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by Josephine Nesbit
Josephine is a freelance real estate writer based out of the Midwest. When she's not working, she's spending time with her fiancé and two toddlers.
published Mar 16, 2022
In case you haven’t heard, hardwood floors aren’t just in style — they’re timeless. The variety of wood species, along with available colors and finishes, gives home buyers and sellers unlimited options when it comes to designing their homes. But it turns out there are people who might not choose hardwoods for every room in the house.
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If there’s one spot where buyers might want carpet, it’s the bedroom. While hardwood floors are still a popular choice, soft flooring can make this space feel warm and cozy. Here are some of the pros and cons of both options.
Carpet vs. Hardwood in Bedrooms
Carpeting used to be a must-have in the bedroom, but today, there seems to be an even split between carpet and hardwood floors.
“The times have changed a bit when it comes to carpet in bedrooms,” says Jeb Smith, broker associate with Coldwell Banker Realty in Huntington Beach, California. “In the past, I felt like the overwhelming majority of homeowners wanted carpet in bedrooms, but it’s shifted these days to about half and half.”
Hardwoods reign supreme in the rest of the house. “Outside of the bedroom, carpet is pretty much non-existent these days,” he adds.
Why Some Buyers Prefer Bedroom Carpeting
Most people don’t like getting up in the morning and placing their warm feet on the cold, hard floor. High-quality carpet can also act as a nice transition from your bedroom to hardwood floors in the rest of the house.
“The primary reason I hear homeowners wanting carpet is that they don’t want to step out onto a ‘cold’ floor in addition to just wanting some cushion,” explains Smith.
Jessica Fisher, a licensed Realtor in Minnesota and Wisconsin, says that people want to feel cozy in their sleeping spaces. “Buyers like carpet in bedrooms, especially in basement bedrooms, for comfort and warmth.”
Carpet is also much quieter to walk on than other types of flooring and can help absorb noise. It can mask sounds, such as footsteps and squeaky floors, Fisher adds.
High-quality carpets are also safer and can offer stain resistance and durability, perfect for parents with young children, as well as pet owners. “I often see parents with young kids preferring carpet over other types of flooring because it’s more forgiving and allows the kids to play on the floor without worrying about any discomfort,” Smith says.
Don’t like carpets but your partner does? Area rugs in the bedroom may be the perfect compromise.
“If they don’t prefer carpeting in the bedroom, strategically placed rugs are common,” Fisher says. “You’ll find them alongside the bed, mostly.”
Rugs offer a more temporary solution over carpeting but they do share many of the same benefits. Smith explains that large area rugs can still help with sound echoes and can prevent you from waking up and stepping onto a cold floor. Plus, area rugs can be aesthetically pleasing and can help create a more intimate, welcoming space.
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Carpet vs Hardwood Resale Value
In fact, a study of homebuyer preferences by USA Today found that 54% of home buyers were willing to pay more for a home with hardwood floors. Additionally, the top request of home buyers and renters when looking for a home is hardwood floors, according to HGTV.
The best rooms to carpet are bedrooms and playrooms. Family rooms, hallways and stairways can also benefit from carpeting but these high traffic areas will suffer more wear on the carpet over time. As a rule, entry rooms and rooms most likely to see high traffic or lots of messes should not be carpeted.Do people prefer hardwood or carpet upstairs? ›
When you get upstairs, if there is a preference, having hardwood in the hallways is important. It's all price-sensitive.” Tracy Dillard, Long & Foster: “Hardwood is generally preferred over carpet. Buyers can always add a rug over top the hardwood.What is better for resale carpet or hardwood in bedrooms? ›
If you're doing a whole house renovation, you may be looking at replacing carpet with hardwood floors. It's a smart idea; hardwood flooring is preferred by home buyers and renters across the United States so it could improve the resale value of your home when it comes time to sell..Why do people prefer hardwood floors over carpet? ›
HARDWOOD FLOORING IS EASIER TO CLEAN THAN CARPET
It takes more work – and it is more costly – to keep carpet clean compared with hardwood flooring. Carpet will never look as good as it does the day it is installed, no matter how well you care for it. Hardwood flooring can maintain its “like new” appearance for years.
Hardwood is easier to clean and maintain
Swiffering is easier than vacuuming (and easier on your back). Spills (and odors) tend to get caught in carpet and often leave permanent marks. Cleaning hardwood is generally simpler and it's easier to get them “clean clean” whereas things tend to linger permanently in carpets.