What To Do When You Can’t Afford Joanna’s Rugs

Y’all, Joanna’s rugs are now available! I must tell you, when I got the email I was so excited to see them, drool over them, imagine what they’d look like in my rooms, what they’d feel like under foot, pulling together my entire design. I imagined what they’d look like with sippy cups, pretzels and goldfish crackers strewn about, legos, Barbie shoes, and hot wheels stuck in the fibers.

The rugs would look gorgeous. Obviously.

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I mean look at these rugs…

Unfortunately, they are so far out of my usual price range for area rugs. By “far,” I mean…  I live in Pennsylvania, and these rugs live in the farthest land away possible. Antarctica or something super, super remote. With no internet, electricity, water, or people.

I don’t think a $2,700 rug is practical for most people, though I could very well be wrong because there are some that are sold out. That kind of cash spent on a rug isn’t practical for me and my household, with or without kids… because I spill. A lot. It’s no surprise they’re a big investment, though. Most are hand woven or hand knotted by actual human beings, all of them using gorgeous fibers.

So, this is what to do when you can’t afford a glorious Joanna Gaines rug…

You find alternatives. You make it work for you. We’ve all been there, right? You find something you fall madly in love with, only to realize you’ve passed out on the floor of whatever store you’re in, from the numbers on the price tag. Then you hightail yourself to the local Home Goods to salvage your shopping trip. You get hunting. Panic mode sets in, and you’re at the point of either buying or ditching it, while trying to keep in mind this handful of excellent budget decorating tips from Lisa at The Purple Hydrangea. As you dig around, you know you will find a wonderfully beautiful and affordably priced substitute. We always do. Along with spur-of-the-moment essentials for a cozy home (thanks Sarah at 1915 House for that perfect list!). I know this story all too well, don’t I!!

To save you some digging, these are 7 of my favorite affordable alternatives to Joanna rugs… since I’m not affording a Joanna rug…

Are you priced out of Joanna's rug collection?1. nuLoom Blyth Indoor Area Rug (Amazon)
2. Safavieh Adirondack Collection distressed (Amazon)
3. Safavieh Adirondack Collection Ivory & Silver (Amazon)
4. Rugs USA Traditional Vintage Inspired Overdyed Area Rug (Amazon)

Don't freak out if you see the price tag on Joanna's rugs - these are affordable alternatives!

5. Safavieh Adirondack Collection Slate (Amazon) 
6. Rugs USA Mirrored Florette Area Rug (Amazon)
7. Safavieh Adirondack Collection Silver & Black (Amazon) 

Having a set of beautiful rugs from the Magnolia line would be a total dream come true (how sad is that… a dream come true would be a spectacular area rug!?), but in the mean time, my pretzel crumb, barbie shoe packed, lego brick laden floors will rock a few of these affordable alternatives!

As always, pinners gonna pin pin pin.
What do you do when you can't afford a Joanna rug!?



  1. I share your dream of one day owning a rug by Joanna. I’m trying to calculate how many pieces of furniture I would have to sell and paint to fund this dream!

  2. GIRL. You are speakin’ my language with these affordable options!!! I, too, was super bummed when I saw that the prices of Joanna’s rugs were way, WAY out of my budget. And your “real people” rug selection is GORGEOUS. Every bit as pretty as JoJo’s!!! Thanks for putting this together!?

  3. I’m right there with you girl, while I’d love a hand knotted rug it’s not happening in my household with two dogs and indoor shoe wearers. Oh, and there’s the lack of lotto winnings that keeps me from spending $2700 on an area rug LOL

    I love all your thrifty picks, a few of them were in my shopping cart when I was shopping for rugs last fall. We have good taste ?

    1. Hi Diana! You can purchase the rugs in the post using the links – there are links to each of the 8 affordable rugs numbered in the photo collage, right in the center of the post. Joanna’s rugs though, you can click on the photo of the rug you like, and order through that link. Hope that helps!!

  4. It is a bummer that the Magnolia rugs are just too pricey for most people. All that to say, my hubby brought back Afganie rugs when he was in the Persian Gulf in 1991 (that little skirmish you all might remember) and they wear BEAUTIFULLY!!! I even carpet cleaned our big red and navy blue wool rug. Good rugs are hand woven and have 1000 tufts per square inch. (don’t know what to call the pulled yarns other than that… 😉 )

    Your alternatives are lovely! I especially love the overdyed blue one… sigh! Thanks for sharing these with us.

    Barb 🙂

  5. It’s a little sad that anything that has Joanna Gaines’ name attached to it is priced way out of the reach of the average consumer.

  6. Who needs a Joanna rug with these amazing alternatives you posted. My husband and I just moved into a new house and I happened upon this webpage. We immediately purchased the #2 alternative and can’t wait for it to arrive!! I am a newly obsessed fan of yours and will be sharing this with all my friends. Can’t wait to keep reading through all your posts and save $ while making our new house feel like a home.
    Thank you so very much!

  7. LOL. If I’m not up for the rug just now, I am up for JoAnna Gaines wallpapers!!!!! CAN NOT WAITE! I’ve picked out 4 that our contractor will order from Sherwin Williams. ( 25% discount if order from their store) Hubby hates me, Wallpapering and ship-lapping are huge projects but sooo worth it.

  8. Kim, you asked for a pic of the rug I bought with your help, but I don’t know how to add it here!! 🙁 I went with the Safavieh Adirondack in ivory & cream, I absolutely loveeeee it!

  9. Haha!! disregard, I just reread your comment you said post it on FB!!! ( Haha blush ) I’ll do that straight away!!

  10. As much as I love the Gaine’s and Joanna’s style in all things decorative, I LOVE the choices of Farmhousemade! Why aspire to Magnolia’s rugs when I see so many other wonderful options? Now to choose!!

  11. The number 7 option I cannot find…. it is popping up the number 5 option… any help with this would be awesome thanks!!!

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