I need a rug to ground a room, bring together a design, reduce echo, and keep my downstairs neighbors from hating me. It's a lot to ask from this one important accessory, but I have to ask it for even more. This rug also needs to be well-made, beautiful, and cheap. Amazingly, good, cheap, beautiful rugs aren't hard to find. It's so nice when a seemingly impossible task turns out to be pretty easy! Here's a list of ten places to find your own good, cheap rug.
Rugs USA: I first heard of this site last year from an Apartment Therapy reader, it has quickly become one of my favorites. Rugs USA offers a variety of styles and price points, and they typically run promotions offering up to 80% off. I particularly love that their selection of inexpensive flat-weave rugs have woven instead of printed designs.
Overstock: Tons of rugs, just tons and tons of rugs. Overstock has more than 80,000 rugs, but their search and sort features are very helpful in narrowing down the results. They have the best selection of inexpensive jute rugs that I've seen and they feature their valid coupon codes right on the site.
Target: Target has great rugs both in-store and online. Shopping in-store is great if you're looking for small accent rugs or want to get the feel for something you've admired online. The website has larger sized rugs and an enormous selection of items not available in the store. Beware that there are some obviously cheap, shiny-synthetic rugs lurking on the website, but items can be returned either to a store or shipped back free of charge so there's very little risk involved if you don't end up loving your choice.
Urban Outfitters: This is the perfect source for inexpensive printed rugs that bring lots of personality to low traffic areas. The printed nature of the rugs means they'll show wear and tear quickly if you're not careful, but a good rug pad goes a long way to help preserve these rugs.
Homegoods: Unfortunately they don't have an e-commerce site, but if you're lucky to live near one of these stores it's definitely worth a trip. Homegoods is an off-price store, which means that they're buying up old discounted merchandise from a variety of sources and have a constantly changing inventory. This can mean a great deal on the perfect rug (Last time I was there I saw a $1600 Calvin Klein rug marked to $199!), but it can also mean that they have nothing for you on a give day. Completely hit or miss, but definitely worth the gamble.
eBay: I recently discovered that lots of rug retailers use eBay to liquidate their old merchandise. I had been eyeing a rug for my kitchen that was slightly discounted, but not low enough for me to justify the purchase, when it suddenly disappeared from the website I was using. After mulling it over for a few days and realizing that I had made a huge mistake and needed EXACTLY that rug for my kitchen I decided to hunt it down. That is how I found it, and lots of other discounted rugs that had disappeared from the sale I was watching, further discounted in a shop on eBay. It takes a little patience to sort through the many listings, but the deals are great and the rugs are high quality.
West Elm: You have to love beautiful, modern rugs at reasonable prices. Especially when they're marked down with an extra 15% off (through Monday 5/19/2014)! Without fail West Elm always has good looking, high-quality rugs on sale, and runs frequent promotions on regular priced rugs if you're willing to wait it out!
World Market: This is my go-to for small accent rugs. The prices are low and the quality is pretty solid for little throw rugs. They don't make many large rugs, but the large jute rugs are of good quality and have a lot of color depth. As with Urban Outfitters, many of the rugs are printed and need a good rug pad to help preserve their appearance.
Land of Nod: This is an amazing source for reasonably priced, high-quality rugs. Yes, it's a children's design company, but the fun, bright patterned rugs don't scream "kiddie" and there are plenty of subtle options to create a neutral base for a room. Plus, they always have a bunch of rugs in their sale section!
Joss and Main: Flash-sale sites like Joss and Main are wildly popular these days, and no wonder as their large discounts are hard to beat. You do need to sign up to have access to the sales, but you can opt out of receiving emails, so it's not much of a hassle. Joss and Main doesn't have rugs everyday, but frequently feature them as part of style-themed sales or as separate rug-only shops. The only drawback is when you see something you like you do have to buy it immediately as the sale will be over within a few days and the items will disappear.
(Image credits: West Elm)