How to choose the perfect carpet for your home

By: Annalese, Published: January 24, 2017 Andros village path bedroom pink Andros in "Village Path"

Everyone loves the feeling of carpet underfoot. From plush pile through to contemporary low-pile options, the thought of walking across carpet is synonymous with luxury, comfort and style. Carpet also can mean a relaxed space. Think about how carpet feels for the whole body, and sitting on the floor reading, watching TV, playing board games is much more likely to occur if there is carpet involved (or maybe you’re looking for a floor rug instead?).

Like any interior design decision, however, there’s a lot to consider before deciding which style, fibre and design is right for your home.



How do you live?

How you live should be one of the first considerations before buying carpet. Some homes are busy family abodes, some are investment properties, and some are holiday homes. Think about how much time you have to care for your carpet as some are higher maintenance than others. Solution Dyed Nylon carpets, for example, are incredibly resilient and low-care (excellent for family life). Loop pile carpets are also a good option for high-traffic areas, a great idea for busy homes or rental properties. Our Carpet Guide is a helpful tool to break down the attributes of each carpet fibre and style to find a good match for your home and don’t forget our flooring stores, where you will find helpful staff!

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Carpet and pets

Australian homes often include pets and we love them too! Thinking about pets when we choose carpet or rugs might seem strange, but there are some styles and fibres that will suit pet paws and claws more than others. Loop piles can be tricky with cats and dogs, for example, with their paws catching on the individual threads. A cut or twist pile is a better style here. Synthetic fibres are also a good option in terms of cleaning and stain resistance. Read our Carpet and Pets Guide for more information.

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How do you want it to look and feel?

‘Form follows function’ as the old adage goes and it couldn’t be truer in this instance. While it is important to first consider what type of carpet that would work well in your home, coming a very close second is how you want it to look (of course!). In your mind, you will no doubt have an idea of how you would like your home to look. Is it relaxed? Coastal? Luxe? Cutting edge contemporary? From here, you can take the keywords and help apply them to the style and colour of your carpet. Thicker piles tend to add more glamour and luxury, while shorter loop and twist piles are more relaxed in their appearance. A carpet which is darker will impact the space greatly, making it more intimate and cosy, while a lighter carpet will open up space.

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Working with existing features.

Of course, there may be other factors which may impact your decision, such as if you’re renovating. In this situation, there may be fixtures and finishes which need to be worked with, such as paints, timbers and even other carpets. The first place to start is to consider the building itself and the interior design intent. For example, if you’re looking for a fresh renovation in a family home which is not a period style, you may consider a loop pile, which is a casual look. If you’re restoring a period home and still want a classic look, a thicker pile could be appropriate.

If you’re working with existing carpets in other spaces, try to match as closely as possible in terms of colour, style and fibre (such as wool carpet). Consider fading and wear as well. If you have a warm colour scheme (such as browns, creams etc) then try to find a carpet colour which is in the same family, just as you may choose a grey carpet if you have a cooler colour scheme existing. You may also have stairs and other structures to contend with. How will you address this? The carpet could continue up the stairs, or it could be made a feature and be constructed in another material such as timber flooring. The options are certainly endless!

Pop into one of our showrooms to learn more about the carpet ranges on offer. Experienced staff are more than happy to point you even closer in the right direction.

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Further considerations

There are a few other aspects that might impact your carpet selection process.

  • Budget. This is something that will no doubt come into conversation! Carpet styles and fibres can vary greatly and we try to make this easy to navigate on the website and in-store. There is some excellent information on how to set a budget in our Setting a Budget Guide.
  • Allergies are a common consideration for families or individuals. Carpet is possible for those who suffer, with some thought given to the fibres and styles most appropriate. Wool and polyester are good options and you can read more on our blog covering important tips and further information.
  • Underlay. Carpet underlay is necessary for many reasons. Quality underlay can help prolong the life of your carpet by providing another layer underfoot. It also helps with insulation and comfort levels too. Dunlop EnviroTred underlay is good for your floors and the environment!


What type of carpet is soft?

Nothing beats the feeling of soft carpet underfoot as well as relaxing and playing on the soft and comfortable surface. While all carpet is soft to a degree, some might feel softer than others. Plush and cut (twist) piles are particularly soft styles and some man-made (synthetic) fibres are luxurious to the touch.


How to clean carpet stains

Carpet can be enjoyed for many years with care and maintenance. Extend the life of your carpet by promptly attending to spills and marks. Read our  carpet cleaning guide for spot removal tips and cleaning instructions.


How to stop rugs moving on wooden floors

Rugs are beautiful additions to any room but not secured they can become a slip or trip hazard. There are a few ways to deal with this. You can either anchor the rug to the floor with furniture to restrict movement or use a non-slip pad between the floor and the rug.

Disclaimer: In some states of Australia, the building regulations for Vinyl Planks, Vinyl Tiles and Hybrid flooring varies. Meaning they may not be suitable for areas requiring water resistance, such as bathrooms and toilets. We advise to always ask your local Flooring Xtra store for the correct advice regarding the local regulations. We also advise to follow the manufacturer’s recommended installation instructions and guidelines, not following the instructions could make the product not fit for purpose, for the area it’s being installed into and void your product warranty. To ensure you get the appropriate product for those areas, please contact your local Flooring Xtra store.

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In-house Stylist Annalese spends her days making homes beautiful and hunting down the perfect flooring solutions. With her finger on the design pulse, her advice on style, home design tips and creating happy, appealing homes can always be relied upon. Annalese’s favourite product is the Mathewson Tweed wool carpet from the Urban Instinct range because of its beautiful wool fibre together with its tailored loop pile design.

Want some expert advice?

From inspiration to installation and beyond, Flooring Xtra are here to help. If you’re uncertain what product will work best in your home or fit your budget the team are delighted to assist. Choosing new flooring is a big decision so whether it’s hard flooring or carpet you’re looking for, know that Flooring Xtra will have the perfect option for you! VISIT your nearest store