Choosing The Right Carpet For Your Home And Office

A staple of any home, carpets combine practicality and comfort with attractive appearances and durability to give our homes their characteristic warmth and comfortable atmosphere. Available in numerous forms with varying colours and textures, those looking to buy carpet have plenty to consider – so how can you make sure you choose the right one for your home?

Match the Room and Carpet

Before you start looking at carpet samples and choosing your colour scheme, the first thing you need to consider is what room you need to fit the carpet into. The type of carpet you want in the living room will differ greatly to that for the bedroom and this means you must create a list of features you need. Living room carpet is likely to see more wear and tear over the years, so a more durable material and construction is needed. Woven, woollen carpets are considered the best choice as they are stronger and offer increased longevity. Tufted carpets made from synthetic materials lack some of this durability but are generally cheaper to buy, making them ideal for bedrooms or rooms which experience less internal traffic. Whatever style you choose, you should always invest in a quality carpet. These last longer so you will not have to regularly spend money on new flooring for your home.

New Carpet Checklist

Once you know where your carpet is going and what features it needs, you can begin to consider other features – and a new carpet checklist can help ensure you don’t forget anything. The aesthetics: the colour of carpet you choose should be based on both personal preferences and practicality: living rooms, for example, typically use dark coloured carpets as they are easier to maintain.

The style: whether you select plain or patterned carpet will largely depend on your existing decor. Always give thought to how your current decor might change in the future and try to pick a carpet style which will stand the test of time.

The texture: this should be selected based on the room where the carpet will be fitted and your personal taste. Carpets of coarser materials are great in areas of the home which are likely to see a large volume of traffic, such as by doorways. For rooms where you may spend more time walking bare-foot, such as the bedroom, softer textiles are recommended.

The underlay: just as there are many different types of carpet, there are also many different types of carpet underlay.

You should consider the thickness and quality of this carefully as the right underlay can increase the lifespan of your carpet by as much as 40 per cent, whilst retaining more heat and giving the carpet a better feel. With so much to consider before you get to the shops, carpet buying is clearly no easy task. Yet, with the right preparation and forethought, you can ensure you invest in the best floor covering for your home. Always collect carpet samples and check that they suit your home before making your decision and set a rough budget as well.

The price you pay for your carpet will depend largely on the factors mentioned above, but reputable carpet companieswill offer an extensive selection of carpets which are tailored to all budgets, offering you both quality and affordability in equal measure.

About Carpetright

As Europe’s leading floor retailer, Carpetright stocks a wide selection of flooring products including carpets, rugs, laminate flooring and vinyl flooring. If you’re looking to carpet your whole room or simply add a simple yet effective touch to your floor, why not visit  or your local store today to find how we can help transform your floor. Also, did you know Carpetright now sell beds? View our collection of divan beds, mattresses and bedroom furniture online.