Instant Home Makeover With Carpets And Area Rugs
A homeowner who is looking for an easy and relatively affordable makeover when it comes to home flooring can consider carpets and area rugs and their benefits. Carpets and rugs are easier to install compared to hardwood, tile or vinyl floors; and can also effectively and discreetly cover any floor imperfections or damage from normal wear and tear.
Area rugs and carpets also give any area a sense of welcoming comfort and warmth, both in the literal and figurative sense. Oriental rugs, in particular, add to the home’s insulation, so those who live in regions with long, bitter winter seasons can benefit from the additional heat and savings on energy costs. Carpets and area rugs also absorb sound, giving you added privacy and keeping out noises from the neighbors as well. Of course, their aesthetic value cannot be ignored as well. Rugs and carpets are very nice to look at and can complement the overall beauty of your living space.
Carpets are more permanent fixtures in the home, while oriental rugs are more flexible and mobile. If you are pretty much set on the theme you are going for, carpeting would likely be your first option. But if you like to experiment around, or change things up from time to time to avoid monotony, area rugs would be perfect because they are easier to rehash.
With both carpets and area rugs, selection can be overwhelming if you do not know what you are looking for. Some reminders to keep in mind are:
- Quality – The materials used and the durability of the product should be tested out before making a final purchase. For carpets, the padding should be made of foam or rubber materials; this padding acts as the foundation of the carpet, supporting it and preventing the fibers from coming apart easily. For area rugs, wool is the most recommended material, but other factors such as pile density (the denser the rug, the more durable it will be) and finishing touches like moth-proof treatments should be checked also.
- Styles – Designs and styles of carpets and oriental rugs are quite plentiful, and you are sure to find one that best suits your home’s size, your usual activities, and other variables such as lighting and climate. Plush carpets, for example, are thicker, softer, and better suited for low-traffic areas of your home such as bedrooms, while more durable and flat carpet styles such as Berber carpeting would work best for hallways, bathrooms, and other more-frequented areas.
Cost-Effective – More expensive carpets and oriental rugs do not always mean they are also more durable in the long run; but at the same time, you do not want to sacrifice quality for a lower price. Wool carpets, for example, are generally the most expensive but also more durable, so they tend to last longer and thus lower costs in the long run. When purchasing, ask the retailer for lifetime replacement warranties or maintenance policies that can be good investments for your carpets and area rugs.