Carpet Is Better Than Hardwood for Bedrooms
Designing a cozy bedroom is arguably the most rewarding part of any home redesign. Your bedroom is the place you spend the most time in. Why shouldn’t it be as comfortable and quiet as possible? Although many homeowners might balk at the idea of carpet for bedrooms when they start thinking about all the Chem-Dry carpet cleaning bills, when it comes to safety, sustainability, and comfort, carpet is actually the better choice. While hardwood floors have come increasingly into fashion in the past few years, more and more homeowners are realizing that although installing and maintaining bedroom carpet seems like a lot of work, it can actually save money and create a more comfortable space overall. So why not make the switch to carpet? If you’re still not convinced, here are a few reasons to choose carpet for your bedroom floors today.
You might not immediately think of your hardwood floors as being unsafe or less safe than their carpeted counterparts. But if you’re living in a home with older individuals or small kids, counting on slips and falls is part of your job. Because of the possibility of young children falling and hitting their head or seniors slipping on slick hardwood floors in the middle of the night, installing a carpet will create an instant grip even for individuals who aren’t the sturdiest on their feet. Even adults in the prime of health can be subject to an unfortunate slip, especially if it’s the middle of the night and everything’s pitch black. Getting a textured rug will help you avoid the unfortunate consequences of a late nightfall, especially if the carpet you choose is thickly padded and well-cushioned for a fall.
The difference in noise between hardwood and carpet floors might not seem like much during the day when you’re used to hearing (and blocking out) a ton of ordinary sounds each minute. But come nightfall, hearing those creaks and cracks could mean the difference between a great night’s sleep and a night of tossing and turning. Not only to carpeted floors help drown out the acoustics in your room, they provide a buffer between your room and the rooms below. Carpet absorbs the sound of footprints and the patter of pets. Hardwood floors don’t just leave your room unprotected: They tend to amplify sound, making it harder to stay asleep or go back to sleep after hearing a creaking or thumping. If you’re someone who wakes up every time your partner gets up to go to the bathroom or the dog decides to jump back on the bed, you’re sure to benefit from the soundproof padding a carpet provides.
It goes without saying, but in the deep winter months, your feet will thank you for installing a warm carpet beneath your bed, especially in the middle of the night or the early morning. Whether you’re someone who swears by slippers or a sock-lover ’til the end, there’s nothing that can truly compete with stepping out of bed onto a soft, warm floor rather than the icy, hard touch of wood. The act of getting out of bed can be rough to begin with. If it’s cold outside and your feet are still aching from the day before, having a carpet to walk on will make things that much easier while you’re preparing for the day ahead. Installing a carpet will also help with temperature control in your bedroom. While hardwood floors tend to lose heat, rugs trap the heat in and provide a better atmosphere for warmth and coziness.
They Create Better Air Quality
If you’re someone who’s paranoid about allergens and pollutants getting trapped in the air, you might imagine that getting a carpet installed is like inviting all those tiny, awful particles into your home to stay trapped there forever. Interestingly enough, when it comes to hardwood floors versus carpeted floors, the opposite is true. While carpets do tend to trap allergens like pollen and dust mites within their fibers, they also hold onto them on their surface where they can be gently and easily vacuumed away. The opposite is true of hardwood floors, which provide no protection against allergens in the air. Hardwood floors also often have cracks and abnormalities that allow air to travel more easily beneath the floor’s surface, getting trapped in hard-to-reach areas. With carpeting, as long you vacuum regularly, you’ll be able to keep your air clean, fresh, and breathable during allergy season and beyond.