Carpet and area rugs have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. Here’s the experts at Aladdin’s guide as to the differences between the two, so you can better decide what works for your household or business.
Advantages of Carpets
Carpets are one the most commonly used type of flooring inside homes. They go through phases of popularity, but have remained used for years and years. Homes with wall to wall carpets create a sense of comfort and total stylistic unity, offering the advantages of:
- Softening both the appearance of a room, and sound
- Being very comfortable for bare feet, which is great in cold months
- Cheap cleaning
- A soft cushion to walk on, sit on, or fall on – important if you have toddlers
- It insulates your home, which can help reduce your energy bill.
Disadvantages of carpets
However, carpets have these disadvantages:
- It can be hard to clean the wall adjacent edges of carpets
- Carpets can wear within a few years, leading to the need to replace the entire carpet
- Carpets require specialty installation
- Carpets can contribute towards allergies and asthma as if improperly cleaned they can hold dust or mites
Advantages of Area Rugs
Many other homeowners love their area rugs. Some of the reasoning behind this passion is:
- Rugs often come in bolder designs and colors
- Rugs offer versatility and the ability to be switched from different rooms
- Rugs are easier to clean, either yourself or by a professional cleaner
- They are perfect for anybody renting an apartment, as you can take it with you when you move, and they also muffle your footsteps, decreasing potential annoyance for downstairs neighbors
- They are generally less expensive than wall to wall carpets
- THey can be utilized easier in a broader design scheme as a pop of color
- They can be conversation pieces
- They don’t require specialty installation
Disadvantages of area rugs
Some of the potential drawbacks of area rugs are:
- If not set down properly they can easily slide – but this can be remedied with the use of a rug pad.
- They can be tripped over if a corner is sticking up – which can be remedied with double sided tape on top of a rug pad.
- They only cover part of the floor – but that’s also part of their appeal! Can you tell we favor area rugs over carpets? Don’t blame us, this is our passion!