Choosing carpeting for lobbies is not a lot different than choosing carpet for any other commercial location. It’s important to first identify to the intended use and the expected traffic.

The Carpet and Rug Institute publishes a specific document that outlines how to choose carpet and gives examples of traffic patterns that are typical for certain types of spaces. For example, a lobby in a hotel will typically have more traffic than a guest room.

Here are some considerations before choosing carpeting for a lobby.

1. Access to subfloor

Will you need regular access to the subfloor? In high-rise buildings, access to the subfloor is often a regular necessity.

2. Acoustics

Is sound dampening one of the major goals? If so, then a thicker carpeting with a thicker underlay may help.

3. Expected traffic

Where exactly is the carpet to be? Every lobby has areas that have more or less foot traffic. A rug that sits under a coffee table in a quiet seating area may get no traffic at all.

4. Design

Are you planning for a special design in your carpeting? Are you wanting some kind of geometric design or color play? Some types of carpet are better options for the inlay of complex designs.

5. Maintenance and Repair

Carpeting needs regular vacuuming and deep cleaning. Fortunately, the newest Antron fiber carpeting makes that job a lot easier than it used to be. Wall-to-wall carpeting looks luxurious, but carpet tiles are easier to repair because you simply remove and replace one or more tiles.

6. Safety

Carpeting is one of the safer flooring choices because it’s soft. That means that carpeting increases traction on the floor, and if someone unfortunately does slip or fall, the person has a cushioned landing.

Your choice of carpeting for a lobby can have a big impact on your brand and how customers and clients feel when they walk into your space. Floors are much more important than they may seem. Talk to us and let us help you make the right choice for your commercial space. We have been helping commercial businesses with their flooring choices for 35 years.

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