Carpeting is generally sold in standard widths, which makes it difficult install without creating seams, particularly in large rooms. While it is impossible to make seams completely invisible, choosing certain carpet types and patterns can draw attention away from seams, making them less noticeable. In addition, proper planning for seam placement in a room is key to making seams less obtrusive or obvious.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Install carpet strips so that they run toward the room's windows rather than perpendicular to them. Sunlight will flow over seams that run toward windows, minimising their visibility, but will highlight or accentuate any valleys between carpet sections that run perpendicular to windows.
Select the same carpet for all adjoining rooms. Carpets that are the same colour and style blend together visually in large spaces, making seams less noticeable.
Position seams so they fall in low-traffic areas. Less foot traffic reduces the likelihood of carpet seams becoming caught on shoes and of fibres wearing down around seams.
Vacuum the area around the seams regularly and thoroughly. Suction helps to fluff up carpet fibres, and plump fibres better cover the gaps between carpet strips.
Tips and warnings
- Plush carpets hide seams better than low-pile carpeting. Similarly, carpets with designs that match up at the seams will help the eye gloss over them.
- Looped or Berber carpeting is very durable but most likely to show seams.
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