I have been trying to find the right living room rug for ages. I needed something really huge (I was hoping for about 12×14), which is almost impossible to find in stores or online. And antique rugs get astronomically expensive when they are that big. I’ve purchased carpet remnants for odd-sized rooms in the past and thought I would just do that again and maybe save up for an antique rug down the road.
I’m not going to go into detail here, but I had two very negative customer service experiences with two different Home Depot carpet departments here in the NYC area that really put me off. I was all ready to order a rug in this great diamond pattern, but it didn’t happen either time because of incompetent/rude employees. And I’m pretty laid back, so you know it must have been bad if it upset me!
The carpet is by Stainmaster and is a great deal at about $2.50 per square foot and then $2 per linear foot for the binding. You guys all know that I love Home Depot – I am a loyal customer there usually, so I don’t mind sharing these photos in case you’re also looking for a large area rug or wall to wall. Hopefully you have a better ordering experience than I did.
Before I tried for a THIRD time to order the diamond carpet from Home Depot, I decided to stop into the clearance section in the basement at ABC Carpet and Home (a big thanks to Abbey for the tip!). They are having a 50% off sale right now on unfinished remnants.
I ended up getting this 12×15 gold and cream striped Karastan remnant (in the middle) for just a couple hundred dollars — about what the Home Depot rug would have cost.
It’s getting delivered this morning and I can’t wait to roll it out in my living room! Rugs are probably my least favorite thing to shop for (they’re SO expensive!!), but they really make a big difference in the feel of a space.
A HUGE thanks to ABC for their incredible customer service. Special shout out to Rick, who has worked there for 28 years! If you’re in the New York area, I highly recommend stopping by to check out the huge clearance basement. Grab a Madeline Weinrib rug or pillow for half off while you’re there.
PS Someone should buy this beauty. I think it was 8×10 (too small for my LR), and I was still sooo tempted.