Adding a carpet to your drawing room, hallway, or even the staircase can completely transform the outlook of your home. However, choosing the right carpet for your designated area can be a tricky task.
Here are the dos and don’ts for carpet shopping to help you make your decision easier.
Do Consider Carpet Prices
Carpet prices vary from dealer to dealer. These are mostly dependent on the materials used, the designs offered, and the credibility of the carpet manufacturer.
While it’s easy to get swept away by the carpet catalogs and collections and dealership stores, do keep in mind a budget range and stick to it. This makes shopping for a carpet much easier and will help you avoid getting swarmed by a gazillion carpet styles and designs that you don’t need or can’t afford.
Do Choose the Right Padding
Carpets need to be padded so that they may provide extra cushioning that prevents wear and tear. Typically, foam or rubber is used for this and helps prevent carpet fibers from deteriorating.
Make sure you choose a padding material that suits the fabric, design, and texture of your carpet. If the carpet is to be placed in a high foot traffic area, you’ll require more dense padding.
Don’t Neglect Carpet Texture
When it comes to buying a carpet, you’ll find that there are several different types of textures available. From the traditional plush carpets and antique woven ones to those made using natural fibers, the options are endless. The last thing you want to do is limit yourself to one texture and buy a carpet from that category even if it doesn’t quite fit your requirements.
For instance, if you’re getting the carpet for a high traffic area in your home, a feathery or plush texture isn’t the best idea. Here you’ll need a more durable and dense texture such as Berber. Make sure the texture you choose is adequate for your needs.
Don’t Pick a Carpet Based Only on its Appearance
You also shouldn’t base your decision on the carpet’s appearance alone. As mentioned above, you need to think of how practically useful a particular type of carpet would be in your home.
A bright blue carpet may look beautiful on the dealer’s display, but can appear to be completely out of place against your accented walls or gray furniture at home. Similarly, a plush carpet looks comfy and visually appealing, but it’s likely to succumb to wear and tear more quickly or be nearly impossible to vacuum.