Last updated 16:45 am, Friday 03/04
Message to our customers
Dear Valued Customer,
In line with government instructions United Carpets & Beds stores, plus our head office are temporarily closed, however our online sampling service is still available. We want to reassure those customers who have placed an order and paid, that your order is secure. We will resume fitting, home delivery and home measurement service once these restrictions are lifted, we will contact all customers in due course to discuss their order and rearrange.
There are several popular carpet materials available:
Polypropylene – affordable, soft and practical. Polypropylene is a great all-rounder as it’s easy to maintain and stain resistant. Great for high traffic areas and great value for money.
Wool – Naturally soft and durable. Wool provides a beautiful appearance and style. Whilst slightly more awkward to clean due to the natural fibres, wool can still hide dirt and withstand some medium usage.
Polyamide – Known for it’s comfort and durability. Polyamide is a synthetic fibre which is great for family homes with young children. It can withstand heavy usage and is stain resistant.
Polyester – Very stain resistant. Whilst originally considered less durable than other synthetic materials, Polyester can now stand up against some heavy usage. Polyester is also known to be great value for money. For more info, have a look at Polyester FAQs
The pile of a carpet refers to the tufts of material that are attached to the backing cloth. Thick, shaggy carpets are known as deep pile. These are often seen as more luxurious. Short pile is usually more hard-wearing.
The texture of the pile will affect where it is most suited in the home. The following are some examples of different styles:
The yarn is literally looped over when sewn into the back cloth. It maintains softness over time but is not great for pets, as the loops can catch in their claws.
Hardwearing texture made using tightly twisted yarn. This is the best-selling type of carpet in the UK.
Another hardwearing carpet. The yarn is straighter than ‘twisted’ and has the appearance of a loop pile with the loops cut.
Shag. The length of the pile is such that the fibres do not stand up straight but rather bend over, creating a ‘shaggy’ look and feel.
For more information of carpet textures, click here.
3. Choose your colour and pattern
When choosing your colour and pattern there are a few factors to consider:
Likelihood of stains – If you live with children or are naturally a bit clumsy, you will want to look for darker colours as they can hide stains easier than lighter ones. You can also purchase stain resistant carpets.
Décor and atmosphere – If you’ve already bought furniture before replacing your carpet, you will need to ensure they match well together. Carpet colour also affects the atmosphere of the rooms, for example, Grey carpet creates a modern feel whilst red can create a warm feel.
Space – Colours can affect the perceived size of the room. Darker carpets can make larger rooms feel cosier, whilst smaller carpets can be made to feel larger by using light carpets.
United Carpets and Beds offer a completely free measure and estimate service. Our estimators are trained experts able to provide you with the best information.
Room measuring tips and tricks:
Roughly draw a plan of your room.
Find the longest and widest parts of the room (diagram numbers 1 & 2) and measure from the furthest skirting board.
Measure to the back of any door frame (diagram number 5), as this is where you want the carpet to come up to.
Measure any indentations in your room plan, such as bay windows or fireplaces (diagram numbers 3 & 4). This allows you to be as efficient as possible.
To calculate the area, multiply the width of the room by the length.
Patterned carpets will need to match where they join (if areas are cut out and fitted together). Keep this in mind when ordering your amounts, as if it is not done correctly it can look mismatched and odd.
5. Choose your underlay
Underlay is soft foam or rubber material that sits between your carpet and the floorboards.
It is highly recommended that you have underlay with your carpet as it:
Cushions the carpet, making it softer underfoot
Protects the carpet by reducing friction between the backing and the floorboards
Insulates the room for heat and sound by adding an extra layer of material between the carpet and the cold floor below
Evens out the lay of the carpet and allows it to settle into position
If your existing underlay is old and worn you may wish to purchase a new underlay. This is often the best option, as worn underlay can create ridges and uneven surfaces in your carpet.
6. Get costs (including the extras!)
So you’ve got the price of carpet for the size of your room, but remember that won’t be the final costs. For more information, have a look at carpet costs and finance options
Be sure to know the price of:
Taking up the old carpet/underlay
Removal and disposal of old carpet/underlay from your property
If you purchase underlay from United Carpets & Beds you will receive:
Choosing where to buy your carpet is an important decision. Here is some things to consider:
Purchasing online is a convenient way to shop for your carpet. You will find some great deals on websites. However, the carpet make look different than the images on the website. You can order up to 4 free samples from us before you purchase any carpet.