Guide to Choosing the Right Carpet for Your Home

Guide to Choosing the Right Carpet for Your Home

If you've bought a new home or you just want to update your home decoration, new carpet is a great way to bring some style while adding comfort. It can keep your room warm in winter and cool in summer. Carpet flooring also has the ability to absorb noise so it makes a room much quieter.

Choosing a carpet that’s suitable for your home can be quite a challenge, so to make your carpet selection easier here’s a quick guide:

When choosing colours

A darker coloured carpet can make a room feel cosier. A lighter coloured carpet can make the room appear larger. Choosing the right colour for your carpet is important because this can affect the colour scheme of the room and sometimes the entire house.

When choosing the fibre

Generally, wool, nylon, polyester, and olefin are popular choices. Each has its pros and cons depending on your needs. For instance, some fibres are more suitable than others if you have young kids or pets.

  • Wool: Wool is used for high-quality carpets. Wool feels luxurious, warm and soft underfoot and is resilient and highly durable. Since this is natural, it’s hypo-allergenic. However, it stains pretty easily so you might want to clean up quickly when something spills.
  • Nylon: This man-made fibre is perfect for high-traffic areas such as the living room and the dining room. This is also an ideal choice if you have kids or pets because it is stain resistant so it cleans easily.
  • Polyester: Similar to nylon this is also stain resistant. Polyester also feels luxurious and soft and its appearance is similar to wool. But this is best used in low-traffic areas because once it has “matted” it will not spring back like other fibres.
  • Olefin: This is an inexpensive choice. It’s also stain resistant because it does not absorb liquid easily. Due to the way this fibre is coloured, it does not fade quickly and it can handle cleaning products without fading. However, it is fragile and more easily damaged than other carpets.

When choosing the type of carpet

Aside from the fibre and colour, you will need to choose the type of carpet you want. This can accentuate your home decor and provide an interesting style to your room. Carpets can be made with loop pile, cut pile, or a combination of cut and loop piles.  

  • Loop pile or berber: This is recommended for formal rooms because of its elegant appearance but it’s not recommended if you have pets since it will snag their claws very easily.
  • Cut pile: This type of carpet is ideal for families with kids and pets because it will not snag like loops. Also, this has a more luxurious and traditional look than loop pile.
  • Cut and loop piles: A combination of the two, this type of carpet can be used to create a distinctive pattern across your floor such as squares and swirls, which is good for hiding dirt and footprints.

Maintenance is key to make your carpets last longer. Make sure to vacuum at least once a week and place a rug on areas that are most likely to soil such as the entrance. You should also remove liquid spills instantly with a stain remover recommended for your carpet. 

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