A Guide to Choosing the Right Carpet


When it comes to building a custom home, there are countless decisions to make. Every detail needs to be well-thought-out and considered. Not only are there many things to decide on during the overall process, but also within each major aspect of the home.

A lot goes into building a custom home. It is comprised of decisions to be made concerning counter tops, furniture, wall colors, cabinetry, floor plan, fixtures and more.

One major aspect of a home that fits into the “and more” category is flooring. Flooring decisions are very important when it comes to remodeling or custom building.

There’s carpeting, tiling, hard wood floors, brick, etc. Each with their own pros and cons list based on the purpose of the room.

If you are going the carpeting route in certain areas of your home, here is a small guide on how to choose the right carpet for your home.

The most common types of carpet are cut pile and loop pile. Each type has a variety of style options based on your preference/need.

Here are several common types:

  • Shag– This has a plush, soft, textured look due to the extra-deep pile. Initially popular in the 70s, shag carpet came back in the 2000s. While comfortable for lounging and great for hiding flaws, it is not a great choice for places where food is consumed.
  • Nylon– This is the most popular carpet fiber in America. It is known to be durable, resilient, and stain resistant. It comes in many hues, making it very versatile, yet it is one of the more expensive synthetic fibers.
  • Polyester– This type has a wool-like appearance, but is more affordable than wool carpet. Polyester carpet is soft and stain resistant, but it may mat down more quickly due to its lack of resilience.
  • Wool– This is strong carpet, and very pleasant to the touch. Many synthetic fibers aim to imitate the feel of wool, therefore it is more costly. It will also shed a bit initially after the installation.
  • Ribbed– This carpet is trimmed in areas to create designs and it can have a variety of colors and textures. These textures are great for masking marks and stains, making ribbed carpet a great choice for a high-traffic area of your home, such as a children’s playroom or den.

As you can see, there are many different ways to go with carpeting. The ones listed above are just a few of the many types of carpet you can select for your home.

When choosing carpet, ask yourself what the space is going to be used for, and then make a choice based on your answer. There are certain types of carpet that do better in a bedroom versus a den, or ones that do better in a dining room versus a basement.

Carpet can really transform any space in your home. What is your favorite type of carpeting?

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