Get the style right
Colours, patterns, textures, sizes and finishes are all components you’ll need to consider. Is your carpet going to be a safe, neutral base for the rest of your room design? Is it a practical addition to a space in order to make a room warmer or quieter? Or is it a dramatic statement to bring life to a stale or dull room? Play with design ideas, but remember you can always dress up a carpet with a fun rug or interesting accessories. So don’t be afraid to go with a seemingly “dull” option in the beginning. After all, you want your carpet to stay relevant and functional for as long as possible.
Picking your padding
Don’t scrimp out on the cladding of your carpet! This is the part of your purchase that will affect the overall feel of your carpet hugely, but you won’t be able to see so it might feel like money for old rope. However, stick with it! A good carpet padding will make sure your home is warm, will maximise your carpet’s softness as well as minimising sound and echoing in a room.
Types of carpet
In a very roundabout way, there are two ways in which carpet is manufactured. They can be woven or tufted. Woven carpet is where the front and back are woven simultaneously. It’s a tricky process and it’s slower than tufting. This can mean woven carpets are more expensive, but they are, generally, better quality with better dimensional stability.
Most carpet sold in the UK is tufted, a process whereby yarn is inserted into a ready-made backing fabric. These kinds of carpets are available in a wide range of colours or patterns.
More specifically, there are a variety of surface texture options. These textures affect the feel, appearance and performance of your carpet.
- Twist piles – These have a coarse, rugged finish.
- Velvet piles – This option has a smooth, luxurious appearance, like suede. The difference between this option and the twist pile is purely aesthetic.
- Loop piles – These replicate the appearance of natural flooring. In households with pets this can be a problem as long claws and loop piles do not mix!
- Saxony – This carpet type has a luxurious feel and a deep pile. This carpet style is very popular in bedrooms, saxonies do flatten and so are not practical in high-traffic areas.
- Patterned carpet usually has a smooth velvet surface with excellent appearance retention and is very hardwearing.
By and large, the more luxurious the surface, the greater care it will need. Shorter pile generally wears better than long but is not as soft and “sink-in-able”. It all comes down to personal taste, future plans and room usage.
Utilise your budget
There’s never any harm in shopping about for your carpet. This is something that you want to be a part of your home for as long as possible. So, you need to make sure you’re making the right choice.
Explore retailer options. See if there are any fitting costs included in the price. Buying online can save you money but it’s always best to see your carpet for yourself before you commit to your purchase. See if retailers have a showroom you can visit or if they are happy to send you samples before you place your full order.