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Carpet Buying Guide: How to Buy a Carpet

Carpet Buying Guide: How to Buy a Carpet

While buying a new carpet, a lot of things need to be taken into consideration. This section provides tips on what to take into account while buying a carpet.
DecorDezine Staff
Carpets are large sections of cloths that are used to cover floors. They are a part of the textile industry. Their top layer is made of 'pile', which is twisted tufts made from wool, polypropylene, nylon, or polyester. This pile is attached to a hard backing which is laid out on the floor. The term carpet originated from the Italian word carpire, which means to pluck. As carpets are expensive items, there is a lot of scope for a person to be fooled into buying one that is not genuine.

Given below are some guidelines for buying a carpet:
  • Measure the size and the dimensions of the room or the area where you wish to install the carpet. Take into account all the furniture while calculating the area to be carpeted.
  • Do a bit of homework on the different types of carpets available. This will help during the actual choosing and buying process, and also in spotting the fakes.
  • Be wary of any exchange schemes and check for their genuineness before thinking of going in for any of them.
  • Know your spending limit. This will keep you from over-spending.
  • Understand your carpeting requirements. Carpets that are used in living rooms are often different from those used on stairs or in your bedroom. Consider the various factors like fabric, softness, thickness, warmth, durability, color, carpet stain removal, and installation cost. Hand woven, machine woven, and tufted carpets are all different from each other, and the difference is noticeable upon close inspection of the fabric and fibers.
  • Find out the carpet's country of make along with other additional manufacturing details if possible. Having some background knowledge about the basics is always a good idea.
  • Inspect the carpet thoroughly. Check how old it is. Modern cleaning and washing techniques such as chemical washing can make a brand new carpet seem as though it is century-old. Run your hand over the fabric to get an idea of its texture, smoothness, firmness, and fiber density.
  • Always insist on a certificate of authenticity. It is another indication of a genuine carpet, and can be useful in fetching you a good amount if you decide to sell later.
  • If you are in doubt about how to install the carpet yourself, have the store install it for you. However, make sure that you are present at the time of installation so that you can guide the workers on where and how you want it to be installed.
Thus, buying a carpet can become less difficult if some of the aforementioned guidelines are followed.