That old song, Three Steps to Heaven, got it wrong…
the stairway to heaven (at least, to floor heaven!) is actually four steps away. That’s the message from Cormar Carpets where 50 years experience in the business has shown that buying a new carpet can be reduced to a simple four-step process.
The company’s marketing director David Cormack, explains that choosing a new carpet needn’t be a long, tedious experience bogged down by different range and colour choices. “It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 …and 4!”
Step 1: Getting Started
Think about where the carpet is to go. High traffic areas (stairs, hallways etc) need hard wearing practical carpets that maintain their appearance whereas bedrooms can be fitted with more luxurious qualities as they don’t receive such consistent use.
Consider the size of a room – neutral colours accentuate a feeling of space and brightness, so avoid deep shades if the room is small. There are many different neutrals to choose from including creamy whites (such as Porcelain from Primo Saxony; shown left) to subtle taupes, donkey browns and steel greys.
If your room has little or no direct sunlight think about choosing a carpet in shades like nutty browns or warm caramel shades which bring in warmth and light. Complement these rich colours with a slightly paler shade on walls – and then use sheer voiles to dress windows for a light and breezy feel.
Sampling is the perfect way to check how a particular colour matches in with the rest of the décor. You can see and feel how the colour and texture work in the room and importantly, in the natural light available.
Cormar even offer this service online. Visit www.cormarcarpets.co.uk and order up to three free carpet samples for an idea of what you do and don’t like. Ordering couldn’t be easier: choose the range(s) that suits your needs and view the colour palette. Click on a colour and it will immediately be added to the basket.
Step 2: Selecting a retailer
A good retailer will:
• help you to achieve the most cost effective way to carpet your home
• ask plenty of questions about your needs, to determine the most suitable carpet
• discuss the various options available
• let you take a larger sample home to see how the carpet works with other furnishings
Remember that where you buy is as important as what you buy. Don’t be afraid to ask questions on the things that are important – price, quality and delivery. There are still many independent retailers, so you can obtain impartial advice from a floorcoverings expert on most high streets in the UK.
Step 3: Measuring up & Quoting
Good retailers will always recommend the room is professionally measured so that the correct amount of carpet is ordered – thus minimising waste and saving money. There is usually no charge for this service. Remember that if you are using one colour throughout the house it is better to select the carpet from one width, to avoid matching difficulties.
Once the house has been measured up the retailer will supply a quote, which should break down the separate charges for underlay, gripper, carpet and fitting.
Don’t be tempted to re-use existing underlay – a good spongy underlay significantly increases the life of a carpet. Not fitting new underlay is like putting old tyres on a new car.
Step 4: Delivery
Every retailer will vary, so don’t be afraid to ask, but most carpet can normally be obtained and installed within two weeks. The busiest time for carpet retailers is in the autumn (that pre-Christmas rush) – so avoid the pressure by buying at non-peak times. Now is ideal…