When you’re choosing carpets for your home, it can often seem overwhelming. There is just so much choice out there! Or you might be the type of person who simply picks out the fluffiest carpet or their favourite colour. However, if you put in some time to really think about your choices, both in looks and practicality, you could well find that your carpets last a lot longer, meaning you’ll have to replace them less frequently, and therefore, of course, saving you money – which is great!
There are some times when we need to carpet a whole house. Perhaps you’ve just moved into a new property with very old, dirty and bad smelling carpets that you couldn’t possibly live with, or maybe no carpets at all, or perhaps your current carpets are getting on a bit and you simply want the job doing all at once. In this situation it can be tempting to pick one carpet for the whole house. It does save time, but each room in the house has very different carpet requirements, so it really does pay to choose a different type of carpet for each area.
Fluffy carpet feels gorgeous under foot, but it can soon look scruffy if it’s in a high traffic area of your home. This type of deep pile carpet is ideally suited to bedrooms where they don’t get a lot of footfall. However, bear in mind that the deep pile can be harder to keep clean, so it might not be the best choice if you have pets. Dirty paws and loose fur don’t mix well with a deep pile carpet!
For children’s bedrooms you are probably better off picking something a little more hard wearing as children are more likely to be making more use of the bedroom floor than adults as it’s the perfect space for playing. A patterned carpet will not show the dirt as much as a plain one, and there are some brilliant carpets available, made especially for children’s rooms. They’re tough enough to stand up to the most boisterous games, with designs that appeal to children, from tiny tots right through to teenagers.
Carpet in high traffic areas of the home, such as halls and stairways can be problematic if you don’t make the right choices. A tough hard wearing carpet is a must. When you’re buying a carpet, the hard wearing ones will be clearly marked, but if in doubt ask your retailer. Even if you’re buying your carpets online, don’t forget that you can still ask questions. Any good online retailer will soon reply to your emails and will answer your phone calls promptly. You should also consider colour in these high traffic areas. You may have to compromise for the sake of longevity. You may have your heart set on a pale cream hall carpet to brighten up your dingy entrance way, but in reality you’ll be spending so much time trying to keep it clean that you’ll probably wish you’d gone for something a little darker. Halls get a lot of wear and tear, especially if you have a large family. A dark or mid coloured carpet, with a pattern is the best for not showing the dirt 55 Cent Carpets.
If you regularly eat and drink in your reception rooms, then a stain resistant carpet is a good idea. These days there are some brilliant carpets that are specially coated to resist spills. They don’t soak into the fibres of the carpet and so are much easier to keep clean. We’ve probably all felt that feeling of horror when a glass of red wine has been spilt onto a pale coloured carpet at a party. Everyone has their own solution; add white wine, pour salt on it, but really they rarely do any good. Much better to pick a stain resistant carpet in the first place. They’re also good if you have pets or small children as it will make cleaning up any little accidents much easier, reducing stains and odours that can linger in carpets.