Common Carpet Questions Answered

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People from Lisle, Wheaton, and beyond have been bringing their common carpet questions to Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs since we first opened for business way back in 1957. You could say we have a pretty good handle on what customers are most likely to ask, and we’re always more than happy to offer impartial advice and assistance.

Of course, a lot has changed since 1957. For answers to those nagging carpet questions, all you need to do is read on.

How Should I Estimate Carpet Yardage?

People often like to have an estimate of their required carpet yardage. After all, such a figure lets you roughly work out the cost of your new carpet.

Luckily enough, finding it involves just a few simple steps:

  • Measure the length and width of your room.
  • Multiple those numbers together to get the square footage.
  • Divide by 9 for square yardage.
  • Add 10% for waste.

How Many Ounces of Pile is This Carpet?

This is one of those common carpet questions that people place far too much stock in. Ounces of pile is a pretty poor measure of quality since:

  • Longer fibers are crushed more easily.
  • Carpets are generally replaced when they look bad rather than when they’re worn through.

When considering types of carpet, look for short and tight styles. You’ll save money and likely give a boost to the carpet’s longevity.

Is Beige Still the Most Popular Color Choice?

If you want to go neutral, you go beige, and that fact goes a long way towards explaining the color’s popularity. If you’re designing a new home or putting together a show home, neutral colors tend to be desirable since people can project their own personality onto the room in question. The same holds true when homeowners renovate to sell.

However, beige will easily show:

  • Stains
  • Furniture indentations
  • Foot traffic

Sage Green, Chambray Blue, and Terra-cotta are often better choices, even if they aren’t technically as popular.

Will Colored Carpet Make My Room Look Dark?

No. People often assume a white or beige carpet will make a room look lighter and more open. The bad news? It often creates a sterile and uninviting appearance. Thinking about the furniture, walls, and the general purpose of the room is better than worrying about colored carpet potentially darkening it.

More Questions? Visit Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs

These might be the most common carpet questions, but we know there are plenty more. For more advice or answers to any burning questions, simply contact us or visit us at 633 N. Washington St. in Naperville, IL.


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