Do’s & Don’t of Choosing Carpet

You may think that choosing carpet for your home is a fairly stress-free and straightforward process. That is until you start looking into all the different carpeting fabrics and styles, not to mention the varying manufacturer’s warranties.

Fortunately, if you are already feeling more than a little overwhelmed when it comes to picking the perfect carpet, the below do’s and don’ts are exactly what you need.

DO Learn About Different Types of Carpets

There are many different types of carpets for you to choose from, each with their own advantages and drawbacks. When determining what type of carpet you need for your home, you will want to consider the below factors:

  • How long will it last
  • How resilient it is
  • How it reacts to staining
  • How much it costs

Don’t forget to also think about where the carpet is going in your home. For example, is it going in a high footfall area such as the stairs or hallway? If you are not sure which type of carpet is best for each room in your home, pop into our local carpet shop Balham for further advice.

DON’T Go to Your Nearest Big Brand Retailer

Although you may be tempted to head to your nearest big brand carpet retailer with the belief that these offer the best deals and the most convenience, you should know that smaller, local retailers often provide a far more superior service.

Keep your focus on the quality of the carpet in question and how your questions are answered during the buying process rather than over-the-top advertisements and promotions.

DO Understand the Manufacturer’s Warranty

The warranty of your chosen carpet is nearly as important as the carpet itself, providing peace of mind that your purchase is protected. Make sure that you check the warranty thoroughly and that it fits with the application for the carpet to avoid any issues further down the road.

If a particular warranty seems too good to be true, don’t be afraid to ask the retailer more about it. A trustworthy retailer will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

DON’T Compare Quotes on Different Products

If you are getting quotes from several different retailers, make sure that they are providing them for the same carpet or at least the same quality of carpet. This will help prevent you from getting drawn in by a cheap but inferior choice of carpet.

DO Take Samples Home

Trying to choose the right colour carpet in-store can be a challenge as you are not able to compare it with other colours in your home. Plus, the colour of carpet can appear different under various lighting conditions, so the way it looks at the store may differ from how it looks in your home.

Avoid choosing the wrong shade by asking for samples to take home. Even a small off-cut will do the job.

DON’T Make an Impulse Buy

Standing in a carpet shop surrounded by hundreds of different carpeting options, many of which look very similar, can result in you making a rash decision if only to get out of the shop sooner rather than later.

However, more likely than not, you will regret this impulse buy. Instead, if you are still unsure about what carpet you want or you have more questions that need to be answered, take a few days to think things over and come back when you are in a fresh frame of mind.