make sure it's nice and cushy for my kids who like to sit on the floor. There are a few linked in my Amazon shop here - the one I bought is called "Anchor Grip" and is 1/8" thick. Hope this helps!!

Debbie - MountainMama

Tuesday 24th of April 2018

I'm guessing the ivory one!! I have an ivory rug in my dining room and I love it....I also keep spare bottles of Oxi Clean Carpet Stain Remover Spray on hand, FYI!! :)


Tuesday 24th of April 2018

You know me so well Debbie!! :) :) :) I'll definitely need Oxi! But it's also reversible so that's a selling feature right there!