Guide to Choosing the Perfect Carpet
Choosing the perfect carpet can really make or break a room. With such a wide variety of styles, colours, patterns and textures available it’s important you understand which one is right for you before it’s too late. Read our guide to choosing the perfect carpet to summarise the benefits of each carpet option and answer any burning questions you may have.
Types of Carpets
The first decision when you’re looking for that perfect carpet should be the pile type. There are three principle pile types available including loop, twist and Saxony pile.
The loop pile carpet consists of short looped fibres, designed to create a long-lasting texture and are commonly available in more neutral shades. The twist pile carpets also offer a hard-wearing solution which makes them an ideal choice for areas that are prone to heavy-traffic, such as entrance ways or reception areas. A great choice if you’re looking to provide a resilient solution for everyday use. For a more bespoke finish, then the Saxony pile carpet should be your number one choice. With a deep, thick pile, the additional cushioning underfoot will feel like you’re walking on clouds – a truly luxurious carpet.
Carpets are manufactured from different types of fibre. Wool carpets are more resilient to wear and tear and have a soft and superior feel. There is also less flattening than other carpets, as the fibres bounce back.Polypropylene on the other hand is a man-made fibre that is highly stain-resistant, making it very easy to maintain. It will keep its appearance, but will flatten more quickly over time compared to a wool or blended carpet. Blended carpets are a mixture of wool and man-made fibres, offering the benefits of both. With plenty of choice available there really is the perfect carpet for everyone.
Which Colour to Choose?
The functionality, your personal style and the decor of the room could determine your carpet choice. A great option is to start with neutral shades if the appearance of the room is likely to change. Natural carpets are perfect for creating a welcoming finish to any room and designed to blend seamlessly with the existing furniture or wall colour. Also an ideal choice if you’re considering selling your property in the future, as neutral shades create a blank canvas for potential buyers.
Alternatively, use your new carpet to create a feature in a room by choosing strong, bold colours and patterns. These work best in larger rooms, as the open plan space can really enhance the bright colours creating a stunning ‘wow’ factor. For a more calming ambience why not consider pastel shades which are a great choice for a bedroom or living room. Pastel carpet colours can really complete a room with a comfortable atmosphere.
Backing and Underlay
Don’t forget about the backing and underlay! For a highly durable and luxurious effect under foot, incorporate backing and underlay into your new carpet purchase. Felt-backed products are economical, easy to lay and do not always need an underlay underneath. Secondary backed carpets are strong and stable, making them perfect for areas of high traffic, such as hallways and family rooms. These are combined with underlay beneath to create a comfortable and durable surface to walk on.
Underlay is designed to enhance the longevity of your carpet and insulate the floor, creating a comfortable surface and limiting noise. There are a variety of underlay products on offer. When you’re choosing underlay, consider the very best options for your property. Areas such as stairways, landings and hallways in particular will benefit from a hard-wearing, high quality underlay.
Looking After Your Carpet
Once you’ve had your carpet fitted, it’s important to maintain it correctly. Regular vacuuming should keep it looking its best but if an accident should occur then consider using a specialist shampoo to remove any unwanted stains. In addition, professional cleaning will help to maintain its look and durability even further.
If you require any help with the selection of carpets in Newbury or the surrounding areas, please don’t hesitate to contact the helpful team here at CMS Downs. Click here for our full list of store locations.