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Cherrypickerpopoff Mon 01-Apr-19 22:57:54

Twist or loop?
Wool or polypropylene?
Fleck or velveteen?
Lumpy rubber underlay or foam?
Same carpet throughout or different in each room?
Please could I also see pics of your stripey stairs, esp those up and around ones.

Tricky and expensive choices to make and it's stressing me.


BlackSatinDancer Tue 02-Apr-19 02:07:22

Twist pile.

Wool mix (80/20) to be soft yet hard-wearing.

I wouldn't recommend velvetine as it shows up every footprint indentation so will always look a mess.
I don't like fleck either unless the difference in shades is very minimal. I prefer one plain colour.

Cloud 9 underlay is great. It comes in different thicknesses, is made from recycled products and is thick but lighter than rubber I and has a high tog rating.

We have different carpet throughout but the colours flow from one room to the next
I hate it when you open a door and the colours of the carpets really jar.

We do have the same carpet throughout in a 2nd home though. It depends on whether you have a neutral of colourful home.

No pics as no stripey stair carpet here. All of ours are plain.

DontCallMeCharlotte Tue 02-Apr-19 06:42:12


I bet the OP wasn't expecting such a perfect answer. Could be a very short thread!

CarpetGate Tue 02-Apr-19 07:00:55

Foam underlay
Same carpet throughout (most important)

PostNotInHaste Tue 02-Apr-19 07:02:41

I wouldn’t do wool after having seen what carpet moth has done to neighbour’s recently.

Cherrypickerpopoff Tue 02-Apr-19 07:19:48

Thanks for your replies. So how do you choose which carpet to go for when all the rooms are decorated slightly differently? Do I go darker or lighter? (4 kids, it needs to be robust). I've seen Cloud 9 on ebay, but a big supplier won't let you provide your own underlay and charge double what you can buy it online for!

salsamad Tue 02-Apr-19 07:21:42

Definitely twist pile and 80/20 wool mix.
Use at least 40oz (especially on stairs) because the higher face weight the carpet the more yarn is used and so the carpet will last longer.
No to velvetine due to easily marked and tread pattern shows up quickly.
Depends if you like fleck personally - some are quite subtle.
We have just had a Heather carpet on our stairs and landing, which is plain with subtle variation via tiny flecks. It's a dark beige with greyish tinges.
If you have heavy furniture or high foot traffic rubber underlay is better (also suitable for underfloor Heating) but foam underlay Is great for stairs as it's easy to fit, durable and has a high warmth rating - we used 11mm foam underlay.
We have different shades of beige, cream and grey carpet/flooring throughout our different rooms, so neutral colours really that tone/match. All our carpets are plain - no patterns or stripes.
Hope this helps. Have included a photo even though our carpets not stripey.

NewAndImprovedNorks Tue 02-Apr-19 07:24:40

We o oh have one carpet in the whole house, on the stairs, because of noise and it EXACTLY conforms to BlackSatin’s comprehensive list.

I am feeling very proud, like I passed a secret test

We considered stripes on the stairs, but we have a return half way up and the logistics were going to be a nightmare

BlackSatinDancer Tue 02-Apr-19 07:31:25

Find a carpet you want to buy in a shop then see if you can buy that online too. Order both online and then just find a local (and recommended) carpet fitter.

However, you would need to be confident in measuring your rooms to ensure you have bought enough. If you are intending to carpet hall, stairs and landing too that can sometimes be a bit tricky to work out.

ZippyBungleandGeorge Tue 02-Apr-19 08:08:18

We went for a simple stripe and neutral in two bedrooms, the nursery has faced original for boards as does the whole of down stairs. Wool mix 80/20 twist pile. We used a local business and the owner was very helpful. He advised against some of the uneven stripes as you need to pattern match and you'll need more carpet/more wastage and he feels it will go out of fashion soon as it's been around a while

ZippyBungleandGeorge Tue 02-Apr-19 08:08:37


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