What’s under your feet (or how you get around) is as important as anything when it comes to the house. That’s why this fall, we collaborated with The Home Depot on an A-to-Z guide that will give you the confidence to make the flooring choices you’ll love. Read the manual from A to Z here.
Think of a wall-to-wall rug, and you’ll probably remember the orange shag your aunt had in her basement growing up; the fluorescent space-themed floor of an old bowling alley; the impersonal gray carpet of your first rental apartment. Everything is a bit dated.
Luckily, rug is making a big comeback and Home Depot has it all in stock, whether you’re looking for a specific color, texture, or feel.
“In the past, carpet was always seen as a plain, neutral floor covering underfoot,” says Carisha Swanson, Market Manager for House Beautiful. “But if you really think about why you love freestanding rugs, it’s more than likely because they have a good pattern. You can also get this stunning pattern now in a wall to wall rug. “
Let us change our minds on how the material can be refined – no need for a shag.
Get a foothold with terminology
You want to talk about rugs, the first thing to understand is the pile. The pile of a carpet – another word for the height of the fibers of the carpet – is generally classified as low, medium or high.
- Short-pile carpet has short, dense fibers, which makes it difficult to trap dirt, and is ideal for high traffic spaces that might need frequent cleaning, such as a living room, playroom, or hallway.
- Often a popular choice for bedrooms, the mid-pile rug has slightly higher, less dense fibers, which adds to underfoot comfort while maintaining a relative ease of cleaning.
- And then there’s the shag rug – the most sumptuous, with high, loose fibers – which is best suited for less frequented parts of the house, or for a smaller space that needs a little luxury.
Then: choose the carpet construction that’s right for you, which will generally fall into the categories battery cut or loop pile.
- Battery cut refers to a carpet on which loops of thread have been cut or mowed after being attached to the backing. The result is soft and its fibers move more freely, creating an underfoot experience perfect for a bedroom or family room where you will often spend time, without socks and shoes. In this category you will find types of cut pile rugs like “plush” (extremely soft, but shows footprints), “torsion” (in which the pieces of wire are twisted for greater resilience – currently extremely popular) and “frieze” (in which longer piles are twisted several times so as to create a dense texture – soft and comfortable, but can be difficult to clean).
- Battery loop carpet, on the other hand, means that the loops of thread in a carpet are do not cut after being attached to the stand, which generally makes it less gentle on the feet and better suited for a heavily trampled area like a hallway or staircase. Level loop refers to when the loops all have height, and “patterned” rug means that the loops form intricate patterns in the design of the rug. One of the most common loop rugs is Berber rugs (which Swanson recommends), a style often made of nylon and based on the traditional hand-woven rugs of the Berber peoples of North Africa.
Carpet according to the use of the room
As with most flooring, using your space as a guide in dictating your carpet of choice can ensure you find fair the right combination of pile height and construction to meet your needs.
For example, the rug works well for creating a cozy warmth in a child’s playroom, but it’s not the place for a fluffy all-white rug that only calls for a slice of pizza.
For busier spaces that require durability, opt for a lower pile material, designed for rough energy, like the Lifeproof rug which has a lifetime warranty against stains and a 25 year warranty against wear. . For a more elegant and natural look, explore a yarn-dyed higher pile rug (where fibers are dyed before they are attached to the backing) which will set the mood and provide a touch of understated sophistication, like many of the options in the Home Decorators collection.
“Some people think that when they invest in wall-to-wall rugs, this is something they can never change,” Swanson says. “But if you invest in a really good rug, you’re not going to change that either, and the wall-to-wall prevents any awkward arrangement in a space or the slipping of the rug.”
Leave the installation to the professionals
After landing on the dream mat for your space, next comes installation. General contractor Mark Clements of My FixItUp Life recommends bringing in a professional, a much safer bet than trying to measure, cut and stretch the carpet yourself. “It’s the kind of thing where you’ll be like, ‘Why am I doing this myself, exactly? He said, noting that a person doing the project himself would have to rent, among other things, a carpet stretcher and install adhesive strips along the edges of a room the carpet is glued into for make sure the mat does not crease.
However, he recommends taking back the old carpet on your own, which will save you money in the long run. “The trick is to cut it into manageable squares – I usually recommend two by three. You use a sharp knife, cut it into squares, stack them, and execute them. “
Clements also suggests exploring carpet tiles to create a wall-to-wall carpet look with a little more flexibility – and if you want to try your hand at a DIY installation. “Carpet tiles are very easy to handle, they are beautiful and durable,” says Clements. “Some are solid, some have really cool designs, and you can make any designer design you want. They are easy to cut, transport, transport. If one is stained, just peel it off and stick on another.
And whether your carpeted bedroom becomes the beloved, snuggled center of your children’s lives, or the upscale bedroom oasis of your dreams, one thing is for sure: this is not your grown-up’s rug. -mother.