Budget rugs – our pick of the best

Rugs make a big difference to a living space adding warmth, colour and pattern for an instant flooring update. Here are our favourite cheap rugs under £500.

Rugs on the floor of a living room or bedroom are an affordable update that can add a touch of comfort and style to a space. In fact, some cheap rugs can give designer floor coverings a run for their money - aside from anything else, for the price of a high-end design you can have more modern area rugs! Want more contemporary flooring? Choose circular rugs with colourful patterns or statement monochrome stripes for a smart modern look. Love traditional interiors? Opt to roll out delicate or classic patterns on the floor that will stand the test of time. Need to perk up a cold, hard country floor? Go for pretty pastels or vintage designs. Whatever your style, why not choose one of these gorgeous budget rugs to warm up your floor.

Stockholm Rug

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1. Stockholm Rug


Dimensions: 170x240 cm

The durable, soil-resistant wool surface of this colourful patterned rug makes it perfect for your living room or under your dining table. Handwoven by skilled craftspeople, the unique floor covering has a flat surface that is easy to vacuum. The rug has the same pattern on both sides, so you can flip it over to extend its lifespan! 

Stockholm Rug, £160, Ikea

Elements Bold Circles Rug

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2. Elements Bold Circles Rug


Dimensions: W80 L150cm

Featuring a modern geometric design in bold colours including teal, red and green this contemporary rug features a luxurious hand tufted finish and a hard wearing cut pile. Ideal for high traffic areas of your home.

Elements Bold Circles Rug, £45, Dunelm

Bayside Natural Grey Wool Rug

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3. Bayside Natural Grey Wool Rug

This textured rug  is totally on trend! The geometric pattern and shades of grey colourway will channel a fresh a calming look to your room.


Dimensions: L230 W160cm

This luxurious hand woven rug, made from wool with a rippling wave design, will add a soft, natural feeling to your room with its subtle colour.  The handwoven wool on this lovely rug has dark and light undulating hues of grey in the patterned wool.

Bayside Natural Grey Wool Rug, £374, Artisanti

Vintage King Rug

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4. Vintage King Rug

I love that this rug looks like an exotic antique loomed rug...but costs a fraction of the price of that type of traditional floor covering!


Dimensions: L180 W120cm

Beautifully crafted In cool grey and beige tones, this screen-printed dhurrie-style rug will bring a dramatic finish to rooms with a stripped-back colour palette. Layer it up over other carpets for the ultimate in plush indulgence.

Vintage King Rug, £125, French Connection

Pink Nomadic Rug

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5. Pink Nomadic Rug

Round rugs are high on the trend list right now - this bold patterned design would be a great focal point in a living room, or a colourful addition to a kids room.


Dimensions: L180 W120 cm

A circular rug makes a dramatic change to a decorating scheme. Inspired by the feathers of a peacock, a vibrant palette of pinks, blues, greens and blacks sit together to create this jaw-dropping rug!

Pink Nomadic Rug, £225, Plantation Rug Co. at House of Fraser

Chevron Rug

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6. Chevron Rug


Dimensions: L140 W80cm

Crisp monochrome chevrons zig-zag across this rug, to create a funky floor covering rug will complement your interior décor. Stylish, soft and eye-catching the Navy pattern, with its ochre edging, will appear to jump off the floor in modern schemes. 

Chevron Rug, £59, Marks and Spencer

Equaliser Rug

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7. Equaliser Rug

This rug plays to the senses - as well as feeling great underfoot, its striking looks seem to have been inspired by the lines that chart audio soundwaves.


Dimensions: W100 L150 cm

Add a little underfoot symmetry to your room with this striking monochrome rug. Made from 100% wool, its high rug pile finish and dramatic pattern will make your contemporary scheme both comfortable and stylish.

Equaliser Rug, £80, Next

Victoriana Dove Grey Traditional Cotton and Wool Rug

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8. Victoriana Dove Grey Traditional Cotton and Wool Rug


Dimensions: W140cm L200cm

This rug displays a beautiful delicately coloured dove grey design, in a mix of cotton and wool, to add a sophisticated finish to stylish interiors. Its timeless pattern and subtle colourway will add elegance to both traditional and country schemes. 

Victoriana Dove Grey Traditional Cotton and Wool Rug, £202, Laura Ashley

Manami Rug

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9. Manami Rug

The pastel shades and pretty patterns of this cool and contemporary rug will make an ideal addition to a modern feminine bedroom.

Manami Rug, £395, Habitat

Luca Red Wool Rug

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10. Luca Red Wool Rug


Dimensions: W120 L180cm

This 'Luca' rug is ideal for adding a contemporary pop of colour to any room. Hand-woven from pure wool for a delightfully soft feel, it features a bold geometric block design in a mixture of warm red and yellow tones.

Luca Red Wool Rug, £300, Debenhams


Rachel Homer has been in the interiors publishing industry for over 15 years. Starting as a Style Assistant on Inspirations Magazine, she has since worked for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines and websites. After starting a family, she moved from being a content editor at Idealhome.co.uk to be a digital freelancer and hasn’t looked back.