Whilst there once was a time when it was fashionable, or simply the ‘done thing’, to carpet the entire house from wall to wall in each and every room, nowadays we are seeing more and more rugs laid on laminated, tiled or wooden floors with carpet still used, albeit more selectively.
So where are the best areas of the house to place carpets and rugs? Bedrooms are always a good place for carpets and rugs, perhaps carpeting the entire room and placing an extra soft, warm rug at the foot or side of the bed, as are living rooms since they are also fitting candidates for wall to wall carpeting with the addition of a comfortable rug or two.
The climate and weather where you reside should play a prominent role in your decision whether to opt for wall to wall carpeting or to place a rug over your laminated, tiled or wooden floor, preferably one of the latter two if you have the budget, though having said that, there are some excellent laminated flooring materials on the market that are often mistaken for something else because they look just like real cork, marble or timber, though cost far less.
As with the other rooms in your home the weather in your part of the world will play a major role in your decision as to whether to carpet your bedroom from wall to wall or have an alternate flooring material like bamboo, hardwood, marble or tiles, laid.
If you reside somewhere with a wonderfully warm all year round climate then wall to wall carpeting is probably not the best option here as you are most likely better off with something that keeps your bedroom comfortable and cool, perhaps adding a rug that’s attractive and soft underfoot beside or in front of your bed.
If your living room sees a lot of foot traffic – houses with front doors that open on to the living room are what are being referred to here – you will need to be very selective about the carpet you select, that or you opt for a more durable flooring like bamboo, marble or tiles and invest in a few large rugs. Even hardwoods aren’t always the most astute choice here because, like carpet, they might also not prove as durable as you’d have hoped.
However, it is very cosy to have the entire living room carpeted from wall to wall and this is especially true for those of residing in regions with cooler climates because hard flooring simply isn’t as appealing as carpets during the colder months of the year. Moreover, Sydney carpets help to hold the warmth in living rooms and this can help to significantly reduce your home heating bills during cold winters.
There are a couple of considerations to take into account with regard to dining room flooring materials, most notably the effect that chairs being moved about will have on the floor. If you have a hardwood floor in your dining room then it’s advisable to invest in a sturdy rug to place under the table and chairs so that the floors won’t become scratched, and it is also for this very reason that wall to wall carpets in dining rooms are such a popular, and astute, selection.
Selecting carpets and rugs
As with all flooring materials there are a number of considerations to take into account when selecting carpets and rugs for your home, the first, and most important, of which is durability. It is important to carpet your house with carpets that boast enviably durable properties, particularly in rooms that see a lot of foot traffic.
This is also the case with rugs, albeit to a lesser extent, though if you plan on placing a rug under your dining table to prevent your hardwood floors from becoming scratched you will need to take this into account.
Cleaning and maintenance are also important considerations because some materials and varieties are easier, and often less expensive, to keep clean. Furthermore, invest in carpet padding, it won’t set you back much more and helps to reduce wear and tear and will also make your carpets more comfortable underfoot.