Choosing the Right Carpet

choosing the right carpet for youDespite the fashion toward hard surfaces, homeowners still choose carpet for some areas of their home. Consumers choose carpets because it gives comfort and it is affordable.

There are some things to be considered when choosing the right carpet for you. You need to consider the type of fiber, the construction, the pattern and the density or weight.

Fiber type

The type of fiber used in manufacturing affects the feel and function of the carpet. Carpets are made using nylon, wool and polyester or olefin fiber.

Wool is a natural fiber that is very flexible, keeping its shape despite heavy furniture. Wool is the most expensive of the fibers available and has poor stain removal. The first synthetic fiber used in carpet manufacturing is nylon. It was first used in 1940’s and it is very durable. Most nylons are treated to improve stain resistance.

Polyester fiber is less flexible than nylon but it holds brighter colors and is more fade resistant. Most PET polyester fiber is made from recycled soda bottles. It is very stain resistant and durable in dense cut-pile constructions.

Olefin fiber is used mostly in berber, or loop, construction carpets since it is the least resistant to crushing. The loops help the fiber maintain its shape but care should be taken to avoid snagging.

Olefin is similar to a carrot in that its color goes all the way through the fiber. If it is solution-dyed, a nylon fiber is more like an apple with a red surface but white center. Solution-dyed fibers are colorfast and more resistant to stain since the pores of the fiber are already filled with dye.


Carpet construction is the second feature to consider when choosing a carpet. Each construction has its advantages and disadvantages depending on the fiber type.

Loop construction carpet is very durable but is susceptible to pulling, especially in homes with pets. It is the most difficult to seam, so seams should be avoided by making use of wider 15-foot goods.

The most common style is the cut-pile carpets. A cut-pile Saxony carpet is formal and shows vacuum marks and footprints while a textured cut-pile carpet scatters light and is more casual for an active household.

Weight and density

Majority of a carpet’s cost involves fiber so the trick is to maximize the weight and density of the fiber to your money. Loop construction carpet will wear better at a lower weight than the same amount of fiber in the cut-pile carpet. The same budget will afford a higher weight in polyester carpet than in nylon.

Compactness or density is important in areas like stairs or hallways to try to offset the amount of traffic they experience. Some carpet styles are available in varying weights so customers can have the same color in different rooms while concentrating their budget on the more active areas.


Homeowner should consider the pattern of their carpet selection. Most customers want carpet underfoot in bedrooms, and this is the perfect place to take advantage of patterns and colors to pull together their décor.

Carpet has come a long way since it was introduced and no one style is right for every home or every room. It will be much better if an educated salesperson to guide you through the process with your concerns and specific needs. He or she can find the style that is right for you and your budget.