Plain or patterned? Wool, man-made fibre, or a bit of both? Loop, twist or Saxony pile? There's more to choosing a carpet than you might think so before you check out the wide variety of styles we offer, here's a quick guide we're sure you'll find useful.
Pick the carpet pile for you
As its name suggests, loop pile carpet is made up of short, looped fibres. It makes for a very durable carpet, which most often comes in natural or neutral colours.
Twist pile is very hard-wearing, as the yarn is twisted together to offer good resilience to general wear and tear.
For that luxurious feel underfoot, a Saxony pile carpet is hard to beat. This type of carpet tends to be thicker and deeper.
Carpet colours and fibres
Choosing a carpet colour
Choosing a plain or neutral-coloured carpets offers you the widest possible scope for decorating and furnishing a room. Think of it as a blank canvas, allowing you the freedom to express yourself.
Make a bold statement in a room by picking carpet with strong colours or patterns. Take care, though - you don't want to use these in smaller rooms, as they'll visually shrink the space.
Go for a relaxing, soothing effect in your room by choosing carpet in earthy or natural colours. They're easy on the eye, and are great way to make it feel like you're bringing the outside in.
For a sense of excitement and movement, consider rich, vibrant-coloured carpet. It'll boost your mood, energise your living space and put a smile on your face.
Carpet fibre types
A soft, luxurious and renewable resource, wool retains its appearance well despite wear and tears.
Durable, stain-resistant and easy to clean, this man-made fibre will last well and look good for years.
This mix of man-made and wool fibres gives you the wool look with polypropylene's durability.
Carpet backing and underlay
What type of carpet backing?
Carpet with a felt backing gives you a comfortable experience when you walk on it. It also means the carpet itself is relatively easy to lay, as it doesn't have the rigidity of woven-back carpet. For extra luxury, go for a good-quality underlay.
A woven (or secondary) backed carpet adds stability and strength, making it an ideal choice in high-traffic areas. You will, however, need to use gripper rods to hold this kind of carpet in place at the edges of your room. You'll also need a decent underlay for additional comfort.
What type of underlay?
Carpet underlay helps prolong the life of your carpet. It also keeps the warmth in, makes your carpet comfier underfoot and reduces noise. So spend as much as you can on good-quality underlay - you'll never regret it.
Most carpet underlay is made from recycled fibres, rubber or advanced-technology foam. You don't need to buy hard-wearing underlay for every room - but it is a good idea to use it under carpets in high-traffic areas like hallways, landings and on stairs.