Avoid These Carpet Buying Mistakes

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Homeowners don’t buy carpet very often. Sometimes a homeowner will only need to buy new carpet one time in their entire life.

The less someone does something, the greater chance a mistake is made and often times homeowners will do something wrong when buying carpet.

This post will help you avoid carpet buying mistakes and help ensure you purchase the right carpet for your home and that it lasts for 10 years or more.


Be sure you know the differences between different carpet fibers. There are two types of carpet fibers, synthetic and natural. Synthetic fibers are polyester and nylon and a natural fiber is wool. There are benefits to both types of carpet fibers and you need to choose one that makes the most sense for your home and lifestyle.

A home with pets and children should probably choose a synthetic fiber that is stain-resistant and durable for heavy traffic whereas natural fibers are better for homes with less traffic.

Some carpets are easier to clean too. There are some types of carpet that will require scheduling carpet cleaning from a local professional service every six months or at least every year.


Homeowners forget about the carpet pad because it is beneath the surface. “Out of sight, out of mind”, you might say. This is not a good idea. The carpet pad is a critical component to how long the carpet itself will maintain its quality and padding.

You can purchase carpet pads that are odor-resistant and repel liquid in order to prevent carpet browning and reoccurring stains too. But the pad is most important for withstanding traffic and preventing wear and flattening of the fibers above it.

You should invest in the best carpet pad available at the carpet store you visit. You will not regret it because you can save yourself a lot of money in the long run if the carpet lasts 10-15 years.


You are going to spend a decent amount of money on carpet and the carpet pad so do not skimp on installation either. You might think it is a DIY project you can complete on your own but we do not recommend it.

DIY carpet installation can lead to a lot of problems down the line. Poor installation can lead to bumps in the wall-to-wall carpet and if the carpet pad isn’t firmly in place it will but more wear on the fibers above.

We recommend hiring a carpet installer near you and trusting them to do the correct job to ensure you get the most out of your investment in the carpet you buy.


  • Be sure to measure the correct square footage you need for the room you are going to install carpet in. You do not want to purchase too much and you don’t want to purchase too little because retailers sell the carpet in large rolls, not small pieces.
  • Monitor the lighting in your home as the lighting will change how the color of carpet looks compared to how it looked in the store.

We hope these tips help you avoid carpet buying mistakes so you maximize the value of your purchase and enjoy your new flooring in your home!

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