The first step in selecting carpet is understanding your needs. Do you have children? Pets? Which of your rooms get a lot of traffic? Carpet is an investment and you want to spend wisely. Taking the time to answer these questions, plan your space and learn industry terms will help you narrow down your options and select the ideal carpet.
understand your needs
Before you visit the store, think about your room and your lifestyle.
Areas with high amounts of traffic such as the family room, hallways and stairs call for the highest-performing, most durable carpeting.
Households with young children, pets and lots of sneakers tracking in and out will want a carpet that is stain and soil resistant.
Every STAINMASTER® carpet is made from 100% premium nylon 6,6 fiber with stain and soil protection not found in other carpets.
Plan Your Space
Write down the rooms you want to carpet, the amount of traffic they experience, their size and how much light they get.
Think about your expectations. Are you mainly concerned about how it will look and feel as a formal dining room or do you want it to stand up to pets, children and countless indoor basketball games?
Consider colors. Smaller rooms can feel larger with lighter carpeting and larger rooms can be cozier with mid-to-darker carpets. Also remember that high use areas may not be the best place for white or very light carpet.
Bring swatches of your window treatment fabric, your furniture fabric and the paint chip colors for your room, so you can match your existing or planned décor.
Know Your Terms
Fiber, twist & density – the durability of your carpet depends on finding the right balance of these three factors:
Fiber – To make a carpet, natural or synthetic fiber is converted to yarn and tufted, or locked into a backing to form the pile or surface you walk on. The five major types of carpet fiber are nylon 6,6, nylon 6, polypropylene (olefin), polyester and wool. STAINMASTER ® carpet uses only nylon type 6,6 fiber, the strongest, most resilient carpet fiber available.
Twist – this describes the winding of the yarn on itself. The tighter the twist, the more the carpet will resist changes in appearance and texture.
Density – the amount of pile in the carpet and how close the tufts are to one another. In general, the more dense the carpet, the better the quality. Check density by pressing your fingers on the carpet and trying to reach the backing. You can also bend the carpet into a U shape to see how much backing shows. The less you see, the more dense the carpet.