“ Brand: Ikea / Type: Rug „
When we moved house one of the first rooms that we decorated was our daughters as she was ready to go into a toddler bed anyhow. We put down a wooden floor which was reasonably new to us, as in our old house, it was mostly carpets. I always think a wooden floor looks and feels cold but it is a lot easier to keep. I wanted a small rug for my daughter however so if she got out of bed in the middle of the night, or the morning, her feet wouldn't land on a cold floor, plus I wanted to take the cold floor look off the room and try and make it look cosier. I didn't want to spend a fortune however and I didn't want something too childish, so looking the Ikea website I noticed this Ludde SHeepskin rug in white for £30 which was a reasonable price, and around what I wanted to pay. Out nearest Ikea is around an hour away so we tend to go every so often when we have a few things in mind to get and on the last visit we picked up this rug, which actually comes in grey as well ( slightly cheaper but depends on your colour scheme).
Like many Ikea products they often look better than you expect for the price, and this rug is no exception. AS can be seen from the picture above, this rug is not rectangular in shape like many rug and instead is shaped to actually resemble real animal fur. I wanted this rug to sit at the edge of my daughter;s bed so she could put her feet down on it. It is not essential but you can purchase an anti slip underlay which helps keep the rug from slipping. I didn't want my daughter stepping out of bed and falling because the rug would move so we bought the underlay as well, and it has worked well.
This is a very fluffy rug when you first purchase it, but very often my daughter will sit on it to play or look at books and so has flatted quite a bit, however, so far I have been able to fluff it up to make it look like it was when I bought it, but it is time consuming.
I wanted this rug to keep my little girl's feet warm when she would step out of bed, and also to take the cold look off her room since she has a wooden floor and it has down what I wanted. It does require some maintenance when it is used a lot, but I still think it is a reasonably priced rug and I am happy with my purchase.
...Or should I say it WAS a treat for my feet. But more on that later. On one of many visits to Ikea I was on the look out for a rug. I didn't really know what I wanted but I fell in love with this one immediately and knew I had to have it. This was even before I had made it to the rug department, they were sitting piled high in the bedroom section. This went straight in the yellow bag and when it came to the rug section (near the very end of Ikea) I don't think I really bothered looking as I knew the Ludde Sheepskin rug was what I was having.
What can I say, this thing is SO soft. I know, I know yesterday I am reviewing soft Kleenex balsam tissues, today a big fluffy rug (what can I say, I'm a big softie) and so is this rug! I don't have the rug anymore (for reasons I'm still to get to) but I do sort of miss getting out of bed in the morning onto this lovely thing and feel the soft sheepskin between my toes.
The reason why I don't have this rug anymore - and it may sound strange - is because this thing picked up bits no end. No matter how many times I spent trying to pick the bits out of it, they would re-appear within hours. Hoovering was no good either, the odd couple would come off the rug but the vast majority stayed firmly rooted between the thick sheepskin and if you pressed the end of the hoover onto the rug it would almost lift it off the ground! And I honestly have no idea where it was getting all these mysterious bits from as I barely spent any time on the rug, and when I did - I was barefoot! If only it looked like it did in the catalogue... well it did. For the first couple of days.
Of course with it being Ikea, they also do a fake version of the rug for a bit less money. The Ludde rug (the one I had) was £30 but for I believe £10 you can get the Tejn rug which is faux sheepskin and very similar in appearance. Either way, you must either have a spotless house or are not particularly concerned over the condition of the rug. I just ended up getting fustrated with it every time I looked down and saw bits of god knows what in the depths of the rug.
To sum up - it was lovely and soft. Fantastic, if only bits were easier to get out of the rug! It seemed like as soon as they were there, that's where they were and they weren't budging. Don't get me wrong though, if Ikea were to release one in a darker colour (it would be faux obviously) then I would be the first to buy one. Maybe it's just because I'm a bit OCD.
Also, to add... for those interested the dimensions:
Width - 60cm
Height - 2cm
Length - 95cm
Pretty much my entire bedroom is furnished by Ikea. I know it isn't very original but I do love the variety in Ikea and of course the price is really reasonable too so I knew when I went that I could get almost everything that I needed without breaking the bank.
Something that wasn't on my list but I came home with anyway was a sheepskin rug. Now I went to Ikea with no intention of buying any rug and I certainly never thought that if I did get a rug it would be a sheepskin one but when I saw them and more importantly felt them I wanted one and as they were only £30 I decided that my bedroom needed one.
It is probably more suited to in front of a fireplace but I actually like it next to my bed and as I have wooden floors I have it right next to the bed so it is the first thing that my feet touch when I get out of bed and not the cold floor. I also have some slippers next to the rug so if it is cold I never actually have to touch the cold floor at all.
