It’s a point of contention between some couples; you want to renovate your bedroom, make it into an oasis, and you’ve both agreed on the direction you want the room to go in-the colors, the theme, etc-then, you get to deciding on what type of flooring you will have, and bingo! Immediate conflict! What do you do? Do you choose carpet? Or, do you choose hardwood? Here are some points to keep in mind when making the decision, and hopefully bring harmony back into the bedroom!
Hardwood can make a room feel more modern, and even, more like a spa or luxury hotel room. That sense of luxury of course comes with a price, but with the long term benefits hardwood brings to any room, it’s worth the expense. Plus, the durability and value it brings to your home is enough to make it your obvious choice. However, if you have pets and choose a dark grain, and don’t keep their nails trimmed, you will end up with dents on your floor. Also, if you get dressed in your room, shoes and all, before heading out the door, those shoes (especially heels) could damage the floors as well.
Now you’re thinking, ‘well, obviously, I can’t choose hardwood!” right? Let’s check out the pros and cons of carpet.
Carpet is a less expensive option, naturally, so if you don’t have the funds up front to have hardwood put in, carpet may be your key. Also, carpet makes a room feel and seem cozier, especially if the bedroom is in a generally colder area. There’s nothing like getting out of a nice, warm bed, and touching your feet on to a cold surface; carpet can remedy that.
Carpet can last a long time as well, so long as it is properly cared for. Vacuum regularly, and have the carpet steamed at least once a year to extend the life. Also, carpet is easy to lay, and can easily be cut to fit strange corners and niches. Hardwood is more time consuming and can be more costly when there are unique corners in your room.
Carpet, however, won’t be easy to keep clean, especially if you enjoy breakfast in bed. The maintenance is more laborious than the easy-to-wipe hardwood surface. Also, if you choose a color or style of carpet that may be too personal, the value of your home may decrease based on your choice of carpet! If this isn’t what you consider your forever home, you may want to choose a carpet that is more neutral. It may not be your style, but it won’t hurt your pocketbook either. Hardwood on the other hand, is always the top choice for buyers, regardless of the room they’re in. Either way, it’s good to know your neighborhood and market if the home you live in is a temporary (short or long term) option.
In the end, your decision should be based on your lifestyle and preferences; not just style and trend. This is your bedroom, and you should feel most comfortable here, from ceiling to floor. If you both are still not able to come to an agreement, visit our design team to elaborate on the details of both hardwood and carpet, help you design your room, and show you style options in both so you can rest easy!