5 Tips for Choosing the Right Carpet for High Traffic Areas

Three little friends kids playing with wooden blocks on durable carpetEvery home has high traffic areas: your living room or family room, stairway, hallways, front foyers—any room of your home that is “lived in.” These are the rooms that take a beating from frequent foot (and paw) traffic: the stairway you use to get up to your bedroom once, twice or several times a day; the hallway your kids play hockey in every night; the play room reserved just for your grand kids; the family room where your toddlers play (and jump and crawl and sing) in; the room that your dogs use for tug-of-war.

The good news is you don’t have to give up on the idea of soft, comfortable carpet for your home; even a house full of hooligans can have carpeting in their home that looks great, and stays looking great, in the midst of all that foot (and paw) traffic. On the other side of the coin, even if these rooms don’t look like a tornado hit them, choosing a durable carpet that can take all the walking, running, jumping and dancing can be a challenge because of all the different carpet products on the market. So how do you choose the right carpet for your high traffic areas? You can start by using these tips:

Nix shag carpet.

As soft and cushioning as a shag carpet may be, shag carpet is not built for high traffic areas. When we refer to shag, we’re not referring to your grandma’s orange and green carpet, but rather carpet that has a longer carpet thread and deep pile.

Consider the color.

Choosing the color of your carpet is not just about aesthetics. As tempting as that neutral carpeting may be, darker color or multi-color carpet can hide the stains and dirt that come with kids, pets, and high traffic areas.

Look for durability features.

family with dog playing on carpetToday’s carpets are built for durability that its predecessors could only imagine. Some carpet products are stain resistant, waterproof, antimicrobial—one carpet even freshens the air! If you have kids that spill (a lot) or pets that stain, ask about carpets with durability features that can take the wear and tear of everyday living in a busy household. You know your family and home best; what features do you need in your new carpet?

Think about carpet tiles.

If you have an area where your kids or pets run wild, such as a play room or porch for your cats, research carpet tiles. Carpet tiles look good, and can be easily replaced when stained or spilled on.

Consider long-term carpet care.

The right carpet for your high traffic area is easy to care for so it makes sense to think about it now. Ask your carpet salesman for clean up tips, ease of clean up, and how often you should schedule a carpet cleaning to keep it in optimum condition. You should even consider the type of vacuum cleaner you own or are going to purchase to care for your carpet, because some vacuums can damage your new carpeting (we’ve wrote about how to choose the best vacuum here).

Choosing the right flooring for your high traffic area is not a small decision, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. You can ask us questions via email, on our Facebook page, with a phone call, or by stopping in. We’ll help you choose the right carpet for your high traffic area that looks great and can take drink spills, pet stains, constant foot traffic, dog (and cat) chases, and anything else you can throw at your carpet.

5 thoughts on “5 Tips for Choosing the Right Carpet for High Traffic Areas

  1. My entire house has the same white carpet, so I’m considering replacing it. I can see how installing new carpet in the right color would be important for high traffic areas of my house. My white carpet didn’t hide stains from my kids and pets very well, so now I’ll be sure to use darker colors that will hide stains better this time.

  2. This is some great information, and I appreciate your suggestion to look for carpet with durability features for high traffic areas. My husband and I are doing some renovations to our family room, and our kids love to play down there all the time. We’re putting new carpet in, so I’ll definitely look for something that has high durability so it will continue to function for a long time despite its heavy use. Thanks for the great post!

  3. I’m actually trying to find some carpet right now. I appreciated this post, especially because the reason it is being replaced is because of the high traffic that goes over it. I liked your advice about carpet tiles and how they can easily be replaced. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Thanks for the great advice, I don’t think I would have ever thought about using darker colors to hide the dirt of more high traffic areas around my home. I also like what you’ve said about durability in the article; that’s something that definitely needs to be taken into consideration if you have pets. I suppose the darker colors could help out in that regard as well since it would be more likely to hide any hairs from your shedding pets.

  5. I want to replace my old carpet with a new one. Lately I have been going to different carpet stores to see what I like. I think I’ll have to get a darker color to hide all the spills from my kids. Thanks for the tips. I’ll remember this next time I go to the carpet store.

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