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Adding a carpet to your home makes the whole place feel cozier and homier. But with such a wide range of options, it can be hard to find the right one. As you search for the perfect carpet, consider these tips for choosing a carpet to put in your home.

Consider the Room

Before you begin shopping for your new carpet, consider the room in which you’ll be placing it. What are the dimensions of the room? Do you want the carpet to cover the entire floor or just one section? How much light does the room receive, and what do you typically use it for? Ask yourself these and other questions to determine what kind of carpet you should buy.

Choose a Fiber

Next, decide what kind of fiber you’d like in your carpet. The type of fiber you choose for your carpet will be one of the main factors determining its appearance and how it feels. Some popular fiber types include:

  • Nylon
  • Polyester
  • Olefin
  • Wool

Ensure Its Quality

Not all carpets have the same quality, which is why it’s imperative to be aware of quality when choosing one. As you browse, scrutinize each potential carpet’s construction. Bend the carpet backward, and notice whether you can see the backing through the fibers. If so, the carpet is relatively thin and may wear quickly. Other essential factors to note include the carpet’s face weight, tuft twist, and density rating.

Pick a Color and Style

Carpets come in a variety of colors and styles. Choose one that goes well with the room in which the carpet will go. To help you decide whether a color or style will fit well with the aesthetic, order some samples of your favorites to compare inside the room.

Consider Maintenance

Often, people forget to consider maintenance when choosing a carpet. All carpets require regular professional cleaning to keep the carpet hygienic and in good condition, but some types of carpet are easier to maintain than others. For example, cut pile carpets are more difficult to remove dirt from than loop pile carpets, and some lighter colors of rugs will usually need more frequent cleaning to keep them looking clean. Consider how much time and money you’re willing to put into cleaning your carpet before selecting one.

Test It Out

Finally, before you officially purchase the carpet, test it out if you have the opportunity. If you’re shopping in person rather than online, try walking on or lying on the carpet you’re considering. That will give you an idea of whether the carpet is comfortable and how it will feel when it is finally in your home.

If you follow these tips for choosing a carpet to put in your home, you’ll have a much better chance of selecting one that you’ll be happy with for years to come.