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Planning for new flooring: what you need to know

19th December 2019
Planning for new flooring: what you need to know

When you’re planning on refreshing your home with lovely new flooring, it’s important to plan and prepare ahead to ensure you get the perfect solution for your space and needs. Our flooring experts run through a few things you’ll need to consider.

Create the right atmosphere

When choosing what type of new floor to have, from carpet to hard floors, think carefully about how you want the space to feel. For example, if you have a small room, you may want to make it feel bigger, but if the area is quite large, a flooring that creates a cosy atmosphere, like carpet, might be better suited.

Choose a style to suit your lifestyle

Another important factor to consider when planning for new flooring is how your lifestyle will impact on your chosen style. If you have a busy family home with lots of footsteps, you’ll need a solution that’s hardwearing, durable and preferably, stain-resistant. Whereas if your home is quiet and relaxing, you may want to choose style over practicality.

Measure accurately

So you can calculate exactly how much flooring you’ll need, measure the room where it will be laid at least twice. If you have a simple square or rectangular room, multiply the width by the length to get the total area. For example, if the room is 3m x 5m, you’ll need 15m² of flooring.

If your room has a recess and is tricky to measure, split the area into different sections and measure them separately. Then simply add them all up to get your total. Or, to take the guesswork out of measuring your room, Carpet Barn offers a free measuring service and our friendly professionals will do it for you. 

Do you need underlay?

Curiously, underlay is often considered to be an unnecessary expense though this is far from reality. Carpet underlay will not only provide you with superior underfoot comfort but it will help increase the life of your carpet. It also acts as another layer of insulation, helping you reduce your energy consumption, and can reduce noise in your home by as much as 30%!


If you’re looking for quality flooring at great prices, pop into one of Carpet Barn’s five stores and choose from our fantastic range of affordable and luxury carpet and vinyl. Need a little inspiration? Our friendly and experienced team will be more than happy to help you find the perfect solution and provide expert measuring and installation services too.

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