Carpet Selection: 4 Things to Consider
Carpet can be a wonderful flooring option and increase the comfort of your house. But with so many different colors, fibers, and manufacturers, choosing a carpet can be overwhelming. Here are a few key things to think about before you start your search.
Choosing a Color
Consider the following when choosing the color:
- Consider your lifestyle. If you are a parent or a pet owner, you may realize that stains are inevitable and white carpet is out of the question for you.
- How big is the room? Smaller rooms can feel less claustrophobic and bigger with light-colored carpets.
- How much use will the room get? Avoid light-colored carpets in high trafficked areas like the living room.
- Consider the color of the paint and your furniture. Plan out a color theme and what sort of furniture you will be getting or already have. Ask the carpet dealer for a wide range of carpet swatches to match your existing décor.
Come prepared with a rough estimate of the size of your room and the layout. This will help determine the approximate costs for carpeting your home and help you choose the best carpet and textile for your home. Be sure to take into account cost estimates for padding, installation, seaming, the moving of furniture, and the removal of old carpet and flooring.
Consider the Carpet Fiber
No carpet material is “bad.” Choosing the carpet fiber depends on what you’re looking for in your new carpet. Consider how long do you plan on living in your home? Do you have kids and pets that would require a stain-resistant and durable material? What is your budget? All these questions will help you pick the right material. A few popular ones include:
- Wool – Wool is known to be extremely durable. Since the wool fibers are coil-shaped, wool carpets tend to keep their shape and color even in heavy traffic areas. The only downside to wool carpets is they tend to shed and need to be vacuumed regularly. Wool can also be an expensive option.
- Nylon – Nylon is a durable manufactured material and is the homeowner’s most popular choice. Its shape can also hold up against constant wear and tear. Nylon is also soft to touch for comfort.
- Olefin – Olefin is a cheap option for carpets. Its stain and mildew resistance makes it a great good indoor-outdoor carpet. But due to its very poor durability, it usually gets matted down in high-traffic areas.
Don’t Forget the Padding
Even the best quality carpet won’t feel comfortable if you don’t install padding. Don’t ditch the padding to save money as you might end up regretting the decision later. Invest in thick padding to get the most out of your carpets and increase overall comfort.