Choosing the right carpet is a financial, practical and aesthetic decision all rolled into one. Unlike other home décor choices, the carpet you choose is more or less your final decision. Yes, it’s possible to change carpets later down the line – But doing so is expensive and impractical. That’s why it pays to really take the time to make the right decision in the first place.
Here are some of the most important factors to consider when you’re choosing a carpet for your home.
Will it Be a High Traffic Area?
High traffic areas need to have better carpets. There’s going to be more wear and tear on the carpets. Also, having higher quality carpets is just plain more comfortable.
It costs more money to get a high-quality carpet. However, in high traffic areas, those higher quality carpets will generally more than pay for themselves in extra lifespan.
Should You Fit the Carpet?
If you’re going to live in a home for a long time, fitting the carpet is probably the right decision. Again, it costs a little more, but over the lifetime of the carpet, the costs are well worth it.
On the other hand, if you’re only going to be in the house for a year or two, or if you’re only showing the home in order to sell it, then an unfitted carpet will do the job.
Will You Eat in the Room?
Rooms that will have food regularly, such as the dining area or the kitchen, probably shouldn’t get carpeted. Small bits of food can get into the carpet and be very difficult to remove. Anything that spills on the carpet will stain it easily.
In short, carpets should be kept to areas like the bedroom or the living room. Cooking or dining areas should have a floor that’s easy to clean, like hardwood floors, linoleum or tiled floors.
Ask How Much Work It Takes
Some carpets require more maintenance than others. You can buy carpets that look great and require little to no maintenance at all. On the other hand, you can buy extremely luxurious carpets that both your family and your guests will love – But require quite a bit of maintenance to keep in good shape. The choice is up to you.
Make sure you don’t get a carpet that’s more work to maintain than you’re willing to put in. That’s a sure recipe for disappointment.
Should You Have a Pattern?
There are a couple of things to keep in mind when you’re deciding between solid colors and patterns. First, patterns can help hide stains. That can be very important for homes that have kids or pets that might wet or dirty the carpet.
Patterns also have an illusionary effect. Smaller patterns make the room look bigger, while larger patterns make the room look smaller.
What Color Should Your Carpet Be?
Your carpet color should be chosen based on the color of your walls and the rest of your furniture. You can paint your walls to fit your carpet, but you can’t do it the other way around once your carpet is on the floor.
Your whole home’s design should match and compliment itself. Your carpet should never appear to be clashing against anything else or appear to be vying for attention. Everything should have one cohesive look.
Consider the Insulation
One often overlooked the aspect of carpet selection is the insulating effect of a good carpet. A good carpet can provide a home with insulation, making it warmer in the cold and cooler in the warmth. The thicker the carpet, the more insulation it provides.
Some carpets will tell you how well insulated it is through what’s called an “R-Value.” It may be on the marketing materials or in the packaging, or you can ask your installer. If you can’t find the R-Value anywhere, just multiply the carpet’s thickness (in inches) by 2.6. That’s your carpet’s rough R-Value. The higher the R-Value, the better the insulation.
These are some of the most important things to look at when you’re considering what carpet to purchase. If you have questions, simply ask your carpet professional. Remember: Take your time when deciding and weigh all your options. It’s very hard to change your decision later.