Next to wood, carpets have the incredible ability of changing the look and feel of any space from drab to homey and fab. But carpets are not merely there for the sake of design. Here are some of the benefits of having carpeted areas in your home with tips on how to pick the most suitable one for your needs.
Why you should get a carpet for your home
Concrete, tiles, stone slabs and the like are hard on the feet and body. Move around barefoot long enough, and you will start to feel the effects. At some point, you will feel sore.
Carpet flooring is not just soft and comfy, but it also acts as a cushion and shock absorber for your feet. The differences are even more noticeable when you opt for carpets that feature a thick underpad. With an underpad, there is less pressure on your legs and knees, allowing you to move around much longer without feeling any aches or pains.
If you live in one of the colder regions, adding some wall to wall carpeting inside your home can help you save on your heating bill. Carpets are excellent insulators. As compared to stone, tiles and other hard flooring materials, carpets work better in reducing heat loss and maintaining the temperature in the space.
Without any carpeting, you can hear your voice and other sounds bouncing off the walls. The effect is even more noticeable in bare or empty spaces. Because of its sound absorption qualities, it is a common flooring material in spaces where the noise needs to be kept at a minimum, such as libraries.
Reduces slips and falls
Kids, the elderly, and individuals with mobility issues are likelier to slip or fall when they are moving on smooth surfaces such as tile or concrete. Installing carpeting around the stairs and similar areas can improve safety by reducing the chance of falls. This is the reason why carpets are common in nurseries and nursing homes.
How to choose carpeting
With the endless choices available on the market, it can be daunting to find one that best one that suits your needs and preferences. Here are a few tips and factors to consider when choosing a carpet for your home.
- Consider the users
Do you live with kids, the elderly, people with mobility issues or pets? As previously mentioned, carpets are less slippery than tile or concrete and can effectively reduce the number of falls. However, safety is not the only issue.
Some carpets are more durable and forgiving than others. This is an especially important feature when covering high-traffic areas. Opt for thicker carpets that have dense padding for these types of spaces.
Textured loops and hard-twist cut types are great for homes that have kids or pets. For couples looking for carpeting that’s a bit softer and more luxurious to the touch, consider plush pile carpets instead.
Do keep in mind that with such dense carpets, footprints and any moving will leave evidence on the material. If you are the type who loves rearrange bulky furniture, best avoid this material altogether.
Will you be spending a lot of time lounging on the floor? If so, pick a material that is dense and heavy. Heavier carpets use more yarn and are more expensive, but they are also more durable.
- Apply basic color theory concepts
The same philosophies concerning color apply to carpets. Lighter colors can make the room look airier and more spacious. On the other hand, darker colors can make the same space appear smaller but cozier.
The color and pattern you choose can also affect how easily you can see marks, stains or flaws on the flooring. White and light-colored carpets, for instance, are not recommended if you have very young, hyperactive kids or love to drink wines while walking around. Rugs and carpets with patterns can hide dust, dirt and imperfections better but the effects of wear and tear can quickly become more evident over time.
- Consider wear
Fabric colors get lighter over time. This is especially true in the case of carpets.
Given this fact, when going for carpets in solid colors, our experts recommend picking a color that is two shades darker than what you want. When you apply the basic color theory, the darker shade will make the room appear slightly smaller for the first few years. However, as the color gradually fades over time, the carpet will slowly reveal the color that you initially wanted.
Given these factors, you have a better idea on what carpet to look for when you shop around. Staff can provide you with some recommendations based on your requirements but don’t let them get you into buying a carpet that you don’t feel comfortable purchasing. Walk away if this happens.
Keep in mind that carpets are designed to last for years, so get several quotes from different retailers. Ask what is included in the price such as underpadding, installation fees and taxes, among others. This way, you won’t be surprised with the amount and you can have carpeting that suits your needs and budget.
James Prathap is the General Manager at NGC Nafees, top importers and exporters of wallpapers, flooring and fabric in the Middle East. Formed three decades ago, the business also offers high-quality panoramics, coordinated fabrics, and creative stickers for residential and commercial projects.