Although carpets are most frequently the most affordable floor covering solutions, they can be a really big expense, especially if you are buying for more than one room at once. Some buyers are guided by the “you get what you pay” belief when purchasing a rug, but the most expensive option doesn’t always have to be of the best quality or the most appropriate for our room. Of course, you shouldn’t compromise on some things such as resistance to foot-traffic in entryways, but there are plenty of saving opportunities to consider. Here are some tips that could help you save some money while equipping your home with rugs.
Know When to Shop
The price of getting the right carpet in the wrong time can be too expensive. If you frequent some of the most famous carpet stores and manufacturers, you’ll be able to spot when there is a major sale going on. You should be most cautious in the period between October and December when big manufacturers tend to have large-scale promotions to clear out their inventory in time for new spring introductions. Unlike the manufacturers, the retailers are more prone to give discounts during the summer when sales are a bit slower.
Search for In-Stock Products
Many retailers keep some of the products in stock, like large roles of carpets from which they can cut as much size as you need. The selection will be more limited than in store, but you’ll be able to get a hefty discount. Before making the purchase, you should check the carpet for defects and damage (e.g. a part of the carpet washed out) and ask the seller to confirm you a warranty.
Get a Remnant
If you need a small piece of carpet (usually around 12′ x 25′ or less), you can get away with buying a remnant (smaller pieces of carpet that are rolled up and sold “as is”). They’re almost always discounted, and easier to carry and install. One of their biggest disadvantages is that the selection is very limited, so you may not find what you need.
Online retailers move a lot of products, and therefore they give discounts much more often than brick & mortar retailers. Most of the online shops will give you a free delivery and some will even include free or discounted installation. If you’re not that big into online shopping, you can look for rugs online, find out all the necessary information about individual products, and go to a store to buy one. The more you know about the product you’re buying, the easier it will be to haggle for a better price.
Measure and Calculate
If you buy more carpet than you need, you’ll not only spend more money than you should, but you’ll also create more wastage. So, make sure you measure the room and calculate square footage requirements before you go shopping for carpets. If you have large leftovers when your carpet is cut, you can create one or more area rugs. Also, you should keep an eye for the room’s function. Sometimes there is no need for wall-to-wall carpet and an area rug or a remnant can serve just fine.
Great Alternatives to High-End Fibers
If your goal is not to save money, you can choose high-quality fabrics, but in most of the rooms in your house, you don’t need such carpets. Besides, there are many more affordable alternatives to costly fabrics. Nylon, for instance, offers durability and resilience, but it is very expensive, while polyester also provides those benefits, but for a much lower price. Not to mention, it is an eco-friendly fabric made of recycled content.
Carpets are great assets for every room, both aesthetically and functionally. This means that they are worth investing, just as long as you don’t confuse a good investment with classic overpaying.