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Carpet Buying Guide

The Selection Process

Carpet dealers usually carry samples of many carpet lines from multiple mills and manufacturers. You'll see a range of quality and styles when you begin your carpet search. It’s a good idea to educate yourself, research your options, and consider how and where your carpeting will be used before you head to the store. For example:
Room Use
 
  • How is the room going to be used?
  • Is there light or heavy room traffic in the room?
  • Is the room the center of activity for family or entertaining?
  • Is there direct access from outside?
  • By considering these and other questions, you can start to make form some opinions about what you need. Is it important that the carpet stand up to pets, running children and bustling activity? Or are you mainly concerned about how it will look and feel in a formal living room that doesn't get a lot of use?
 
What You Should Know:
 
By asking these questions, the dealer is trying to gauge which grade and style of carpet would work best for your home.
Try to give a detailed picture of your expectations for the carpet. Is it important that the carpet stand up to pets, running children and bustling activity? Or are you mainly concerned about how it will look and feel in a formal living room that doesn't get a lot of use?
 
 
Color and Style
Bring swatches of fabric from drapes and furniture, wallpaper samples, and paint chips with you when you are selecting your carpet. Look at a range of colors that can match your existing décor and remember that color can also affect your mood, with warmer colors providing energy cooler tones evoking a sense of calm. Remember also that the lighting in the carpet store is not the same as the lighting in your home. You may need to take a sample of the carpet home to see how it looks in the room where you plan to put it.
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