Advantages and disadvantages of carpets and area rugs:

Purchasing wall-to-wall-carpet or an area rug for your home is a major decision based on your own preference and your budget. So this guide has been prepared to provide you with some of the advantages and disadvantages of each, to help you with your decision.

Advantages of wall-to-wall carpets

  • Carpet is permanent and therefore does not shift around on the floor
  • Absorbs noise
  • Provides insulation for the entire floor
  • It can cover a badly worn or stained wood floor
  • There are a wide range of textures and colors available

Disadvantages of wall-to-wall carpets:

  • Once it’s installed, it can’t be moved
  • Professional installation is required to install the carpet which will add to the cost
  • Cleaning and repair of the carpet has to be done in-house

Advantages of area rugs

  • Area rugs can be moved from room to room or from house to house if you relocate
  • Area rugs can be rotated to avoid wear and tear in high traffic areas
  • Area rugs can have amazing designs that won’t overtake a room like wall-to-wall carpet which should best be left in neutral colors
  • They look elegant on wood floors
  • Area rugs can be used to cover wall-to-wall carpet in high traffic areas like hallways and entrance ways
  • Unlike wall-to-wall carpet, there is an enormous variety of designs, colors and textures available to choose from
  • Area rugs can be sent out for cleaning and repair
  • Area rugs can provide a focal point in any room
  • Cleaning underneath the rug is easy
  • No installation is required
  • Can be a lot cheaper than wall-to-wall carpets

Disadvantages of area rugs

  • Area rugs can shift or slide – use anti-slip rug holders to prevent this from happening
  • Any unsecured edges may lift and cause tripping

Deciding on whether to have wall-to-wall carpet or an area rug ultimately comes down to personal choice. Hopefully this guide has helped with your decision-making.

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