Which Carpet is Really Best?

Berber benefits and the Functions of Frieze – Let Us Explain!

Imagine your dream home. You might be conjuring images of bright, bold colors, patterns, and textures. Classic and understated might be more your style. Or you might love a trendy and modern space. Whichever aesthetic you find yourself gravitating towards, one thing is universal. I’m talking about comfort. We all love a cozy, comfortable space to entertain and relax.  Something that lends to the cozy atmosphere we all strive to create is choosing the right type of carpet for each area of your home.

carpet flooring textureMaking the decision between different carpet types can be intimidating because you will live with the choice for years. The two main types of carpet are loop and cut pile. These refer to the way the carpet fibers are attached to the backing. In general, loop carpet is durable, easy to clean, and stain-resistant. Cut pile tends to be softer and cozier.

Berber Carpet is a loop variety and is best suited for high traffic areas in your home. Think hallways and living rooms. Berber is a lower maintenance carpet because it can withstand heavy foot traffic and daily wear and tear.  If you need something that is stain-resistant and easy to clean, go with Berber.

There are three main types of cut pile carpet, which include Frieze, textured, and Saxony, also referred to as Plush. All three bring a unique character to a space. It’s essential to consider each individual room and how you use them. For instance, you might want a sleek look in a formal dining area for entertaining guests. You might opt for a cozy, easy to clean style in a family room. There is a huge variety of options, so it is important to find out which is the perfect type of carpet for each area in your home. Now, let’s further delve into the types of cut pile.

bedroom carpet flooring designsThe unique Frieze style is known for its textured feel and appearance. It would be an ideal choice for a bedroom, dining room, or family room. Keep in mind that Frieze is more challenging to clean than the other types, but it makes an aesthetic impact.

Another type of cut pile carpet is simply called “textured” and is known for its versatile and durable nature. If you are in the market for a refreshing new look, choose textured for medium to high traffic rooms like formal rooms and basements.

One of the most versatile types of carpet is Saxony or Plush.  It is easy to clean, durable, and creates a cozy atmosphere. Add plush carpet to your bedrooms, living areas, and formal rooms for a smooth and soft feel. Keep in mind that due to its soft nature, Saxony plush carpet can retain footprints and vacuum lines easier than other types.

No matter what your needs, there are carpet options out there! You just have to take the time to prioritize what look and what functions you will need. From stylish textured, to functional Frieze, your home is ready for this 2020 upgrade!

Here are some scenarios and recommendations to help you see how simple it can be to get matched to your dream flooring:

  1. Scenario: You have a 2 story home and the entire first floor is hardwood. The upstairs carpet is ready to be replaced, but you are not sure what kind is durable enough for young kids, but stylish enough to include in the upstairs guest rooms.

Recommendation: With kids and/or animals, it is important to keep in mind that messes happen! Frieze carpet is a more traditional and appealing style that can take the wear that is inevitable in kids rooms and hallways. If the areas are very high traffic (like family rooms and playrooms), then Berber carpet, with its durable loop construction is the best choice.

  1. Scenario: You own a small, 1 bedroom condo that needs new carpet. You want one kind throughout. You have no kids and plan to resell the condo within the next year.

Recommendation: With little traffic and a lower chance of spills, a high quality Saxony carpet is going to be the best choice. It will look stylish and classy throughout the home, while also keeping a high resale appeal. Home buyers are looking for non-polarizing styles and a neutral Saxony will do the job!

  1. Scenario: You own a 3 bedroom home that needs new carpet in the family room and master bedroom. You would like something more plush in the bedroom and more detailed in the family room.

Recommendation: If you are looking for unique detail, but still want a plush feel, Textured carpet may be your best bet! There are numerous pile heights and loop patterns to choose from, so you don’t have to worry about changing carpets from room to room just to meet your needs.

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