Choosing a new floor can be a hard task, here are some guidelines to help you choose the right flooring/rugs for your room.
- Don’t use hardwood floors in rooms where water spills and splashes are the norm, unless the wood is properly sealed and maintained to prevent water damage.
- Don’t select dining room or kitchen area rugs that are too small for the area. You need a minimum of 36 inches from the table’s edge to the edge of the rug to comfortably pull chairs out and be seated without straddling the rug and the floor
- Don’t choose large-scaled patterns for carpet used on stairs. Trying to match the pattern, when it’s laid on the steps, leads to a lot of wasted rug and money.
- Don’t forget the thresholds! In adjoining rooms, choose floor coverings of similar thickness or height to prevent tripping or stubbed toes.
- Don’t choose light-coloured carpet for high-traffic areas — no matter how much you love it — unless you can clean it often or plan on replacing it sooner rather than later.
- Don’t go cheap on flooring. Pay as much as you can afford, because floor covering is the one thing you use every time you enter a room.
- Don’t forget to include hidden charges in your floor-covering budget — padding for carpets, grout and sealant for tiles, delivery, furniture moving and installation!