Three Things To Consider When Choosing A Carpet

If you're a homeowner who currently has hard flooring in your home and who would like to add carpeting to some of the rooms, you know that choosing a color you like and a material that feels good are important. But there are other issues that you have to think about to ensure you get carpet that you continue to like as the years go by. Here are three considerations that can influence the carpet you eventually end up with.

Tangled Up

Carpets with long fibers or yarns (basically shag carpeting) still exist, and in some cases, they can be very comfortable and look cozy. But they can get tangled up and fray badly if you're not careful. If you have young children or if there's anyone in the household who has the habit of picking at things (imagine them sitting on the carpet and picking at the fibers like grass stalks in a lawn), a carpet with shorter fibers (even if the carpet is still relatively plush) would be better. Otherwise, though, a carpet with long fibers could work well.

Hiding Dirt Is Not Always a Good Thing

One of the warnings you often encounter with light-colored carpets is dirt and how easily the carpet will show it. Darker colors are supposed to hide stains and dirt, making for a more consistent-looking carpet. However, hiding dirt can backfire on you as well. People are more likely to clean their carpet if it's starting to look dirty. If the dirt is being hidden, then there's less of an incentive to clean. That can become rather unsanitary if it goes on for too long. While a white carpet could be difficult to maintain, a lighter neutral color with a stain guard applied to it could be your best bet.

Layering Rugs

It's not unusual to have wall-to-wall carpeting and to also put area rugs on top of the carpeting. Area rugs can help keep high-traffic portions of the carpet clean as well as add color to an otherwise very neutral carpet. However, if the wall-to-wall carpet you choose is high-pile, an area rug could run into some issues. For example, if you place a heavy table so that one or two of the legs are on the rug and the rest on the carpet, the weight of the table will press the rug down into the carpet. If the carpet is very plush, the table legs could push the rug down so far that the nearby edge of the rug could start wrinkling up. That would create a trip hazard.

If you plan to add area rugs, a low-pile carpet or even a flatter carpet like Berber would be the best choice. The table legs (or other heavy furniture) wouldn't be able to press the rug down into the carpet to create that wrinkled effect.

Spend some time at carpet stores, looking at the different piles and colors, to get a better idea of what's available. The staff at the stores can help you narrow down which carpet types may be best.