Why I love Carpet and Hate Hardwood Floors
I simply do not understand why people nowadays are choosing hardwood floors over carpet for their homes. It seems that in every home show I watch, people are always acting like carpet is so undesirable. In this article I explain why I disagree.
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 necessary.
- Dust bunnies don't have legs to crawl over carpet and underneath your furniture, so there is no extra work involved 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, and 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.
- But 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 and tile and vinyl make sense (like in entry ways, 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.
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!
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!
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 whala!—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!
We do have a couple new rules around here:
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.