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Carpet Shopping 101: Are You Making These Mistakes?

Choosing any flooring is overwhelming in itself, what with the dizzying array of colors, styles, designs and species. It’s a big investment, as well as an expression of your style, so you want it to be as gorgeous as it can be. However, that kind of shopping is just something that isn’t done often.

That said, Flooring Specialists is going to give you some suggestions on things to avoid when carpet shopping, but feel free to come into our showroom in Wellington, FL, if you have additional questions.

●Mistake #1: Don’t assume every type of carpet is appropriate for every kind of room. For example, if you want something very plush for the bedroom; select a high pile one, like a Frieze, because it’s soft and springy. The bedroom also is a pretty light traffic room, and most of the time, people will be in bare feet.

On the other hand, if you’re shopping for the home office, something like a Frieze will not work well, since you’ll be moving furniture and it will most likely have chair wheels. Then, you’ll want something with a low pile, such as a Berber, because it’s flat.

●Mistake #2: Putting too much weight on, well, wait. Thicker isn’t always better! What you want to look at is density, which is how the fibers come together; they should be close to one another. That is what determines the overall quality of the carpet.

●Mistake #3: Measuring incorrectly. Although it’s always a good idea to take some preliminary measurements yourself as it will give you an approximate idea of the cost; other things have to be taken into account, such as the carpet width. Therefore, take those basic measurements, and then turn it over to a pro.

●Mistake #4: Not considering your lifestyle. Do you have kids, pets or entertain frequently? Do you have heavy foot traffic? These are all things you should consider, because they’re important in helping you select the right carpet for you.

●Mistake #5: Neglecting padding. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t important. Padding is the foundation of your carpet installation and it will affect how it looks and wears. Sometimes it comes with the padding already attached, but if it doesn’t, be sure to get the right type for your installation.

Be sure to come into the Floor Specialist showroom in Wellington, FL.