What carpet would you like?
There’s nothing more satisfying than coming home after a long day of work and sinking your feet into plush carpeting. Similarly, there’s nothing easier than dealing with low pile carpet in high traffic areas. When it comes to choosing aesthetic finishes for your home, such as flooring, you need to consider several factors.
First, you need to choose a type of flooring that will accommodate to your lifestyle. If you were the type of person to wear shoes in your home, you wouldn’t want to deal with plush carpets. Second, you need to choose the right flooring colors and textures that will compliment the other finishes in a particular room. Finally, you need to choose a type of carpet that will give you the warm and comforting feeling of finally being home.
Every home and commercial property has their own set of needs when it comes to flooring options, and with the hundreds of different types of carpet in the world, how do you choose the right one?
With the help of this guide, selecting the right flooring will be much more than a simple decision. It will make or break the “homey feeling” everyone deserves once they walk through the front door.
Picking the Right Padding
Underneath every carpet there is something known as under padding, which is designed to not only make your floors functional but comfortable as well. There’s no reason as to why you should invest a small fortune into upscale carpeting only to cut back on costs when it comes to the padding.
Every floor needs a foundation it can fall back on and your padding is what will give it all of the support it needs as well as extra cushioning for superior comfort. Although you’ll never see it (unless you tear up your floors), choosing a cheap padding is only going to wear away at your carpet, leading to you having to replace the entire floor sooner than you think.
There are plenty of benefits the right padding can bring to your home, including:
- Appearance: When you opt for padding made out of foam or rubber, it helps to improve the finished look of the carpet once it has been laid out.
- Insulation: Another benefit is that the right padding helps to become a temperature control barrier for the carpets. A padding that is too thin will let cold air seep right through your floors.
- Sound: If you’ve ever lived in a house filled with tile or hardwood, you know how easy it is for sound to bounce off hard surfaces. Carpet, on the other hand, helps to absorb sound and create a quieter and more serene environment.
- Carpet Support: Above all else, your padding is what will prevent your carpet from deteriorating over time. The better your padding is, the less likely the carpet will be to fall apart or fray after years of use.
Agreeing on a Budget
You may be trying to decide what the ideal price point is for the type of carpet you want, but it’s important to remember that even the most luxurious styles don’t need to cost you a small fortune. Planning your budget gives you the ability to finish your home with the perfect touches without breaking the bank. Some important tips to consider when it comes to figuring out how much your carpet will cost are:
- Waiting for Sales: One of the best things you can do is wait for sales on carpet you’ve been interested in. This is easier for home owners that have time to plan for their flooring overhaul. You’d be surprised to see how many flooring companies host sales throughout the year.
- Splurge in Certain Areas: You may find that particular areas of your home wouldn’t benefit from the use of luxurious carpets, whereas others might. For example, expensive carpet in the foyer may not be preferable as it’s a high traffic area and prone to a lot of dirt. However, high quality carpet in the bedrooms is certainly something you’d appreciate. When you can save by choosing more expensive carpets for certain areas and less expensive carpet for others, you’ll be able to save a lot of money.
- Think About Long Term Cost: There’s a type of carpet to accommodate every lifestyle, and this is particularly true if you’re not interested in spending a lot of money on replacing your carpet in the future. For example, if you own a pet opting for carpet tile instead of traditional rolled carpet may be your best option. In the event of a stubborn stain, you can replace a section of the carpet rather than the entire roll.
- Explore Your Options: The most important thing to do is to explore all of the options that are open to you. Don’t settle on a particular price just because you’ve visited only one retailer. Instead, take the time to price shop to find the best deals.
Think About Maintenance
As mentioned, the best thing you can do is find a carpet that is going to adapt to your lifestyle so you don’t have to change the way you live because of your flooring. It’s far too often that home owners find themselves adjusting their everyday lives simply because they had new carpet installed. Though it is important to protect your investment, there are plenty of options out there to make living in your home easier, not harder.
Some tips involved with finding the right carpet in terms of maintenance include:
- Talk to a Salesperson: Someone who has the most information about your prospective carpets will easily become your best friend. Ask important questions about which carpets are recommended for children and pets, which carpets are best for high traffic areas, and which carpets are recommended for busy homes.
- Think About Material: A large factor that will surely influence the amount of maintenance you need to put into your floors is the material of the carpet. You’ll find that textured rugs help to hide tracks from vacuum cleaners whereas multilevel loop carpets trap dirt and make it more difficult to thoroughly clean your floors.
