Carpet adds comfort and warmth to your home or office, and allows you to personalize each room with its own unique style and flare. While it may seem that all carpets are equal, some are better for certain rooms than others. Choosing a residential carpet doesn’t have to stress you out. If you’re unsure of which carpet is the right one for you, check out our carpet buying guide below, for everything you need to know before making your choice.
Choose Carpet by Room
Living Room Carpet
Choosing the right living room carpet really depends on your lifestyle. Ideally, soft, deep pile carpets are the most comfortable and cozy, and are great for families who like to hang around. If you’re more into style, a textured and rugged carpet is another great option (unless you have pets with claws).
Soft, deep pile carpets are perfect for bedrooms. These are gentle under your feet, and are available in different manufacturing styles such as Saxony, durable twist, and practical loop. This is a place where relaxation is essential, so to indulge yourself, it’s best to choose a very soft carpet. If you like to experiment, play around with texture and colours to really bring out the features that relax you.
The best option for areas of higher traffic like the stairs are textured carpets. These offer comfort and practicality by securing the grip so feet don’t slip. Stripes are a great stylistic choice for stairs, as it draws the eyes to the area and adds a fun flare to your home.
Dining Room Carpet
When choosing carpet for your dining room, practicality is almost more important than style. There’s no point in choosing an elegant carpet, if in a few weeks you have food stains from spills and messes. Choosing a stain-resistant carpet will remove the worry of accidental spills, especially if you frequently have guests over or have a family with young children. Wool carpets are easier to clean, and polypropylene carpets can even be cleaned with a bleach solution.
While it isn’t common to install carpet in your bathroom, there are options for people who can’t stand the feeling of cold tile floors. Carpets that are suitable for the bathroom have waterproof backing, so water can dry up instead of linger and grow mould.
Similarly, to the bathroom, kitchen carpets are not very common as this is an area prone to staining and messes. Ask about specialist carpets for this area to protect from the high traffic and staining of daily family life.
Choose Carpet Texture by Fibre
Polyamide, commonly known as nylon, is a durable, resilient, and comfortable synthetic fibre. It works great in high traffic areas and can deal with the demands of everyday life without compromising comfort. The fibres don’t flatten easily because they are created through a twisting of the fibres. This gives it a soft, bounce-back feeling and keeps it feeling comfortable underfoot. It is also cost-effective because it will look new for a longer period of time. It works great in bedrooms or lounge areas because of its combination of durability and comfort.
Polyester is not as durable a nylon but it does a great job at resisting stains. It comes in a variety of textures and colours, and it is non-allergenic, sheds moisture, resists moths, and cleans easily.
If you need carpet that will be extremely durable, choose propylene. It is made from synthetic fibers and is so durable it can be cleaned with a bleach mix. This makes it the perfect option for busy homes with children and pets. It is also very affordable and can be used in any room of the home.
Wool not only looks and feels amazing, it is also very practical. It is made from natural materials, which provides wonderful qualities that synthetic carpets cannot compete with. Wool resists dirt, is easy to clean, and is ideal for a busy family with children and animals. It is also durable and resilient and can be used in any room of the home for luxurious style and comfort.
Choose Carpet by Style
Also known as plush, Saxony carpet is ideal for formal settings because of its velvety surface and luxurious qualities. Unfortunately, vacuum tracks and footprints tend to leave imprints in the carpet, making it a high-maintenance choice.
Loop Pile Carpet
Looped or Berber carpets are the most formal choice of carpets, but not ideal if you have children or pets. This carpet can snag much easier than other materials, but one benefit is that it is easy to clean.
Friezé or twist carpets are more informal, known for their short shag style. The style is achieved by hardwearing the carpets with yarn that has been twisted tightly together, creating a one-way pile direction. They are currently the most popular type of carpet on the market. It works great for big families and it keeps its shape better, disguising vacuum tracks and footprints.
Get Top Quality Carpets from Centura Tile
Centura Tile has been a leader in flooring since 1933 and this is reflected in the large selection of tile patterns, carpet textures, and designs we offer. At all our North American locations, our product range includes high-quality flooring sheet vinyl, laminate, tile, porcelain, and carpet, among a vast array of additional products. You can find beautiful carpet options that will complete or transform the look of your living room or residential space. At Centura Tile, we work closely with architects, designers, contractors, floor covering dealers, and home centres to give you the best customer service. To inquire about our flooring options for your home, contact us or visit a Centura Tile dealer near you.