5 Things to Know Before Buying a Carpet

5 Things to Know Before Buying a Carpet

Choosing the best carpet for your floor may not seem like a big deal at first, especially to first-time homeowners. But eventually, you’ll find a lot of factors manifest in the long run. Now, in order to “shop smart,” you must take into account some important factors.

Carpet Styles/Piles

In the world of carpeting, the word “pile” refers to the yarn that constitutes a carpet. The style of a carpet has a lot to do with the kind of pile it is made of— cut pile (sheared) and loop pile (left intact). Before buying a carpet, it is a good idea to see the pile samples up close and determine if it’s comfortable and manageable enough for your liking. Carpet piles have different textures depending on its height, plush, material, and manner of weaving. More often than not, deeper carpet piles offer a more luxurious texture. Short piles, on the other hand, are much easier to maintain and care for.


Aesthetic-wise, you need to choose a carpet that will suit the color scheme of your room. You can also choose colors that could alter your mood for different functions. If you want to install a carpet inside your office, you may use light blues and greens to stimulate the mind and give you a sense of calm for increased productivity. Take note that some carpets tend to fade over time, affecting its color and design.


Most carpets come with a specific set of instructions for maintenance. The best way to clean your carpet largely depends on its material and fiber content. In general, you can do this by using a vacuum cleaner which rotates and provides great suction. Do this for at least once a week. It is best to go easy on your cleaning methods because too much abrasion could affect the quality of your carpet and quicken the wear. For carpets that are more delicate and luxurious, usually, those that are hand-tufted and hand-woven, you may want to use a vacuum cleaner that doesn’t have a rotating head.


Carpet padding protects your carpet from small to medium pressure. It serves as a support system, home insulator, as well as sound absorber. Choose a carpet padding that fits the purpose of your carpet. If you’re installing a carpet in a recording room, for example, you may want to consider those that offer great soundproofing. If you want to install your carpet in the bedroom, you may opt for a thicker padding for more heat insulation. Take the necessary precaution, though, because carpet padding can cause damage when punctured.


Some rugs are easier to install than others. Area rugs, for example, don’t take much skill to install. If any, the actual challenge is remembering to lay down appropriate carpet padding. Wall-to-wall rug installation, on the other hand, is much harder. To minimize the fuss, it’s best to leave this task to the professionals.


It pays to know all of these things before buying a carpet because if not, you might end up with the wrong kind of carpet for the style of your home. Now that we’ve shed light on these five important factors, you may now proceed with carpet shopping!