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April 20, 2018

 

 

Refresh Your Home For Summer 

We’ve swapped out our coats for cut-off’s and ditched the heavy socks for heavenly pedicures. Another season has come and gone, and we’re ready to enjoy the sunshine. 

 

So whip up some lemonade, and get your sunglasses out — it’s time for a refreshingly bright Summer home makeover. 

 

Rethink Reorganization

Say goodbye to boring plastic bins, and hello to stylish storage solutions. Organization can be functional and beautiful — adding depth to your design aesthetic in just about any room. Smaller items look stylish when stored in geometric acrylic boxes, and baskets provide the perfect solution for throws and blankets that are used less during the warmer months. 

 

Rug Revamp

Swap out your cozier area rugs for fun summer styles. High-pile shags are great for cuddling up during winter months, but sisal and jute rugs provide an easy-care, relaxed alternative — lightening the overall feel of a room. 

 

Branch Out 

If Pinterest has you yearning for a Fiddle Leaf Fig tree, but your black thumb disagrees — consider a few branches instead. Arrange leafy or blossoming branches into a vase to bring a little of the outside in. Place the vase on a sofa table or mantle to add the illusion of height, and help draw your eye around a room. 

 

Curtain Call

Let your heavy drapes bow out for the season, and bring in their lighter, airier counterparts. Bright white and rich creams instantly lighten a space, without the hassle of painting.  Or for a more whimsical look, opt for an airy floral or geometric print. Check big box stores for inexpensive yet impactful options, or DIY curtains from old bed linens. 

 

 

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April 20, 2018

 

Carpet Shopping 101

New carpet can transform your home, and create comfortable, functional living spaces that can be enjoyed for years to come. But of course with so many styles and options to consider, you might need some assistance in making the best decisions for your lifestyle. Luckily, that’s where we come in…

 

Getting Started 

Before you start shopping, it’s important to consider your needs, wants, and must-haves. How many years do you want out of this carpet? What would be a comfortable budget? Are you looking for durability and function, or high-style and design? Or both? 

 

It’s important to understand your expectations for the new carpet. Consider where in the house the carpet will be, and the daily wear and tear it might endure. These factors will help in determining the type of carpet you should shop for. 

 

Carpet Construction

If you’ve even had a quick glance at the samples available, it may seem like a never-ending assortment of styles to consider. However, the main options are: 

 

Berber / Loop– Featuring dense looped strands, and a low profile for a clean, low-maintenance look, this style is durable, resilient, and ideal for high-traffic areas.                

 

Pattern– With a combination of cut and loop pile, this style comes in an endless selection of textures and patterns. The low-profile look disguises wear and soiling with ease.

            

Texture– Extremely popular for its super-soft feel and high-pile construction, texturedcarpet has long, crimped yarns for a casual yet durable look that works just about anywhere.  

 

Plush- Closely packed yarns provide a soft, smooth-finished surface that’s elegant, classic, and often found in more formal settings. 

 

Frieze/Twist –A modern take on the shag styles of yester-year, high, twisted yarns create a crimped look and relaxed feel. The long yarns hide imperfections with ease and appear seamless upon installation. 

Key Carpet Terms

While shopping, you’ll undoubtedly come across a few key carpet terms. Here is a quick glossary to refer back to…

 

Fiber- refers to the carpet material itself. Single fibers are spun together to create two, three, or four-ply yarn. Carpet fibers are made from either natural materials, like wool, or synthetic materials, like nylon, olefin, acrylic and polyester. 

 

Pile - refers to the height of the fiber. The higher the pile, the thicker the carpet appears. Low pile carpeting tends to wear more evenly and show less wear from furniture. That being said, thick pile does not necessarily equate to quality.

 

Density - is the measure of how closely packed the strands of fiber are to one another. The higher the density, the stronger the carpet.

 

Weight - is measured in ounces per square yard. A high face weight is a good indication of quality.

 

Texture - comes from the style in which fibers are looped, twisted or cut. This determines the look and feel of the carpet, and plays a large role in its overall durability.

 

Twist - refers to the number of time fibers turn in a 1-inch length. Higher twist counts are typically more resilient against traffic and furniture weight. 

 

See a RiteRug Flooring Expert

Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s call in the experts. From carpet padding, to stain resistance, and everything in between — our Flooring Experts are happy to guide you through the entirety of your carpet shopping experience. 

 

Stop by one of our showrooms, or experience the convenience of In-Home Shopping services today. 

 

 

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