Current Trends Of Interior Flooring
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Current Trends Of Interior Flooring

Once upon a time, the most common type of flooring to see in a home was carpet, but that tradition is no more. These days you can find everything from painted concrete to patterned tiles to floating floorboards, and a few others. When it comes to deciding on which type of flooring you want in your home, whether a new home or a renovation of an existing one, it pays to know what the current trends of interior flooring are, and that's the type of information you can find here. Whether you need to find new flooring or you just want to keep abreast of current trends, these posts will be updated often.

Current Trends for Interior Flooring

3 Main Carpet Installation Methods Explained

Ian Henry

There's a lot to consider when selecting new carpeting, such as the budget, the material and the pile. The installation method should also be taken into consideration. How a carpet is installed can impact its longevity depending on the type of footfall it will receive, and the installation method will determine how easy it is to remove the carpet in the future, which may be an important factor if the property is rented. Here's an overview of the three main methods used for installing carpets:


If a carpet is to be installed on a concrete or boarded floor with no imperfections, the glue-down method can be a great choice. The carpet is glued directly to the floor without any underlay, so insulating your floor is not an option with this method. However, this method holds the carpet firmly in place, so it's particularly good for wheelchair and pram traffic, as the wheels rolling over the carpet won't cause it to ripple. Glue-down carpets are time-consuming to remove, so if selecting this method, be sure to install a high-quality carpet that will last for many years.


Grippers are used to hold carpeting in place with the stretch-in method. These are essentially long, thin lengths of wood with angled nails attached to them. The angled nails run right along the length of the gripper and are short, so they are concealed when the carpet is laid. The grippers are installed around the perimeter of the room and held in place with nails. The carpeting is then stretched over the small angled nails in the grippers, and these nails hold the carpeting in place. This method of installation is quick and easy, and underlay can be used. However, when the stretch-in method is used for large rooms, rippling in the carpet can occur, as the carpet is only secured by the grippers.


The cut-to-fit installation method can be a great option for rented properties. The carpeting is laid with or without underlay, but it is not secured in any way to the floor. This means it can easily be lifted to remove it without leaving any marks. However, an unsecured carpet can shrink or expand in response to changes in humidity levels throughout the year. If glue or nails need to be avoided, this method allows for the comfort and warmth of a carpeted floor that can also be easily lifted for cleaning purposes.

A carpet installer can recommend a method of installation based on room size and use and the flooring budget.

To learn more, reach out to a local company, like Lockwood Carpets.