Are you trying to decide what type of flooring to use in your custom home? While many people like to use consistent flooring throughout the home, the use of each room should be taken into consideration. Carpet might not be as popular these days, but it provides warmth and softness to rooms, and it feels great under foot! Not every room should be carpeted though. Our custom home builders break down the best and worst places to use carpet in your house.
Best Places to Use Carpet
In the 1980s and 1990s it was rare to enter a home that didn’t have carpet in the living room area. These days, many people are opting for hardwood flooring instead, but carpet still has a place in living rooms. It’s a great option for people with mobility issues, young kids, or those that just want something softer in their living space.
There’s nothing worse than waking up on a cold, Toronto winter morning and having to step on an icy floor. Having a plush carpet in bedrooms is not only highly acceptable, even in the era of hardwood, but it’s preferred by a lot of people. There are tons of high-end, super-soft carpets that you can use if you still want to keep your bedrooms luxurious.
If you have a kids’ playroom, or even an adult flex room for gaming or watching movies, you should consider running carpet in there instead of hardwood. Not only will it be softer for kids to play on, but it will also help dampen any noises from kid shrieks to moving booms.
Worst Places to Use Carpet
It’s hard to believe that having shag carpet in the bathroom was a thing people used to do. Not only was this highly unsanitary, but it also often got wet and soggy from being around water and steam. So not only is carpet gross in the bathroom, but it will also negatively impact your home’s value. Whatever you do, keep the carpet out of the bathroom.
Having carpet in the kitchen is a big no-no for many of the same points as having it in the bathroom. It will get dirty, stained, full of food, and just doesn’t look right. It will also be a huge hit on the home value. Use rugs or vinyl if you want something softer to stand on in the kitchen.
Toronto is known for its wet winters, and as not fun as it is to mop melted snow from a tile or hardwood floor, getting soggy carpet from winter boots is even worse. The entryway will see a lot of action, and be most exposed to the elements, so it’s best to use something more durable like tile or hardwood.
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