How To Buy A Carpet

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There are a lot of things you need to consider when shopping for new carpets. Whether you need something small and decorative, or large enough to cover an entire living room floor, there's something out there for everyone who is looking for that perfect rug.

In this article, we'll walk you through the process of how to buy a carpet so once you're done with this article, it should be a breeze.

Keep reading to find out more.

Consider what type of carpet you want

Here are some options:

1) Vinyl carpeting 

If you're looking for something low in maintenance, and won't require a lot of care after installation, then this may be an option for you. It's also cheaper than many other types of carpets.

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2) Synthetic carpets

If you're looking for something that's going to wear well over time, and might be a little more affordable, then this may be an option for you.

3) Decorative Carpets

For those of us who love the look of nice rugs but don't necessarily need them to provide any utility, there are far nicer options available. These can work wonders in any room where people will be gathering. Whether in your home or office, they can add some color and life to the place.

4) Wool carpets 

If you're looking for something that is going to last a long time, and holds up better than most other types of carpeting, then this may be an option for you. It also often looks great and comes in a wide variety of styles.

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5) Area carpets

These are best for covering the majority of a room. If your rooms are rather large, then this may be an option for you.

Get your measurements correct. 

Before beginning to shop, you must get the appropriate dimensions for whatever area you plan on putting new carpet in.

Sometimes there can be some last-minute surprises when shopping, but if you have already taken accurate measurements beforehand, chances are slim that anything unexpected will come up. This'll ensure that everything fits properly.

Know what kind of carpet is best suited for your home.

If you live in an older home, or one with lots of hardwood floors and other high-maintenance surfaces, then a low-maintenance vinyl or synthetic carpet may be best. If you live in a newer home that doesn't have any fancy flooring, then you might want to consider something like wool or silk. The type of carpet that's right for your house will depend on what kind of environment it'll face after installation. With this in mind, let's move on. We have already talked about the difference between carpet floor vs hardwood.

Concern yourself with style.

This one is going to be up to personal taste and preference, but ultimately the style of carpet you get should match what's already in your home. For instance, if you've got high-end hardwood floors throughout most of your home, and lots of modern furnishings, then a more traditional-looking rug can work well for accentuating other elements within the space. 

If you've got a lot of nice furnishings, and elegant fixtures throughout your home, then maybe something more upscale is in order.

In cases like these, the type of room and what it's meant for can be a good guideline to follow when deciding on what style to go with.

Consider where your new carpet is going to go.

Here are some options:

1) On the floor

If you're looking for something to place on top of your existing hardwood or tile floors, this may be an option for you. Carpeting can provide a soft surface that's easy enough to clean and keep up with as far as maintenance is concerned. 

2)Around the house

This would work especially well for small decorative carpets. You could use them in hallways, living rooms, or even bedrooms. They tend to be able to add character throughout your home.

3) In front of furniture 

If you want to give your furniture more height, then putting down a rug can help accomplish this goal with ease. It's also less scary putting down a rug on shag carpeting than it is putting one down directly onto hardwood floors because putting a rug on a carpet will keep it from slipping and will not need extra work for sticking it to hardwood.

Determine the size of your room.

Once you've decided on what kind of style you want and where exactly in your home that you're going to put the new carpet, then sizing becomes rather important. If there are any doorways into or out of the room, then they will have to be considered when measuring out how big your new carpet needs to be. 

Also consider windows, hallways, and similar objects within the room itself. You want to make sure that whatever goes in there doesn't stick out like a sore thumb due to being too large for its surroundings.

Compare prices from different retailers to find the best deal

Okay, so now we're going to go over some tips on how to shop for carpet. This is where most people usually have a lot of trouble because it can be somewhat confusing and overwhelming.

The price is right 

Before doing anything else, you're probably wondering about the cost. There are tons of different types of carpets out there with all sorts of different features and characteristics. Even if they look similar at first glance, they can vary in terms of quality and overall value quite a bit. Some carpets are much more expensive than others, while still providing amazing comfort and design that rivals alternatives which may seem like a better deal by comparison at first. But as always, you get what you pay for. 

Start searching online for the best deals.

There are tons of places to find carpets online. You can go with a well-known brand name, or you can opt for a lesser-known company that may be able to provide better prices in comparison. 

Regardless of what you choose, it's always important to read reviews and get opinions from other customers who have already gone shopping for carpet online and had their experience reviewed by the general public. Chances are they understand the same problems that people often run into when shopping for carpets online because they've faced similar situations themselves at some point.

Shop around.

This one should go without saying, but it needs reiterating regardless: shop around. We live in an age where we have access to so much information at our fingertips. Even if you decide to pay for an out-of-home consultation, or even just a simple trip down to the local retailer's outlet, it can benefit you to search around before doing so.  

Also, consider that some carpets will require a deep clean more often than others, so keep this in mind as you're shopping around.

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Image Credit: http://housebeautiful.comThere are plenty of different places that sell carpets, and sometimes they all have certain types on sale. You might be able to save yourself some money in the long run by simply shopping around first.

Be patient.

This is one of those situations where patience truly does pay off. If you know what you want, then waiting for it is just about as easy as going online and ordering it from your own home. It's always a good idea to think about how much time you're willing to wait to save a bit of money. If you needed your new carpet yesterday, then nobody is going to tell you that it's not possible. But if you can wait until the weekend or even longer (depending on how much time you have), then it might be worth taking advantage of sales and discounts from retailers who are trying to get rid of inventory by selling carpets at cheaper prices. 

The importance of reviews when shopping for a carpet online

When buying a carpet online, always pay attention to reviews. 

  • What are people saying about this particular seller? 
  • How reliable are they? 
  • Will they deliver on time?

If you're looking at a product but can't answer any of these questions (or if you just don't like what other people have had to say), then look into someone else. 

When you do make a purchase, you may even help someone else out by leaving your review – that's a great way of letting others know what an awesome job a company did when you went shopping for carpet, or it could serve as a warning if something went wrong and there were problems.

Final thoughts on how to buy carpet

In conclusion, buying a carpet is a lot like buying anything else in real life or on the internet: it always pays to read reviews, be patient, and don't rush into a decision. 

Also keep in mind that usually, you wouldn't buy something expensive and large without doing any research first, right? 

The same logic applies to buying something as big as a carpet. It's just not worth the risk unless you do the right research first.

We also recommend that you learn the best tips and tricks on how to clean upholstery – they will ensure that the general look and feel of your home stays the way you want it for a long time.


Kevin Farrugia

Kevin Farrugia

Kevin is a household and appliance enthusiast and loves to follow the latest trends in kitchen and house decoration. He also loves to walk the isles of Home Depot and Lowes to review products and materials in person. Before joining Kitchen Infinity, Kevin owned a handyman company.

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