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Why I Love Carpet and Hate Hardwood Floors

Mrs. Obvious has been an online writer for over nine years. Her articles focus on everything from home remedy to mental illness.

Carpet is your friend.

Carpet is your friend.

Why I Love Carpet and Hate Hardwood Floors

Personally, I hate hardwood floors. I grew up with carpet, and I love it. In fact, I currently live in a house with hardwood floors, and I am miserable. I almost didn't buy the house because it had only hardwood floors throughout! I am praying that Santa Claus brings me carpet for Christmas.

Why I Love Carpet

  • I love to stretch out on the floor and roll around with my kids, wrestling and tickling.
  • At least with carpet, you only have to vacuum.
  • Living rooms, dens, bedrooms, family rooms, should all have carpet. These are areas of the home where we relax, take our shoes off, and play.
  • Carpet is the right choice for giving a sense of peace and rest to the areas of your house that are shared.
  • No mopping is necessary.
  • Dust bunnies don't have legs to crawl over carpet and underneath your furniture, so there is no extra work involved in moving them out of the way.

Why I Hate Hardwood Floors

  • The furniture slides across the floor like a clumsy hockey player on ice.
  • The floors are cold, hard, and uncomfortable.
  • Noise rings through the house unmuffled.
  • Dust bunnies roll across the floor unabashedly like sagebrush in old west movies.
  • If you actually laid on the floor, you could see the film of dust, and the areas that are swept and unswept by foot traffic moving through the rooms.
  • who wants to lay on cold hardwood and bang up your knees and elbows playing?

Carpet Is Needed for Comfort

What's that? If I get hardwood floors, I can just buy an area rug you say? Ha! So you admit that carpet is needed for comfort! I find it ironic that most people who put in hardwood floors immediately bring in a huge area rug to cover it up. It's silly to think that your allergies will be better off with hardwood if all you are going to do is bring in big squares of carpet. You have to vacuum your area rug, the same as carpet.

Plus, with hardwood, you have to mop, steam clean, or polish your floors to keep them looking good. You'll also need to buy multiple area rugs. And, don't forget to push the furniture out of the way to clean all the dust bunnies that rolled under them. The dust is going to fall out of the air and onto whatever flooring surface you choose. If you can't live with dust and dander, you are going to have to clean frequently anyway, so why not have carpet?

Carpet Isn't Difficult to Clean or Fix

At least with carpet, you only have to vacuum. You can buy spot cleaners for carpets if you spill something and need to deep clean or get a stain out. Most importantly of all, carpet is comfortable. It gives a feeling of home and warmth. It doesn't let noise echo around a room. It's unpretentious. Carpet says, "I have a family, and I'm proud to serve them with comfort and softness to come home to."

To me, hardwood and tile floors say, "my owners are too stuck up to ever lie on a floor, so I am just here to look beautiful." If you damage a hardwood floor, it is a headache to fix. Replacing a board is not easy. Plus all the sanding, and buffing. Refinishing an entire floor is a difficult, lengthy, and expensive project. At least carpet is fairly cheap nowadays. You just rip it up and have the carpet layers come put in the new carpet, and you're done.

Carpet Makes a Home Feel Lived In

Now, I realize that there are areas of a home where hardwood, tile, and vinyl make sense (like in entryways, hallways, bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms). Obviously, these are high traffic areas that punish carpets, and get dirty really fast or would be just too unsanitary for carpet. Solid flooring makes sense. But living rooms, dens, bedrooms, family rooms, should all have carpet. These are areas of the home where we relax, take our shoes off, and play. Carpet is the right choice for giving a sense of peace and rest to these favorite areas of a home. Carpet makes a home feel lived in, and not so much like a furniture museum.

Living room with some of the furniture back in place. One of my dogs Brandy is already enjoying the cozyiness.

Living room with some of the furniture back in place. One of my dogs Brandy is already enjoying the cozyiness.

Pets Don't Like Hardwood Floors Either

People often say that they have chosen hardwood floors because they have pets and it is easier to keep clean. But I know that pets don't like hardwood either, for many of the same reasons as me. My dogs liked our old house with its carpet better. They never lay on the floor anymore; always on the couch. One of my dogs won't even sit on it.

