How to Use your Sunroom During Fall & Winter

Fall Winter Decor

In Western Pennsylvania, sunrooms are valuable spaces as the weather starts to cool off. These rooms can provide warmth in the cooler hours of the day while still allowing you to bask in the sunshine of midday, regardless of the temperature outside. The sunroom is perfect for easing you into autumn’s brisk temperatures, especially if you have the right flooring and a climate controlled room.With the right decor and flooring choices, you can use sunrooms 365 days a year, not just in the summer!

Vinyl, sometimes referred to as LVT, and carpeted floors are the best choices to use  for your sunroom if you want to use it year-round. These floorings options are most tolerant to Western PA’s extreme temperature changes and humidity swings. With the right flooring, it is easy to transition your sunroom from fall to winter.

Add an Area Rug
When you want to change things up for the colder seasons, an area rug can be a great complement to your flooring choice. It’s an easy way to incorporate new colors into the room. Not only a good source of color and themes, an area rug can help warm up the room as well. For any parts of the room not covered by the rug, keep your favorite slippers by the room’s doorway and don’t forget to bring a hot cup of your favorite tea in with you!

Decorate with Holiday Pieces
As the holidays get closer and closer, it is a good time to break out the holiday decor and to remember your sunroom while you are decorating! A few holiday decorations can be placed around the room will help to make it seasonal. Your decor choices can be as simple as a pumpkin as a centerpiece, a wreath on a wall, or a vase of fall foliage placed somewhere you can enjoy it.

Bring out the Pillows and Blankets
Consider investing in a few decorative pillows and throw blankets that would make your sunroom cozy for the cooler months. These items could be holiday themed or just colors and patterns that you find pleasing. They will help to make the room more inviting and tempt you from the rest of the house to enjoy the occasional balmy winter day from your sunroom.

These little decor ideas will transition your sunroom to the perfect cozy autumn space that you will keep enjoying into the winter months.

Reach out to us today if you have any questions about what flooring would best suit your needs and don’t forget to check out our collection of floors suitable for sunrooms at any of our 5 locations!

Why You Need a Rug Pad

After spending all that money on a beautiful new rug, don’t forgetrug-maintenance to purchase a rug pad too.  While it may seem just like a way to get you to spend more money, a rug pad benefits your rug in many ways. Here are some of the top reasons why you need a rug pad:

  • Longevity – Using a rug pad will help extend the life of your rug by giving it some extra cushion to protect the rug fibers thus protecting it from wear and tear. A rug pad will also allow you to vacuum your rug more thoroughly, adding to its longevity.
  • Safety – A rug pad will help your rug stay right where it’s supposed to be – no slipping around and causing people to fall. It’s especially important to provide this extra “grip” on hardwood floors and other slippery flooring materials.
  • Surface Protection – Not only does a rug pad protect your rug, it also protects the surface beneath the rug. No more scuffs, staining, dyeing or other damage for the floor underneath.
  • Noise Level – Rug pads can help reduce sound in your home, allowing for a much quieter and more peaceful environment.
  • Comfort – Lastly, a rug pad adds an extra layer of padding and cushion under your rug, making your home feel much more comfortable and cozy.


Want to know which rug pad is right for your rug? Stop into one of our locations today and we’ll be happy to help you find the perfect one!

Caring for Your Area Rugs

Area rugs can be a significant investment, so keep them in top shape with these tips: Caring for Your Area Rugs

  • When you first get your rug, put a pad underneath it to prevent it from sliding around and to help retain its original appearance.
  • Rotate rugs once or twice a year to even out the wear and prevent traffic and sunlight patterns from appearing.
  • Vacuum regularly to keep dirt and dust from accumulating, avoiding the fringe while doing so. For reversible rugs, vacuum both sides.
  • If you have pets, use a stiff brush to remove pet hair left behind after vacuuming.
  • Smaller rugs can often be shaken out outside to remove dirt and dust instead of vacuuming.
  • For special types of rugs, keep care tags on file or consult the manufacturer to avoid costly care mistakes.
  • Wash rugs following manufacturer’s instructions. Professional cleaning is recommended when a rug has set-in stains or appears dirty.
  • Act quickly when spills occur to prevent them from setting in. Always blot, instead of rubbing the stain, which can force the spill deeper.
    • Solids should be removed with a blunt object. (The exception being latex paint, which should be rinsed with water and then blotted with white paper towels.)
    • Absorb moisture from spills with white paper towels or napkins.
    • Use lukewarm water with a bit of carpet shampoo to blot stains.
    • If that doesn’t work, use a solvent according to manufacturer’s suggestions, but test it in an inconspicuous spot first. Also, remember never to over wet the stain while using the solvent.
    • Once the stain is removed, make sure the rug is completely dry before walking on it or moving furniture.

Quality area rugs with the proper care should last you a very long time – If you have more specific questions regarding the care of your rug, consult the manufacturer.

Buying Flooring: Area Rugs

Our Buying Flooring Series is designed to help you make an informed decision when purchasing flooring. To learn more about the types of flooring we offer and how we can help you choose the perfect flooring for your home, visit our website

An area rug can complement hardwood floors, add warmth to a room, and keep pets and children from sliding all over the place, but are so many sizes, colors, fabrics and designs to choose from that it can be overwhelming. These pointers should help you narrow down your choices:

  • Budget – A rug is a significant investment, so you should invest in quality materials that will last a long time. Inexpensive rugs may be appealing to your wallet, but they don’t last as long and are hard to maintain.
  • Size – Rugs should fit the configuration of the furniture and the room, making sure you leave an even amount of room around the edges of the rug. A helpful way to get an accurate idea of what size you’ll like is to use masking tape to map it out on your floor then arrange your furniture around it and then go from there.
  • Inspiration – To get an idea of what rugs appeal to you, first “window shop” without worrying about price. Look at high-end magazines and retailers to get an idea of what you like and once you know what you like – find one similar in your price range.

For more help picking out an area rug, visit one of our store locations and chat with our flooring experts. Do you have a question about picking an area rug? Ask it in the comments!