Question We have a loft area that is open to the living room downstairs. We use it as a media room. The downstairs has hardwoods. The stairs and upstairs (loft) has carpet. The carpet needs to be replaced because it is builder grade and because we have cats that have ruined it in a few places. I would like to replace the carpet with hardwood, but have to think about the echo factor. Carpet helps with the noise. Any suggestions? Also, if we put in new carpet it needs to be extremely durable as well as asthetically pleasing. What type of carpet would you suggest? Thank you.
Answer Thanks for writing and for your questions. Carpet does absorb some amount of noise. What helps hardwood floors in this regard (and something you might consider) are large area rugs.
If you opt for carpeting, consider a tightly woven berber. The cats will not be able to "pull strings" from it and it is a durable woven carpet that's also very popular. It comes in varying price points, textures and types, so do some looking around before you select.
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