There’s an overwhelming number of options when it comes to carpet. At first it seems as simple as picking out a color that looks good in your home, but once you start exploring the market, the sheer variety can send you reeling. Here are some straightforward ideas on choosing the best types of carpet for different areas in your home.
The Best Types of Carpet for Pets
You want: resilient and spill-resistant
The two main concerns with pets are stains and crushing. Crushing is any matting or distortion caused by frequent pressure. Think of when you move a piece of furniture and it leaves indentations in the carpet. Likewise, pets tend to have favorite places to curl up—maybe right at your feet. When searching for a carpet, you’ll want something with spring and stain-resistance.
Nylon and polyester are classic choices, nylon generally being the more expensive of the two. It continues to be the most popular carpeting choice in America because of its durability and cleanability. While both nylon and polyester can stand up to pressure, neither is as stain-resistant as triexta. Triexta is durable and easier to clean. If you’re really a crazy cat lady/man, you might even consider pet-specific varieties of carpet. With features like stain-resistance, odor-reduction, long lasting warranties and even hair-resistance, these may be the best types of carpet for pets. However, the limited range of choices may not suit your aesthetic tastes.
Cuts & Styles
Frieze carpets are another option to consider. Their short and twisted fibers swirl in many directions, protecting the carpet from crushing and matting.
Regardless of what kind of carpet fiber you choose, you’ll want a cut pile as opposed to a loop pile carpet. The fibers of a cut pile carpet are sheared and twisted. A tight twist results in a higher resistance to crushing and matting, while also keeping out soil.
Loop pile carpets, on the other hand, are not sheared. As implied by the name, their fibers form small loops. This can be detrimental to cats, reptile or any animal with small claws that can snag. For that same reason, it’s also best to opt for a short pile, rather than something long and shaggy.
When it comes to color, there are two types of people in the world; people who don’t want to see the dirt and people who do. This is something to consider when choosing a carpet. You might (or might not) opt for a shade that matches your pet’s coat to disguise any shedding.
- Short, cut pile
The Best Types of Carpet for Bedrooms
You want: Aesthetic, warm, luxurious
If there’s a place to splurge on carpeting, it’s definitely the bedroom. Your bedroom is probably the most personal space you have in the world and it’s a space designated for sleep. A little indulgence here can maximize comfort and the quality of your rest.
When you wake up, you likely want something soft and sumptuous underfoot. Wool is an excellent—albeit expensive—carpeting fiber that insulates a room and offers unparalleled softness. From the hair of sheep, llamas or alpacas, it’s natural spiraling form makes it quite resistant. While most carpets need to be replaced every decade or so, some wool carpets can last over fifty years if properly cared for! If you like the quality of wool but not the price, acrylic is a common substitute. With its luxurious springiness and moisture-resistance, acrylic comes as surprisingly low prices. Ever-versatile nylon is yet another option for something sweet and soft, especially in shaggy and long pile varieties.
Cuts & Styles
Wherever comfort is a priority, long pile carpets are ideal for their the silky feel. In the bedroom, it also offers a sound-muffling quality which can be a bonus if you have a partner who gets up at a different time than you.
The densely-packed yarn of Saxony creates a plush and bouncy surface without tall pile. Alternatively, if you like a little fluff in your stuff, opt for a variety of shag carpet, which generally has taller pile.
When considering colors, consider those that are sleep-conducive. Neutrals are always a safe bet, but subtle colors can balance out neutral walls, adding a touch of zest to a room that might otherwise be a yawner (and not in the good, sleep-conducive way you want). Avoid anything too stimulating though, like bright colors or vibrant patterns.
- Tall pile
- Calming colors
- A hint of indulgence
The Best Types of Carpet for High-Traffic Areas
You Want: Durable and long-lasting
It might surprise you to learn that carpet is actually a good choice for high-traffic areas. You might think that it is more susceptible to soil, but carpet’s capacity to trap dirt actually protects the indoor air quality of a home. That being said, choosing the best types of carpet for high-traffic areas requires some additional consideration.
Durability is key here. Even the longest lasting rugs need replacing every decade or so. As with pets, triexta, nylon or polyester are ideal. Each of these is resistant to crushing and matting, but also offers a softness that may be important in areas like the family room, where kids often end up playing or sitting on the floor.
Cut & Style
Avoid texture or long piles, as these are easily crushed and best kept to areas without children or pets. Something with low pile height like a berber, frieze or twist keeps footprints or vacuum marks from showing.
Darker colors hide more dirt. In places that see a lot of traffic (and a lot of guests), a dark carpet can do wonders to disguise stains and soil. Depending on the kind of atmosphere you are trying to cultivate, it might also be a space to experiment with bold geometry or fun patterns.
Armor up with runners and pads. Added protection in high-traffic areas can extend the longevity of your rug. Runners can serve as a clever accent. They add a pop of color in addition to a top layer of protection.
Carpet padding catches any particles that penetrate into the carpet. This protects any flooring you have underneath, and also adds a little bit of softness and bounce to the carpet. Investing in a decent carpet pad will extend the life of your carpet, so opt for something with a high density.
- Low pile height
- Nylon, polyester or triexta
- Berber, frieze, twist or saxony
- Darker colors
- Carpet runners
- Carpet pads
The Best Types of Carpet for the Basement
You Want: Moisture-resistant and easy replacement
The biggest concern with basements is that they are commonly affected by leaks and other sources of water damage. As with pets, you’ll want a carpet that is less absorbent. Low pile is the way to go.
Reconsider wall-to-wall carpeting. While that may work well in the rest of the home, installing carpet tiles ensures that if a section of the basement is severely affected by water damage, it can easily be replaced. If you do opt for wall-to-wall carpeting, this is definitely an area that needs waterproof carpet pads. Ideally, it will contain an antimicrobial to prevent any mold.
- Low pile
- Mold resistant treatment
- Carpet tiles
- Carpet pads
Even the Best Types of Carpet Need Professional Cleaning!
Did you know that in order to maintain the warranty on your carpet, it needs to be professionally serviced every 1-1.5 years? Zerorez’s carpet cleaning service is a chemical-free, kid-friendly, allergy-friendly approach to a deep, fresh clean. Without chemicals, detergents or residue, we offer a way to be good to your carpets and the environment. If your carpets are due for professional cleaning, schedule an appointment at zerorezie.com or give us a ring at 909-206-5374.