Go Over the Warranties
When it comes to making the final purchasing decision, your warranty is just as important as any warranty that you would have on household appliances. Without one, you’re going to be forced with the task of repairing or replacing your carpet out of your own pocket, even in the event of installation difficulties.
There are typically an insane number of warranties that you might be eligible to receive, and it’s important that you take the time to read them in their entirety. This includes paying special attention to the fine text. A few of the most common things included in warranties are:
- Year Options: Year options are important, as they signify the length of your warranty. At times, you may find a 5-year warranty or even 10-year warranties.
- Coverage Concerns: As with any other item you may buy, there are certain things that will be covered and may not be covered under your warranty. For example, some may cover crushing and matting, whereas others may focus primarily on wear and tear as well as stains.
The most important thing to remember is, the higher the quality of the carpet, the more coverage you should receive.
Choosing the Right Styles
Onto the fun part of choosing carpet, the plethora of styles you can choose from. If there’s one part of your carpet shopping journey that will be the most time consuming, this is surely it. However, at the same time, it gives you the ability to choose a design aesthetic to compliment your home.
There are plenty of styles you can choose from including textured, plush, Berber, and Saxony. It’s important to note that typically the name of the style will refer to the pile, which is essentially the height of the carpet. Every style will have its own individual look, and although it is an important thing to think about it might not be the most important part of choosing the right flooring.
Plush carpeting, although it is comfortable and luxurious under your feet, can cause a variety of issues in terms of showing footprints and tracks of your vacuum. It is also prone to pooling which is when some areas may look like a darker color as a result of the carpet fibers being moved in the opposite direction.
On the other end of the spectrum, Berber carpet is made out of continuous loops and it offers a dense and flat appearance. As an extremely durable type of carpeting, you don’t have to worry about stains, soil, or tracks. This makes it the perfect addition to any high traffic areas of your home, particularly those frequented by pets or children.
Selecting the Perfect Colors
As another part of the renovation that will be more fun than thinking about warranties, selecting the perfect colors can really set the tone for all of the rooms in your home. Depending on your personal preference, you can choose to use one coordinating color throughout your entire house or several different carpet colors.
A few tips to consider when it comes to choosing carpeting colors are:
- Think About Room Size: Much like the paint you put on your walls, the color of your carpet can drastically affect the appearance of the size of your rooms. For example, a larger room can benefit from dark or light carpet, whereas a smaller room will only look smaller with dark carpet.
- Coordinate Wall and Floor Colors: It’s also important for you to choose a carpet color that is going to compliment the color palette you’ve selected for your walls. Ideally, your carpet should flow with all of the other design finishes in your home instead of being the focal point of the house. Opt for nude or subtle colors to compliment the rest of your house.
- Think About Dirt: Although nude or neutral shades can be preferable for most homes, you’re also going to want to think about the amount of dirt that would typically show up on your floors. If you’re the type of person who owns several pets, for example, opting for a darker carpet may be a better option as it hides dirt. Though it is important to know that dark carpets are particularly susceptible to fading because of sunlight.
Choosing Carpeting for Stairs
Nearly every home owner goes through the discussion of whether it’s a good idea to add carpet to the stairs or not. Many homes throughout the world either have entirely carpeted stairs or hardwood with a carpet runner up the middle. It’s easy to understand that choosing the right carpet for stairs is critical, as they’re surely one of the most used areas of your home.
It’s important to think about the following when choosing a material to cover staircases:
- Pile: With the many pile options available to you, opting for cut-pile is the best option to prevent snagging and any signs of wear and tear over the years.
- Density: The denser the carpeting is, the more likely it will be to trap dirt and grime as well as have an unsightly curl on the steps. Ideally, you should opt for a woven carpet that is durable, beautiful, and easy to maintain.
Opt for Green Carpeting Options
Remember, your floors are equally as responsible for the air quality in your home as your furnace and air filter. Green carpeting options are not only becoming less expensive over the years, but they’re also easier to find.
If you’ve ever walked into a newly built home and smelled that “new home” smell, it’s typically as a result of VOCs, or, volatile organic compounds which may include formaldehyde. For people dealing with respiratory illnesses, this can become incredibly hazardous, not to mention it also reduces the air quality inside of your home.
Your best option is to choose a material that is made out of organic materials to prevent the transfer of inorganic and toxic items into your breathing air.
Choosing the perfect carpeting for your home can be easy, as long as you have an idea of what you’re looking for. With the help of this guide, choosing the perfect style, texture, and design will be simple.