The South's No1 Independent Supplier for Carpets and Beds

Buying Guide


Bed Buying Guide

Buying a bed can be a daunting prospect so we recommend you do some research before making a purchase.  When you think about how much time you spend in bed, it is vital to make the right choice.

Each of our stores display a large range of mattresses, beds and frames. Our expert staff members can help ensure your selection meets your needs rather than just your budget.

We encourage our customers to try our beds in our stores. Put your feet up and spend as much time as you need before making a choice.

We will help ensure you choose for correct support and comfort for your weight and build – not just firmness.

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Carpet Buying Guide

There are a range of carpet types, styles and contruction options available which will all have an affect on the performance and wear. We will help guide you to make the best choice for your needs whether you are carpeting one room all your whole home.

Shorter pile carpets generally wear better than long pile carpets and these factors need to be taken into consideration.

Wool has always been regarded as the best option for wear and comfort, but over the years, better synthetic fibres have been developed to closely match the benefits of wool whilst having the added bonus of being bleech cleanable and stain resistant.

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 Rug Buying Guide

Rugs and mats are an ideal way of brightening and adding a focal point for any room. They provide comfort underfoot, help divide rooms, and protect areas of heavy wear on fitted carpets and in hallways.


We have a huge selection of rugs in stock to take away.  We also have full sized samples of special order rugs that can be delivered to your home within 48 hours.


When browsing for rugs, you will notice there are a range of different pile types.  The main points to consider when making a selection are as follows: 

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 Wood & Laminate Buying Guide

As well as being practable and easy to fit, there are a large variety of laminate floor options available, designed to bring home the authentic look of real wood or tiled flooring.

Laminate comes in various thicknesses and the general rule is the thicker the laminate, the greater the advantages. Thicker laminates will provide increased stability, better acoustic properties and stronger durability.

Each of our stores show a large range of laminate options and we offer a sample service so you can see the designs in your own home. We are a registered QuickStep dealer and display their full range of products.

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Underlay Buying Guide

You will spend a lot of time, trouble and money selecting your new carpet so it makes sense to protect it with a good quality carpet underlay. Your underlay provides your carpet with essential support and so you should always buy the best underlay that your budget will allow.

Some carpets are manufactured with a built-in underlay (felt backed carpets) but most are hard backed and it is vital that they are fitted with a good carpet underlay.

Underlay acts as a shock absorber between your new carpet and the floor. Floors themselves have no "give" or resilience, so when you walk on a carpeted floor with no underlay all the pressure is absorbed by the carpet, rapidly accelerating its wear.

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Headboard Buying Guide

Headboards are an often overlooked accessory when it comes to the bedroom, but they can have a hugley influential affect on how we perceive the room. 

The bed is the focal point of any bedroom and our eye is automatically drawn to it, so why not make the most of it by giving it a stylish headboard?

We supply headboards in wood, metal, fabric and leather, in a variety of styles and colours, meaning that there's more than a good chance that we have the perfect headboard to suit your bedroom.

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 Sofa Bed Buying Guide

sofa bed buying guideSofa beds are a great way of making the most of the available space in your home, as they act as two pieces of furniture for the price of one! Some sofa beds take this one step further by incorportating storage spaces into their design, meaning that sofa beds really are a great way of providing both a comfortable seating, sleeping and storage area.

Our expert team is committed to finding the right sofa bed for your home. We have a number of sofa beds available in a range of colours and styles, so why not browse our range?

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Karndean Flooring Buying Guide

Karndean flooring buying guideKarndean Flooring is the innovative flooring solution for homeowners and business owners across the UK. Established in 193, Karndean is one of the world’s most renowned and respected luxury flooring companies, they supply reliable and natural vinyl floors that have changed the industry.

Our expert team hold the Platinum Retailer status for our wide range of Karndean flooring in Dorset and Hampshire. If you’re looking for a dependable floor that will give you years of trouble-free longevity usage, Karndean flooring is the ideal choice. Our affordable prices ensure our customers get the highest standard of quality, while also not breaking the bank!

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Flooring Buying Guide

flooring buying guideWe offer a wide selection of different flooring types to provide the ultimate choice for our customers looking to transform their home. Ensure a completely stress-free experience with Carpet Barn, we can help with any query you may have about which flooring option of carpet, vinyl, hardwood, karndean or carpet tiles is best for you.

New flooring is an easy investment to make as it’s an essential part of your home, and when you don’t like the flooring in your property it can definitely affect your mood. Guarantee to make the right choice for you with our experts’ help, we can provide a selection of different floors that all suit your style and budget.

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Mattress Buying Guide

mattress buying guideChoosing the right style of mattress is not only important for your comfort, but it also impacts on your back health. Whilst there are many types of mattress, it's important to try out a range to see what kind gives you the best support; firmer mattresses are generally better for back sleepers, whilst side sleepers are better off with a softer mattress.

We have a broad range of styles and brands, from open coil to orthopaedic. We also have catalogues in store for you to browse, so we're sure to have a mattress perfect, no matter what kind you need.

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Futon Buying Guide

futon buying guideDo you know the difference between a futon and a sofa bed? Find out in our futon buying guide.

As leading suppliers of beds and mattresses, we stock a range of affordable and comfortable futons that will help you free up space in your home. Futons are extremely practical, and with both single seat and double seat options available, we are sure to have a futon that suits your home.

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Day Bed Buying Guide

day bed buying guideWhilst inflatable mattresses have the benefit of being portable, day beds are far more comfortable. They’re perfect for spare rooms but also home offices, and they’re a low maintenance and easy to use piece of furniture, but they offer significant storage uses with their trundle drawers. They can be a fantastic compromise between comfort and practicality, especially if you want to use your spare room for storing spare bedding as well as hosting.

We have a range of day beds available in various styles. We have sophisticated minimalist design options, classic looking frames and an array of different colours, as well as a range of storage options across the day beds we have.

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Wardrobe Buying Guide

wardrobe buying guideA wardrobe is one of the most important parts of any bedroom. The perfect wardrobe can offer you the wow factor as well as plenty of room for your clothes; we have wardrobes in a variety of colours and designs that can complement all kinds of décor, as well as wardrobes with mirrors, wardrobes with two or three doors, and wardrobes with drawers.

Our furniture experts understand the use of practicality and storage too: whatever the shelving you’re looking for in a wardrobe, we are sure to have a product to match your expectations.

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Divan Buying Guide

divanbuying guideBeds often take up more space than anything else in your room. If you’re struggling for space, a divan bed might be just what you’re looking for. They have plenty of space beneath them for storage and given that they don’t have a frame, they’re only ever as wide as the mattress. divan beds can look stylish, minimal and are easy to fit in with the aesthetic of your bedroom, too.

Despite the smaller size of a divan bed, comfort isn’t compromised. Divan beds are extremely comfortable, with many fitted with extra padding in the mattress as standard. Our furniture experts have a deep knowledge of furniture, so whatever your requirements, we can help you find a divan bed that is perfect for your bedroom.

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