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Thoughts on Carpet

When it comes to design opinions, how do you feel about carpet? An architect weighs in


May 14, 2024
Laminated timber flooring next to white carpet
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Putting her home on the market prompted Deryl Patterson, AIA, of residential design firm Housing Design Matters, to replace the carpet in her home with other flooring materials. Patterson admits she likes carpet, but the flooring updates she made recently got her thinking about the pros and cons of carpet and other flooring options.

This might be an unpopular opinion, but I like carpet. I like it on my bare feet. I like that it feels soft and isn’t as cold as tile. I like how it absorbs sound, how it can make a room feel cozy, and its affordability. Indeed, I have heard it said that you can replace carpet five times for the initial investment of wood or a natural stone floor. 

This past week, we replaced several rooms of carpet in our own home. Oh my! What a pain that was. I felt like we had to move out of our house to get the work done. I can’t imagine doing this five times!

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