Our Stainmaster carpet was installed earlier this week and it’s even better than we imagined it would be! We talked about it in this post, but wall to wall carpet has kind of gotten a bad rep in the last decade. And while I understand the appeal of hardwood floors, there is an undeniable coziness with carpet that, ooo!, just absolutely made the downstairs.
Our previous carpet (photo below, taken during our walk through) was your run of the mill, oatmeal colored, cheap, medium-to-high pile carpet. I’m sure you know it well, too. Often times people think that a higher pile carpet automatically means it is cushier and then skimp on the carpet pad, too. At least that is what happened here and in our last house and in our apartment before that.
And then you end up with stringy carpet that’s not very soft on top or underneath. When choosing our carpet pad, we really had our girls and Charly in mind. While the Stainmaster carpet has a lot of warranties and characteristics that repel stains or make them easy to clean, we worried about what happened below if something did spill. You can clean your carpet, but you can’t really clean your pad.
We went with a PetProtect carpet pad that has a breathable moisture barrier which keeps common household spills out of the cushion while allowing water vapor from below to evaporate–which is also important considering our basement is concrete. I don’t know how they do it, but it won’t trap moisture and spills won’t soak through. It even has a special treatment applied that resists mold and mildew in the cushion!
We removed all the old carpet ourselves (with the help of some amazing young men in our ‘hood) so the actual installation took a crew of 4 guys one day.
After the pad went down, which was quick!, they started with the carpet which the lead guy later told us was one of the hardest carpets he had ever installed. All those checks! The wanted to make sure they all stayed level and square, even on the seams and stairs. That attention to detail–it looks fantastic!
You can read more about our carpet choice in this post, but as a refresher, we chose the Stainmaster Medford Line in Fizz meant for active families. It’s a low pile looped carpet (my favorite) with small checks made with a color variance. It retails at Lowe’s for about $2.98/sq ft.
While the lower pile feels so smooth and soft under foot, I also think it is the most ideal type of carpet for layering rugs on top (which we’re doing down here). I imagine if we picked a darker color, it could pass for a sisal or natural fiber rug, but we really wanted to keep the floors light and bright, knowing it would have the same effect on the entire basement.
On the initial rug post, we had a few readers concerned about choosing such a light colored carpet, and some even strongly warned us to go with something darker. We felt confident with moving forward with our choice and have no regrets or concerns. Our downstairs is pretty low traffic and while we don’t mind shoes on the wood tile upstairs, we do take off shoes to come down here. Also, we want to give this Stainmaster carpet a run for the money! Haha! We’ll keep you updated on how it wears over time.
This weekend we’re installing the wood shelves in our entertainment built-ins and hopefully enjoying a family movie night, even if it will be on the floor–it’s that soft. Happy Weekend!
Proud to be partnering with Lowe’s and Stainmaster on this project.