A major decision in the design of any space is the type of flooring you select. The surface you step onto when you enter a space, whether you think about it or not, is your first impression of it. Further, since flooring often makes up a major portion of the project budget, it’s a choice that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
The good news is, with carpet tiles, you really can’t go wrong. The advantages of carpet tiles are many. For one, carpets offer many practical benefits: superior comfort, attractive acoustic, and thermal qualities, as well as greater safety, compared to hard surface alternatives.
Good quality carpet tiles offer so much more than practical advantages, though. The way you deploy it in your design can affect the look, feel and sound of a space. The colors and patterns of your carpet can convey your unique ambiance.
You may be under the impression that landing on your unique, personalized carpet tile design will cost you time and money, or that choosing carpet means taking on installation delays, keeping you from the rest of your design work. With luxury carpet tiles, you don’t have to worry about any of this. Modular, attractive, high-quality and less expensive, carpet tiles are a great flooring solution that makes installation easier.
This guide will tell you everything you need to know about carpet tiles and how to use them in your next project for best result.
What Are Carpet Tiles?
Carpet tiles are small swatches of carpet, made from broadloom carpet that can be installed and combined in a number of creative ways. Also known as “modular carpets” & “carpet squares”, carpet tiles are most often square and available in a range of square sizes – 48×48, 50×50, 60×60 and 96x96cm – as well as in planks, which are long rectangular shapes. Some manufacturers, however, also offer carpet tiles in a variety of creative shapes.
Ease of installation`
One of the main reasons architects and designers – not to mention floor fitters – choose to work with carpet tiles is the ease with which they can be installed. Let’s explore the ways carpet can make your installation easier:
Carpet tiles are easy to lift and transport, making it easier to get them on the job site undamaged, in the first place.
Carpet tiles, because they’re pre-backed, can be installed directly onto the subfloor, eliminating the need for underlays. This saves a lot of time and effort, not to mention money.
Carpet tiles don’t always need to acclimatize, or settle in place for 24 hours before they are laid.
While not exactly recommended, in situations where time is of the essence, carpet tiles can even be laid with furniture in place.
Carpet tiles generate minimal waste in the fitting stage. This is because very little cutting, or adjustment, is needed for tiles to fit a given space. This is particularly true of rooms with many nooks and odd angles.