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 Carpet offers versatility, comfort, and low maintenance. It’s also more "budget-friendly" than most other choices, and there are styles to coordinate with every décor. STAINMASTER® Carpet is available in hundreds of color and style combinations, ensuring that you’ll have virtually unlimited options to choose from.

 

We want to make sure that your carpet is perfect for your lifestyle, and your home. That’s why our carpet—and its installation service—is only sold in-store. Our flooring specialists are on hand to provide you with specialized knowledge about STAINMASTER® Brand carpet.

 

By asking several important questions, they’ll be able to gauge which grade and style of carpet work best for your home. Your answers will give the specialist a detailed picture of your expectations for the carpet.

1. Why are you purchasing new carpet?

 

If you’re replacing carpet prior to selling your home, a neutral-toned carpet in a simple style will be the best option. What’s more, STAINMASTER® Brand warranties are transferable to the new owner—a great selling tool.

 

If you’re redecorating, you may want to explore a broader range of styles and colors that fits your lifestyle. Bring swatches of fabric from drapes and furniture, wallpaper samples, and paint chips from the room you’ll be carpeting with you to the store. That way you can consider a range of colors that will match your existing décor.

 

TIP: Commercial lighting in the store is not the same as the lighting conditions in your home. Ask your specialist if a light box is available that mimics home lighting to better view the carpet, or ask for a carpet sample to bring home. Remember, color can also affect your mood. Warmer colors often make you feel energized while cooler tones provide a sense of calm.

2. How is the room used?



Is it important that the carpet stand up to pets, running children, and bustling activity? Or are you mainly concerned about how it will look and feel in a formal living room that doesn't get a lot of use? There a number of different styles to choose from, each offering specific features and benefits that will best fit your lifestyle.

 

Frieze: Fiber loops are cut and then tightly twisted so the fibers appear to curl at the pile surface. This dense carpet, pronounced "free-zay," works well in high-traffic areas.
Texture: The fiber loops are cut then slightly twisted, but not curled as much as frieze. The textured surface helps mask footprints, so it's perfect for high traffic zones and casual areas. Versatility and practicality contribute to this carpet style's popularity.
Multi: Sculptured patterns set a contemporary, upscale tone—great for a family room or den.
Fashion Forward: Sturdy, comfortable pile is great for family rooms and spill-prone areas.

3. What is the size of the room?



Smaller rooms can be made to feel larger by selecting a lighter colored carpet, while larger rooms can be made to feel cozier by using a mid-to-darker colored carpet. When you first go out carpet shopping, you'll need a rough estimate of your room size so you can plan your budget.

 

TIP: With a tape measure, measure the length and width of the room in feet. For each room, multiply the length of your room in feet by the width of your room in feet. The calculation is the total square feet of your room.

4. What are the lighting conditions in the room?



Rooms with plenty of natural light will show the true color of the carpet, while rooms without natural light may need a lighter shade of carpet to keep them from feeling darker than they are.

5. How much will my carpet cost?

 Your cost estimate will include the carpet, padding, installation, seaming, stairs (if applicable), thresholds, the moving of furniture and the removal of old carpet or other flooring and materials.

 

After you select your STAINMASTER® Brand carpet, schedule an in-home visit so that a qualified Lowes installer can measure your space to ensure an accurate fit. (A deposit that will be credited toward your flooring purchase is required for this measurement.)

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  • Publish Date: 07/19/2010