4 considerations for choosing the right carpet

December 23, 2014

Thinking of carpeting your space? You'll need to consider how your home is decorated and be realistic about foot (or pet!) traffic and your budget. 

4 considerations for choosing the right carpet

Carpeted floors can be a thing of beauty. When choosing the right carpet, homeowners should consider how colour and texture will complement the space.

Practically speaking, the right carpet must be durable and meet your needs.

Here are four things to consider before making your purchase.

1. Fitting into your space

The right carpet can really expand the feel of a space, making it seem larger or smaller depending on the colours you choose.

  • For a warm and comforting feel, brown hues convey a homey feel to the space.
  • Cooler hues can make a space seem larger than it really is.
  • Hues also reflect the overall mood of a room.
  • Whatever you want to convey, the colour can project the personality of the room. Earth tones convey a relaxed and calm space, while bolder tones project a livelier feel.

2. Wool, polyester or nylon?

The choice of durability depends on how much money you are willing to spend.

  • Wool carpets are the most expensive and are very durable.
  • Polyester carpets are on the low-end side. You'll get more carpet for your price, but it'll be less durable.

Why nylon carpets are recommended

An industry recommended carpet is typically nylon because it is the most durable for foot traffic and is stain resistant.

Additionally, most nylon carpets come with a lifetime manufacture warranty against pet stains.

3. How you'll prevent stains

Most carpets have stain-resistant properties depending on the kind of fibre they are made with. There are also stain resistance treatment options.

  • There are two types of stain treatments for carpets: whole fibre system stain treatment and topical stain treatment.
  • Whole fibre system stain treatment has the highest quality resistance but costs more, as the entire fibre is coated with a resistor.
  • Topical stain treatment only coats at the tips and costs less.

4. Carpet prices

Carpet prices are related to quality. Essentially you get what you pay for.

  • It’s up to you to consider what it is you are looking for and how it works with your home life.
  • For example, if you have pets, you might want to consider a carpet with higher resistance or if you host a lot of parties, you should consider a nylon carpet.

Think about your needs

Take your time when choosing the right carpet for you. Consider all your options and think about how the carpet works with your home and lifestyle.

  • Do you need a durable carpet because a lot of foot traffic goes through your home?
  • Do you need a particular colour to complement the space of your home?
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