How to buy good indoor carpeting?
September 13, 2010 12:46 PM Subscribe
We are replacing the carpet in most of our house, and I'm at a loss where to start. Teach me about buying carpet and having it installed, please.
posted by Lulu's Pink Converse to home & garden (14 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Our first floor is mostly wood flooring, but the family room and living room are carpeted. We need to replace that stinky, stained carpet, along with the carpeting in the (wide, curving) stairway and the second floor hallway. We are not replacing the carpet in the bedrooms, as it is in much better shape and I simply do not have the capacity to deal with emptying out bedrooms right now to have them done, as I'm six months pregnant with two young kids, an elderly dog, and a husband who works a lot. The carpet we're replacing is a light cream-based berber, and I curse the previous owners who picked it out.
With all the I'm-so-special details out of the way, where do I start? Is it OK to just go to one of the home improvement stores, or do I need to go to a specialty flooring place? Is there a particular brand or style that we should really consider? What about installers - are there pitfalls we should look out for, or can we just trust the installers from where we purchase the carpeting?
We want something good and that will last at least 10 years with proper care, of course without spending a fortune.