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Did you know that carpets still account for 57% of flooring purchases in the UK?  While we may love laminate and adore hardwood floors, the majority of people still want to have something softer on their floor.  But if you are new to carpets or haven’t bought one in a long time, it can be a bit daunting. The team at Adamms can give you the best advice on which carpets if you need some help.

That’s why we’ve compiled a simple guide to buying carpets so the decision is simple and stress-free.  Let’s dive in.

Choosing the perfect carpet

Choosing the perfect carpet starts with assessing the needs of the room.  The needs of a living room are very different from that of a hallway and stairs.  A kitchen has different requirements to a bedroom.

Style of carpet

For instance, a stair carpet needs to be hard-wearing so something like q twist or cut pile carpet is popular.  It can withstand high levels of use and won’t squash down as people pound up and down the stairs.  A mix blend such as 80% wool and 20% nylon is popular.

Nylon is a great material for carpet as it is 3-4 times tougher than wool so it makes the whole carpet much more hardwearing.  By blending it with wool, you get a natural feel and wool is easier to dye than nylon so you get a good colour too.

This kind of carpet can also work in other rooms if you have pets.  This is versus a loop carpet where the pile is looped – and their claws get caught in it and pull it apart.  Individual threads in a cut carpet are your friend when you have pets and even for younger kids too.

Choosing a pattern or plain carpet

Alongside choosing the right material, looking at the colour and possibly a pattern on a carpet is another big decision.  Pattern carpets might sound a little scary but they work well in lots of spaces, you just need to consider what else is around.

A big trend recently has been to pair a patterned carpet with a plain one in rooms that run into one another.  For example, a patterned carpet on the stairs with a plain one in the hallway and corridor above.

Carpet laying

Unless you have significant experience with laying carpets, it is always best to have a professional handle the job.  This is the best way to get the carpet laid perfectly straight and flat and also to avoid those humps that can easily form.

Not only that but on the off chance something does go wrong, a professional installer will have insurance to cover the costs.  That’s doesn’t happen if you lay it yourself so you could be down a carpet and have to pay for a new one if something happens during installation.

The best flooring

From the plush living room to the special kitchen version, carpet comes in so many forms and varieties that there’s something for everyone.  With a little of the right advice, you can easily choose a carpet that does what you want and lasts for the longest possible time.