When I renovate a home, I have to spend time deciding the best route to take for the floors. In some homes, there’s simply no substitute for hardwood flooring, but others look beautiful with laminate flooring or tile. I’ve almost never considered wall-to-wall carpet, until recently.
Carpet seems to be “out of style” as of late. I always thought I’d be downgrading any house I renovated by installing carpet in it. Instead, I generally tend to stick with hard flooring materials for every renovation. However, I’ve noticed some changes occurring in the interior design world, and I think carpet may be making a comeback. Here are a few reasons you may want to consider installing carpet in your next renovation.
If you’ve ever cringed at the idea of dragging your feet out from under the covers and placing them onto a cold wood floor, then you know what I’m talking about. Carpet is warmer and softer than wood, laminate, tile, or concrete. It not only makes life a little bit easier in the mornings on cold days, but it can also help keep your home warmer, decreasing your utility bills.
SAFER FOR LITTLE ONES (AND ADULTS)
Carpeting provides the necessary friction to keep little feet from slipping and falling down. If you’re renovating a house in an area where you expect your buyers to have young children, you can provide them with a safer environment just by opting for wall-to-wall carpet instead of a slicker option.
Of course, kids aren’t the only ones who are prone to slipping and falling on a hardwood or tile floor. Pets can have an equally hard time maintaining traction (and they can badly scratch a hardwood floor while trying to do). Slippery flooring can be a problem for seniors, as well. And, even adults can have a clumsy moment too. Carpeting can prevent falls, and it’s a much softer surface to land on if you do take a spill.
Want your buyers to enjoy a quieter, more peaceful home? Install carpeting in at least a few rooms (if not all of them). It naturally dampens noise, so your buyers will be able to watch TV in the living room while their kids play and listen to music in their rooms, without all the noise interference from other rooms.
Now, you shouldn’t necessarily purchase the least expensive carpeting around. In fact, since carpet is more cost effective than a lot of other options, I recommend taking it up a notch if you’re going to go this route.
Consider the style of your home, the color palette(s) you’ve chosen, and the patterns you’ve selected. Then look at some of the finer options for carpeting. You can choose carpet that has a single, unified texture, or you can select carpeting with patterns in different colors and/or textures. Remember, you don’t have to choose the same carpet for every room. In fact, you don’t even have to choose carpet for the whole house (I recommend against carpet in the kitchen and bathrooms).
Take some time to sift through your options and see if wall-to-wall carpeting might be a good choice for one or more rooms in your next home renovation. You may be surprised at the carpet types available, how affordable they are, and how much your buyers will love it.