Deciding whether to use carpets is a factor that many designers have to consider when planning their projects. A carpet can add so much to a space but, at the same time, it can add extra work to an already busy plan and it can be hard to look after when the project is complete. Here we look at when carpets should and shouldn't be used.
REASONS TO USE CARPETS
Carpets are naturally soft and create a barrier between people and the roughness of the floor below. This can be especially important in residential areas where youngsters may hurt themselves. The softness of the carpet also reduces the risk of breakage when objects fall to the floor. In office environments, carpets have become increasingly common recently especially those of the patterned varieties.
Additionally, carpets make us feel warm which is important in climates with harsh winters. The extra insulation protects us from the cold and stabilises temperatures. Not only that, carpets can help to moderate heat during warmer periods.
Carpets have considerable noise insulating properties and help to muffle the sounds of people and equipment. In open residential and office environments this is an important consideration as noise will be more of a factor here.
Contrary to popular belief, carpets actually help protect against dust and pollen because the carpet fibres filter these particles away from the rest of the room. With regular cleaning, a carpet can be a very safe material for flooring.
Lastly, carpets add style to any room. A trendy carpet is an easy way to decorate and enhance any environment.
REASONS TO AVOID USING CARPETS
Carpets are inappropriate for certain environments. They are best avoided in rooms which are frequently wet like kitchens and bathrooms although it is not uncommon to see carpeted bathrooms, especially in the U.K.
While carpets aren't as bad as some think in terms of dust and allergens, they still attract dirt and some stains and dirt can be easily hidden by darker colored carpets. Vacuuming and general cleaning is sufficient most of the time but semi-regular deep-cleaning should also be carried out to remove tougher particles.
When compared with ceramic tiles and hardwood, carpets often have a shorter lifespan and this can increase costs in the long run.
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