Selecting Carpet

Carpet Considerations

Before you go in store

Helping you choose the perfect carpet for your family and lifestyle is our priority, so we’ve pulled together a list of the most important things to consider before you head to the retailer.

STEP 1

Colour

Choosing a colour is the fun part but it’s important to consider the following:

  • Appearance of colour can change in different environments. Look at your chosen sample under daylight and artificial light.
  • General rule of thumb – installed carpet appears about 20% lighter than a sample.
  • Darker colours can make a room appear smaller, whereas lighter colours can create the illusion of a larger space.
  • Do you have pets that shed fur? Consider your colour choice as light fur will show up on dark coloured carpet and vice versa.  
STEP 1
STEP 2

STEP 2

Price and quality

Carpet is one of the most affordable flooring options. It's usually quoted in linear metres (1m long x 3.66m wide – the dimensions of a standard carpet roll). To convert to square metres, divide by 3.66.

For quality assurance, look for the independent Australian Carpet Classification Scheme performance rating label on the back of the sample.  

STEP 3

Durability and gradings

The best way to measure durability is to look for an independent grading from the Australian Classification Scheme (ACCS) label that you'll find on the back of carpet samples. The highest grading is Residential Extra Heavy Duty Plus Stairs, 6 Star Grade.

STEP 3
STEP 4

STEP 4

Synthetic vs. Wool

The biggest advantage of our solution dyed synthetic carpet is its ability to hold colour in areas exposed to long periods of direct sunlight.

Wool is sustainable, non-allergenic, fire resistant and helps to naturally regulate moisture, creating a warm, dry and healthy home.

STEP 5

Choosing the right style

  • Cut Piles

    Cut pile carpets feel great underfoot. Depending on the fibre type, some cut pile carpets show footprints - called tracking (which generally vacuum out). Plusher cuts can show permanent shading, which you can read more about in our carpet care section

  • Loop Piles

    Loop pile carpets are low maintenance, they don't show footprints and they're particularly suited to busy homes with young children. Loop piles are not suitable for pets that claw at the carpet.

STEP 5
STEP 6

STEP 6

Lifestyle needs

Kids? Pets? Find the carpet thats best for your home. We’ve created a Carpet Selector Tool to help narrow down your search.

Carpet Selector
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