Whether it’s your first time buying, or your hundredth, choosing the right carpet for your home or business can be a daunting task. With so many different materials, colors, styles, and purposes, shopping for a carpet is almost like shopping for a car. By the end of this guide you’ll know exactly which type of carpeting is right for your needs and what the next step is for getting it installed!
Usage and Placement
The first and most important step in choosing a carpet is really thinking about what you’re going be using it for and where it will be in your home/office. Some important things to consider are:
- Foot traffic: How many people will be walking around the carpeted area day-to-day? More traffic means you most likely need a more durable carpet.
- Cleaning: How regularly will the carpet be cleaned? And how thorough will it be cleaned?
- Placement: Where will this carpet be placed? Is the setting formal or informal, and what else is in the room you’re putting carpet in?
Style of Pile
The texture and look of a carpet is dependent mainly on one thing, its pile, or height of its fibers. When choosing a length of pile there are several different things you should first consider. The most important of which is durability. Typically, carpets with a shorter pile last longer than long piles. This is mainly because longer piles tend to retain more dirt, are harder to clean, and are more susceptible to damage from furniture.
There are 2 main styles that carpet is manufactured in:
- Cut Pile: The ends of the threads are cut, as the name suggests. This typically looks a little more formal.
- Loop Pile: The ends of the threads are looped and connected to the back of the graft. This style is typically less formal than cut pile, but as with anything, there are exceptions.
In addition to these two styles, there are also carpets which utilize both styles in different patterns to create an almost infinite combination of carpet styles.
Carpet vs. Area Rug
Carpeting an entire room is a big commitment, and can be very expensive. If you are transitioning from hardwood flooring to carpeting, consider adding an area rug instead. Area rugs come in every shape and size imaginable and most of the time, offer more variety of styles than a wall-to-wall carpet.
Don’t let this dissuade you from adding carpeting. Carpeting is a great option for everything from bedrooms, to living rooms, to office space. Using an area rug is just one more thing to consider before making a decision.
Finally, the one thing every project has in common. The cost. Before even considering types and styles of carpets, the most important thing you need to do is determine your budget. When looking at carpet pricing, you need to factor in more than just the sticker price of whatever kind you’re looking at. There are other things such as installation costs, and maintenance.
For more information about the real cost of a project like this, check out The 5 Best Tips To Finding An Excellent Flooring Contractor.
Denny’s Floorcovering Studio Showroom!
For a wide selection of affordable carpeting and area rugs, visit Denny’s Floorcovering Studio Showroom at 115 1st Street NE Little Falls, MN 56345.
Our staff will help you pick out the perfect carpet for any of your projects! Ask about take-home carpeting samples and free in-home estimates!
Call us at 320-632-6361!