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Carpets. Do you pretty much get what you pay for? And is it better to have just wool, or wool mixed with something else?

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PeaMcLean Sun 19-Oct-08 17:59:36

Cos I was looking at some today for, say, £10 a metre, (reduced from £25, allegedly, they're all sales in these places aren't they?) And I wondered if it was really worth pushing to say, £15 a metre.

And there was one for £10 a metre which was 100% wool, which sounds good. But the woman said the ones mixed with polypropolene were harder wearing.

Give me your words of carpet wisdom please.

BreevandercampLGJ Sun 19-Oct-08 18:02:34

IIRC 80/20 is the best mix.

We pushed ourselves financially to buy good quality carpets about four years ago and they still look new. And we are not a shoes off family.

PeaMcLean Sun 19-Oct-08 18:05:06

Go on, how much did you pay for yours? If you don't mind me asking...

I'm thinking £10 a metre is a bit cheap, but I'm not sure I want to push it too far. We've got 52metres of the stuff to buy.

SqueakyPop Sun 19-Oct-08 18:06:51

They are always reduced.

Go for a blend - mostly wool but a bit of manmade fibre to make it hard wearing.

MorticiaDoom Sun 19-Oct-08 18:10:18

The best advice I was given was to buy really good underlay. It makes all the difference to how comfy the carpet feels and all you then do later is replace the carpet but reuse the underlay.

I go to the carpet warehouses that have offcuts. You can get really nice, huge pieces at a fraction of the cost. It is also worth getting a carperfitter to work out how much you need. I ended up getting loads of nooks and crannies in our oddly shaped house carpeted as they came out of what would otherwise have been wastage.

cece Sun 19-Oct-08 18:12:35

80.20 wool mix is best. Buy the best underlay you can afford. Get it professionally fitted.

BreevandercampLGJ Sun 19-Oct-08 18:13:16


I think it was about £20 a metre.

We were doing the breakfast room, the garden room, the stairs and landing( original wood in the hall)and two bedrooms. I had to lie down in a darkened room when we got the quote, but it was worth it.

PeaMcLean Sun 19-Oct-08 18:15:03

The underlay she was trying to flog us was £7.99 a metre and it was made from recycled materials (clearly she realised I smelled of lentils and knew this would appeal). She said it was highly recommended by their fitters.

herbgarden Sun 19-Oct-08 18:31:08

I'm looking at the moment too and have come to the conclusion that the choices in Allied /Carpetright etc are rubbish - I've been told though that the 80/20 mix is the best as it's easiest to clean.

I've also been looking at sourcing the carpet (found the make I want and have found it much cheaper via internet) and then will get a local carpet fitter to put it in - seems to be a few hundred quid cheaper this way if you can be bothered - You can get a quite good 80/20 mix (neutral berber type) in B & Q for £11.00 a metre which seemed pretty nice. I think you would normally pay about £15 a metre for a mix and nearer £20 a metre for wool. The one I want which was nearly £16.00 a metre in the local carpet shop I've sourced for £11.50 a metre....

hope that helps.

PeaMcLean Sun 19-Oct-08 18:36:08

that's interesting, thank you

BreevandercampLGJ Sun 19-Oct-08 18:38:49

Meant to add, we bought ours from John Lewis.

deste Sun 19-Oct-08 19:57:28

John Lewis have a nice carpet for £14.99 a metre. I have used it in one of the sitting rooms and in the dining room and it looks lovely.

herbgarden Sun 19-Oct-08 19:58:52

Pea, on the underlay thing, the guy in the internet shop (which I wierdly found out was 5mins from my house - pure coincidence) showed me this 7mm underlay which is made from old recycled carpets - not the rubber Tredaire stuff - and it was about £2.75 plus VAT a metre. The guy who showed it to me said that, as a carpet fitter, he really loved to work with it - it's fire retardant etc etc but I really don't want to pay almost as much for underlay as for the carpet. Don't let them flog you the most expensive and ask them to show you diff types.

Fizzylemonade Sun 19-Oct-08 23:09:53

Best underlay is cloud 9 it feels very thick to walk on and doesn't fall apart like the usual rubber underlay.

Go for 80/20 wool mix carpet, never buy polyprop cheap as chips stuff, it is harder to clean and does stain despite what they say. The pile also flattens very easily.

Use independent shops none of this Carpet Right malarky.

My Dad was a textile consultant for many years, started off working in a carpet mill so knows his onions!

Best way to tell quality of a carpet is the "smile" where you fold the carpet to see how much of a gap you can see between the tuffs of wool ie how much of the backing shows through. This is especially important if you are laying it on stairs where it will be folded back on the edge of the step.

<there ends the lesson that my Dad drummed into me on my first carpet expedition>

ghosty Sun 19-Oct-08 23:14:45



<issued by the ORIFIcE>


CandleQueen Sun 19-Oct-08 23:17:39

Echo Fizzy's message - you get a much better deal from an independent. 80/20 is best,

PeaMcLean Mon 20-Oct-08 21:00:45

Thanks all, and especially Fizzylemonade's dad. smile

How you doing there ghosty??? grin

LadySanders Mon 20-Oct-08 21:05:40

i've got 80/20 but the company that put the carpets in were crap and used rubbish underlay despite my repeatedly bleating that i wanted a really good one.

new carpet company who are now doing rest of the house said that if you put really thick foamy underlay under a cheap carpet it will look better than thin underlay under a good carpet. AND they said that a lot of the modern good quality synthetics are better than wool in any case.

underlay underlay underlay, arriba arriba (i am having a glass of wine as i type)

hotbot Mon 20-Oct-08 21:49:43

i think 100% wool or 80/20 check how you can clean them before you buy, wool carpets come up a treat after a professional clean

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