At Baker Bros., we’ve invested over 60 years working in the world of carpet and studying its history and industry.
We’ve advised thousands and thousands of carpet buying customers and installed millions of square feet of enduringly beautiful carpet.
Our experienced sales team brings and average of 15+ years of flooring knowledge to every customer relationship. Knowledge that includes today’s styles and trends, which is why the Baker Bros. motto is “Where Fashion Meets Flooring”.
The bottom line is, our experience can help make you feel comfortable that you won’t find more carpet understanding, more shopping tips or more installation know-how than with our team. Baker Bros. offers you…
More experience per square foot.
And in this section we’ve laid down what we know and what you should consider before making a carpet buying decision. Because knowledge about carpet specifics and characteristics, about its traits and subtle differences, can be invaluable.
It’s a fact. Choosing the best carpet is really about knowing the right combination of characteristics, aesthetics, performance and budget to best meet the needs of your lifestyle.
For example, looped Berbers and high twist friezes perform wonderfully in high traffic areas in your home, but an elegant Saxony in the same area may show footprints. Isn’t that good to know?
There are more tips and information below, all part of our goal is to help you get smart before your carpet is laid down -- and long before you lay down your money.
So, we invite you to read on, check out these notes and considerations and get the upper hand on the flooring that may soon be underfoot.
Most carpets are manufactured in 12 foot widths (there are a limited number of 15’ and 13’ products available as well). Unless the room to be carpeted is narrower than these widths, the carpet will need to be installed with seams.
Some carpets show seams more than others. Much like other fabrics such as clothing, upholstery, wallpaper etc., there is no such thing as an invisible seam.
With looped or low profile patterned carpet you may have visible or peaked seams. The degree of their visibility depends on texture, color, lighting and furniture placement. Please make sure to discuss the placement of seams with your salesperson.
Be aware that, as carpet bends over stairs, its backing may show depending on texture, color and density. Plus, you should know that loop pile carpet can snag, particularly at a seam or at a carpet transition. Loop pile carpets are not recommended for homes with pets, as their nails can “snag” the loop as well. But never fear, in the Carpet Upkeep section we provide information on how to properly care for loop pile carpet.
The nap of all carpets run in one direction. Carpets should always be installed in the same direction to maintain the most uniform appearance. Pile reversal, or shading, is a normal characteristic of many cut pile style carpets. This can be particularly apparent with plush carpet. If this becomes an issue, consider window treatments and furniture placement as a way to minimize this affect.
Higher quality carpet will typically have greater pile density, and tighter twist construction, which will result in higher levels of performance.
It’s easier to replace or update a home’s décor with carpet compared to other hard surface products. Dollar for dollar carpet offers significant styling advantages, and adds value to any home. Carpet also feels warm underfoot and reduces household noise.
Color has a big impact on any room in the home. Carpet covers a large area of any room, so it’s important to keep some basic rules in mind when selecting your carpet color.
An important consideration about carpet color is that once a carpet is installed in a new home, it will often look lighter than the sample you saw in our showroom. This is a natural optical effect and you should be aware of this when making a carpet color selection.
Another thing to keep in mind is how the color of carpet affects the apparent size of the room. Lighter colored carpet will visually expand the size of the room. Darker carpeting will seem to bring the walls closer together, and create a more intimate feeling.
Neutral colors are the best choice if you expect to frequently change the decorating scheme, or if you’re trying to incorporate a lot of existing furniture. Using a neutral colored, quality carpet is also a good idea if you are planning on reselling your home any time soon. It’s easier for a prospective buyer to imagine their furniture in a room that is decorated with neutral colors.
Stain protection is an important consideration in any carpet purchase. Carpet products come with different stain protection levels and warranties that help guard your carpet against stains. As you increase the quality of carpet, stain protection also typically increases, as does the manufacturers warranty coverage. With this in mind, it is important to understand exactly what is covered by the warranty of your specific carpet as warranties do vary.