She walks over and sits on the entry mat by the front door and watches me from there. They run through the house and slide when they try to stop. They have a hard time getting traction on it for a fast start. They jump down from my bed and hit the hard floor and act all stiff and sore. I sympathize with them. I hate the hardwood floors too. Sure they might be easier to clean pet messes off of, but really, the tradeoff isn't worth it. I would rather rub a mess out of a carpet for 20 min than live without carpet.

So, I will be going against the flow of what's popular and trendy and say, in my book, carpet is more desirable and has a higher resale value to me than any other flooring choice. But that's just me, and this is just my rant about my love of carpet!

Further Reasons to Give Carpet a Chance

My Recent Experience With Carpet

I finally got carpet for my house! I am so happy with the results, and so are my kids and the dogs. The dogs couldn't believe it. I took them to my old groom shop to be babysat for the day, and it was of course a complete surprise to them when they got home. My one itchy girl just rubbed and rubbed her belly on it. The other two ran in circles all over and rolled around in ecstasy. My children wanted to know when they could spend the night on the new carpet for fun!

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If You Have Carpet, You'll Need Some House Rules

I did, of course, prepare for the worst and buy some spray-on carpet foam for "accidents" and I am glad I did. After a few weeks of having the new carpet it had been raining for days in a row, and the dogs tried to get away with peeing and pooping in the house. After throwing them outside for the rest of the day, I made quick work of the "mess" with my spray foam, and voila!—all better!

I will cherish my carpet. The little messes every now and then are worth the effort of cleaning. I really don't mind at all!

Our New Rules

1. No shoes on the carpet.
2. No food on the carpet.

Ironically, my family doesn't seem to mind the tradeoff. You would think it was worth it or something. I think the lesson here is that I will never torture myself again by buying a house that has hardwood floors where carpet should be. You know those signs in store windows that say "No shirt, no shoes, no service"? The next house I buy, I'm telling my realtor, "No carpet, no sale!"

I'm not kidding.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2009 Willow Mattox

Comments

Alicia on August 28, 2020:

So glad I'm not alone. My house has laminate flooring and I hate it. I miss just vacuuming. Sweeping, mopping, and dusting under furniture is a pain. I also miss how warm it feels and laying on the floor.

I'm planning to replace them soon. I would really love carpet, but it's not my forever home and buyers in my area want hardwood. I'm so tempted to just buy my damn carpet and not worry about potential buyers.

Thanks for your article. It's nice to see others prefer carpet as well!!

DebMB on August 23, 2020:

I like carpet. I am not an idiot and neither is the author. If you don’t like that, go have an iced tea and relax.

Melania on July 01, 2020:

Uhmmmm does this Idiot not know that Carpets, especially NEW installed carpet contains TOXIC Chemicals??????? They are made from Synthetic materials and will release GAS for many years!!!!!!! Not only that, but Carpets collect Dust Mites, Cockroach Allergens, PET Dander, Dirt, indoor air pollutants, mold spores and so on and so on and your poor Dogs looks itchy from all the nasty shit collected in ur carpet!!

Aesthetic Annie on June 20, 2020:

Carpet is heinous. Period. Hardwood floors are elegant- especially when accented with beautiful oriental or geometric rugs. That’s the way I like it- cold, hard, and beautiful. Oh- I do not have children. And I do not want to. I’d like to keep my figure, pocketbook, personal time and-of course- my beloved hardwood floors.

Gigi on June 11, 2020:

I can’t believe how rude people and insulting people are in this platform. Unless you are allowing your animals to pee and poop on your carpet, it isnt any more dirtier than hardwood. You’ll need an excellent vacuum with uv and water filtration as dust is absent with water. Installing uv lighting in your hvac system does wonders. No shoes!

stu pyd on April 16, 2020:

you are an idiot. carpet is the single greatest stupid invention since the seat belt.

