Flooring is the biggest expression of personal style. It’s also one of the biggest--if not THE biggest--investments you’ll make in your home.

It’s no surprise that soft surfaces are one of the most popular choices. They're suitable to any decor and modern technology has created a wide array of colors, as well as spill and stain-resistant properties and ultra-durability.

Digital printing has made patterning go from just the tips of the fibers to deep into them, creating intricate and long-lasting designs.

How do you plan to use the room in which it’s to be installed?

Make sure you know the basic carpet flooring types because they have different textures, fiber twists, and durability that make some better for some rooms than another. Basic styles are Velvet, Saxony, Frieze, Shag, and Cable.

When you go shopping…

It’s not just a simple matter of googling or looking in the phone book for “carpet store near me.” You want a carpet store with a large inventory of products and services, as well as knowledgeable, helpful and friendly team members who can not only sell you the rug but also tell you how to maintain it once you have it. Sometimes that will be near and other times you might have to travel a bit.

While it's not required, it's good if any of the staff can provide design information. At Marion's, we offer free design consultations. Our binding department can help you save money by salvaging that worn-out but still good rug.

We can even help get the creative juices flowing for you by taking your remnants and stitching them together to make a soft surface of your design.

Other tips include:

Understand density. Density is how closely the fibers are woven together and determine quality. Check it for yourself; if you bend back a sample card and see a lot of white space, it’s a lower quality carpet.
Hire only the best. It’s not enough for someone to say something vague like, “Oh, we’ve done a ton of flooring installations.” How many have they done of carpet? That installation requires special skills and tools, and probably even some subfloor work.
Don’t try to DIY it yourself. If you try it yourself you'll end up with bumps, rolls, waves, and ripples. Second, if it isn’t installed according to manufacturer requirements, it will void the warranty.

Speak to one of our experts at the Marion’s Flooring Superstore showroom in Portland, OR.