Comfortable but Delicate
Carpet isn't a common choice for bathrooms, but it can provide a comfortable alternative to some harder surfaces.
Made out of woven or synthetic fibers, carpeting is a familiar flooring choice, but it’s not always associated with the bathroom.
Carpet offers plenty of styles, but many are not suitable for the bathroom.
If you decide to use carpeting in the bathroom, make sure it is a tightly woven material. A tight berber made out of a stain-resistant material like olefin can provide more durability than carpets made with other fibers and looser weaves.
Carpet is much softer than other flooring materials, and goes a long way in preventing slip-and-fall accidents.
The downside is that carpet will absorb water, which, when combined with humidity, could lead to mildew and a permanently smelly bathroom. Parts of the country with little humidity can usually handle carpet, but areas with thick, sticky air will have problems.
If you are looking to have some carpet in your bathroom but are worried about the difficulties of maintaining it, one solution is using a throw rug in areas where you think a carpet would be appropriate. A throw rug can give you the safety features and look you desire, but it will be much easier to keep clean than carpet.
- Soft, warm and slip-resistant.
- Difficult to clean up spills.
- Absorbs water, which can cause mildew.
Berber carpet is usually sold in square yards, and typically runs from $9 to $16 per square yard.