Carpet buying guide
The right carpet is an investment that should be a squashy, underfoot mainstay of your home for many years. Coming to the experts at Carpetright means you can be confident of making the right choice.
Want to see some credentials and benefits of shopping with Carpetright? Well, here you go.
We're the leading UK supplier of home flooring. (Woo hoo!)
We've been trusted with flooring nationwide for more than 30 years.
We have a huge range to suit every room, budget and mood board.
You can get friendly advice from any of our experts online, by phone or in store.
Free online samples to make making the right choice a breeze.
Not only are our staff crammed with flooring knowledge, but we’ve put together this buying guide so that you can be in the know too. Let our home expert, Lucy Alexander, take you through the different types of carpet in our carpet collection video below.
How to choose carpet by room
Living room carpet
Carpets squish wonderfully underfoot, make it even easier to get cosy and relax in the living room. Choose from deep Saxony, durable twist or practical loop.
It’s the first thing your bare feet touch in the morning, so a bedroom carpet can be really lush and indulgent. Super soft Saxony carpets have a rich texture and a range of colours for chic styling and happy toes.
Hall, stairs & landing carpet
High traffic areas can be high on visual impact too. Choose a stripe carpet to make a feature of your stairs. Twist, plain and textured carpets are ideal too because they’re hardwearing while looking good too.
Dining room carpet
Choose a stain-resistant carpet for this space so you can enjoy your culinary creations without worrying about spills. Wool carpets are easy to clean, and polypropylene carpet can be cleaned with a bleach solution.
Carpet might not be your first thought when it comes to this space, but it can deal with the spills and splashes of life in the bathroom. Look out for specialist carpets with waterproof backing.
Kitchens not only have splashes and spills but staining to contend with too. For that task only the toughest of specialist carpets will do. Check out our specialist range that can deal with high traffic and high mess situations.
Choose your carpet texture by fibre
Soft to the touch but stain-resistant and incredibly hard wearing, polypropylene carpets offer excellent value for money and are ideal for pretty much anywhere in the home. They’re easy to clean, and you can even use a bleach mix for particularly stubborn stains.
Polyamide (Nylon) carpet
Perfect for a home with a busy family, polyamide carpets are easy to clean and stand up to high traffic. The fibres don’t flatten easily and spring right back into shape, meaning your carpet will look good for longer. And don’t worry – the new generation of Nylon carpets are super soft.
Wool is one of the most resilient fibres. It’s natural, sustainable and good looking too. The natural spring in the fibres means your wool carpet will recover quickly from footfall to stay looking fresh. Not only are they super soft, but wool carpets are easy to clean too. You can buy a 100% wool carpet, or go for a blend. The unique properties of wool means colour looks richer in its fibres, and they hold heat, act as a flame retardant, and insulate sound better too. The price range of wool can be higher than man-made fibres, but its benefits make it a sound investment for many homes.
Tough and natural, Sisal carpets are hard-wearing, comfortable underfoot and have a contemporary, almost organic appearance. A traditional weave gives Sisal carpets their distinctive texture.
Choose your carpet pattern by design
Make a bold statement or embrace tradition with your choice of patterned carpet. From classic motifs with ornate detailing, to on-trend contemporary styles, there is a patterned carpet to suit every room, whatever your taste.
Go bold or keep it neutral, a plain carpet provides the perfect complement to the rest of your room, without tying you into one look. The versatility of plain carpet gives you the freedom to create the look you want with simple colour style statements or contrasting shades.
Get dynamic and introduce some stripes to your style. An especially good choice for stairs, stripes can create the illusion of space, as well as injecting some colour and contrast into any space.
Choose your carpet type by style
Carpet pile length
Deep pile carpet
Carpets with a deep pile provide that soft, sinking feeling underfoot, adding a touch of luxury. Their comfort and warmth make them a popular choice for cosy spaces within the home.
Short pile carpet
Short pile carpets work brilliantly in high traffic areas like stairs, landings, and dining rooms. Their tufts are tightly packed, making them resilient and hard wearing.