Home & Decor

Dare To Bare

Have you been covering up those problem areas on your carpet with a rug or throw?

If you know your floor coverings have seen better days then it might be time to invest in a new carpet or even go bare and expose those boards that have been hiding away underneath for, quite probably, years and years.

Depending on the age of your property and the condition it was in when you moved in, you’ll probably have a fair idea of what’s hidden below.

Begin the process by freeing up a corner of the carpet, perhaps by moving some furniture so you can always put it back if you change your mind. Take enough up to expose a good few floorboards. You’ll need to look at the general overall condition. Check to see if they are sagging in the middle, how big the gaps are between boards, if they look like there’s any kind of infestation such as woodworm and so on. You should be able to get a sense too of what they’ve been treated with previously, such as varnish or a hard wax oil.

At this point, you’ll probably decide if it’s worth investing your time and money in renovating the existing floorboards or, if you’re set on a wood finish, looking into engineered timber floating floors.

If you do decide to go for the renovation option, it’s a perfectly do-able DIY job with just a little know-how. You’ll need to do a little research but you’re looking at some straightforward steps, including sanding and filling in scratches and gaps before you choose to either varnish or oil your boards.

Of course, you might just want to get in a professional to do the whole lot but if you’re looking at a lower cost alternative and the satisfaction of seeing your living area transformed in front of your eyes, then the DIY version is certainly an option.

If you decide against wooden flooring, then you’ll need to think about a carpet as an alternative.

Before you do your research on home décor and lifestyle blogs for the latest colour trends, now would be the perfect opportunity to repaint those walls before any new carpet is laid down.

What might sound like a fairly simple task, is in fact going to lead to a lot of questions. So, when you go on the hunt for new carpet be prepared to know if you prefer a more natural or man-made fibre, if you want a stain guard included and of course what shade you’re going for.

It’s often the simplest things that make the biggest difference to a living room or bedroom, so if you’re looking to create a whole new look, don’t start with the walls start with the floor.

Create some rustic warmth with beautfully stained and varnished floorboards or a little bit of luxury with a deep carpet that seems to envelop your feet as you walk over it. Just make it your style and you’ll be delighted with the results.

Disclaimer: This is a collaborative post.

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