Flooring and Carpeting/Carpet Padding



I'm in the process of purchasing loop carpet for a bedroom that I'm turning into a home office.  I've narrowed padding down to a generic 8# 5/16 rebound vs Nike Step Ahead 8# 7/16. The difference in price for my install is about $45. Could you comment on which way I should go... or if there is something else I should consider?  The $45 in insignificant in the scope of things... but I see no point in spending the extra money with little or no benefit.

Thanks for you time...


While I personally prefer a thinner, firmer pad, most people want a more "cushy" feel.  Either thickness is fine for ordinary uses, the density is more important and 8 pounds is great. However, since you are using it for a home office and probably have a caster chair like mine, the thinner is the correct choice. You will need to use a chair pad, as the shear forces from the casters will cause the carpet to delaminate.  

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Carey Mitchell


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Retired after 44 years in carpet manufacture, technical and research. Served 33 years as Director of Technical Services for the world's largest carpet manufacturer.

The Carpet and Rug Institute, Technical Chair - 12 years; American Society for Testing and Materials (40 years); American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (39 years); Society of Cleaning and Restoration (Board of Directors); US National Textile Research Consortium; Cleaning Industry Research Institute (Board of Directors and founder); Canadian General Standards Board Technical Advisory Committee; The Fiber Society; Alzheimer's Association of NW GA (Board of Directors); Trout Unlimited; Federation of Fly Fishermen

AATCC Review (Textile Chemist and Colorist Journal); Journal of the American Industrial Hygiene Association; International Journal of Flooring Sciences Cleaning Digest; Cleanfax Magazine; Floor Covering Weekly; Floor Covering News; Proceedings of the Technical Conference of the Polyurethane Association; Proceedings of the Symposium on the Science of Cleaning;

BS in Chemistry and Business Administration, University of North Georgia

Awards and Honors
Carpet and Rug Institute, Smrekar Award, 1998; Carpet Industry Leadership Award, 1994; Cleanfax Magazine Person of the Year, 1996; Cleaning Digest, person of the year, 1997; Institute of Inspections,Cleaning and Restoration Certifications award,1997; ISCT Lipscomb Award, 2004

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