Valtteri on April 12, 2020:

Jesus christ you can even see the rug looks dirty and discoloured in that picture alone yuck. And who knows what kind of bacteria and shite is living in that thing. "It looks clean" yeah it isn't.

Sebastian on April 12, 2020:

Carpet is for the uneducated who don’t appreciate the craftsmanship of good quality hard flooring. It is much more hygienic and easier to clean (if you clean it properly it doesn’t need to be refinished or polished for a long time) than carpet. Furthermore the aesthetics are not even comparable! If your complaint about dust and debris than you’re either lazy or ignorant to the benefit of hard flooring. As an additional benefit it raises the value of the home.

Wes Hall on February 12, 2020:

I hate hard wood and tile floors. I'm a computer technician and many times my job involves getting down on the floor, under desks, tables etc. to run cables and whatnot. I can say from experience that anytime I have to get down on a tile or wood floor that I am nasty when I get up, covered in dust and dirt, when it's carpet I remain clean, even if the carpet is dirty. Most people I know who hate carpet are also germaphobes. Unless you have pets that pee and poop on it or you are just a dirty person, carpet is easy to clean if you have a good vacuum, it's not nasty like carpet haters say. We lived in a house with hardwood floors for about four years, with hard floors you are constantly cleaning, sweeping, and vacuuming, it's never ending, it never stays clean. The next time you move some air by shutting a door, dust fills the air. If you like hardwood and tile that's great, just don't bash my carpet because you think it's dirty, that is BS.

Bella on January 26, 2020:

Gross.

Carpet is literally a towel or fabric like material stapled to the ground that you can’t ever put into the water machine.

It may appear clean on the surface but the deeper layers never get cleaned.

Kathleen Price on January 08, 2020:

I agree 100% - I hate hate hate my wood floors - we are selling and I only want a home with carpet

Mariele on November 15, 2019:

I agree 100x. I hate mopping. I hate sweeping. I'll avoid doing it for as long as possible. Vacuuming is fun and easy. You just vacuum regularly and then give it a thorough cleaning every few years and you're good. Vinyl flooring in the entryway, bathroom, and kitchen, and the rest is all carpet--my only pet is a cat (indoor only) and I take off my shoes as soon as I step inside, long before I hit the carpet. Nothing gross about it. I'd happily sit on any spot of my carpet! I put rugs down over the carpet too, though, to give the room separation. :)

I'm just an outlier in general because you couldn't pay me enough to have a house with a tile shower/bathtub or tile on the floor. No way! Vinyl or linoleum all the way. If I fall in a bathroom with vinyl flooring, my hip might be bruised, but my head won't crack like a watermelon. Same for a tiled shower... luxurious looking, sure, but I'd rather fall in a prefab shower stall (which I have done. Three times in my life. And I've never even gotten bruised from it). And I'm in my early twenties! I don't want to take those risks now, much less when I'm older and my bones are more porous. Yuh-uh, no thank you, soft surfaces throughout the entire home forever.

NiharM11 on October 30, 2019:

When I get my own home in the future, I would want most of my rooms in carpet except for the kitchen, dining, utility and bathrooms. Carpet has come a long way. Large companies like Shaw and Mohawk are testing stainproof capabilities. You should look into them and see if you like them. I personally love a home that's soft and welcoming, but still has enough space to move around and lay on the carpet.

Wendy on October 27, 2019:

We're in the process of purchasing new wall to wall carpet for our family room. I can't wait! We're in a fixer upper and it has old hardwood floors. Our former house had carpet, and the comfort and warmth can't be beat. Many people have hardwood floors, but then they purchase a HUGE area rug to cover the hardwood floors! I just read that bigger area rugs are trending. Just get carpet, keep it clean, and keep your shoes off (which you should be doing anyway)!!!

Me on October 20, 2019:

Carpet is disgusting, your dogs pee and poo in it, and then you lay on it? *puking. What's the point of no shoe rule if your dogs come naked from outside, bringing in whatever they rubbed on their bodies outside? Just gross!

Dude on August 16, 2019:

Carpeted floors is just such a North American and UK thing. I grew up in Sweden and almost no one had carpeted floors, despite being a very cold country. I find carpeted floors disgusting.

