Finding the perfect carpet, with ScS


CarpetDepending on the room you want to lay carpet in, and what you use the room for will give buyers a few clues to help them make their decision on what to buy.

A bedroom for example can be a luxurious sanctuary where a carpet from ScS can give you that grand look and feel you’ve always wanted. Soft pile can withstand slippers or bare feet, but for stairs or halls that get more footfall it makes more sense to invest in a dense, tight, low-pile option.

When we visited ScS, we took the time to assess the durability of the wide range of carpets on offer. We focussed on the pile’s longevity, the fabric and how heavy the carpet was to make our decision. A quick trick for this is to press your thumb down into the material. If the pile bounces back straight away, this tells you that it’s resilient and dense.

How closely together the fibres of your carpet are woven is what you need to look for, not the depth of the pile. On the reverse, checking the distance between the tufts can also help. If there’s too much space this isn’t a good sign as the carpet won’t stand the test of time in those high traffic areas.

Carpet 4Well thought-out research into your new carpet is important, comparing the material of similar styles, for example looking at two different Berber fabrics. The fabric swatches have a label on the back that gives you the weight. Look out for short and dense carpets for stairs and landings. Carpets with longer loops and fibres may look bulkier, but in fact they aren’t as heavy.

When it comes to colour it all depends on the room you’re dressing. If you’re going for an interior style for an individually tailored room then you can afford to go with something special. If you’re fitting most rooms in the house with the same carpet, for example in a buy-to-let property, then it’s important to think about footfall. Darker colours would be best in high-traffic thoroughfares, whereas that bespoke master bedroom could have a light shade to create a more serene space.

Make sure that you get a sample and place it in the darkest and lightest part of the room, both in daylight and at night with the lights on. This gives you a more realistic idea of what your carpet will look like. Tread on your sample too, and that will show you the effect it has on the pile and how easily it springs back.

ScS not only provides samples for home owners to browse and borrow, they also have an outstanding measuring and fitting service. Before visiting a carpet shop, you also need to do some research into how carpet is measured, so you can take a good approximate estimate.

Start by taking the longest and widest measurements of the space, and don’t forget any bay windows, door recesses, alcoves, or cupboards under the stairs. Then make sure you add at least 100mm to the length and width of the space. This approach works for both carpet and underlay.

IMG_1569However, this is only ever going to be a rough estimate. Especially if you are trying to work out how much you need for an irregular shaped space, such as the landing and stairs.

Our ScS experience was fantastic, and we were well looked after by one of the UK’s leading sofa and carpet retailers, with 100 stores nationwide from as far north as Aberdeen and right down to Plymouth. When choosing your carpet a team of specialists combines excellent value, choice and the latest home furnishing trends through a wide range of upholstered furniture and flooring products. Known for its 5-star customer rating by the independent customer review site Trustpilot, this gives you even more peace of mind when choosing your carpet.

We looked at a wide range of choices before making a decision. To help us on the way we looked at the different pile fibres such as wool, with its high quality finish and natural material. There’s excellent energy efficiency from wool carpets due to the reduction in heat loss and noise.

When you want the best of both worlds, a wool-mix can be desirable, but there are many different varieties of carpet fabric. Polypropylene is a man made fabric that is popular for people who want a stain resistant option.

Once you’ve worked your way through the type of material you want, there’s the pile type to select – woven or tufted. There’s a huge difference in both the maintenance and the look and feel of the two. These are the two most common carpet choices sold in ScS. If you go for a tufted pile, these are either looped, cut, or both.

Woven carpet varieties include those such as Wilton, or Axminster. Axminster like a Persian rug, often adorned with patterns and detailed finishing designs. They aren’t cheap, but do give a grand finish. Wilton is also a luxury carpet with a velvety, woven finish.

If you go for a tufted carpet there’s a seemingly endless range to feast your eyes on. Starting with twisted, hardwearing yarns these one-way direction piles.

Berber, which stems from the tribal ancestors in Africa has a loop pile, but tread carefully if you’re a cat lover as pets may pull up the loops with their claws.

For our stairs and landing space, with low light and no windows, it was key to find a carpet that had a rich colour to go with the light colour scheme chosen for the walls.

The High Society carpet range worked best with its stunning contemporary material bringing a luxurious feel to the living space. We chose the tasteful cactus colour which worked well contrasted against the pale wall shades. With a tog rating of 1.26, this stylish collection forms part of ScS’s endurance range.

The fitters were highly professional and able to meet all the requirements presented with tricky winder stairs or the step down on the landing.

If you’ve got a project you’d like ScS to quote for, simply logon to their website or visit your local store, where you’ll find thousands of styles and ideas for every taste – www.scs.co.uk

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