When to Choose Carpet or Laminate Flooring

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We look at a common issue people face when thinking about putting new flooring in their home - whether to choose carpet or laminate. We cover the main differences and advantages of both for different situations to help people find a balance between the right look and right practical flooring for their home.

When flooring is looking a little past its best then it probably needs an upgrade. Deciding on which kind of flooring is right for a room can take a bit of time. Every type of flooring has its advantages, but ultimately it is down to personal preferences. Pick the right kind of floor and its possible to really change the way a whole room feels.

Kitchen Floor Types

Which room is planned for re-flooring can make a big difference to whether carpet or laminate flooring is chosen. For example, it might be better to opt for kitchen laminate flooring as the kitchen is often the real social hub of a home. With people coming and going all the time, it certainly seems to make sense. As well as that, there’s one thing that will almost certainly happen in the kitchen - cooking - and that can get messy. Having a laminate floor that’s wipe-clean and durable is certainly a good idea.

That said, a modern berber carpet is also durable and easy to clean. So, if a carpeted kitchen is more appealing, then it can be done. The same is true for the bathroom. The one advantage that carpet does have over plain laminate flooring is that it can be more of a feature. A patterned carpet, or even a textured carpet, can elevate a kitchen or bathroom and make it a real feature in the home.

Best Hard Wearing Floors

There’s no doubting that laminate flooring wins when it comes to function and practicality. It’s hard wearing, durable and can be easily replaced if a small section is damaged (unlike a carpet). That’s why it has become such a popular choice in recent years. But sometimes, it’s just a bit nicer to have a wool carpet beneath your feet. In the middle of winter, stepping out of bed onto a cold laminate floor can be a bit of a shock. But nestle toes between a nice warm carpet and it lessens the blow of being out from under the covers.

Which Floor Type is best for the Living Room?

So, while it may be true that laminate flooring seems to be more suited in the kitchen and carpet for the bedroom -- although this is far from a hard and fast rule and the right floor can look great in any room -- what about the living room? This is perhaps the room where a decision is least clear-cut.

In a modern contemporary space, clean, light or white laminate flooring works really well. In a more traditional space a darker laminate might be more suitable. While a patterned carpet might not be at home in an avant-garde penthouse apartment, it will look great in a traditional country cottage. Basically, the golden rule is to assess what kind of space you are trying to create and match the floor as closely to that as possible. Look through magazines to find the look you’re most interested in and see what kind of floors they’ve used. This is a great way of learning what floors work in different situations.

Choose the right kind of floor for a room and it’s possible to create a stunning and bold impression. Discover ideas and solutions for flooring and much more at Carpetright.

About Carpetright

As Europe’s leading floor retailer, Carpetright stocks a wide selection of flooring products including carpets, rugs, laminate flooring and vinyl flooring. Whether you’re looking to carpet your whole room or simply add a simple yet effective touch to your floor, why not visit carpetright.co.uk or your local store today to find how we can help transform your floor.

Also, did you know Carpetright now sell beds? View our collection of divan beds, mattresses and headboards online.

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