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Greyhorses Thu 30-Oct-14 12:32:56

Hi everyone,

We are currently debating about flooring in our new home.
We have two bedrooms, landing and stairs to agree on.

Downstairs we are planning to sand, seal and varnish original floorboards except for kitchen which is going to be tiled.

We originally wanted carpet however after hours or arguing we still can't agree on a carpet we both like.
DP hates plain carpets and would go for something I think is gaudy and old fashioned. He likes floral patterns and dark colours. I would have a plain or textured carpet in a light colour but he thinks these are cheap and nasty and he won't look at anything that dosent have a pattern! We have tried to find a non offensive carpet we both like but neither of us can agree on anything as I hate his carpet taste and he hates mine! We both hate stripes so that's out. We also have a dog and cat to worry about as they are pretty dirty at times.

The rest of the house we have compromised well but on this point I refuse to have a carpet I hate and vice versa!

So, we are thinking of leaving the floorboards everywhere and covering the bedroom with a rug (if we can find one we agree on that is!)

Can anyone find flaws with this plan? Is there some kind of big no we are missing with regards to having floorboards on the stairs and carpets?
We know it will be colder but is there anything else to worry about?


NetballHoop Thu 30-Oct-14 12:41:49

If the stairs are not carpeted I'd imagine that they could be quite noisy as people go up and down them.

LillyHammer Thu 30-Oct-14 12:44:54

We only have carpets on our stairs because of the noise issue. Otherwise I think carpets are really unhygienic. We have rugs which I can take outside and give a good beating to!

TheOneWiththeNicestSmile Thu 30-Oct-14 12:50:39

IKEA have some amazing rugs smile

Bare boards upstairs would be noisy as well as draughty though

lavenderhoney Thu 30-Oct-14 23:49:02

You can put a runner on the stairs, which stops all the noise and compromise on gaudysmile spots?

I have just decided to have all the floorboards sanded etc and the chap who came round said that most people have rugs and are quite quiet in bedrooms.
I was going to carpet upstairs but changed my mind- the boards are lovely and it's actually cheaper to do the whole house than half and half.

DraaaamaghAlpacaaaagh Fri 31-Oct-14 00:02:12

Well, I have no carpets at all in my house because I don't like the look or feel and think they are unhygienic and impossible to get properly clean. I have a few rugs, though to soften the effect.

I have well-insulated floorboards upstairs, with ceramic tiles in the bathrooms, and downstairs I have hardwood flooring, ceramic tiles and laminate in different parts of the house. The stairs are not carpeted and the only down side is that they get very dusty.

I don't find it particularly cold or noisy, and I have teenage sons with big feet running up & down the stairs all the time smile

StupidFlanders Fri 31-Oct-14 00:18:08

We have no carpets. I agree with rugs that can be taken outside and beaten. It's no problem here. Our stairs get dusty also.

MummytoMog Fri 31-Oct-14 18:20:37

We only have carpet in the loft conversion. Everywhere else has painted floorboards and large Ikea rugs. The kids can be noisy upstairs, but it's not a particular problem. Stairs are a bit noisy again, but not to the point where it bothers me.

cafesociety Fri 31-Oct-14 22:11:12

Painted floorboards here throughout....I love them. Very practical, not much effort to keep clean, and a rug here and there.

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