Carpet v Wood

Hardwood v. Carpet

If you’re looking to upgrade your home, your choice of flooring will affect the look of everything else - so we recommend working from the ground up. While the options are practically endless, we find that a good place to start is with a simple question: carpet or hardwood? There’s a reason that these two are among the most popular choices; both have their own benefits and can be used as a strong visual statement for your home. Ultimately this choice comes down to preference, and what will work best for your family and home.

Carpet instantly softens a room, both visually and literally. Because it is layered with a soft, well insulated cushioning, carpet can provide a safe landing spot in the event of a trip or fall. This softness and the warmth resulting from the insulation can be soothing to wake up to on a chilly morning, when your feet first hit the floor. The padded flooring is easy to stand on for long periods of time, and doesn’t put stress on feet and ankles. An ideal choice for living space, children’s rooms, and bedrooms - any room that you want to be inherently comfortable and relaxing - a soft carpet can be just the right touch. Carpet can also be an incredibly affordable option, allowing you the freedom to redecorate after a few years. A bold color, pattern, or even textured carpet can shine as a decorative statement in any room, and then be replaced a few years later for an entirely new look.

Hardwood is a beautiful and traditional choice for any decorating style. Depending on the room, color choices for the walls, and the furniture in a space, hardwood can easily take on any look, from rustic and traditional to sleek and modern. Hardwood also allows for the versatility of adding a rug and essentially having the best of both worlds. Strong and durable, with the ability to withstand decades of wear and tear, hardwood flooring has stood the test of time. In most cases, messes can be wiped up from a hardwood floor without any risk of staining, but if damages such as scratches or stains do occur, they are often relatively easy to repair with sanding and refinishing. Hardwood is just as versatile in appearances as other flooring options, with natural grain variation and finish choices like gloss or luster level, scraping degree and technique, wire-brushing.

Of course, you don’t have to choose one or the other. In many homes, we find that a combination of carpet and hardwood can work beautifully together. In rooms more prone to spills like the kitchen or bathroom, hardwood is easiest to maintain, whereas for the living room and bedrooms the softness of carpet can provide an excellent play area for children and pets. When considering flooring for your home, think of how you and your family use each room, and whether carpet or hardwood will better provide the look and feel you dream of - and visit Carpet Solutions to browse options and ask our experts for advice. 


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