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Think­ing about soft floor­ing? James Tre­ble takes us through myr­iad car­pet­ing op­tions.

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James’s guide to soft floor­ing op­tions: car­pets and rugs.

WHY CAR­PET? One of the ob­vi­ous ben­e­fits is that it adds warmth to a room as well as pro­vid­ing a seem­ingly joint-free floor­ing fin­ish that’s vis­ually pleas­ing as well as be­ing prac­ti­cal to main­tain. It’s also easy and quick to lay so it’s an ef­fec­tive floor­ing op­tion if you’re short on time or want to save on labour costs. Best of all, it can work with any in­te­rior scheme to add colour and tex­ture to a room.

When it comes to choos­ing car­pet, some of the most im­por­tant things to con­sider in­clude whether it’s easy to main­tain, as well as its prac­ti­cal­ity and func­tion­al­ity, and whether it’s cost ef­fec­tive in terms of your bud­get. It all comes down to the ma­te­rial.

Var­i­ous ma­te­ri­als of­fer dif­fer­ent lev­els of soft­ness and wear­a­bil­ity, and each is priced to suit var­i­ous bud­gets. Here are the main ma­te­ri­als used in car­pets and what ap­pli­ca­tion and bud­get each is most suited for.

MA­TE­RIAL CHOICES

POLYESTER

The least ex­pen­sive op­tion, polyester is a syn­thetic fi­bre that can have a slightly plas­tic feel that is also harder un­der­foot. How­ever, it is hard-wear­ing, mak­ing it pop­u­lar for rented prop­er­ties.

NY­LON

An­other syn­thetic prod­uct, ny­lon tends to be far softer and more durable than polyester. It is mid-range in terms of

price, re­tains its colour well and is quite stain-re­sis­tant. New ranges can be blended with corn syrup, mak­ing them as soft as wool. So­lu­tion-dyed ny­lon, one of my favourites, is su­per stain-re­sis­tant and is a prac­ti­cal, well-priced, all-pur­pose car­pet.

WOOL

A pop­u­lar choice that wears well and is soft un­der­foot, wool is more sus­cep­ti­ble to stain­ing and re­quires more care and main­te­nance than syn­thetic ma­te­ri­als. One is­sue you’ll need to con­sider is the fi­bre con­tin­u­ing to lift once it’s laid for be­tween six to 12 months. You may be vac­u­um­ing them up for some time.

FIN­ISH IT OFF

Car­pets come in a va­ri­ety of fin­ishes suit­able for dif­fer­ent traf­fic lev­els and of­fer com­pletely dif­fer­ent looks.

PLUSH PILE

Pop­u­lar as it’s soft un­der­foot, how­ever it can flat­ten and show marks from foot traf­fic and vac­u­um­ing, which can be dis­tract­ing in open-plan rooms.

TWIST PILE

Sim­i­lar to plush in that it’s easy to lay and feels soft but it’s harder to flat­ten, and marks are less likely to show as the pile is twisted to sit up­wards.

LOOP PILE

Be­cause the pile sits up­wards like an up­side-down U, it’s less likely to flat­ten and pro­vides a more uni­form look. A pop­u­lar loop-pile car­pet is sisal, with its uni­form lines of looped fi­bres.

CUT AND LOOP

A blend of two styles form­ing var­i­ous pat­terns and de­signs. Choose a nondi­rec­tional cut-and-loop car­pet to make a nar­row room feel more square.

Magic touch Soft car­pet adds an ex­tra layer of tex­tu­ral in­ter­est to a room. GREY AREA Hy­craft Val­ley Gorge multi-level loop wool in Frac­ture, from $72 per m2 (in­stalled), from Godfrey Hirst Car­pets.

IN THE DARK Eter­nity In­cep­tion “Barker” twist pile in War­rawee, from $37.16 per m2 (sup­ply only), from Choices Floor­ing.

UN­DER­STATED STYLE Pro­vin­cial Lane Mon­tana Sands level loop pile wool in Grey Birch, from $58 per m2 (sup­ply only), from Car­pet Court. Feel­ing good Car­pet in the liv­ing and din­ing zones adds warmth to the space and un­der your feet, too.

WIN!

Win a James Tre­ble for Rugspace Rug. Turn to page 107 for en­try de­tails LINE UP James Tre­ble for Rugspace “Klee” rug in Light Denim (152cm x 243cm), $299, from Rugspace. Cover up Hy­craft Odyssey cut plush pile wool blend in Ca­lypso, from $86 per m2 (in­stalled), from Godfrey Hirst Car­pets.

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