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Carpet Buying Guide

Carpet Buying Guide

Choose the right carpet to fit your family's needs.

Understand Your Needs

Choosing the right carpet for your home is easier than you think. The first thing you need to do is understand your needs. Think about the number of children you have, the number of pets, if any, and determine which rooms get the most traffic. These are important things to consider as these details will help you spend money wisely on the right carpet for your home.

High Traffic, Pets, Children: The Perfect Storm

  • The strongest, most durable carpet will need to be in areas that experience heavy traffic. These areas might include your family room, hallways and stairs.
  • If areas of your home experience a lot of traffic, kids and pets, consider carpet that's stain- and soil-resistant.
  • Did you know that STAINMASTER® carpet is made from 100% premium nylon with stain and soil protection?

Get the Most for Your Money

  • If you step back and look at carpet on the surface, they may look the same, but there’s actually a large range in quality.
  • When selecting carpet, make a selection from options that include easy maintenance, quality appearance and durability against high traffic compared to cheaper selections. The less expensive options may need to be replaced sooner and cause you to reach in your pocket sooner.

Starting to Plan Your Space

  • First, list the rooms that will need carpet, the amount of traffic the rooms experience, their approximate size and how much light they receive.
  • What's the goal in adding carpet? Are you trying to achieve a new look and feel in your family room, or are you looking to handle all of the indoor sports and sneakers that will be traveling through the home?
  • Lastly, what color carpet would you like to have in the home? Did you know you can use lighter carpet to make a smaller room feel larger and larger rooms can be cozier with mid-to-darker carpets?