The ever-so-slightly-split-level living room
January 22, 2012 3:36 AM Subscribe
My living room is on two ever-so-slightly different levels; is this going to cause problems when it comes to laying a carpet?
posted by le morte de bea arthur to Home & Garden (11 answers total)
My living room (35 sq. m / 370 sq. ft) was once two separate rooms. The previous owner had the adjoining wall knocked through to form a single room, but seemingly couldn't afford to replace the carpets. They simply joined the two old rectangles of carpet using a strip of vaguely-similar carpet where the wall had been. All of these carpets are in shockingly bad repair, so we're going to bite the bullet and replace them with one single carpet (or that's the plan, anyway).
The only issue is that, where the wall once was, there's a half-inch (12mm as I measured it) drop in height between the levels of the floors (which are concrete, sealed with some sort of bitumen product). It looks like they did their best to bring the levels together with a little sloping section of cement a few inches wide that runs the width of the room.
Is this differerence in height going to be noticeable when I've got a seamless carpet running over it? Or would I be better off with something like a wooden/laminate floor on the lower section, joined to carpet on the slightly higher section?