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Useful Guide to Choosing Fitted Carpets
Carpeting comes in every color, pattern and texture you can imagine - enough to suit every taste and budget. Edenside have therefore compiled this guide to assist you in making your initial carpeting decisions. Remember you can also visit our showrooms to view and borrow pattern books or talk to our experts on which carpets are the most suitable for your needs, matching the best quality against your budget. Finally, buying carpet can be the third most expensive purchase you, the average homeowner, will make so rest assured that Edenside Carpets as a Carpet Foundation Registered Specialist will ensure that you make the right choice.
Location and Use
Ask yourself, where will the carpet be used? A high-traffic area, or in a more remote location? Near an outside exit? In direct sunlight? Rooms that are to be the center of activity in your home need the best carpet you can afford to buy.
Many manufacturers put performance ratings on their product samples, with Heavy Domestic rating representing the best choice for heavy usage, and a Medium Domestic rating for less used areas.
With all those family occasions, dinners in front of the TV and relaxing afternoons with the Sunday papers, living rooms are prey to high levels of footfall and accidental spillage and stains. No other area of the home will be subject to continual risk from dropped food, excited kids, animals and that evening glass of wine than the living room and as such it demands a carpet that performs. Not only this, it is also the favorite room for making an impression, so carpets need to look great too. So youíve guessed it, it is vital to ensure a hard wearing carpet for this area. Look for those that offer a high pile density, using 40oz as a minimum guide, and you may want to consider a carpet with a stain-resistant treatment, particularly if you have kids or pets. However, wool and man made carpets have a natural resistance to staining, so as long as you get on the clean up case as soon as possible, vacuum regularly and get them professionally cleaned on a regular basis you should be okay.
While they donít experience as many feet as living rooms, dining room carpets are even more likely to get stained and generally by spillage that can do maximum damage. Red wine, sauces and soups can all wreck a carpet if it isnít carefully chosen. Again, choose a carpet with a high pile density with additional stain resistant protection. Or you could always put your table on top of a rug. Should food fall this will be significantly cheaper and easier to replace.
The bedroom is about unadulterated luxury and a nice deep pile will bring the ultimate softness to your toes. Bedrooms are not as prone to thousands of foot steps as the main areas of the home, so you can afford to use a slightly less dense carpet and hence save a bit of money over dining and living rooms. Remember that most of the time you are going to be have bare feet or be in slippers so wear and tear is minimal. Apart from the odd cup of tea to kick-start your day, stains from food and drink wonít be such a problem. Donít forget that spare bedrooms get even less use and so can make do with a more cost effective, lower density pile than main bedrooms.
With people going in and out, shoes and bags dumped by doors and debris from outside blowing in, the hallway is the place for dirt to gather and so hard wearing carpet qualities are paramount. Also remember that the narrow width of hallways make them prone to continual and heavy foot traffic so always use a dense carpet and perhaps consider the use of a runner in the busiest area. Every hallway should be fitted with a mat that will remove mud, moisture and those annoying bits of gravel that gets stuck in the sole of your shoe. Itís probably also a good idea to chose a darker, or patterned carpet to hide any dirt that does make its way in.
The same rules apply to stairs as they do to hallways. Carpeted stairs are great for keeping noise level downs, but are also subject to a considerable amount of footfall, especially on the edges. Choose a hard wearing, dense carpet and if you are considering a loop pile texture than remember that they do have a habit of fraying on the stair edge over time.
Not as fashionable as they used to be, but all the same many people still desire carpet in bathrooms, ensuring warmth and comfort underfoot. However, you canít just fit any carpet that takes your fancy and the fibre content and the carpet backing should be carefully considered. Only choose a carpet that is rubber backed and go for a 100% nylon or polypropylene fibre blend. Be warned traditional fibres and jute backings will retain moisture and that can make your haven of tranquillity smell damp. There are specialist bathroom carpets available.
As with bathrooms, not a particularly fashionable choice for this area of the home and donít forget that that they will be exposed to all sorts of potential staining. If you still want a carpet for your kitchen then consider carpet tiles. These have a low pile height and are easy to clean and should one prove just too stubborn then you can just easily lift and replace with a nice new one.
