When it comes to furnishing or refurbishing a commercial space, there are lots of different things to consider.
For starters, the level of durability you’ll require from your flooring will depend very much on whether you work in a low-traffic office or a high-traffic retail space. In addition, you will need to consider the main purpose of the flooring; is it a practical option, is safety a factor, or does it simply offer aesthetic benefits?
Whilst trying to pull your design together and make the relevant floor-related decisions though, you might also find yourself caught up in the carpet-versus-wood flooring debate. Some argue ferociously that hardwood floors are best for domestic and commercial settings alike, whilst others are adamant and unwavering in their support of carpet for both public and private spaces.
Ultimately, both sides make good arguments, but there are so many factors that influence a company’s choice of flooring, you can’t just make a split-second decision based on current pro-wood trends.
If you already have a good quality carpet, albeit in need of a little freshening up, and you find others are trying to coerce you into the wooden way of life, stay strong.
Carpet still has plenty to offer to the world, and below we have listed just a few reasons why it’s not out of the race yet. So read on to see why carpet is still favourable to hardwood flooring in so many commercial settings.
Granted, you won’t be going barefoot too much at work, and as such, scrunching your toes in soft carpet pile might not be an issue. However, having soft and comfortable flooring, where you can bounce rather than clunk along, is going to make the walk to printer that little bit more enjoyable. So the comfort factor is a big bonus for carpet-lovers.
The office is a place for quiet and concentration. There will be days where you and your colleagues are so in the zone that you could hear a pin drop in the place, and this could prove to be incredibly conducive to work. Less helpful, however, is the almost bellowing sound of someone walking along or rolling their chair down the hard wooden floor during these golden moments of silence. Luckily, carpet lessens such disruptive noise pollution.
If safety is a priority, or at least, a factor, carpet is a great choice. Unlike hard wooden floors, which can cause more damage in the case of trips, slips and falls at work, carpets will soften the blow. Similarly, cushioned carpet means you’re likely to suffer less mess when accidents happen with workplace technology and breakables, such as computer towers and coffee cups, which are easy to knock over. With hardwood, on the other hand, a dropped glass or tablet is more likely to crack, smash and break.
Carpet is actually surprisingly cost-effective, both at the time of purchase, and in the long run. Not only is it cheaper to produce, and, therefore, buy, than hardwood flooring, but it is also less expensive and often requires less maintenance. Unlike hardwood floors which need to be swept, polished and waxed to stay in top condition, carpets can be vacuumed on a regular basis and deep cleaned by a professional carpet cleaning company for an extra refresh. If they wear, they might need repairing or replacing, but even this can work out to be cheaper
than doing the same for wooden alternatives.
Both carpets and wood floors can add character to a space, but if you’re looking to personalise surfaces with graphics and branding, you’re better off with carpet. You can incorporate your company logo or colours into a bespoke carpet that will add a certain sense of authority to your workspace, and serve as a subtle reminder for clients and visitors. Alternatively, if you just want a little more choice when it comes to designs, as opposed to different grains, carpets are far more versatile in terms of patterns, colours and textures.
These are just a few reasons why carpeting will never really become obsolete in commercial or public spaces. Wooden floors certainly have their own appeal, but they also have a time and a place. For a truly versatile, durable and attractive office floor, carpeting is your best bet.