The rug isn't very large and it is just under a metre in length and just over half a metre at its widest point. The pile of the rug is fairly deep and soft and it feels very comfortable and cosy underfoot. The rug can start to look a bit matted when it has been down for a while and I have found myself brushing it with a dog brush to get it looking back to its best and this actually works quite well as making it look less matted.
It is also quite hardwearing but I make sure and not wear outside shoes on it as I don't want the hassle of having to clean it properly. I had to wash it once and I did it by hand like was recommended but it looked awful when it had dried and it took me ages with the brush to get it looking good again. As well as being able to hand wash it you can also dry clean it but if hand washing it you aren't supposed to put it in the tumble drier.
As long as you make sure and give it a brush occasionally it will look good for ages. I've had mine a while now and it is still looking good and is still lovely and soft and I really love the feel of it under my feet. I would actually consider getting another one if it came in a different colour but it is only available in white or grey at the minute.
One thing I would definitely recommend is getting some anti-slip underlay if you are planning on putting it on wooden floors as it will and does slip about a lot otherwise and you will spend a lot of time rearranging it every time you step on it.
This is such a soft and comfortable rug. The look of it might not suit everyone but I didn't think I would like it either but now I love it even with the hassle of having to brush it occasionally just to keep it fluffy and looking good. For £30 it is well worth the money as other sheep skin rugs I have seen in other shops have costs much more than this and they don't seem to be any better quality than this one.
With a wooden floor in the bedroom, it can be quite unpleasant getting out of bed and putting your feet on the cold floor boards. As I am getting older I am really starting to appreciate carpet! I wanted something soft to put my feet on so I opted for a rug next to my bed. I visited my local Ikea store and they had a few to choose from. In the end I picked the LUDDE sheepskin (faux!)
==Price and availability==
The rug comes in a choice of sizes, I bought the smallest for £25 and it is around a meter long. The rug is available to grey or white and I have the grey one. There are some4 stark differences between the two, which I will explain but for now all you need to know is that both styles cost £25.
The rug I have is grey and it is made from wool. The rug feels soft and fluffy but it is different to the white rug. The pile of the white rug is very much like a sheepskin, soft long woolly hair that looks smooth and can be brushed towards or against the pile. The grey one has a much shorter pile and it feels a little bouncier but the wool pile is shorter. I preferred the feel of this rug and it looked slighter better quality so this was the main reason I bought it. The colour is pleasant, rather non-descript really which is what I was looking for. I just wanted a nice rug to lay next to my bed. The rear of the rug is quite smooth and for this reason, it does slip around on the floor boards. You tend to spend a lot of time straightening it back up again!
The rug fitted in well with the decor and it serves its purpose. The colour is pleasant and it gives the room a much warmer look. The fluffy rug feels very soft under my feet and on cold days it makes the painful experience of getting out of bed much nicer. I know you can buy sticky pads that will help the rugs stay in place and I think this could do with them. Because of the size, it is quite light so it does slip around quite a lot.
The rug is lasting a long time and I have taken it outside and beaten it, vacuumed it and even had to use a carpet cleaner on it as I spilled something on it. The rug does not look any difference to when I first bought it so I am pleased, I was worried that it may bald as my vacuum is quite powerful.
I have never been a fan of soft stuff, i have always had a leather chair, a leather sofa, leather car seats and even a leather ipad case. However, over time sitting in my leather chair for longer and longer each day i found myself fidgeting for a comfortable spot and after 5 hours sitting down I couldn't stand it any longer. I bought this to throw over the back of the leather chair. It is extremely comfortable because it's thick and squishy, and on winter days when the heating isn't up to par, it actually does a good job of keeping me warm.
The rug was from Ikea of course, and it comes with a large sticker on the back which I struggled to peal off so i gave up and left it there. The back of the rug is a little rough but the chemicals and cleaning of the sheepskin has actually been done quite well so it's not falling to pieces or smelling strongly of anything other than nice new fabric.
The squishy hairs that make up the front have not fallen out in the past year, despite the excessive use, and they haven't split or become frayed apart. they are tough to pull out of the skin and stay pretty rugged through excessive use. Cleaning is an issue, i won't even go there, (it's a sheepskin) so keep it clean because it will be ruined otherwise.
For comfort this has certainly helped a lot, over the back of my chair it creates sufficient padding. it's thick, it's not like those cow skin rugs with the paper thin hair and the thin skin, this is built to last and because of it's size, can be used anywhere.
The rug does not come in any packaging, you can find them in a basket at ikea, with a sticker on the bag, and not even a tag. Just pick them up out the basket, take it home and that's it. Just the way i like it, without a plastic bag to protect it from dirt...
The smell of this rug is just a "new fabric" smell, it's not like a horrible chemical smell and it doesn't stink of anything nasty. It has retained most of the newish smell throughout the year that i've had it, and sniffing the back up close gives off a fabric like smell, even if it is faint. Overall a high quality rug, highly recommended.