Carpet buying guide
How to choose carpet by room
When you're choosing a new carpet, the most important thing to consider what type of carpet you are buying is what room you are buying carpet for. Different carpets suit different areas, and some are more hardwearing to suit better areas like stairs or kitchen.
There are also different styles and types to suit a living room and dining room. To help you choose the right carpet by room, we’ll go through the best carpets room by room in this guide.
Choose your carpet texture by fibre
When you're choosing a new carpet, one of the big decisions you have to make is what material of carpet you want in your home. The material will affect how the carpet feels underfoot, how long lasting it is, and can even affect what room the carpet of choice is best for.
In this carpet guide, we'll go through the types of carpet available, including man-made and natural carpets, and their pros and cons, to help you decide which is the best carpet material for you.
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 type by style
When it comes to choosing the right carpet type, there's a lot to think about. From the type of cut to the material used, different carpet types have different pros and cons. You'll also need to consider what room you are choosing a carpet for, as this may affect, and even limit, your choice of carpet type.
In this guide we'll go through everything you need to consider when deciding which type of carpet is best for you.
Choose your carpet by colour
Carpets are a big investment in any room. Most people have the same carpet for years, so you want to choose the best. Carpet colour is a big part of this decision, as it has to match the rest of the room, and if you're likely to change your walls often, you need a colour that will match as you redecorate. You don't want to change your carpet often, so choosing the colour you'll have for a few years can seem daunting.
This guide will cover everything you need to consider when deciding which carpet colour to go for.
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.
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.