Best living room carpets

Jul 1, 2021

We are always being asked what the best carpet is for a living room so here is a roundup of our current favourites. 

Choosing a living room carpet really depends on your lifestyle, for example whether you have a young family, pets, whether it’s an occasional room or somewhere where you spend most of your time.

Choose a hardwearing rating

For a living room with high traffic you should choose a durable carpet, one that is rated as ‘heavy domestic’ or ‘extra heavy domestic’. 

Our supplier spotlights include details about each range and each carpet’s durability rating.  You can check them out here:

Keeping living room carpets clean

Some carpets are particularly good at hiding stains, and many of our most popular ranges are ‘bleach cleanable’ which is a godsend if you have small children or pets.  A heather carpet has flecks of colour in it which are good at disguising marks and a great choice if you don’t want a pattern.  Plain carpets are more likely to show up dirt and stains, especially lighter colours.

Some of our carpets come with stain warranties, so do ask us about that if you’d like to find out more.

Living room carpet piles

The look of your living room carpet is governed by its pile.  From smooth cut piles to a soft, shaggy finish, the choice is huge.  You can find out more in our guide to the types of carpet pile, but there are definitely carpet types to avoid depending on who lives in your house.  For example, a loop pile is not a great idea if you have a cat as its claws will get stuck in the carpet!  A shagpile carpet feels luxurious but isn’t great for a busy, high traffic room.

Craig’s picks

These are Craig Sargeant’s suggested options for the different types of customers who need a new living room carpet.  These are a great starting point and, if you’d like to find out more, do speak to Craig as he will be able to confirm whether your chosen style would be suitable for your circumstances.

Best living room carpet for a young family on a budget

The Apollo Plus range by Cormar Carpets is ideal for families who need an affordable living room carpet.  It’s made from 100% Excellon polypropylene which is stain resistant and bleach cleanable.  It’s perfect for any spills!  It comes in a choice of 20 shades which includes plains and heathers.

✅  Twist Pile

✅  Polypropylene

✅  Stain Resistant

✅  Heavy Domestic

A living room with a dark grey sofa, light grey carpet, woodburning stove and view out to the garden..

Craig’s second options are the Oasis and Sahara ranges by Furlong Flooring.  Both styles feature a unique textured finish and they are moth proof, bleach cleanable and suitable for underfloor heating. 

✅  Loop pile

✅  Polypropylene

✅  Fade Resistant

✅  General Domestic

A stripy sofa in a living room with lime green painted wall and mid brown carpet from Furlong Carpets
Oasis range from Furlong Flooring

Best carpet with a longer, more luxurious pile

If you’d like a more sumptuous finish for your living room carpet then Craig’s first choice would be the Vivendi Soul by Associate Weavers.  This is a really practical carpet but with a high quality, soft finish.  It is highly durable, comes with a stain warranty and is 100% bleach cleanable.

✅  Saxony Pile

✅  Solution-dyed iVivo Nylon

✅  Stain Resistant

✅  Extra Heavy Domestic

A living room with mid brown carpet from the Soul range by Vivendi.

Another option is the Ultimate Impressions range by Victoria Carpets.  It is their thickest carpet and gives a luxurious finish.   Available in 20 shades and pastels, it features a 15-year wear warranty and is fully bleach cleanable.

✅  Saxony Pile

✅  Polypropylene

✅  Fade Resistant

✅  Extra Heavy Domestic

A living room with old fashioned white radiator, light grey armchair and plain grey carpet from the Ultimate Impressions range by Victoria Carpets.

Best living room carpet for pets

Our first choice for a living room carpet if you have pets is the Romance range by Lano Carpets.  It offers the highest level of comfort, beauty and performance and is perfect for families with pets.  It has permanent built-in stain and soil protection which won’t wear or wash off.  It is highly durable and luxuriously soft.

✅  Saxony Pile

✅  SmartStrand Triexta

✅  Stain Resistant

✅  Heavy Domestic

A living room overlooking a forest, with light grey corner sofa and plain grey carpet from the Romance range by Lano Carpets.

Our second choice is another from Lano Carpets, this time it’s the Lounge range.  These carpets features Nanoloc spill protection technology, and have the same durability and softness as the Romance.

✅  Twist Pile

✅  SmartStrand Triexta

✅  Stain Resistant

✅  Heavy Domestic

A living room with grey three piece suite, darker grey carpet from the Lounge range by Lano carpets.

Most durable living room carpet

Although all of the carpets we’ve featured so far score highly on the durability scale, if you want to go the extra mile then we would suggest the York Wilton by Ulster Carpets.  Made from wool which gives the ultimate softness and warmth, it also contains nylon which makes it extremely hardwearing.  It is available in 50 colours which include both plain and heather yarns.

✅  Wool Wilton Twist 

✅  Woven Construction

✅  Moth Resistant

✅  Extra Heavy Domestic

Our second choice for a durable living room carpet is the Fine Worcester Twist by Adam Carpets.  This carpet is known for its smooth, ‘billiard table’ finish and is made from 80% wool and 20% nylon.  It is available in a huge range of 65 colours, with both 4 and 5 metre widths which means fewer cuts and better value.

✅  Wool Twist

✅  One Tenth Gauge

✅  Moth Resistant

✅  Extra Heavy Domestic

Living room fitted with a vibrant blue carpet from the Fine Worcester Twist range by Adam Carpets

Best loop pile living room carpet

Our recommendation for customers who would like a loop pile carpet for their living room is the Malabar Two Fold by Cormar Carpets.  This is a textured loop pile, quality carpet which is made from 100% pure new wool.  It provides a rustic, country effect which looks great throughout the home and particularly in the living room.

✅  Loop Pile

✅  Wool

✅  Moth Resistant

✅  Extra Heavy Domestic

Living room with sofa, open fire, tables and occasional chair with a grey malabar tungsten carpet

Our second choice for a loop pile in the living room is the Gala Loop by Balta.  This is made from 100% polypropylene which is highly durable and offers superb stain resistance.  It is perfect for a busy living room and comes in a mixture of stripes and plain shades.  It is bleach cleanable and comes with a stain warranty.

✅  Loop Pile

✅  Polypropylene

✅  Stain Resistant

✅  Heavy Domestic

Best patterned living room carpet

If you prefer a patterned carpet then Craig would recommend the Boho collection by Ulster Carpets.  It is an extremely hardwearing carpet and comes in six designs.  They range from zigzags to checks, and include designs inspired by nature.

✅  Wool Mix

✅  Woven Construction

✅  Moth Resistant

✅  Heavy Domestic

Another option is the Flare range by Adam Carpets.  These carpets feature a zigzag pattern and are available in vibrant, contemporary colours.  The range is made from 80% wool and 20% nylon and is both hardwearing and soft.

✅  Velvet Pile

✅  Wool Mix

✅  Moth Resistant

✅  Heavy Domestic

A fan of carpet samples from the Flare range by Adam Carpets

Advice for the best living room carpet

We hope this guide to the best living room carpet has given you plenty of ideas.  The best thing to do if your room needs a makeover is to give Craig Sargeant at Sargeant Carpets a call.  He will be able to advise which carpet would work best for your requirements and budget. 

Call Craig on 01243 868888, email sales@sargeantcarpets.co.uk or use the handy WhatsApp link at the bottom of the website to send a message from your phone or PC.

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