Posted Apr 24, 2012
Eternal Debate: Wood Floors or Carpet?
Today we bring your the first installment of Eternal Debate, where we’ll be exploring different trade-offs in a home. We’d love your feedback or opinion, so please comment here, on Facebook or Twitter.
Today’s grudge match is very, very close to my heart as I recently moved into an apartment with wall-to-wall carpet. When apartment searching, I would talk about how much I loved our apartment: it has a great view, and awesome open kitchen, and a great location. But my rave would always stop dead in its tracks when I would get to: but it has carpet. It’s in decent shape but it makes our apartment look dated and dark. I still signed on the dotted line — it wasn’t a deal-breaker — but for others carpet might be a necessary or a no-no. Here’s how it breaks down.
- Soft and cozy under your feet.
- Sound-dampening properties – great for keeping neighbors from hating their “stompy upstairs neighbor”
- Needs to be vacuumed regularly.
- Stains easily.
- Does not age well.
- You’ll need to become one of those “shoes off in the house” people.
- Looks nice and ages well.
- Easy to clean spills.
- Better for people with allergies as it doesn’t trap dust or dander.
- Sweeping can feel Sisyphean and endless.
- Expensive to fix.
- Loud and can create an echo in your house.
I personally go back and forth over whether hardwood or carpet is better for pets — carpet traps dander and any accidents, but you also don’t have to worry about scratching the floor.
Of course if you’d want to swap out carpet for wood, you’ll have to negotiate with your landlord–Apartment Therapy has a great post on that. For now, we’re sticking with our carpet and slowly adding rugs to make the floor a little more lively — we’ve also discovered that apparently my boyfriend loves vacuuming – who knew?!
Which do you prefer, and why?