Top Tips on Buying Carpet

Here are our top tips on buying carpet. You don’t buy carpet very often and you will walk on it every day, so it is worth ensuring you buy what is right for you.We recommend you think about:

 

The room
A bedroom, for example, takes far less wear than a stair carpet.
Your colour scheme
Are you matching the carpet to a particular scheme?  What are your future decorating plans?
Longevity
Is it a quick fix or do you want it to last a long time?
Your budget
How much can you afford? Don’t forget to include cost of fitting and underlay.  Carpet is like most things in life – you get what you pay for.
Plain or patterned
A plain carpet gives more flexibility for the use of pattern elsewhere in the room. Patterned carpet provides more colour options.

 

Other important things to keep in mind

Measuring the room
Leave it to an expert! Doing it yourself you could end up ordering too much or too little.
Samples of carpet
Use samples to actually see the carpet you like in-situ with natural lighting etc.
Underlay
Just as you wouldn’t buy a new car without new tyres, so you should always buy new underlay with new carpet.
The fitting of your carpet
Fitting is a skill – and there is no such thing as ‘free fitting’!  All carpet should be fitted in accordance with BS5325, the British Standard for the installation of textile floor coverings.
Buy from a Carpet Foundation Member
Service and ‘back up’ are all important. All 700 Carpet Foundation retail members operate under a Consumer Code of Practice approved by the Trading Standards Institute.
Keep the remnants and off-cuts
They can be used as doormats in doorways and you never know when they might be useful.