I would personally love carpet in my sitting room! We have oak floors throughout the ground floor and it's cold and a constant battle.
I'm a generally very clean and tidy house sort of person, however because you can see every speck sitting on top of a wooden/hard floor, I can never feel like the house is really clean for more than half an hour after mopping!
If dh eventually relents, it's carpets all the way for me! (Though not in the kitchen obviously)
Carpets all the way - except loos, bathrooms and kitchens. Inherited laminate in our bedroom when we moved in; I hate it and will replace when we next decorate. We had cats for years with carpets with no problems - other than slight tufting where they had scratched because they were on the wrong side! Get a great hoover and it’ll be fine
I’ve just had laminate laid through most of my house because having carpets was stressing me out. I do prefer the warmth and homely feel of carpet but with 4 scruffy young children (and a scruffier DH) I just want something I can wipe clean for the next few years.
I think in your situation, unless the cats sick or poo on the floor, I’d go for carpets
Currently we're rennovating and don't have money spare for carpets so have bare floorboards upstairs but generally we have carpets throughout upstairs (lino in bathroom), carpet on stairs and in lounge, laminate in kitchen diner and hallway
If you have no kids & no pets then obviously that is a different scenario. Pets are the main reason I don't like carpet, especially downstairs, as my dog sheds so much it was a constant battle trying to get the hairs out that had interwined. There used to be a shadow where he had lay of his fur!! And very small children weaning food/drinks etc it was just trashed.
Although my house would have to be husband free for anything to stay clean!!
Perhaps carpet upstairs & hard floor downstairs would be a happy medium?
We rent. The stairs and landing are the only carpeted floors. Tbh with three dc and two cats I prefer not to have carpets, but if they were not around I'd want carpet everywhere except the bathroom and kitchen. (Lived in a house with a carpeted bathroom once. Awful.)
Downstairs we are all exposed floor boards but I have a large rug covering about 80 percent of it in the living room, as it’s drafty and cold and hard on your feet.
Upstairs is all carpeted, and there is no doubt it’s warmer and softer under foot.
I also bought a carpet cleaner for about two hundred quid, and when our dog was with us gave it a going over every couple of weeks. Didn’t take long, but dealt with the hair. The rug and upstairs carpeting are cream so it just Kept it clean and smelling nice. If I didn’t live in an old listed building, I’d carpet everywhere, but thr floor boards are a bit of a feature and I feel guilty covering them up.
Thank you everyone. This is all really helpful. I had looked at costs to put down hardwood flooring on top of the boards, but the cost seemed so much higher than carpet, but I get the point that cheap carpet does not last well.