Installing carpet is no small home improvement project and it’s important to be well informed when choosing the right carpet for your home. If you’re considering installing new carpets, it's worth thinking about the following points to be sure you’re making the right decision for you, your family, and your lifestyle.
Finding the Perfect Carpet for your home
Area of the home
The area of your home in which the carpet will be installed can have a great impact on the type of carpeting you want to choose. For example, a bedroom typically allows for more luxurious carpets like silk or soft touch carpets. Whereas a more frequently trafficked room in the house, like the living room or entryway, will need carpets that are much more durable and easier to clean, like 100% wool carpet, or bleach cleanable synthetic carpet.
Do you want this carpet to enhance the current design of your home, or give it a whole new style? For example, natural fibers like jute and sisal carpets work wonderfully in a bohemian, cottage core, or contemporary style home. If you're looking for a classic carpet that will never go out of fashion, you can't go far wrong with a wool carpet. More lavish interior design styles will benefit from a luxurious finish such as a soft touch or silk carpets, but these should be avoided in higher traffic areas.
PRO TIP: No matter the interior design, a great style tip is to combine carpeting with hard flooring, like wood or tile. This adds more depth and visual interest to the home.
Colour and tone
Choosing the colour, shade, and pattern of the carpeting can be one of the trickiest tasks! There are so many factors to take into consideration. For example, lighter coloured carpets are great for brightening up a modern space but are prone to staining and will require more frequent cleaning. Bold patterned carpet may help disguise dirt for homes with pets and kids but won’t fit into the minimalist style. Once you’ve considered your home’s style, your family’s lifestyle, and how frequently you’re willing to do maintenance, picking a colour will become much easier. Carpets today come in every tone imaginable so it's worth having a general idea of the overall aesthetic you are aiming for and then you can compare different tones from sample swatches.
Lifetime of the carpet
Are you looking for carpets to last you a lifetime? Or is this a starter home you’re only planning on occupying for another year or two. With carpet it really is a matter of getting what you pay for. Less expensive carpets are ideal for starter homes or rented properties and there are some excellent man-made options on the market that won't break the bank. However, if you are creating your 'forever home' it will be worth investing in a wool or 80/20 carpet (80% wool, 20% another durable fibre). Wool carpet is very durable and easy to clean, is less likely to fade in colour or become flat over time. So, if you’d like a carpet that will withstand the test of time, that’s a great way to go.
Obviously, your budget is one of the first things to consider when buying new carpeting. How much do you have to splurge? Establish your budget first and avoid looking at carpets outside of it to prevent any disappointment.
Opt for carpets made from a natural material as opposed to man-made carpets, which can contain plasticisers and are more harmful to the environment. Sticking to natural fibers such as wool, jute and seagrass means that you are selecting carpet that is naturally sustainable.
Opt for carpets that are simply laid on top of an underlay, as opposed to a stuck down product to reduce the requirement for adhesives in your home.
We have a huge choice of carpets and work with a vast range of UK carpet suppliers including Victoria Carpets, Penthouse Carpets, Cormar Carpets, Manx Tomkinson, Crucial Trading and Alternative Flooring. Speak to our expert sales team to arrange delivery to your doorstep and bag an unbeatable online price on your next carpet purchase.