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Carpet vs Area Rug, Which do you prefer?

When decorating a home, a lot of different choices need to be made. Some people prefer the look of hard wood floors, while others want plush carpeting. Some prefer the simplicity of wall to wall carpeting, but others enjoy the beauty of an area rug. So how do you decide which way to go?

Wall to wall carpeting is the type of fabric that is attached to your floors. It is extremely comfortable in cold weather, and creates insulation that can reduce heating costs. Carpeting is often very affordable, durable, and softer, which is great for small children. Wall to wall carpeting is a long term commitment, which can be a problem. A spill, stain, or worn out high traffic area could be an eyesore for years. On the other hand, if you really like the carpeting you can’t take it with you. If you move out in a few years you’ll have to say goodbye to your investment.

Area rugs vary from inexpensive throw rugs to fine oriental rugs that stay in the family for generations. They are a great way to show off hardwood flooring, with the comfort and softness of a rug. Although area rugs are wonderful design pieces for a room, they can also be a tripping hazard.. Also, rugs only cover a small space, so if you are protecting your floor from small children, or keeping your feet warm in the winter, you are limited.

In the end it’s all a matter of personal preference, but knowing the advantages of each type of flooring will help you make the right choice for your home.

Remember, both area rugs and wall to wall carpeting are long term investments. Take your time, and make sure it’s the right choice for your family.