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Idiots guide to buying a carpet?

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BobStrangeNameforaGirl Sat 20-Apr-13 19:04:53


I'd really like to replace the carpet in my front room, but I have no idea about carpet! Always been too scared to buy carpet before, so every other roomhas laminate (pathetic, I know) I'd like a neutral colour, but maybe a bit textured or something so it doesn't show every mark? Always have a house fulll of children, so maybe something which cleans easily?

Any advice welcome!

VivaLeBeaver Sat 20-Apr-13 19:07:38

I'm watching with interest. Am in the same position and did have a thread on this last week. Well actually thread was mainly about sofas, but carpets were discussed. Will see if I can find it and then link.

Main advice I got was to get a flecked type carpet as any bits don't show up as much. I think I'm going for a mid brown, don't want it too dark or light.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 20-Apr-13 19:09:58


Wasn't about sofas at all!

BobStrangeNameforaGirl Sat 20-Apr-13 19:55:20

Ah, thanks Viva. I'malso hoping for a bit of advice on what sort to get. What does 80/20 mean? Are expensive carpets worth the money? What's a good mid range? confused blush

BobStrangeNameforaGirl Sat 20-Apr-13 19:56:33

Sorry for the typos!

tunnocksteacake Sat 20-Apr-13 19:58:42

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

BobStrangeNameforaGirl Sat 20-Apr-13 20:00:09

Thanks, tunnocks. That's good advice.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 20-Apr-13 20:04:44

I've got a man coming next week who is bringing lots of carpet samples. He comes recommended. I've told him I don't want a cheap crap quality carpet but nor can I spend a fortune. I've admitted to him I'm clueless about twists, Berbers, saxony, etc.

BobStrangeNameforaGirl Sat 20-Apr-13 20:14:35

Sounds good, Viva. I'm always a bit apprehensive about having sales people call to the house. I find it impossible to say no sometimes!

<<repeats mn mantra "no is a complete sentence">>

BobStrangeNameforaGirl Sat 20-Apr-13 20:18:15

What sort of backing should it have?

VivaLeBeaver Sat 20-Apr-13 20:23:58

I know what you mean but I feel reassured that a friend used him recently.

My mum always told me to avoid felt back carpets and to go for the mid range underlay.

VivaLeBeaver Sat 20-Apr-13 20:25:38

Sorry, it was foam backed carpets not felt ones she told me to avoid.

chickensaladagain Sat 20-Apr-13 20:26:34

do not get a felt backed carpet

it is worth spending the extra on underlay

you can get bleach cleanable carpets which are brilliant in family rooms

VivaLeBeaver Sat 20-Apr-13 20:27:49

This looks good advice

Mynewmoniker Sat 20-Apr-13 20:28:25

Here's my little bit of knowledge from past mistakes I've made.

It's also about underlay OP. Buy the best you can afford.

If you have pets avoid looped as claws can pull the loops.

A twist with the most percentage of wool is long lasing.

As advised, a medium natural with a fleck is a good idea.

Only use recommended people who supply AND fit as we once had a dispute between the two about a run in the carpet once fitted.

I hope this helps.

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