Carpets make rooms cozy and warm while reducing noise and creating a soft pillow-like surface for you to walk on. While some people think carpets are outdated, they are still pretty much alive and rolling! Or shall we say unrolling, since more and more carpets are being bought today!

You’ve settled for the fact that you need a carpet in your home but then what? The next step is to consider a few things prior to making the purchase. Look at carpet buying as a long term commitment, don’t just buy it because it looks pretty and then be stuck with having to maintain it. Some carpets are just more difficult to maintain than others. That also depends on you and your family, as in whether you have kids or even pets.

The first thing you should consider when choosing a carpet is the size. Decide whether you want a carpet that’s going to fit the whole room or just the front area. Then think about shape, a rectangle or a circle shaped carpet? Have in mind which solutions would fit your interior design best. Having these questions answered before heading out to a carpet scavenger hunt can make the process a whole lot easier.

Once you’ve figured out the size and the shape, consider which material and color to go for, especially if you have kids or pets. Choosing a white carpet would be a nightmare for a dog owner. In that case, go for something that can easily cover up some small stains.

Next, look into types of fibers carpets are made of. Would you rather go for a fluffy plush carpet or a more sturdy one? Maybe even something in between? When choosing a carpet, it is important to consider the fiber it is made of because of the ease of maintenance. As we said already, don’t settle for a carpet only because you like it’s appearance. Keep in mind that you will have to clean and maintain it, which wont be easy if you choose a carpet with hard to clean material.

As far as color goes, we already said that for pet owners bright colors are a no. Even for people with kids it is recommended to get darker carpets, as bright ones get dirty very quickly, especially with a child crawling over it all day. Darker colored carpets actually make a room feel more cozy while bright ones make it feel more open and fresh.However, it all depends on you interior design and how well you combine it with the color of the furniture.

To sum it all up, when choosing a carpet, decide on shape and size before going out to the stores. Consider how much the carpet would get dirty and rethink choosing bright solutions, as they get visibly dirty much faster than dark ones. Keep in mind the fabrics a carpet is made of, since you will be stuck maintaining it ever since you take it out the door!

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