"Only need to vacuum", really means that you are prevented from mopping something that should be mopped. I lay/play on the hardwood floor all the time, but is hesitant to do so on my current carpeted floors because of the yuckiness. Having rugs means that you can remove them, clean them and clean underneath.

And if you think your floors are cold, why not have under-floor heating?

PS. don't even get me started on wearing shoes inside. You literally drag in dog poop and what-not and stomp it into your carpet. :S

Lissy on July 16, 2019:

Carpet lover here. I was raised in white carpeted homes and we always have had a no shoes policy in the house. You leave them immediately in the cubby when entering and put them on outside. I lived in japan England and the USA and much prefer the quiet of carpet. Every time I visit my in-laws in the American South I am disgusted bt their hardwood floes. They wear shoes in the house and I cannot get out of bed without slippers b. The floors are so filthy. My mil claims its better for her asthma yet I get sick every time I visit. She has a room a wipe the floors daily yet my feet would be black with pebbles and sand if I walked on them barefoot. At my house I will happily tell people take your gross shoes off... I have a sign at the door that says so and they know the rules.

Tig on May 01, 2019:

I confess I'm one of those people who prefers the "museum" look offered by hardwood floors. Having what I think is beautiful is more important to me than having comfort and convenience, but I'm not stuck up because of it. I just like the way hardwood floors accents art and decor---not that carpet can't be beautiful or provide accent---it's a matter of personal taste, not superiority. I don't think I'm "too good" to sit on the floor, I do, and I stick a pillow under my butt. Carpet is sometimes seen as an "It" floot---not just for practical/comfort reasons---but because it used to be associated with luxury and wealth. One could argue that's "stuck up". Not saying that's you, but natural hardwood floors were once seen as a sign of poverty by some people. So it works both ways. Wood IS trendy right now, but it means nothing, I doubt most sensible people would alter their personal tastes in houses just to be trendy---not when it involves something THIS expensive. And no sensible person would look down on someone just because they prefer carpet to wood. Seriously. F*** 'em!

stevemason26 on April 04, 2019:

We have just bought a new house with very light wall to wall carpets. Our current house has a mixture of capret and polished wooden floors. The hard floors and so cold, even in summer. They are deadly when wearing just socks.

I agree that carpets are so much more comfortable that hard floors. They look more opulant and if you live in a cold climate(as we do) they keep the bills down

We have always had a shoes off at the door rule regardless of floor coverings.

So its a no brainer for us to take shoes off straight away.

Carpets just make a home homely. Hard floors just don't appeal to us.

Stephanie Lowman on March 25, 2019:

I hate hardwood floors, too. I'd rather have tile. Let's have everything echo and children and dogs playing sound like an elephant in the house. Hardwood floors are trendy. Give it a few years and people will realize how lame they really are. I'd rather take off my shoes than have to wear slippers on cold flooring. The house we just bought has tile in the appropriate areas, and the loonies who lived here installed cream carpet. It's going as soon as I can get to the carpet store.

Danidear on January 24, 2019:

Carpets are terrible . Waay too much maintenance especially with kids and spills , if you wanted cream carpets for example you’d have to take your shoes off . All old fashioned . Wood floor is the future . Ain’t nobody got time for that!

MelK on January 16, 2019:

I hate hardwood floors too, we just moved to a new home a little over a year ago and there is flooring throughout. I miss carpeting, and yes I agree with toxic chemicals etc but they are also in area rugs so all you can do is air it out. I think with kids carpeting is way better. We used to live in a carpeted home and all my kids toys looked brand new!!. Now like I said it’s only been a year here and their toys are all scratched up from being played with on the flooring and everything gets so dusty! I just spent half an hour with Q-tips cleaning dust out of my sons kitchen. Also I NEVER walk barefoot now because it feels like your walking barefoot at the supermarket, just gross. But of course my toddlers don’t want to wear their slippers all the time so their feet get dirty from the dust, and yes I sweep and mop. I think if it’s just adults hardwood and a couple area rugs is fine, but if you have kids, carpet is mush needed

Natasha K from Kansas United States on May 11, 2018:

I would say people get hardwood overall because it's easier to make sure it's clean. You can see the scum. Area rugs to most people become like a big piece of art, not just for comfort. I would say never have carpet in your bathroom or kitchen is my only rule. And if you do have carpets and pets or kids, they need to be not only vacuumed but shampooed or steam cleaned every other week or so as well. You have to learn to take care of whatever flooring you have.

