Carpet vs. hardwood flooring in bedrooms has been a longstanding debate. The reasons people prefer one over the other vary, and it almost always boils down to simple personal preference. There are pros and cons to both types of flooring in the bedroom. Here’s a look at both sides of the fence to help you decide.
Carpet in the bedroom is associated with coziness and warmth. It’s true that carpet has more insulating capability than hardwood. Carpets come in a variety of different styles, colors, and textures, providing homeowners with a range of options to find a perfect fit. Carpet has to be vacuumed regularly and can hold allergens. If someone is highly allergic to dust and dirt that can become trapped in carpets, it may not be the best choice.
Carpet can be more cost effective than hardwood, but it may not have as long of a lifetime. It is also harder to get stains and odors out of carpeting. Bedrooms with carpeting have long been thought to be more valuable, but that trend is starting to change.
Choosing carpet for your bedroom gives you an opportunity to personalize the bedroom with a pattern or design that is not available with hardwood choices. If you’re looking for comfort, a certain level of noise cancellation and insulation, carpet is a great choice for your bedroom.
Hardwood flooring is durable and easier to clean than carpet. It is more universal than carpet in that the coloring and texture is more likely to go with a number of different decors. Wood flooring is perceived as more valuable on the market, and may make your home sell faster if you’re considering selling in the future.
Area rugs may be needed for hardwoods in the bedroom. Since hardwood is not well insulated and is a hard surface, it tends to be very cold in the winter. Area rugs can warm up the space. You will also experience more noise with a hardwood floor. If you have dogs or people in the home who rise earlier than others, hardwood floors can make sound travel more distinctly, creating a need for white noise machines for light sleepers.
Hardwood floors are classic and can be dressed up or down. It has natural beauty and can last for many years if properly cared for. If you’re fine with using area rugs to warm up the space, hardwood floors can be a great choice for a bedroom. Wood is a sustainable material and is less likely to cause difficulties to those suffering from allergies. If you smoke in the house, hardwood floors won’t absorb the odor as much as carpet might, but smoking in a home will decrease its value regardless of flooring choice.
The Jury Is Out
Depending on your lifestyle and how long you plan to stay in your current home, both hardwood and carpet are excellent bedroom choices. Choose the option that you can see yourself living in comfortably. If you plan on redoing the flooring frequently, carpeting provides a wonderful medium to explore patterns and colors. Hardwoods are classic and durable. Whatever you choose, Rite Rug has a flooring that is perfectly suited for your bedroom needs.