How to decide upon the budgeting for your carpet?
Carpets are easy, excellent and great choices for flooring in the home. They are available in multiple colors, designs and textures and can easily be used and adjusted to match the interior design of your home. Although they have been around for centuries – yes, that is correct; carpets have been the prime type of flooring for a very long time and still, the recent surveys conducted reveal that carpets are still the number one flooring choice for everyone. If you have decided to choose carpets as a flooring choice for your home, you then need to decide upon the quantity or size of the carpet and then allocate the budget accordingly. After deciding upon the budget, you can then move on to decide the different colors and textures of the carpets that you are going to install in your home. Indeed, for majority of the customers, the cost and color are the two primary deciding factors for the selection of a carpet and this may not be a wise decision to select a carpet solely upon the basis of these two factors. If you select your new carpets on the basis of the color and the cheapness, then you will compromise on the quality which will lead you to discomfort and dissatisfaction in the long run. The first step while allocating the budget for your carpet is to diagram the area which needs to be carpeted and perform an initial assessment to estimate the amount of carpet that will be needed to cover that particular area. This article provides some excellent tips for the budgeting of your new carpets. If you want to install new carpets in your home or replace the existing ones, this guide will help you out.
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The first step in establishing a budget is to diagram the area to be carpeted and perform an informal “lay-out” to determine the amount of carpet needed. This layout is to be used for your own rough estimation purposes! Before purchasing carpet, always insist that the retailer come to your home, make a visual site inspection, and create his or her own carpet installation diagram. This diagram does not have to be elaborate, but principal traffic patterns, closets, natural lighting sources (such as windows), and doorways should be noted. Keep in mind that carpet is manufactured in a linear fashion and the direction of manufacture must be consistent throughout the carpet installation to maintain texture, pattern, and even color consistency. While this will be explained in more detail later, at present you should be aware that the carpet pile leans in the direction of manufacture. When the direction of this pile lean is altered, light is reflected differently which causes a slight color change. When the pile direction is turned during carpet installation, it may appear that the color changes at the seam.
Carpet is manufactured in variety of widths, (12 ft, 13’6″, and 15 ft) but most carpet is manufactured in 12-foot widths only. Simply measuring the dimensions of a room may not provide an accurate carpet measurement of the amount required. For example, a 10-ft by 10-ft room provides an area of 100 square feet. Since carpet is manufactured in 12-foot widths, 100 square feet equals 12 ft (width) by 8′ 4″;34 (length) of carpet. Purchasing only 100 square ft of carpet would require seaming the 2-foot waste on from the 12-foot width as six 2 ft by 1′ 8″ seams across the length of the carpet to fit the 10 ft by 10 ft room. In this instance, 120 square feet of carpet would be required to properly install a 100 square foot room.
Carpet Color Selection
After establishing your budget and estimating the footage required, it is time to consider color choices. Color was probably the very first thing that came to mind when you began to think about buying new carpet. That’s because color can be manipulated like a magic wand to create nearly any mood or effects that you wish.
You may have heard that dark colors make a room look smaller. This is true. So you should stay away from dark colors — right? Wrong! If your objective is to create a warm, cozy and sheltered look, a smaller “feel” is exactly what you want and dark, rich colors like hunter green or burgundy can work great. If a dark color is what you love, and it helps you capture the mood you want, go for it!
Pastels on the other hand, tend to enlarge a space. These colors create a restful and soothing mood. They’re ideal when you want a formal, orderly and romantic tone.
Strong contrasts of colors are lively, exciting and energetic and can be a bold statement for your family’s style of living.
Color can also change the feel of a room. In northward facing rooms and in cool climates, you can “warm up” the room with a warm color scheme featuring reds, yellows, oranges, peaches and apricots. In south facing rooms and in warm climates, a room can be made to feel more comfortable by using cool colors such as blues, purples, greens and teals. The carpet industry has a distinct advantage in requiring very short lead times from product conception, to production, to sampling and resell. As a result, the carpet industry is able to monitor color choices offered by the furniture industry, as well as other interior furnishings industries and provide complementary colors within a few weeks’ notice. Unfortunately, for the consumer, far too much emphasis is placed on coordinating colors and far too little emphasis on color prudence. Few consumers realize that carpet is a fabric exposed to foot traffic. Few materials subjected to this type of daily abuse and maintenance neglect perform with equal results. Foot traffic and soil type should be carefully considered when selecting carpet color.
Author: Michael Hilton
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