Brittany Mayfield on March 30, 2018:

I avoid carpet like the plague because it is almost impossible to thoroughly clean them. My husband's grandmother would get down and hand scrub her carpets at least once a week, but when they pulled them up to put down hardwood, the carpet was absolutely disgusting.

I feel the same way about sliding doors on showers. Unless you completely seal the tracks, mold is going to grow under them. I recently bought a house that was built in the 60's that had sliding doors. I don't know how long they have been up, but, when I took them down, I was absolutely appalled. I'm not a super dramatic person, but I hand-over-mouth gasped when pulled up the track.

However, I will say that hardwood floors look dirty in less than a day so that is annoying. But, just imagine how much dirt is residing in the carpet...

Wanda Smith on December 28, 2017:

I love carpet floors . I hate hard wood floors in house that is it...

Katja S. on August 16, 2017:

Carpet is easy to clean?!? Sorry, but all of you must have failed basic chemistry! Carpets are a formidable haven for dirt, dust mites, mould spores, bacteria and so on. Take a look at your freshly hoovered carpet under a microscope and it will make your skin crawl. Hardwood and tile are the only way to go. I would never buy a house that has only carpet.

Ann McAlister on March 24, 2017:

I love carpet too! I grew up with it and want it in my house! I totally agree with your comment!

Jake Storm on December 24, 2016:

I couldn't agree more! We miss our wall-to-wall carpeting, and we're going to get it again.

Tina on September 26, 2016:

I like hardwood floors better because I grew up with one. I think it is down to preference. But all points that the author makes I think there is a comparable comment about hardwood floors. I think the best thing about about hardwood floors is that is does not hide dirt. As the author states her new carpet "has a multi-tonal quality to hide dirt well". I don't want to hide my dirt. I want to clean it. I think hardwood floors just feel cleaner, carpet always felt so dirty to me and it never feels clean. I never feel like the carpet gets cleaned, there's always residual dirt. Maybe it's just me, but hardwood floors all the way!

thebarefootpa from NSW, Australia on August 19, 2016:

I am so with you! Give me carpet any day!

Cesar Alvarez on June 21, 2016:

I hate hardwood floors, they scratch so easy!!! You can't move furniture or appliances without placing rugs or felt underneath. I have a friend and a sister who will not let anyone inside their houses with shoes on because they don't want scratches on their hardwood floors, so they make everyone take their shoes off before going inside. It's just so stupid to live like this. My vote is for marble/tile floors with radiant heat underneath if you live in the cold. If it gets muddy or dirty you mop it. Very resistant to scratches unlike hardwood.

Michael on April 12, 2016:

I agree with you totally. I was beginning to think I was the only person who did't care for wooden floors. I grew up with them and had a cold house to live in. And they are noisy. Pergo laminate floors have an unnatural feel to walk on. I couldn't understand what people found attractive in laminate floors. I am for carpeted floors!

Lynn on April 02, 2016:

I agree! Carpet is awesome&hardwood sucks! I refuse to be without my soft,easy to clean,'this is HOME',carpet.

Purplenights on February 06, 2016:

I agree with the points this article makes. I am a renter, and I am in the process of looking for a new place. I will ONLY consider apartment homes that have wall to wall carpeting. Some things I can live without, but wall to wall carpeting is not one of them. Lack of carpeting is a deal-breaker for me. I currently live in a home with ceramic tile. NEVER AGAIN! Keep your wood, tile, concrete, and other hard floorings, because it simply does not work for me, and I am absolutely miserable without carpeting.

Nick on January 31, 2016:

Try cork. It's the best of both worlds.

