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Change a Room with Carpet

carpet tileIn interior design there are few improvements that make as much of an impact as flooring. What we step on every day plays an integral role in setting the mood, and turning any drab space in to something fantastic. If you’re looking to increase the comfort, appeal, and even the value of your home, there’s no better way to do it than with quality carpets.

Hardwood flooring, laminates, and even ceramic tiles all have their places in the home. They’re perfect for kitchen and dining areas because these materials are almost impossible to stain and are a breeze to clean. However, think about you when you want to sit back and relax, how you want your bedroom to feel, and where you want to entertain guests or have your children play. In all of these situations carpet makes the most inviting spaces, and because carpets can be dyed, cut, and threaded in hundreds of different ways they’re a great way to express yourself through interior design.

Deciding which carpets you need for each room will depend on the purpose and the mood you want to create. Taking a little extra time to pick the right carpet will make the difference between a home that’s comfortable and functional, to a home that is both of these, but also stunningly beautiful.

There are plenty of options when it comes to choosing your carpets. Carpets come in different pile heights, which makes a difference as to how much actual fabric you have under your feet. A carpet with a heavy pile will provide more cushioning, but it can also mean more maintenance, and that it has more affinity for trapping dirt and debris. However, if you’re carpeting a living or comfort room then long pile carpet might be the best option.

For other spaces like offices and children’s play areas, low pile carpet is preferable. Plush carpet that is cut has a velvety texture that still feels luxurious underfoot while still being easily maintained through regular vacuuming and the occasional professional cleaning.

When you’re looking to make a statement in a special room like a games room, or a media room, designer carpets are the best choice. Carpets with multi-colored sections can work great in a space like this. If you go with something darker such as a deep maroon, or navy blue colored carpet it will look stunning with leather sofas in your entertainment suite. Carpets come in so many colors and designs that you can get as creative as you want, just be sure to settle on a look that you love.

Specialty carpets like sculpted cut carpets are perfect for bedrooms. These carpets have both cut, and regular pile height in one carpet to form embossed patterns. Imagine your master bedroom with a carpet that creates the sense that you’re in a boutique hotel. You’re only ever going to be able to achieve that look with carpet!

There are so many fabric choices, designs, colors, and textures available from carpets that they’re easily the most versatile and important home improvement you could choose. Carpets are the perfect investment that can last for a lifetime, Best of all they let you express yourself with standout interior spaces that you’ll love to live in.

Vinyl Flooring Installing-Measure Twice and Cut Once

When faced with such flooring choices as carpet, tile, natural stone, and hardwood, vinyl flooring may seem a bit mundane. The first thing to do is clear your mind of the vision of the unflattering, discolored, and bubbling vinyl flooring that you remember from your grandmother’s kitchen. Vinyl flooring has undergone many improvements and is one of the most popular types of flooring in America today. Not only can you buy vinyl that closely resembles those other flooring materials, but with a minimal amount of maintenance, a vinyl floor can last a lifetime.

Vinyl has many qualities that make it so desirable. The vinyl of today is stylish, easy to clean, durable, doesn’t need waxing, and it is friendly to the budget, but one of the biggest reasons that so many people choose vinyl is the ease in which it can be installed. Vinyl is an easy DIY project for even the most inexperienced of handymen and it can be done in under a day.

Installing Vinyl Flooring

The first thing to do is prepare the room by clearing your workspace.

Remove all furniture and appliances (including toilet if you are working in the bathroom)
If there is a door that opens into the room, remove it from the hinges.
Remove the baseboards from around the floor with a pry bar. Gently ease the pry bar in between the baseboard and the wall and insert a small block of wood behind the bar. This gives you leverage to pry the trim away without damaging the wall.
Remove any nails from the wall and trim. If are reusing the same trim, remove the nails gently to prevent splitting the wood.

Cutting Your Vinyl Floor to Fit

Vinyl flooring is generally sold in both 6 and 12 foot widths making a seamless floor in smaller rooms, such as a hallway, kitchen, or bathroom, possible. There are two methods of installing your vinyl flooring depending on the room you are fitting.

  • For rooms that don’t have many obstacles or angles, you can cut the vinyl to the measurement of the room and allow 3 inches of excess on each side and then trim it after it is in place.
  • Once your flooring has been cut to fit the room (remember to leave 3 inches extra all the way around), place it in the room and allow the edges to curl upward onto the wall.
  • Trim around any outside corners or other objects that protrude by cutting a vertical slice down the vinyl. Be sure to cut from the top of the flooring down to where it meets the floor.
  • For fitting the vinyl to inside corners, press it into the corner and make v-shaped incisions where it overlaps. Cut only a small amount at a time and carefully work downward until the flooring rests flat.
  • Press a 2×4 along the walls to create a crease where the floor meets the wall. After the crease is made, use a straight edge and a good utility knife to cut the flooring. As it rests, the floor will expand a bit so leave around 1/8th inch of space between the flooring and the wall.
  • Once you’ve made sure that the vinyl is laying completely flat, you can put your baseboards back in place and your new floor is complete.

The alternative, for rooms with recesses, angles, or are hard to fit for other reasons, you can purchase an installation kit. These kits come complete with paper for creating a template of your floor plan, a marker, a cutting blade, tape, and precise instructions for making a pattern of your floor. With these kits you simply make the template, transfer it to the flooring, and then cut the vinyl to fit before installing it.

With so many beautiful styles and colors available, combined with the ease of installation, it is little wonder that so many people are choosing vinyl flooring for their homes and offices.