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How to shop for carpet

At a carpet store, you'll see hundreds of samples, all from multiple mills and manufacturers. They're all beautiful, and it's easy to get distracted by all the colors, patterns, textures, and styles, but you should place a high priority on function. When you select a rug that’s aligned with your needs and style, you’ll have something that will look great all the time and will last for years. Here are some of our tips for selecting the best rug for you.

When you walk into our carpet store in Bedford, IN

The first thing we'll do is ask you many questions, especially about the room in which it's to be installed. We'll delve into room use, foot traffic, the amount of natural light, size if it is next to an outdoor area, and how often you'll find the most likely vacuum. Then we will ask about your lifestyle, such as whether you frequently entertain, if you have kids, pets, residents who use mobility devices such as walkers, etc. These questions will help us guide you to the right fiber, construction, texture, and style for you.

Knowing basic carpet terms

Knowing fundamentals will help you through the process. For instance, you’ll hear the word broadloom often. Those are the large rolls, often associated with wall-to-wall or other large spaces. Broadloom is tufted and usually at least 12 feet wide. Carpet tiles are modular peel and stick squares that are durable, stain-resistant, and often colorful. They come in many kinds of fibers are often seen in family rooms and play areas.

Facts about carpet fibers

There are five common ones. Wool is all-natural, while nylon, a synthetic, is recognized for strength. Other man-made fibers include polyester and olefin, known for excellent stain resistance, while Triexta is strong with permanent stain resistance built into the fiber.

Textures & carpet construction

Cut pile is a construction responsible for various styles and textures. Plush has a luxurious velvety feel, while textured plush is highly decorative. The iconic Saxony has a smooth, refined surface, while the frieze has mid-high fibers that are so tightly twisted they curl. The shag has very long, loose fibers and is reminiscent of the retro look.

Other constructions are loop, such as the Berber style. The cut and loop are what it sounds, with some fibers cut and other looped, creating an embedded pattern. The cut and loop also have a variety of textures, including sculptured effects.

It’s a lot to take in, but we’ll help you sort it out to find the right carpet for you. Visit the Axsom's Floor Covering showroom in Bedford, Indiana. We work with homeowners in Bedford, IN, Oolitic, IN, Mitchell, IN, Shawswick, IN, Bloomington, IN, Springville, IN, Heltonville, IN, Fayetteville, IN, && Orleans, IN. Be sure to ask about your free carpet quote.