Should I have carpet in my bathroom?

Carpets in bathrooms are a bit like Marmite — people tend to love it or hate it. Many homeowners fear the practical repercussions of adding this soft floor covering to their bathroom whereas others adore the additional luxury and indulgence it brings.

Here we dive into some of the thoughts you may go through when deciding whether or not to fit bathroom carpets in your home.

Are carpets practical for the bathroom?

Ocean Bathroom Carpet Ocean Bathroom Carpet

Ocean bathroom carpet

If you have small children or much older relatives living in your home, putting carpet in your bathroom may offer additional peace of mind where slips and trips are concerned. A carpet made specifically for the bathroom can greatly reduce the risk of post-bath falls from wet and slippery floors.

Deciding whether or not to lay carpet in your bathroom is down to personal preference and you must consider whether it creates the right look for your room. If bathroom carpet is your ideal choice, then ensure you select a product that’s fit for purpose and designed to match the specific requirements of this room.

Will carpets suit my bathroom?

While some may not consider a carpeted bathroom to be a pertinent point of purchase, personal preference aside, a well-maintained bathroom carpet will certainly make a style statement.

A soft and fluffy carpet underfoot can add the finishing touch to your blissful bathroom. Our bathroom carpet collection offers an array of contemporary colours to suit any interior scheme. Furthermore, installing a plush pile can help to create a luxurious bathroom interior — particularly when used in a large and lavish room.

One of the most obvious and enjoyable benefits of a carpeted bathroom is the comfort factor. Stepping out from the shower onto a soft, warm carpeted floor can make a world of difference to your wellbeing. Although vinyl flooring can offer a practical solution for bathrooms, the warmth provided by carpets is a winning factor. For many, the ability to sink your toes into thick, luxurious carpet after a long soak in the bath is a real luxury.

Are bathroom carpets hygienic?

Impressive Laminate in Sandblast Oak Impressive Laminate in Sandblast Oak

Impressive Sandblast Oak laminate

Unlike bathmats and small, scatter rugs, which can easily be removed and washed or replaced, carpet is a fairly permanent fixture.

Over time: mildew, mould and many other types of potentially harmful bacteria can build up as a result of prolonged moisture exposure in this particular room.

While allergens may well be an important health consideration, it’s possible to combat this concern with various carpet treatments that work to prevent microbial production.

Will it withstand long-term water exposure?

Mardi Gras Sagres Vinyl Flooring Mardi Gras Sagres Vinyl Flooring

Mardi Gras Sagres vinyl flooring

Most carpets aren’t designed to withstand the rigours of water, which is obviously a red flag when fitting a carpet into a bathroom! Carpet fibres and padding can become damaged by water and extensive carpet erosion can compromise the structural integrity of your bathroom flooring.

When considering bathroom carpeting, it’s crucial to choose a product that is fit for purpose. Bathroom carpets need to be stain resistant to handle the everyday wear-and-tear of this heavily trafficked area of the home. Plus, waterproof backing is also essential to protect the floorboards and underlay from unnecessary damage.

Unsure about how carpet would look in your bathroom? Why not order some free samples, or upload a photo of your bathroom to our visualiser tool and see what our products would look like in your home.

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