Thanks to today’s technology and many people now working from home, home offices are more popular than ever. Even for those who don’t work from home, it has become popular to have an area in the home dedicated to a computer and a separate workspace.
Often, the style of carpet installed in other areas of the home is not always suitable for the home office. So what is the best type of carpet for the home office?
Low Pile for Home Office
A carpet with a low profile is ideal for office environments.
A short pile provides easier movement for an office chair on wheels, and better accommodation for heavy office furniture and equipment.
Looped berber styles can be ideal for home offices, as they are generally lower profile than residential cut-pile carpets. If you are considering a berber, our experienced team at Southport Carpets would consider a level loop (where all the loops are the same size) as opposed to a style with varying loop heights, which can increase the potential for snagging.
If you prefer something with a more cozy, residential look, you may want to consider a cut and loop style. Most cut and loop styles feature short cut fibres paired with small, tight loops. Often, the placement of the loops forms a pattern in the carpet.
Should You Consider Commercial for Your Home Office
Commercial carpets are designed specifically for use in office environments. While they are obviously geared towards offices that will receive high volumes of traffic, they can still be great choices for home offices, as they have many features that contribute to high performance.
Commercial carpets are typically either very short cut-pile carpets or low-profile level loop styles. Either style would work for a home office. Most people feel that the cut-pile commercial carpets look more residential and less ‘industrial’ than level loop styles, and so they can be a good fit for a home office.
Typically, though, the cut-pile commercial carpets are a bit more expensive than the looped styles.
Anti-Static Carpet can benefit a Home Office
Unless you run highly sophisticated and complex technology and machinery in your home office, you likely do not require a carpet with enhanced anti-static properties. The anti-static treatment found in most carpets should suffice. Heavy-grade commercial carpets, designed for institutional settings such as healthcare and laboratories, offer increased static protection.
If you find that you frequently experience problems with static, try increasing the humidity level in your home, which should help reduce the build-up of static electricity.
Final Tips for Choosing Carpet for Your Home Office
No matter what style of carpet you choose for your home office, be sure to place a protective mat under your chair, to prevent damage from the chair rolling across the surface of the carpet (which can lead to excessive wear and potential snags). Also, consider choosing a colour hat complements the décor of the rest of your home, for continuity.
Need some help with deciding what carpet is best for your home office? Contact Southport Carpets and Flooring today to book your consultation with Gold Coast’s carpet and flooring experts.