What To Ask When Shopping For Carpet Is…

How is the room going to be used?

Take into consideration all the different ways the space is going to be utilized and how often. Will it experience heavy or light foot traffic? Will the room be the center for entertaining? Or is it going to be a relaxing space? Is there direct access to the room from outside, or is there a distance between the carpeted area and the outdoors? Will the carpet receive direct sunlight? Answering these questions will help you narrow down your carpet options. 

Once you know how the rooms are going to be used you can focus on the details such as the carpet cushion and fiber. The type and thickness of cushion you need will vary based on how the room is going to be used. For example, bedrooms and other areas with light or moderate traffic can use a thicker and softer cushion. Living rooms, hallways, and other heavy-traffic areas require thinner, firmer cushion. The right cushion will help extend the durability of your carpet, and keep the room warmer and quieter while also increasing comfort.  Choosing the wrong padding can affect the appearance and structure of the carpet. Be sure to take the time to select the best option.

The type of fiber will also vary based on your traffic levels and how you use the space. Synthetic fibers such as nylon, polyester, and polypropylene or natural fibers such as wool, will offer different levels of durability, stain and soil resistance, colorfastness, and ease of cleaning. All of these fibers will have a multitude of colors, textures, and styles that can get overwhelming when starting the search. Once you know how your room is going to be used your selections will filter down and the process will become much smoother. Review your needs with your salesperson, or designer to help you determine the right choice for your space.