One of the major decisions when decorating or redecorating a home or office is the type of flooring to install. If the owner has decided on carpeting, they’ll need to decide what kind of carpeting to install, for not all carpeting is the same. Here is a guide for choosing carpeting for the home or office:
Interior decorators agree that the best type of carpet to use for an office is one with low pile. The pile is the height of the fibers that make up the carpet. Carpets with short piles are easier for a castered chair or table to move around on and won’t be damaged by heavy office furniture. A Berber carpet with a level loop is probably ideal for an office. They’re usually an attractive neutral color and made of knotted loops that are the same height. Because the loops are the same height, they avoid snagging.
Synthetics such as acrylic, nylon or polyester are often used for office carpets. These fibers are durable and tend to resist mold, mildew and stains. Some feel and look very much like natural fabrics such as wool. Though they often come in bright colors, sunlight doesn’t fade them as readily as it does carpets made out of natural materials.
The owner can choose a commercial carpet even for a home office. These carpets are made to withstand lots of traffic and are easier to clean. They can be looped, like Berber carpets or have a cut pile. Some people feel that the cut pile type of carpet has a homier look than the looped style.
Generally, an owner has more leeway when it comes to choosing a carpet for the home as opposed to choosing a carpet for the office. In the case of home carpet, the factors include how much traffic the room is going to get, the overall decor of the room, how much natural light the room receives and what the room is used for. Generally, carpets are not put in wet rooms such as the kitchen, the mud room, the laundry room or the bathroom.
Cost is also a factor. Carpets woven from silk are eye-poppingly expensive, extravagantly beautiful and best put in a room with very little traffic that doesn’t get direct sunlight. Wool can also be pricey, but it is the gold standard of carpets as it actually improves with age, is crush proof, not flammable and resists both abrasion and static electricity. Wool carpets repel bad odors, are easy to clean, sound absorbent and even regulate the humidity in a room.
Carpets for the home are also made of plant produces such as cotton jute, coir, bamboo and seagrass. One of the pleasures of decorating is choosing just the right carpet for the space.
Whatever you choose, it is important to clean the carpets on a regular basis. Consult with a carpet cleaning service to find the best method to keep your carpets looking and feeling their best for years to come.