A local carpet store went out of business. They were selling off the carpet samples for $1 each So I went and bought 20.
What? Wouldn’t you?
We are currently about a year from owning a home again. Homes come with fun things like renovations. Usually (for us at least…) renovations mean decisions. Do we want this color or that? This faucet or that? This carpet or that?
The problem with “this carpet or that” is you don’t have much to go on. You can run you hand over it. If the sales guy isn’t looking you can grab the sample, toss it on the ground and stomp on it a couple times. Not that I have ever done that.
But what about the REAL stuff. How does it look covered in dog hair? How does it look when you don’t vacuum? If I dump red popsicle on it, how easy does it clean? And for those of us with sensory affected children…how does it feel under foot. While barefoot? While in socks? While wearing shoes?
We, being the wild and crazy family we are… Cough…. Took this opportunity to grab a bunch of carpet. Different textures and colors. Then I tossed them out and we went about our lives.
I had my favorite, Jimmy had his, Faith even had hers.
Over the weeks, one became a clear favorite. It didn’t show cat or dog hair. It was just the right amount of soft. It vacuumed great. It cleaned up fantastic. And….. it was one NONE of us would have picked.
I realize this doesn’t sound very wild or crazy but if you ever get a chance to grab some carpet samples, try it. Especially if you are not in the middle of renovating.
And now Jimmy is making scratching posts for the cat. 😉
I don’t have the chance to do that, but as you know, I’m in renovation mode. Please share with me here or DM the one that won at your house so I can check it out. Cat, dog, and mud are big concerns here. Thanks for your informative blog 🙂
Robyn, the winner by a long shot was Karastan – Tender Touch in the shade Buttercup. 🙂
Here is the direct linky. If I was actually buying it, I might go a shade darker, but this hide almost everything! http://www.karastan.com/carpetdetail.aspx?id=129&carpetID=452&lookupID=&source=search&startIndex=&manufacturername=Buttercup&s7ID=43427-9731
You know what these carpet samples would be PERFECT for? It rhymes with Seth-Lab. : )