Garlynne on December 31, 2015:

This is a great article. I agree with everything she mentioned. She also managed to address the complexity of the issue. I hate hardwood floors.

Ryios on September 14, 2015:

I'm 50/50 on the whole ordeal. Upstairs on the living floor I prefer carpet. I want to get out of bed in the morning to carpet on my feet, not a cold hardwood floor.

Downstairs in the living room, office, kitchen, dining room I have hardwood floors but I have big area rugs. The living room area rug is almost the size of the room, about 1 foot off each wall. The office I have an area rug on one side and computer desk laminate on the floor on the other. The kicthen is 100% hardwood laminate, and the dining room all hard wood.

The downstairs area get's the most traffick and most of the dirt that comes in the house ends up down stairs. With a no shoes/food upstairs policy it's easy to keep the top floor clean.

Liz on July 02, 2015:

Personally i just feel like I can clean an area rug beter than a carpet. I cant get under my carpet everytime there is an accident. I like hardwood floora better.

Wes on April 03, 2015:

I hate hardwood floors for all the same reasons you listed. We're shopping for a house right now and one of the main reasons we won't bother with a house is if it has hardwood floors. Give me carpet any day.

kimberlydawn on March 31, 2015:

I couldn't agree more! In fact, we are living in a "hardwood house" and just had carpet installed in one of the bedrooms. I LOVE to go into that bedroom and just moosh my toes into the soft plushy carpet (it's as good as being on the beach)! The cats are drawn to that room as well, arguing as to which one gets the prime sunspot on the nice soft carpet! I would love to get carpeting through -out - except my husband thinks that will not be good for resale since people have become CONVINCED (by who? TV, magazines...) that hardwood is better. (down with dust bunnies)!

Shannon on February 23, 2015:

I also hate my hardwood floors. I feel like I do nothing else in life but clean them, they are constantly dirty. I have to sweep almost every day and even then it's dirty 30 min later! Where is all this dirt and dust coming from! I miss having carpet at least in the living room area. All you have to do for the most part is occasionally vacuum. Ugh

Beth on December 05, 2014:

I don't mind having hardwood floors as long as there are area rugs/carpets.

I would definitely recommend Rugspot to anyone looking for quality rugs at competitive prices! BTW, there having a sale right now .

NeonJenna on November 10, 2014:

i agree completely! thanks for this post! it says everything i was thinking!

Anne on September 07, 2014:

optimamd has the ego of a giant watermelon! Oh...how worldly he is! He lives in a world of dualistic thinking categorizing people according to what they love beneath their feet.

Mrs. Frank on August 17, 2014:

I thought it was just me! I'm SO glad i'm not the only one that feels this way! I've been renting a home for a little over a year now with laminate flooring and I feel the SAME way. I miss carpet! And with a four year old and nine month old crawling baby, the cold, clammy, noisy floors are so uninviting. I'm seriously considering moving. When my husband and I purchase a home it will definitely be carpeted.

Lady Di on August 11, 2014:

I grew up in a home with hardwood. No matter how high we put the heat, it never felt warm. We used cleaner, then Butcher's wax once a year to clean them. Of course we vacuumed constantly. As soon as my parents could afford carpeting, they carpeted the living room and dining room. I live in a carpeted home and love the coziness. I vacumm weekly and use common sense. No echoing here. Farewell hardwood! Never again.

rocmi on April 06, 2014:

Painted plywood is better then carpet.

karen on February 01, 2014:

I posted this less than a year ago on another site about carpet so I thought I would share it here as well. Happy to see more carpet lovers out there.

Finally, a fairly positive site about carpet.

After refinishing several hardwood floors in various houses throughout the years, I am now at least six months into a new carpet that we installed in our 1925 bungalow. I know, I know …”Gasp!” and “Why?!” There are beautiful hardwoods under there! Yes, the wood floors were in moderate condition and we could have spent at least 1500 bucks to get them up to snuff. However, for me, my carpet choice boils down to two words: luxuriously soft. I have been teaching senior high school students in a classroom with a hard floor for over 25 years and every day I wear my dogs out because I am a very physical instructor as a result of the way I move around the classroom.