Color is a personal choice, but there are certain rules of thumb that apply to most situations. Light carpets make rooms appear larger, but remember that they will show up the dirt more than darker carpets. As north-facing rooms donít get as much sun as south-facing rooms they tend to look colder and darker. They can be made to appear warmer, with reds, oranges and yellows. Borders can give a distinctive look, either in a different shade as the rest of the carpet or in a contrasting colour. Runners on stairs can also look striking.
Texture and Pattern
You may be looking for vision and innovation in design, seeking new carpet patterns and textures, manufacturers are adding thousands of new ďlooksĒ to their ranges. Patterns and textures offer fashion appeal and distinctive styling, with the added benefit of hiding soil and vacuum marks. Plain carpets can be more flexible than patterned as they will coordinate with a wider range of furniture and wall coverings Ė but they can make large rooms look empty and uninteresting. Itís often best to stick to plain carpets if your furniture is bold and colourful, however. Using texture such as a shag pile can add interest to a plain carpet. Patterned carpet is making a comeback. Thereís a wide range of patterns to choose from, including classic floral, contemporary motifs or tartan. A patterned carpet can act as the focal point of a room if you have pale, plain furniture and walls. Patterned carpets can also hide signs of soiling and wear. Avoid large patterns in small rooms as they make the room feel cluttered.
These are five major fibers used in carpet construction today.
Each fiber has its own characteristics for stain and soil resistance, color clarity, and wear.
Wool: Noted for its luxury and performance, wool is soft, has high bulk, and is available in many colors. This is the premium natural fibre having been used in carpets and rugs for thousands of years. Generally, wool is somewhat more expensive than synthetic fibers.
Nylon - Represents two-thirds of the pile fibers used in commercial contract carpeting. Can be recycled at end of working life. Wear-resistant, resilient, and provides brilliant color. Good stain resistance. Suitable for all traffic areas. Solution-dyed nylon has color added during fiber production, making it more colorfast.
Olefin (polypropylene) Ė A strong fiber that resists wear and permanent stains, and is easily cleaned. Color added during fiber production for colorfastness. Resists static electricity and is often used in both indoor and outdoor installations because of its resistance to moisture and mildew. Many Berbers are made of olefin.
Polyester: Noted for luxurious, soft "hand" when used in thick, cut-pile textures. Has excellent color clarity and retention. Easily cleaned; resists water-soluble stains.
Acrylic: Offers the appearance and feel of wool without the cost. Has low static level and is moisture and mildew-resistant. Commonly used in velvet and level-loop constructions, and often in bath and scatter rugs.
Blends: A wool/nylon blend combines the superior look and comfort of wool with the durability of nylon. Acrylic/olefin and nylon/olefin are other popular blends, offering good characteristics of each fiber.
How Much Should Fitted Carpet Cost?
When it comes to the cost of carpet and underlay, prices can vary significantly depending on the design, construction, materials and quality, but here's a general guide on what you can expect to pay:
Measuring your Room
Carpets can be produced in various widths, 2m, 3m, 4m and in some special instances 5m wide, this is important if you a considering wall to wall fitted capeting. Edenside can advise and will include a free measure before placing your order. If you are setting your budget you can measure the room but remember to add a 10 cm cutting allowance and include all recesses [see diagram] for maximum width and length. Relative costs per square metre
- Twist Pile: Between £10 and £35 per square metre.
- Loop Pile: Between £25 and £40 per square metre.
- Velvet Pile: Between £25 and £45 per square metre.
- Shag: Between £30 and £60 per square metre.
- Saxony: Between £25 and £40 per square metre.
- Patterned: Between £10 and £45 per square metre.
- Sisal: Between £20 and £38 per square metre.
- Sea-grass: Between £10 and £17 per square metre.
- Coir: Between £8 and £20 per square metre.
- Jute: Between £14 and £22 per square metre.
- Underlay: Between £4 and £8 per square metre.
The warranties for most carpet ranges from five up to 30 years. Many carpet manufacturers warranties will require the fitting of new carpet underlay, at the time of installation, in order for the warranty to become valid.