In the market for new carpet? Purchasing the right carpet involves so much more than just finding a style and color that you’re in love with. There are a number of important factors to consider.
It’s best to think through and do a little research on the options available to you before you head to your local flooring store. This will ensure that you feel confident with your choice.
When shopping for a carpet you must first think of function. Ask yourself the following questions:
- In what room(s) will this carpet be installed?
- Does the room have heavy or light traffic?
- What types of messes, stains, spills will happen? Will I be able to keep up with the required maintenance?
- Will the carpet be installed near other types of flooring?
- Do vacuum marks make me feel like the room is clean or will it drive me crazy?
The answers to these questions are essential because it helps you determine how to move forward with your carpet selection.
There are literally hundreds of thousands of carpets featuring different colors, patterns, and styles that make the carpet selection process overwhelming. If you’re having trouble settling on a carpet, lean on the experts! Asking a qualified and experienced flooring retailer like us about all of the features and benefits of carpet that match up with your lifestyle!
Talk to your salesperson about how the room will be used, what types of activities will happen in the room and your budget. When you lean on the experts for help you get to focus on the fun part which is how the product feels and what color you like.
If the idea of choosing the right color is something you struggle with, bring in pillows, fabric or a photo of the area and choose a salesperson that you feel comfortable with them helping you choose the right color and style for your home.
Remember when you are looking at carpet, place the carpet on the floor where it will be. People tend to look at carpet up high on a table that’s close to their faces. Unless you plan to lay on the floor most of the time, this isn’t how you will see the carpet. Looking at carpet close to your face is about as useful as sitting on the edge of the mattress to get a feel of what it will be like to sleep on it lying down.
When looking at patterned carpet, walk back a few feet from the sample to get an idea of what the pattern will really look like. Ask about visualization software so you can see what the product will look like in a room scene.
When it comes to budgeting for carpet, a common thought is to get the cheapest thing you can and plan to change it out later. If this is your thought process, we urge you to take a look at the reality of this actually happening. Then factor in the cost and the reality of moving all of the furniture out of your house, paying for all new carpet and labor and moving all of the furniture back in. If your budget allows for it, choose a higher quality carpet in the beginning, pay for installation once and don’t pay for moving furniture multiple times!
Ask questions! You should be well informed of the maintenance a carpet will require before you make the decision to buy it. Taking care of your carpet will help it last longer and stay beautiful.
We hope this advice helps you feel more comfortable and confident in your carpet shopping experience!