Choosing Carpet: Top Tips

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It can be a difficult task to choose the perfect carpet for your home. There are many things to take into consideration including what the room is used for, the amount of moisture within the room and how often it will be in use – so what top tips should you follow to ensure you make the right decision?

Build a Strong Foundation

A sturdy underlay for carpet is a good way to provide a strong foundation for your carpet and give additional cushioning to your flooring. This makes it softer to walk on and ensures your carpet feels truly luxurious.

Many people buy an expensive carpet but scrimp on the underlay, thinking their old underlay will be sufficient. Aging underlay can degrade and leave the carpet looking uneven. It can also retain dirt and moisture that make the new carpet look grimy quickly. The secret to a great new carpet is always the best foundation and this is achieved with decent underlay.

Be Resilient

The main consideration for any carpet is – what is the traffic like in the room? Are a lot of people going to be walking through the room on a regular basis such as in hallways and lounges? If this is the case, a hard wearing carpet such as those with synthetic fibres is the best choice to prevent patchy surfaces developing over time. A more expensive loop pile carpet or hard twist carpet could also be considered.

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Stay Comfortable

For bedrooms, especially children’s bedrooms, a soft pile carpet made of wool can be a great choice to allow children to sit comfortably on the floor. The carpet should be as good quality as possible as you will still want resilience.

Consider Maintenance

Carpets that are lighter in colour or of particular texture may need a great deal of  maintenance to stay looking clean and bright so it is best to choose an alternative carpet if this is likely to interfere with your schedule. There are treatments that can be used but ultimately a light coloured carpet will be more difficult to clean. Always pick a colour that complements your decor and walls but consider these practical elements too.

Focus on Style

Don’t be led to think that dirt will show less on a patterned carpet; this isn’t always the case. Large patterns can also make rooms look smaller so make sure match the style of your carpet to the type of room it is being fitted in.

***This post is in association with Carpetright***

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