Wood vs Carpet: The Big Flooring Debate

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The big debate: carpet vs wood floor – which do you prefer?

Don’t get me wrong, I love wooden or laminate floors and have several in my own home. There are lots of reasons to have them not just for their modern appeal. But carpets have been making a comeback in recent years so I thought it was time to take a look at the merits of both and find out which you prefer.

Carpet vs Wood Floor:

Wood or Laminate Flooring:

So what do we know about wood flooring in our homes:

The Pros

  • It’s hygienic and easy to keep clean. No worries about all those little beasties getting stuck into the pile and causing your little ones asthma attacks.
  • It can look amazing and there are a huge range of different styles and patterns out there on the market.
  • It can be very durable if you look after it in the right way.
  • Use the correct sort and you can have it all over the home, even in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • It works particularly well with skirting boards creating a streamlined and seamless effect.

The Cons:

  • Many people find it can be cold underfoot. Of course underfloor heating can solve this but not everyone can afford it or wants to install it.
  • Real wood can be expensive to refurbish, and original floor boards can be draughty, increasing your heating bills.
  • Painted or stained floors do look good but often, especially with young children and their toys in the house, it can get chipped and scratched very quickly.
  • If you live in a flat or apartment you won’t appreciate the tenants above you if they have noisy wooden floors.


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How do we feel about bringing back carpets into our homes? The carpet vs wood floor debate has been raging for a few years now, here are some pros and cons for carpets.

The Pros:

  • Carpets add warmth to a room and give it a much cosier feel.
  • They absorb noise so making them a great solution for those living in apartment blocks and flats. Acting a sound barrier they prevent noise transmissions to other rooms. Carpets on the stairs will help to reduce the noise footsteps.
  • They help insulate a room or hallway so reducing your heating bills and helping to conserve energy.
  • For those with a family they add an extra layer to the floor helping to cushion a slips and falls from toddlers and young children.
  • There is a huge range of modern and contemporary designs now available that will complement the look and style of any house.
  • Many carpet manufacturers have been around for many years and have a wealth of experience behind them. Take Axminster Carpets/. for example, their name evokes tradition and quality, so choose somewhere like this to buy your carpets and you know you’ll be getting only the best.

The Cons:

  • Choose the wrong colour and they will easily show up the dirt, particularly in high traffic areas like hallways and kitchens.
  • Not a great idea for all rooms in the home, particularly kitchens and bathrooms. You don’t want them to get wet too often.
  • They can collect dust and dustmites and sometimes, no matter how frequently you clean them they will irritate those who are allergic, particularly asthma sufferers.
  • Maintenance can be a problem and can cost a little more. It is recommended that you clean your carpets with a professional carpet cleaner every 12 months.

So what do you think? Do you love carpets in your home? Are you a wooden floor fan but love the idea of a stripy carpet runner – I know I do!

Whatever you choose to do, make sure your flooring is the right choice for your home and your family. And have fun making it part of your home interior designs.

Which side do you fall on the carpet vs wood floor debate?

Let me know in the comments below.


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Jen Stanbrook
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  1. James Booker
    February 27, 2013 / 3:24 pm

    I have carpets in my house but I do yearn for wooden flooring. I gues it depends on the overall aesthetics of the property.

    I love that image of the living area, those beams overheard look sensational!

    I agree, if sealed properly you can get a feeling of warmth from wooden flooring, I never thought about having it in the bathroom though, I always imagined that I’d have flagstone tiles or something really, really cold!

    Great post

  2. Becky
    March 1, 2013 / 6:36 am

    Ah james I have wooden and laminate flooring its a blooming night mare! creaky hard to clean gets very dusty in awkward places and marked . In our bedroom its cold and looks scruffy where the paint has chipped. bring me cosy plain carpets any day!

  3. Staffordshire Flooring
    March 4, 2013 / 12:02 pm

    Really great article, some really lovely images aswell.

    • Shah carpets
      April 16, 2016 / 12:17 am

      Yes i agree with you this is really great article/ post. I love that image of the living area, those beams overheard look sensational.

  4. Graham Poole
    March 13, 2013 / 10:53 am

    Hardwood flooring is certainly longer lasting than laminate, and if you can afford the initial expense, then can just be refinished to renew it where laminate would need complete replacement.

  5. Flooring Accrington
    April 11, 2013 / 11:20 am

    The multicoloured stairs carpet is really cool. Great article too!

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  8. Nakia Blackburn
    October 12, 2013 / 8:10 pm

    Wood and carpet, both have got different types of beauty. Carpeting adds some extra value to a floor and makes a floor more beautiful. But People have got their own choices. šŸ™‚

  9. Danna Lauren
    February 20, 2014 / 10:52 pm

    Can anyone figure out the source of the runner in the first picture on the white staircase? I LOVE it and can not find anywhere! So frustrating…help, please!

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  11. Johny Roy
    June 29, 2016 / 5:50 am

    I’m glad to see you post and you discussed a great information which is useful to so many people those who are looking for wood flooring. Even I’m also in dilemma to choose the flooring for my home. This helps me a lot… Thanks for sharing this info. Keep up blogging…

  12. Kimbery Sola
    February 26, 2018 / 4:51 pm

    great post!

  13. Carpet Hotline Superstore
    April 10, 2019 / 10:56 am

    It is such a hard choice to make between wood and carpet! So many of our customers struggle with this decision too. Thanks for writing a brilliant blog all about it.

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