Floorboards or carpet: which is best for you?
Floorboards or carpet? If you’ve stumbled on this article, you’re probably weighing up which is best for you.
Choosing between floorboards or carpet is a tough decision because it’s costly and it can have a real impact on the overall feel of your home. There is lots to consider, so we’re here to weigh in with our expert opinion on the pros and cons of floorboards or carpet for your home
What to love about carpet
Let’s start with the positives shall we? There’s no doubt about it, you can’t beat carpet for comfort. There’s nothing like stepping out of bed onto soft woollen carpet. That’s why we tend to recommend carpet in bedrooms and other low-traffic areas. Another upside is carpet helps keep your home warm in winter, reducing the cost of your electricity bill.
Carpets tend to be a better option for acoustics as they are much quieter than floorboards and create a soothing environment for the senses. This is especially relevant for those living in apartments or units (nobody wants to hear the person upstairs stomping around).
Where carpet falls short
Carpet is much harder than floorboard to keep clean. Lighter colours will inevitably show track marks over time and darker colours always seem to show runaway threads, fluff and dust. In short, carpet is always going to show more dirt. Keep this in mind when selecting carpet for different areas of your home, especially high traffic areas. To keep your carpet in good nick, you’ll want to get it professionally steam cleaned regularly, and this comes with a cost.
What to love about floorboard
Who likes cleaning? (… We’re hearing crickets!) Good news is floorboards are easily cleaned and less likely to hold stains like carpet. A quick mop and dry is all you need to keep your flooring in tip-top shape. As a general rule, floorboards are better for families with kids or pets.
Now, let’s talk about versatility. With floorboards, you get the durability and low maintenance, while always having the option to layer a rug on top of them. This magic trick allows you to change up the look of each room in your home AND add that soft, warm feeling underfoot. Plus it’s much less costly to get a new rug than rip up a room full of carpet if you change your mind.
Where floorboards fall short
Real hardwood or engineered timber floorboards can be quite costly. If your budget is very strict, think about looking for floating timber-look vinyl floorboards. With ever-developing technology, there are some realistic-looking options hitting the market and this can really help keep costs down.
So, did you decide on floorboards or carpet?
If your head’s still spinning over the pros and cons, don’t worry, we’re here to help! ASSIST by BOWERBIRD is a neat little package we offer – pick and choose flooring, painting, cleaning, storage and removals, all organised through a single point of contact you can trust. Equipped with our expertise in interior design, logistic knowledge and home curating we’ll guide you through the tough decisions and get your property looking its best. If you’re interested, simply drop us a line by filling out the contact form and we’ll be in touch soon!