Selecting the Right Carpet
You’ve decided that carpet is the best flooring choice for your home. Now what? There’s a lot to consider and many great options from which to choose. Today’s carpet offers a wide variety of choices in style, fiber composition, and color. Carpet City in Vancouver is here to help you find the perfect carpet for your needs.
Where to Start
Before purchasing carpet, you should answer the following questions:
- How is the room going to be used?
- Will it have heavy or light traffic?
- Will the room be the center of activity for family and entertaining?
- Is there direct access from outside, or will the carpet be away from entrances?
- Will the carpet receive direct sunlight?
Your answers will determine many of your choices, from color to carpet construction, and much more. If you still have questions, your carpet dealer should be able to provide guidance.
Here are a few things to consider before selecting your carpet:
- High-traffic households
- Households with elderly individuals
- Pets in the home
- Heated flooring
- Outdoor carpet
If a room is your interior design canvas, carpet is your paintbrush. It can be neutral, complementing the other visual elements in the room. It can also be a bold, focal point of the room. Because carpet comes in nearly every color imaginable, the choice is yours.
The always-popular beige carpet can make a room look open and spacious. For a bolder statement, you might match your carpet to a common color in your furniture and draperies. Environmental colors, like blues, deep greens, rosy quartz, and stony neutrals are becoming increasingly popular. Warm colors can turn up the heat in a room that lacks light, while cool greens and blues have a calming effect. Lighter colors make the room seem larger; darker colors provide an extra level of comfort.
There are also practical considerations in color selection. New stain and soil-resistant technology make today’s lighter color carpet much easier to clean, allowing for more decorating options. Medium and darker colors, tweeds, and textures are good at hiding soil in your home’s high-traffic areas.
One final consideration: the color of your carpet will look different under different lighting conditions. So make sure to take your samples home and look at them in the correct light.
“Carpet’s numerous color options allow you to create the design you want for your home or interior space.“
Selecting the Right Cushion
The cushion is an unseen but essential part of your carpet system experience. It’s well worth the time to ensure you’re picking the best option. A firm and resilient carpet cushion forms the foundation for your carpet. The right cushion acts as a shock absorber to increase comfort and extend durability of carpet. It also improves acoustics and provides increased insulation, making a room quieter and warmer.
When selecting cushion, check the carpet manufacturer’s requirements for thickness and density. A general rule of thumb for most residential carpet applications is to choose cushion no more than 7/16 inch thick and no less than 1/4 inch with 6 pounds per cubic feet density. If the carpet is a berber or a low profile carpet, choose a cushion no more than 3/8 inch thick with 8 pounds density.
The type and thickness of cushion you need varies based on traffic levels and patterns. For example, bedrooms, dens, lounge areas, and other rooms with light or moderate traffic can use thicker and softer cushion. Living rooms, family rooms, hallways, stairs, and other heavy traffic areas require thinner, firmer cushion.
The wrong carpet cushion can negatively affect the carpet in several ways, including diminished appearance, wrinkling, buckling, separation of the carpet seams, and breakdown of the carpet structure itself. Improper cushion selection also may void any warranties from the carpet manufacturer.
A Quick Guide
Residential cut pile, cut-loop, or high-level loop carpet requires a resilient, firm cushion with a thickness of 7/16 inch and no less than 1/4 inch with 6 pounds per cubic feet density. Types of cushion may be various polyurethane foams, including the very common bonded foam product often referred to as “rebond,” fiber, or rubber.
Berber carpet, thinner loop, or cut pile carpet is made with large, wide loops, and it has been found that a stable, low-flexing, cushion is necessary. A thicker, softer cushion is not acceptable. Cushion thickness should not exceed 3/8 inch for these type products. Again, check with the carpet manufacturer to see if a specific cushion is required.
When you visit our Carpet City location in Vancouver, you will be walked through each carpet display in our showroom by one of our experienced staff members, who will be able to answer any questions you may have and inform you of anything you will need to know about a particular carpet style. We caryYou will have access to carpet styles from Frieze, Berber, Saxony and more. We also offer carpets in any color, size or pattern you could possibly desire.
Contact us today to talk with one of our flooring professionals. We will be glad to guide you through the process of choosing, purchasing and installing your new carpet.