Whether you’re newly furnishing or renovating your home, carpets are essential to your interior space. You’ve decided on a colour and pattern. Now, you have two options: low or high pile carpets. Both are exceptional choices in their own right. High-pile carpets offer a more luxurious and cosier appeal to your space.

Contrastingly, low-pile carpets evoke a more straightforward aesthetic but are much easier to manage and maintain. Stick around to learn more about which type of carpet pile is right for your family.

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Understanding Carpet Pile

You might be new to carpet picking and aren’t too sure what a carpet pile is in the first place. Simply put, a “pile” is the carpet’s fabric loop. Whether it’s a high or low pile can impact its touch and look. Short or low pile carpets have tighter loops stitched in the fabric. Subsequently, it’ll appear much smoother and stiffer than a high pile option.

Some examples of low-pile carpets include Berber or Saxony variations. Even commercial-grade carpets are looped in this category. Meanwhile, deep or high pile patterns typically stitch looser or longer loops. Think of a shaggy carpet to visualise better what we’re talking about. It’s the ideal example of a high-pile carpet because of its long loops and softer appearance. They’re usually made of synthetic materials like polyester, triexta, and nylon.

Why Pick High-Pile Carpets

There are plenty of reasons why you could consider a high-pile carpet, from its fluffy texture to its insulating features.

Soft Texture

Upon entering any room with a high-pile carpet, you can’t help but go for a bit of touch. As you smoothen your hands over the fabric, it’ll feel lush, luxurious, and soft. Walking over the carpet even feels comfortable compared to a rigid, low-pile carpet. It makes high-pile carpets the perfect choice if your family typically likes to sit on the floor.

Excellent Insulator

At my house, I tend to switch between high- and low-pile carpets depending on seasonal changes. Once winter rolls around, I take out the high-pile set. It’s more efficient at insulating and warming the room. Plus, it gives off a warm, cosy aesthetic, ideal for the holidays. In addition, a high-pile carpeting over your hardwood floors will promote a better heating system, reducing the need for heaters and your carbon footprint.

Better Appearance

While low-pile carpets offer a minimalist advantage, you can’t deny the lush appearance of a high-pile carpet tying a room together. The added texture of a high-pile carpet can elevate your interior design, especially if you go for bolder colours. It infuses more warmth, comfort, and calmness into your room. That’s why they’re best placed in bedrooms, reading nooks, and guestrooms.

No Flattening

Despite their fluffy feel and fabric, high-pile carpets won’t flatten over time. They’ll keep their high-pile texture even after furniture is placed on top. A simple vacuum round will restore their original shape.

Drawbacks of High-Pile Carpets

While high-pile carpets boast plenty of benefits, there are some drawbacks you’ll need to factor in before finalising your purchase decision.

Harder to Clean

High-pile carpets are more challenging to clean and maintain than their low-pile counterparts. Due to its deeper structure, it’s easier for dirt and debris to get stuck in between the synthetic fibres. You’ll need to be more gentle when cleaning the carpet to retain its fibre quality. For this reason, we highly recommend avoiding rotating brushes, which can snatch and pull at your high-pile fibres.

Indentations

If you’ve kept a chair on a high-pile carpet for a prolonged time, an indentation will likely appear after moving it. Fortunately, you can fluff out these holes manually by combing through them gently with your hands.

Why Pick Low-Pile Carpets

Low-pile carpets offer several benefits. They’re easier to manage and safer to walk over.

Healthier

A low-pile carpet is usually necessary if your family has someone dealing with respiratory medical issues. The dust trapped in a high-pile carpet can exacerbate their symptoms because it traps more allergens. Walking over a low-pile carpet will release fewer dust and allergen particles.

Easier to Clean

You won’t struggle to clean a low-pile carpet as much as a high-pile option. It’s easier for your vacuum to suck up all the dust and debris trapped in the tightly stitched fabric than a looser one. Speaking of vacuums, you can use any type on your low-pile carpet without worrying about damage—whether you have a robotic or cordless variety.

Safer

If you have little ones running around the house, there’s a lesser chance of them getting caught and tripping over a low-pile carpet.

More Budget-Friendly

Low-pile carpets are relatively more affordable than high-pile choices. They don’t require as much fabric and time to create. If you think about it in the long run, you’ll spend less on upkeep with a low-pile carpet.

More Convenient

If you’re moving your furniture around, having a low-pile carpet beneath is easier to handle than hauling a heavier high-pile carpet. Additionally, you’ll avoid those pesky indentations from furniture.

Drawbacks of Low-Pile Carpets

Here are a couple of disadvantages to consider with a low-pile carpet.

Lacklustre Appearance

With a low-pile carpet, you’re sacrificing style for convenience. The carpet tends to fade into the room’s background and doesn’t draw as much attention.

Uncomfortable Seating

Low-pile carpets aren’t exactly comfortable to sit on. They lack the depth and fluffiness of a more inviting, high-pile carpet.

Where to Use Low-Pile and High-Pile Carpets

Low-pile carpets are better suited to areas prone to getting messy, like the kitchen, dining room, or living room. The mess will be easier to clean and manage. As for a high-pile carpet, they’re better off in areas with the least foot traffic, whether in your home office, bedroom, or guest space. That way, you won’t have to worry as much about upkeep.

Final Thoughts

Choosing between a low or high pile is picking between aesthetics and convenience. Low-pile carpets provide the latter since they’re easier to clean and move around. Plus, they’re more budget-friendly. On the other hand, a high-pile carpet is undeniably the prettier option, with its textured appearance and softer feel.

Overall, placement matters most. Keep the high-pile carpets in the bedroom and guest areas. Low-pile carpets will best fit in your kitchen or living room space.