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Carpet Installation Considerations

Installing new carpet can change the entire look and feel of a room. It affects the mood and even the level of comfort and warmth one feels when walking into a room. Because it can have such a large impact on your home, it's important to take a few things into consideration before you tear up that old shag design and install your vision of the perfect carpet.

Carpet installation isn't for everybody. It can be physically straining and incredibly time consuming. Also, if even a tiny detail gets missed, it can alter the way a carpet lays and throw off the entire look of the room. That's why many people who pride themselves on handling all of their home repair, remodeling, and redecorating needs on their own will turn to the experts for help when it comes to installing carpet.

When meeting with a professional contractor or laying out your own design, it's important to realize that carpet can really tie the room together. The right carpet can unify disparate design elements and create an appealing, consistent feel for the entire room. This means you have to consider color, pattern, texture, and more before ever committing to a specific design plan.

Additionally, you'll want to factor in the maintenance requirements and durability of any carpet choice. Stain-proof carpeting will offer peace of mind for any room in which spills or outside dirt are of concern. Quality padding not only makes carpet more comfortable to walk on, it also extends its life.

Once you know exactly what you want your carpet to look and feel like, the installation process can begin. It will involve getting rid of the old carpet, removing moldings around floors and doors, and removing tackless strips. While those early steps can take up a lot of time and energy, most people don't falter until it's time to install seams. If a seam is placed in the wrong place, it can alter the look of the carpet and it can even affect the ventilation of a room (this is one of the main reasons many people turn to the pros).

Remember, new carpet can give "years" back to a home. In rooms like bedrooms, it can reflect the specific taste of the main occupant, while connecting with the design of the rest of the house. In order to create the look you truly want, develop your budget early, layout your design, and bring in a professional if necessary.

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