5 steps to choose a carpet for the living room

To warm the living room and bring family members together, many interior designers will recommend carpeting.

However, choosing carpet for the living room is not an easy thing. Due to its large size, carpet greatly affects the aesthetics and atmosphere of the living room. Not to mention, good quality carpets are often quite expensive.

The right carpet can stay with a home for decades. Conversely, a carpet that doesn’t fit will daily remind you of how much money has been wasted and how much it will take to replace it.

Here are five steps to choosing a carpet for homeowners to refer to.

Choose the number of carpets

For small spaces and surrounded by partitions, you should use a single rug. If the space is spacious and the design is open, homeowners can use many rugs to delineate different functional areas.

If you don’t know whether to choose one or more rugs, try stacking them on top of each other. Specifically, the large plain rug at the bottom, then the smaller patterned rugs.

In addition to decorative effects, carpets also delimit space, especially in open-plan homes.  Photo: Eric Piasecki

In addition to decorative effects, carpets also delimit space, especially in open-plan homes. Photo: Eric Piasecki

Determine the size

When planning to buy carpet, you need to understand the living room space. For example, is there any part of the floor that you need to expose or if the position of the door will affect the carpeting.

Homeowners also need to take into account the traffic of the room so that when walking, you do not fall into the situation of “one foot in the carpet, one foot in the carpet”. The size of the carpet needs to completely cover the aisle or leave enough space for people to move easily.

Next, consider the ratio of carpet to furniture. Usually, the carpet is under all four legs of the living room table or chair.

Where the carpet only touches the front legs of the interior, the homeowner should place additional decorations such as side tables, floor lamps out of the carpet area. That way, they won’t be updated every time you use them.

Avoid using carpets that are too small to fit in the middle of the living room sofa set.

The carpet should lie under the entire leg of the interior.  Photo: Andrew Bordwin

The carpet should lie under the entire leg of the interior. Photo: Andrew Bordwin

Choose a carpet pattern

The use of patterned or plain carpet depends on the individual taste of the homeowner and the design and location of the house.

With townhouses, homeowners can display an antique rug to create accents and show off to visitors. For houses in the countryside or the sea, you should choose carpets that evoke rusticity such as coir carpets, rattan carpets.

If you decide to choose a patterned carpet, please consider the overall style of the living space. For example, a home with a simple style will go well with a striped carpet or a herringbone pattern rug.

Choose material

Carpets are diverse in materials, from plant-based fibers such as cotton, linen, and jute to natural fibers such as wool, silk and man-made fibers such as nylon and acrylic. Some carpets are made from cowhide.

Each material gives a different feel. They also require special care and vary in price.

Plant-based carpets are usually the cheapest, providing comfort and simplicity, but wear out pretty quickly.

Another popular material is wool. Wool rugs are more expensive than plant-based carpets but are soft, stain resistant and last for years.

Luxurious silk, often used for patterned carpets but difficult to clean.

Note, if you have children or pets that easily stain the carpet, choose a man-made material such as acrylic, polypropylene or PET. They’re soft enough, nice enough, and hard to get dirty.

Wool rugs fit into many spaces and are durable.  Photo: Roger Davis

Wool rugs fit into many spaces and are durable. Photo: Roger Davis

Don’t forget the anti-slip plate

The last step that you should not skip is placing the non-slip mat underneath the carpet. The edge of the non-slip mat should be 2.5 cm shorter than the edge of the carpet for maximum grip without being exposed.

When using non-slip mats, the carpet will not move and thus increase its lifespan.

Thu Nguyet (Follow New York Times)

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