How To Choose Carpet

How to choose carpet or more importantly how to choose the right carpet for your home are questions that must get asked a lot and when there is so much choice out there it is really hard to give a definitive answer as there are so many factors that have to be considered when it comes to how to choose the right carpet.

Money is usually a big factor and most people do have a budget in mind when it comes to picking their carpet and flooring. Other factors that should be considered are what area the carpet is going to be going on to such as if its going to be going on to a hall, stairs, and landing then going for a really deep pile carpet is not going to be practical because eventually you are going to get walkways due to the heavy traffic that it receives.

Other things to consider are what the area that the carpet is covering is going to be used for ie. if its somewhere that could get a lot of spillages then it may be worth paying some extra for a carpet that comes with a guarantee when it comes to been stain resistant. One such carpet is the Mohawk Smartstrand carpet which we can almost class as bullet proof carpet and although pricey its probably one of the best on the market when it comes to what guarantees it offers the customer.

How To Pick My Carpet Quality

Once you have decided what budget you have to spend on your carpets or flooring its time to decide what quality of carpet you are wanting. Most carpet shops will be able to advise you on the different types of carpet that they sell but below we have included a few different types of carpet with a bit of information about them.

Carpets are usually made from four different types of fibre, Polyester, Polypropylene, Wool,  Polyamide (more commonly known as Nylon), sometimes they will be mixed together to produce different feels and different qualities in the carpets.

Polyester – Polyester is a synthetic fibre that once had a reputation of performing badly. Over the years though it has improved dramatically and although it is usually slightly cheaper than Nylon carpets it can still offer good value for money. The downside is that it is not a very resilient fibre and does not stand up very well in areas that will get a lot of traffic.

Polypropylene РMost polypropylene carpets nowadays come with long stain guarantees which offer the customer a nice bit of piece of mind when it comes to the question of how to choose carpet. It is also a very hard wearing fibre that not only offers good performance when it comes to holding its colour but when compared to a wool carpet is usually a fair bit cheaper as well.

Wool РWool used to be the main choice for people going back 10 years or so but now with other types of carpet quickly catching up and the price of wool carpets going through the roof its popularity seems to be dropping off.  Wool carpets tend to be very hard wearing and usually hold their appearance for a good number of years. The obvious downside to them is their price when compared to a product like a polypropylene carpet.

Polyamide (more commonly known as Nylon) РAnother synthetic product but this is also the hardest wearing carpet fibre on the market. As such it can be good to use these types of carpet in areas that get a lot of foot traffic. As well as been very resilient this type of carpet is very easy to clean although once again the downside is that they tend to be more expensive than their polypropylene counterparts.

Now that we have an idea about the different types of fibre when it comes to how to choose carpet we now must consider the many different styles of carpet that are on the market.

How to choose my carpet style

As with the different fibres there are also a lot of different styles of carpet that are on the market. Again we have listed most of the different types below with a bit of information about them so you can make a more educated choice when it comes to picking the right carpet for your home.

Loop Pile – Loop pile carpets are often made using a weaving machine and the pile height can either be all one height or different heights which makes it possible to have some very intricate designs in this type of carpet. Usually loop pile carpets are very durable and easy to clean although a downside of these carpets can be that they are sometimes not really practical if the home owner has pets as the pile can be snagged if a cat or dog decides it likes the look of them.

Twist Pile – At the moment twist pile carpet is all the rage and is probably the most popular kind of carpet on the market. As the name suggests this type of carpet is made when yarn is twisted together which allows for a few different styles within a style as the twist can be all the same colour or can be a mixture of colours which can add a fleck or a heathered look to the carpet.

Saxony – Saxony carpet is a deeper pile carpet, usually ones that you almost feel you could fall in to. Very soft to touch but a lot of the time still very easy to clean, this type of carpet is ideal for bedrooms and lounge or any area that does not get a lot of traffic. Traditionally this type of carpet will take more looking after than say a tighter twist pile carpet and it will create walkways in heavy traffic areas.

Shag Pile – This type of carpet is manufactured in much the same way as a cut pile carpet except the pile length is usually really long. This type of carpet will look gorgeous down but in much the same way as the saxony style of carpets it does suffer in areas that receive a lot of foot traffic and as such its probably best to stick to the bedroom when it comes to choosing this carpet.

Woven – Carpets like Axminster and Wiltons are machine woven and usually come in a wide range of colours and patterns and used to be the best on the market when it comes to wear quality as both are well known to last for years and years. For that lastability you can expect to pay quite a bit more than most of the other styles of carpet mentioned before.

As can be seen there are a lot of choices when it comes to how to choose the right carpet for your home but hopefully by reading some information on the different types of carpet it will at least give you an idea of what may or not be suitable for you and what may be the right carpet for your home.

The fun bit of how to choose carpet is picking the color and below we offer a few words of advice on this topic.

How To Choose My Carpet Colour

When it comes to choosing the right carpet color we would always recommend that you take samples away from your local carpet shop and put them in your home in the room the carpet will be going and have a look at them in as many different lights as possible so you can get a good idea as to what they will look like once fitted.

A lot of it is down to personal choice but another reason we recommend that people take samples home is because carpets can change their appearance depending on the colour of the paint or paper on your walls, this is something that a lot of people fail to take in to account.

Other things that can help you when it comes to the question of how to choose my carpet color are things like home improvement magazines and trend magazines which will have all the latest ideas and trends in them to help give you some ideas about which carpet color to choose.

Again what area a carpet is for should come in to consideration as well when it comes to picking carpet colors for example if you have a lounge that you walk straight in to off the street then going for a white carpet is probably not going to be practical in the same way if you have an attic bedroom that does not have much light in to it then going for a very dark carpet is probably going to be the wrong choice.

Hopefully the above will give you a lot more information about how to choose carpet and give you a good idea of what is going to be suitable for yourself when it comes to picking the right carpet. Whatever you do you need to make sure you are not only getting the best value for your money but you are also buying a carpet that is suitable for the place it is going to go.


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