What Is A Thick Pile Rug?

Thick pile rugs are one of the most luxurious flooring accessories we can think of. What better choice of rug for making your home cosy in an instant? We love thick pile rugs here at Leader Floors, and whether you call them long pile rugs, thick pile rugs or even just shaggy rugs, we’ve put together as much information as possible about what a thick pile rug is, where to place them in your home, and how to clean them.

What Is A Thick Pile Rug?

The pile of a rug refers to the height and thickness of the fibres. For example, flat and short fibres are called short pile, while shaggy and long fibres are called thick pile. Shaggy rugs can vary in pile height from low (around a quarter inch) to in excess of three-quarters of an inch. Thick pile rugs are considered a bit of a luxury item – not because they’re always high quality, but because the longer the pile, the more impractical they can become. It’s important to consider both the advantages and disadvantages of a thick pile rug before you make the purchase:

Advantages of a thick pile rug:

  • Comfort: a thick pile rug is extremely comfortable underfoot
  • Style: thick pile rugs can add a cosy style element to any room
  • Warmth: placing a thick pile rug in a room with wooden floors means you’ll keep your feet warmer

Disadvantages of a thick pile rug:

  • Short lifespan: thick pile rugs wear much quicker than short pile
  • Tricky to clean: care must be taken when vacuuming and cleaning a thick pile rug
  • Easily indented: furniture will easily leave indentations in the rug

Where To Place A Shaggy Rug

Shaggy rugs are having another moment in the interior design world. Rugs are a simple and effective way of adding dimension and a pop of colour to any room in your home, and are the perfect cure for those that enjoy the look of a solid wood floor but prefer something soft underfoot.

Choosing a shaggy rug for your home can have so many benefits, they’re comfortable underneath your feet, can be a great standalone design piece in the room, can act as insulation for both heat and sound and can tie the look of a room together.

While shaggy rugs can unite the decor in your room, they can also overpower it. Shaggy rugs bring a lot of texture and added pattern to a room, so you need to consider exactly what your space needs in order to make sure that your shaggy rug ties the room together.

However, it’s not always the case that you get the rest of the room right before you choose a shaggy rug, it might be that you fall in love with the rug first and need to know how to adjust your room and decorate around the rug to make sure that the room holds together and isn’t overpowered by your new favourite bit of decor.

So how best to place a shaggy rug so that it works with your decor and furniture, and not against it? We’ve put together a quick list of recommendations to help you place your shaggy rug so you can enjoy the cosy comfort it brings throughout your home.

Living room

Kids Playrooms

Shaggy rugs are thick pile by nature, so if your kids are of an age where they love to play on the floor, a shaggy rug placed in the centre of the room can be a great place for them to play to their heart’s content without complaining about a cold or hard floor; the added benefit of a shaggy rug in a kid’s room is that they look fun too, so they won’t mind having something so practical in their playroom!



Have you ever woken up on a morning, swung your legs over the side of the bed and had the nasty shock of putting your feet on a freezing cold floor? Placing a shaggy rug at the side of your bed, or choosing a large shaggy rug for your bed to stand on, can be a great solution for saving your cold toes! Comfortable on your feet morning or night, the bedroom is one of the top rooms to place a shaggy rug.


Living Room

Choosing a shaggy rug that stands out? The living room is the perfect room to showcase it. We recommend that you place your shaggy rug in a square space created by your living room furniture; for example, if you have a corner sofa you could place the shaggy rug underneath a coffee table parallel with the sofa. Make sure that there’s some floor space between the rug and sofa; the space between the busy pattern of the rug and your furniture is important in making sure that the shaggy rug doesn’t overpower the design of the room.

Alternatively, if you have a muted shaggy rug you could choose one large enough to stand your furniture on – try placing just the front legs of any chairs or sofas on the rug to create an inclusive and cosy effect in the room.

How To Clean A Shaggy Rug

There are a few ways to clean a shaggy rug without causing any damage. Before you start, always check any rug tags that may be attached which will help to guide you.

Step 1: Loosen Dirt

Take your shaggy rug outside and hang it over a clothesline or similar. Use the side of a broom or a mop handle to beat the rug which should loosen any trapped dirt. If it’s a nice day, leave the rug outside for a couple of hours. This helps to kill any bacteria or dust mites.

Step 2: Vacuum

We recommend that you vacuum your shaggy rug around once a week unless children or pets are playing on it regularly. Your vacuum’s cleaning head should have a high pile setting to prevent the long fibres becoming trapped or damaged. Remember to also vacuum the underside of the thick pile rug too!

Step 3: Shampoo

To freshen up your thick pile rug, dry shampoo can be sprinkled onto the rug. Work the dry shampoo into the rug and leave for however long is instructed on the label – we’d usually suggest an hour. Vacuum up the excess.

Step 4: Steam Clean

If you don’t own a steam cleaner, you can often rent them. You’ll only need to steam clean a shaggy rug once or twice a year. Al you need to do is steam the rug with the steam cleaner, position a fan next to the rug to blow air across it for an hour or two, and the job’s done. Remember that shaggy rugs can stay damp for a long time because of their long fibres, so it’s likely that you may need to wait overnight for it to dry completely.

Step 5: Deal With Spills

Spills and stains are a common hazard for shaggy rugs, but they’re not fatal. Any spills should be soaked up as quickly as possible using paper towels. Continue to sop up the spill using a damp cloth until no more colour will lift. Bear in mind that spills left for a long time are likely to stain, at which point you may wish to consider a professional clean.

Still not found the perfect shaggy rug? Take a look at our collection of rugs including shaggy rugs at Leader Floors.

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