Carpet Selection: 5 Things You Should Know

You’ve decided to install carpeting in your home. That’s great news. Now you have some choices to make and, trust me, they are all very important if you expect to get something that looks great and fits the room.

Carpet installation is a job you really want to do one time only, so getting the basics down now will help you avoid mistakes later on.

The first thing you’ll notice when you walk into the carpet store is there are literally hundreds of colors, styles, and prices to choose from. You could spend days in a showroom poring over book after book of carpet samples, eager to find the one that suits you best. But unless you keep certain factors in mind as they pertain to where you plan to install the carpet, you’re going to continue forth on a thankless task.

So in order to make this process somewhat less painful and help you eliminate certain carpets from contention, Green Carpet Cleaning offers these five things you should know about making your selection. If you remain cognizant of these factors that go into picking the best carpet for your home, you’re bound to find the color, style, and materials you really want.

1. Location

Where is this carpet being installed? Starting here will help you make a number of determinations right off the bat. How much foot traffic does this room typically receive and the carpet will endure? If it’s the living room, you may want to pick a different type of carpet than what you may install in, say, the bedroom.

If this is a room that is going to be used quite frequently, you’ll want to consider the wear and tear it will be subject to on a regular basis. Spills and accidents are more likely to occur in a room with high foot traffic versus another that won’t see as much routine activity. Should this room reflect the former, then you may need to consider the materials and protective safeguards that come with the carpet.

2. Carpet Color

Picking the color correctly is a game that anyone should be able to get right. However, there is a lot more to it than just selecting carpet that matches the decor and wall color. We’ve already discussed the placement of the carpet and the amount and kind of wear and tear it will expect to sustain.

Those factors play a role in choosing the right color as well. Brighter carpets will show stains and dirt more easily than a dark carpet. But a darker carpet could alter the mood and atmosphere of the room dramatically.

The size of the room where you are installing the carpet is also an important factor in your decision-making process. Lighter colors can open up a room and make it appear larger than normal while a darker color carpet can have the opposite effect. Darker colors also give any room that cozy, lived-in feeling.

Ever looked at a room with white or bright carpet? While you can often find these carpets in more contemporary homes, they do exude a more formal or clinical atmosphere.

So take size into consideration as you select your colors to influence the perception of those who will be entering the room.

3. Materials

Stain-resistance is a given in a high traffic area, particularly in a home with children and/or pets. But that’s just one component to think about as you mull over the various materials and fibers that comprise your carpet.

Allergens are another pressing issue for carpet selection and finding a carpet made of synthetic materials like nylon, polyester, or polypropylene can not only reduce the likelihood of stains but lower the potential for irritants collecting in the fibers.

4. Price

It’s one of the most important components that go into the decision process of everything we buy. Thus, your carpet is no different. But in this case, while you’re likely working within the parameters of a budget, you also need to think about if this carpet is something you are personally going to enjoy yourself or is this carpet going into a home that you are planning to sell in the next year or two.

5. Carpet Quality

Stain-resistance is one of the many types of technology that goes into the design and manufacture of today’s carpets. But while these innovations are nice to have, they don’t always equal quality in relation to the amount of money you may spend. Additionally, you may not need all of these fancy bells and whistles in your particular carpet.

So be sure you’re getting a well-made, dependable, and long-lasting carpet but without paying more for a carpet that doesn’t offer anything more in quality than another that may cost a little less. The bottom line is: Don’t get wowed by big words and technical jargon. Buy the carpet that you think fits best.



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