There are some parts of the house where carpet is always a welcome addition, such as the living room… there’s nothing quite like kicking off your shoes after a long hard day at work, getting your favourite book and a cup of tea and heading off to relax with some soft warm carpet underneath your feet, after all.
But there’s one room in the house where carpet has – and most likely always will – proven to be a somewhat contentious issue… and that’s the bathroom.
Now, there are some clear benefits to carpeting this part of your home, such as getting up on a cold winter’s morning to get ready for work and not having freezing cold flooring under your feet. And it can make it a lot quieter for everyone else in the house if you have to get up in the middle of the night to relieve yourself.
But there is also a very strong argument against carpeting this living space. It’s inevitable that bathroom floors will get wet from time to time, whether it’s because you’re a little careless when washing your face or because you have children who love nothing more than splashing about in the tub.
This means your carpet will get wet occasionally and could start to grow mould if not dried out properly. Spores can become trapped in carpeting, which could ultimately prove hazardous to your health.
You might also want to ensure you have a toilet rug put down if you have carpeting in case of any accidents that may potentially happen when someone uses the facilities. This is quite an outdated and old-fashioned look, however, so bear this in mind as you may not be able to live with it!
If you do decide to have carpeting installed in the bathroom, try to make sure you choose a product with waterproof backing, as this is the only way to protect the floor underneath, as well as the underlay. Also go for something that’s stain resistant, as you may struggle to get marks out of the fabric if you’re not careful.
Wooden flooring may also not be the best option in the bathroom because of the damp and wet conditions so often found in this living area. You could find that your floorboards warp over time, so perhaps think about using non-slip tiles in this part of the house instead.
It might prove more expensive depending on the kind of tile you want but you’ll likely save yourself money since you won’t have to replace the flooring before its time.
Should you opt for tile in the bathroom and have carpeting on the other side of the door, make sure you invest in a good quality carpet to tile trim to ensure a seamless transition between the two rooms.