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Our quick and easy guide to making carpet coexist with hard flooring

How can carpet coexist with hard flooring? It’s a question we’ve been asked time and time again by homeowners in and around Naperville, and we understand why. High-quality carpet is great for most rooms thanks to its warmth and comfort, but connecting rooms, such as bathrooms and kitchens, are usually better suited to harder surfaces. Combining carpet in one room with hard flooring in the next is rarely a walk in the park, but you can ease the process using our guide.

How can carpet coexist with hard flooring?

Whether it’s hardwood, ceramic tile, or stone, one rule reigns above all: you need to make sure the contractors who install the hard flooring leave a clean, straight edge. Yes, carpet is soft and fuzzy, but it isn’t made that way just to hide rough, uneven edges.

You'll also want to:

  • Get the position right: Make sure the finished edge of your hardwood reaches halfway under the door when the door is closed. This keeps the two areas separate while avoiding any uncovered flooring.

  • Get the subfloor right: Has a subfloor been added under the tile or stone? Probably so, and you’ll need to have it fitted clean and flush with the edge of your hard flooring. If it protrudes, it won’t make for a very effective edge. If left too short, it may cause the tile or stone to crack.

  • Get the carpet right: You’ll also need to think about your carpeting. Many modern carpets are tailored with a short, tight pile. This will make it hard for them to reach high enough to avoid any filtration lines around baseboards. If you’re installing hardwood floors, you’ll probably need to build up the adjacent floor, so pick a thicker carpet that rises relatively high to avoid the considerable expense of adding a subfloor beneath it.

Need flooring advice?

If you’re still unsure about uniting carpeting in one room with hard flooring in the next, simply contact Russell Martin today or use our handy online for to schedule an appointment. We’ve served homeowners around Wheaton and Lisle for decades, and we look forward to helping you, too!