Good Questions: Carpet Woes

Good Questions: Carpet Woes

Jul 25, 2006

Hi AT,

I am moving into the top floor of a great character house in Vancouver, BC...the only thing is that my landlord has the main rooms carpeted because she lives below and doesn't want the noise. I LOVE hardwood floors...but since I must live without them, is it acceptable to put a nice modern rug over carpet? Or does anyone have a good recommendation for unique, un-ruglike floor coverings that could work with carpet? (the carpets aren't in yet, but they will be beige).


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Dear Eva,

It's more than acceptable to put a rug over carpet, especially if it enhances or personalizes the space for you. It's now your apartment afterall.

To keep a rug in place on top of carpet you may need a special rug underlay, one that will grip the fibers of the wall-to-wall carpet.

Your second question, about un-ruglike floor coverings, brings to mind natural fiber coverings like bamboo and tatami mats. These can be really attractive but will only work if the pile of the underlying carpet is very shallow.

Any other thoughts or ideas out there for Eva?

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