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How To Pick The Right Carpeting

Choosing new carpet for your home is one of the easiest, most affordable ways to make over a space. With so many styles of carpet available, though, many homeowners find it tough to choose the right carpeting for their homes. Taking time to think through your needs and evaluate several different factors are key to picking carpeting that will provide for excellent service and durability.


Perhaps the most important factor you’ll need to weigh before choosing carpeting is carpet style. It’s important to think about the level of traffic in the area for which you’re picking carpeting before settling on a style. The most common styles of carpet available are:

  • Plush, which is thick and soft with tightly twisted piles.
  • Textured, which is made from fibers of different heights to help hide dirt and stains.
  • Friezes, which are made from twisted, cut piles and are similar to plush styles but appear less formal to many.
  • Berber, which is made from continuous loops and is both dense and flat.
  • Saxony, which is considered the traditional style of carpeting for use in residential spaces and is similar to frieze or plush carpets.


Choosing the right color carpeting for your space requires taking the design and decor style of your home into consideration. Unless you plan to redecorate the entire area where the carpeting will be installed, you should be careful to choose a carpet that will complement your walls and furnishings. You can use a color wheel to find complementary color families. It’s also essential to try out carpeting samples or swatches in your home before making a final purchasing decision.


Picking the right padding helps to ensure that you have a soft, comfortable surface on which to walk. When it comes to choosing padding, don’t skimp. Talk with a carpeting specialist about the padding thickness recommended for different types of carpeting. Remember that shorter carpet styles such as Berber generally require thicker padding than more plush styles.

Care Requirements

Understanding care requirements is also key to making a wise purchasing decision. When looking at carpeting, be sure to ask a trained flooring consultant about care demands. It’s particularly important to pay attention to care requirements if you have kids or pets in your household. Avoid high-end carpets that stain easily. It’s also a good idea to choose carpeting with simple care and maintenance requirements for high-traffic areas.


Cost is an important factor for any homeowner choosing new carpeting. While it’s important to stick within your budget, it’s also essential to know when to spend a little extra. For instance, it’s important that you choose high-quality padding to ensure both the longevity of your carpets and your own comfort. Set a budget before you shop, then work with a flooring pro who can help you make the best choice in terms of cost and quality.

If you need help picking the right carpeting for your space, visit an S&G Carpet and More showroom or set up a free, shop-at-home appointment with one of our flooring consultants today.

Best Products For Carpet Care for Your Home or Office From S&G Carpet and More

At S&G Carpets and More we want to make sure your carpet lasts. That’s one of the reasons we have such a great warranty on all our carpet that comes standard. If you want some products and tips on how to get your hardwood floors clean and last longer, stop by your closest S&G Carpets Showroom today!

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