The debate of hardwood or carpet in bedrooms has been around for a while. They both have their pros and cons, and while it’s largely up to personal preference and how you want your bedroom to look and feel, Floor Coverings International White Bear Lake will explore the benefits of both for the undecided.
The Case for Carpet

One thing you have to consider is waking up on cold, winter mornings. When you sit up in bed and swing your legs over the side to take your first steps since the night before, what would you rather feel under your toes? Probably carpet. Hardwood floors can get cold during wintertime and be a jarring morning experience, but carpet will provide warmth and comfort for your early hours.

Carpet also tends to be less expensive and a better option for young homeowners or those who simply wish to save money. Carpet comes in an extremely wide variety of colors and patterns. You have additional options on length and texture.

Carpet is also a lot quieter. While hardwood can make your movements heard throughout the house, especially while wearing shoes, carpet muffles noise and promotes a more peaceful environment in the bedroom. When it comes to a child’s bedroom, carpet may also reduce injuries for small children who are still perfecting their walking skills.

Also, if you’re someone who likes frequent change, carpet may be a better choice. If you decide to completely remodel your room in a few years for a different look, switching out carpet for a new color or type will probably be a less of a hassle than switching out hardwood.

The Case for Hardwood

One of the biggest advantages to having a hardwood floor is the easy clean up. While a spilled cup of coffee may be a devastating blow to a bedroom with white or light-colored carpet, cleaning the spill on hardwood is infinitely easier and doesn’t permanently damage your floor.

Wood flooring may also be a better choice for some pet owners. Cats have been known to scratch and tear up carpet, especially near closed doors, and pet accidents are easier to clean up on non-porous surfaces.

Deciding on (or switching to) hardwood may also be a better choice for those who suffer asthma or serious allergies. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, carpet is “an ideal home for allergy triggers such as dust mites, mold and pet dander.” The foundation suggests using hardwood floors (among other options) instead.

Hardwood floors can also add value to your home. According to a National Wood Flooring Association survey,  82 percent of real estate agents interviewed said that “homes with hardwood floors sold faster and often for more money.”

Hardwood floors can also be refinished multiple times throughout the years to restore them to their former glory and beauty.

Whatever you decide, we look forward to assisting with all of your carpeting or flooring needs! Free, in-home estimates are available for the greater White Bear Lake, North Oaks & Shoreview area.

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