Carpet Shopping 101

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 

Home Preparation

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

Bedroom Carpet

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: 

Loop Berber

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.     

Diamond Pattern           

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, textured carpet 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 yesteryear, 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

Living Room Carpet

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 times fibers turn in a 1-inch length. Higher twist counts are typically more resilient against traffic and furniture weight. 

See a RiteRug Flooring Expert

In Store

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.