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5 Tips for Buying Your Next Carpet

Though area rugs are extremely popular, nothing beats the comfort and full coverage that only wall-to-wall carpet can provide. Carpet is great for covering up unsightly floors in an old home, bringing warmth to cold basement floors, and adding extra cushioning overall. If you have an oddly shaped spot that a standard rug can’t cover, you can even order a custom cut carpet to fit the space.

Featuring Roxbury Stripe Carpets, custom cut into an area rug and stair runner.

Here are 5 tips to help you buy the best carpeting for your home:

1. Choose a material that matches your lifestyle

We know how tempting it is to look only at your favorite patterns and ignore everything else. It’s important to pick the right material to prevent potential stress though! Where you plan to place the carpet as well as how much traffic a room will receive can actually help you narrow down your search more easily.

Planning to place carpet in a busy living room? Man-made options like polypropylene carpets clean up easily, so your pets and kids can play freely.

If you’re looking for a more luxurious way to decorate a guest room or bedroom, wool carpet is the best option. While it often carries a premium price tag, wool is considered among the highest quality fibers available.

2. Understand thickness and construction type

While it’s generally true that the thicker the carpet the better the comfort, that’s not always the answer depending on where and how you are using it. On stairs, for example, a thick roll runner can be hazardous. It’s best to go with a flat or short pile instead.

3. Check the care instructions

This goes without saying, but it’s important to buy a carpet that you can keep up with. The last thing you want is to finish the installation, only to learn that your brand new carpet is too difficult to maintain. Review the care labels associated with all carpets you’re considering. Ask your local dealer or sales rep for more details such as how often the carpet needs shampooing, whether professional care is required, and any other questions relevant to your ability to clean.

4. Don’t forget the padding

Besides regular maintenance, the key to a lasting installation is a quality pad. Many experts recommend you spend a little more per square yard on underlay, even if you have to cut back on your actual carpet budget. That’s how important it is. It insulates, helps soundproof and provides a softer feel under your feet.

5. Consider professional installation

After you’ve purchased the right carpet and padding, it’s best to schedule a professional installation instead of DIYing. This further ensures you’ll get the most life out of your investment. Many dealers and big box home improvement stores offer carpet installation services for a seamless shopping experience.

With these tips in mind, you’ll be well on your way to choosing the perfect carpet!

Ready to start shopping? Browse our extensive selection of high-quality wall-to-wall carpets.