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Tops Tips on Buying Carpets

Here are our top tips on buying carpets. You don’t buy carpet very often and you will walk on it every day, so it is worth ensuring you buy what is right for you. We recommend you think about:

The roomA bedroom, for example, takes far less wear than a stair carpet.
Your colour schemeAre you matching the carpet to a particular scheme?  What is your future decorating plans?
LongevityIs it a quick fix or do you want it to last a long time?
Your budgetHow much can you afford? Don’t forget to include the cost of fitting and underlay.  Carpet is like most things in life – you get what you pay for.
Plain or patternedA plain carpet gives more flexibility for the use of patterns elsewhere in the room. Patterned carpet provides more colour options.

Other important things to keep in mind:

Measuring the roomLeave it to an expert! Doing it yourself you could end up ordering too much or too little.
Samples of carpetUse samples to actually see the carpet you like in-situ with natural lighting etc.
UnderlayJust as you wouldn’t buy a new car without new tyres, so you should always buy new underlay with new carpet.
The fitting of your carpetFitting is a skill – and there is no such thing as ‘free fitting’!  All carpets should be fitted in accordance with BS5325, the British Standard for the installation of textile floor coverings.
Buy from a Carpet Foundation MemberService and ‘back up’ are all important. All Carpet Foundation Retail Members operate under a Consumer Code of Practice approved by the Trading Standards Institute.
Keep the remnants and off-cutsThey can be used as doormats in doorways and you never know when they might be useful.