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Replacing carpet with laminate..would you?

55 replies

PseudoSudocrem · 11/10/2020 08:56

I'm thinking of replacing our carpet with laminate. Really good quality textured laminate (the kind with grooves that looks more like the real thing).

Pros and cons?

Would you?

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JamminDoughnuts · 11/10/2020 08:57

which rooms?

StarlightLady · 11/10/2020 08:59

Laminate can be cold in the winter. But so easy to keep clean.

Whattheduck · 11/10/2020 09:07

We have just done this in our lounge and dining room at first I was unsure about having it in the lounge but now it’s down I do like it.We have put a rug down in the lounge just to add a bit of colour and warmth as I thought it might feel cold but it’s fine and a lot easier to keep clean than carpet.

nikkylou · 11/10/2020 09:13

People obviously do. Depends if it benefits you.

Do you have children/animals? Carpet can be easily ruined by both, with spills of all kinds. Claws might damage the laminate but also carpet, getting caught in a thread. Muddy paws and prints.

If you hoover everyday though, you will probably still have to sweep, although you can hoover hardfloors too. Laminate has the benefit of being moppable but the downside is you have to mop.

I quite like laminate for practicality. I can roll up the rug and have an instant hard surface to set up activities on the floor. I don't have to cover it as such unless something that will actually damage the laminate is out, whereas I'd have to put a cloth or something on carpet and ensure everything stayed in the clothed zone. An uncapped pen is fine on laminate not so much carpet.

It can be cold, but rugs can make it cosier.

Oldraver · 11/10/2020 09:22

I don't like the sound of it so wouldn't

We have some decent vinyl flooring in the dining room and a downstairs bedroom. It's quite warm underfoot

StillMedusa · 11/10/2020 09:23

We did.. several kids, cats and the garden is accessed from the living room. We put Karndean down..engineered wood, and several years on it still looks great and I'd never go back. MUCH easier to keep clean!

Mixitupalot · 11/10/2020 09:26

We filed the whole downstairs (underfloor heating) it’s so handy & cosy too. I don’t see why not.

Mixitupalot · 11/10/2020 09:26

Tiled 🤦‍♀️

Girliefriendlikespuppies · 11/10/2020 09:29

I never thought I would do this but have just booked for it to be done! Kids and pets have wrecked the carpet and it's impossible to keep it clean. My neighbours have had it done as well and it looks lovely so 🤷‍♀️

SerialStitcher · 11/10/2020 09:37

We've done it in the master bedroom - DH has asthma and we found its easier to keep clean. We have a little robot hoover which goes round and gets the "dust bunnies". We went for really good underlay, so it's not noisy or too cold underfoot. It's not as warm as carpet, but I'd rather wear slippers and have an easier floor to clean.
We have it in the living and dining room too, with lino in the kitchen. We're only going to keep carpet on the stairs and landing.

ShelbyCherryBlossom · 11/10/2020 09:46

Definitely prefer laminate. I was so grateful for it at 4am when my kitten pooped on the floor! Carpet is hard to clean and so incredibly unhygienic, I personally would never have carpet in my house.

TulipsTwoLips · 11/10/2020 09:58

I like the feel of carpet under my feet so I wouldn't, but for practicality it sounds great.

ChilledTomotoes · 11/10/2020 09:58

We changed to laminate when my DS was 1 years old. It was great to keep clean. But we’ve gone back to carpet now as the DC are past that ‘spilling everything’ stage.

We find carpet more cozy

Parker231 · 11/10/2020 10:01

Definitely - wood or laminate flooring is much easier to keep clean, lasts longer than carpet and warm in winter with a rug and cool to walk on in summer

Butchyrestingface · 11/10/2020 10:04

Do you live in an upper flat, OP?

MJMG2015 · 11/10/2020 10:19

I think hard floors look more modern, but I like the feel of carpet (& rugs annoy me), so I think I'll stick with carpet, but if it's goid quality, it'll look nice

Kpo58 · 11/10/2020 10:29

I'd be wary of laminate with groves as often it cuts through the nice surface layer and shows the underside which might allow water to soak through.

PseudoSudocrem · 11/10/2020 10:31

I live in a house with adult "children", no pets. Would like to get it for the living room and front hallway.

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StopMakingATitOfUrselfNPissOff · 11/10/2020 12:09

Hallway yes but lounge no

CrystalMaisie · 11/10/2020 12:16

I have laminate in one room, as others have said it’s noisy (sort of tinny and echoey) and cold. If I drop something on the floor it makes anyone else in the room jump!
I have LVT in another room, and it looks so much nicer and absorbs the noise.

OptimisticSix · 11/10/2020 12:18

No because my dog click clacking around on it would be beyond annoying.... Otherwise maybe HTHGrin

Murinae · 11/10/2020 12:22

We have it in the bedroom and office and it’s great and easy to keep clean. We have engineered wood in the lounge. I like both and hate carpets.

Fluffycloudland77 · 11/10/2020 12:26

I’m planning on taking all the carpet out of this house. Dh has asthma & everytime we’ve ripped carpet up the house smells so much better.

I’ve got laminate cladding on the stairs and I’m happy with it but not thrilled about the dents if I drop something.

I’ve seen polyflor Matt lvt recommended on another thread so I’m investigating that for all the bedrooms, bathrooms and lounge.

MrsMariaReynolds · 11/10/2020 12:32

Not laminate but we put down luxury vinyl tile in our entry corridor to replace sad, dirty carpet. Because it was a constant thruway, it was impossible to keep clean when carpeting was there. The lot is brilliant and so nice and much easier to keep clean.

I, too, was concerned that it would be too cold and echoey in the drafty corridor. But it's so, so nice.

123rd · 11/10/2020 12:33

As op said hall yes, lounge no

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