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Choosing the right flooring for your home gym

Written by Nick Cellucci on . Posted in Area Rugs, Carpet, Design and Decorating, Floors, Hardwood, Hints, Tips and Advice, Tile and Natural Stone, Tips and Advice, Vinyl

Looking to furnish your home gym with just the right flooring?

Having home gym can be a great way to save time & money – it’s always open when you want it to be, and it’s a space to work on your fitness in private.

If you’re considering designing a home gym of your own, or simply looking to spruce up your current gym with new flooring, then you’ll want to choose floors that are just the right combination of safe and functional.

There are many options for gym floors, each with pros and cons.  You can tile a gym floor, put down industrial carpet, or even lay hardwood.  Your decision should be based on your space, the type of equipment you use, and how you want your space to fit into the overall design of your home.

Before you make a decision, consider the safety, durability, functionality & maintenance of different gym flooring options so you don’t have to take a leap of faith with your decision.

Safety

When you think about safety, consider the types of exercises are you going to be doing, how experienced you are, and the type of equipment that will be going into your space.

Carpet is one option. A rubber-soled cross-trainer shoe will have a sufficient amount of traction on a carpet surface, greatly lowering your chances of a tumble. Furthermore, the natural cushion of carpeting provides just enough of a barrier between your equipment and the ground to prevent damage.

Be sure to choose a carpet with a lower pile – too much cushion could also result in injury. Commercial or industrial carpet would be your best bet.

There are various hard surface flooring types that we also recommend. Hardwood, laminate & luxury vinyl all  offers a bit of give and can be easier to keep clean. They also feature an attractive, inviting look. You can pair wood flooring with rubber-soled rugs & mats that will grip the floor and give certain areas in your home gym a bit more cushion.

Durability

When considering the durability factor, you have options.

Carpeting provides just enough give in case a piece of heavy equipment is dropped, making it a solid choice. Tile, though durable as well, is also hard and rigid. One slip can cause a serious crack in the flooring, it may not be suited for spaces where you’ll be doing heavier weight training.

Typically your best option is a type of flooring that holds up to lots of movement and deals well with stains. A carpet with a thicker yarn construction will be able to hold up against the pounding and accumulation of sweat that’s inevitable when you’re getting your fitness on! You can also choose from a variety of luxury vinyl tile and laminate options that are designed specifically to resist stains of all kinds!

Both vinyl & laminate flooring are available in attractive wood looks that will give your home gym the warm and welcoming vibe you need to get motivated to sweat!

Functionality

Whether your exercise routine consists of cardio, weight training or calisthenics, you need to consider the functionality of your flooring. Carpet, unlike tile, is inviting. If your program requires you to get down onto the floor it has just enough cushion and support to provide some comfort.

Traditional ceramic can be cold, it is most certainly hard, and is generally much less inviting. A gym space should be a welcoming space to encourage you to work out often. Instead, opt for a softer laminate or luxury vinyl tile in the warm look of natural stone or hardwood.

You may also see real hardwood in your fitness center for aerobics classes, but this type of surface tends to wear easily and could require a special sub-flooring for safety, which adds to your overall cost.

Maintenance

After you have made your choice in flooring, maintaining the cleanliness will ensure an enjoyable fitness space.

To keep bacteria buildup to a minimum, start with a quality dust mop & vacuum cleaner. Weekly cleaning will stave off the accumulation of dust, especially if your routine includes exercises performed on the floor. Be sure to address the nooks and crannies in and around gym equipment as these hard to reach areas tend to accumulate the most amount of dust.

If you go with carpet, shampooing is a less frequent but equally important option. This will also keep any unwanted smells and stains from taking away from the overall experience of working out at home.

Conclusion

When it comes to furnishing your home gym, a carpet with a very short pile is definitely our top recommendation flooring for you. It is safe, durable, functional and relatively easy to maintain. If you’d prefer a hard surface, try a laminate, vinyl or hardwood paired with mats & rugs throughout the room. We carry all types of carpet, hardwood & area rug options to suit your fitness needs!

The Perfect Carpet

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet

Finding the perfect carpet can be a daunting task. There are so many textures and colors and patters and materials out there, it’s enough to make anyone feel overwhelmed. But you have all of the knowledge you need to make the best decision already, based on your needs and your preferences. Just read on for some guidance and before you know it you will know what is best for you and your home!

 

A great first place to start is to think about what kind of needs you will have over time. If your family is larger and you foresee tipped juice cups and lots of running around causing wear and tear you will want to start with your first decision which is what type of rug would be best. Perhaps instead, you are single and want a carpet that might not hold up to wear and tear like other carpets, but doesn’t need to because of your lifestyle…you might have more options available.

 

Once you know what type of carpet you are looking for you can get to the fun part—what colors you will use in your new space! There are several things to keep in mind when choosing your colors. As with painting your walls, lighter colors will open up your room and create the optical illusion of more space. This is a great choice if you want to keep the tone of the design airy or if you are laying down your new carpet a room that is on the smaller side. Conversely, if you want to create a more intimate setting to your room or want a more cozy feel to your design, then you might choose from darker carpeting that will tie it all together. 

 

Finally, keep in mind that when your carpet is installed in your home, it will look different than it did when you purchased it in the store.  This is because the light in the store will not match the lighting in your home. It is a good idea to ask if you can bring a sample home to observe this change.  You can also take advantage of our Shop At Home program.

 

These are situations that the consultants at Dolphin Carpet & Tile are ready to help you overcome.  Armed with this knowledge, come on in to our store and we will help you find the carpet that’s right for you!

Home Floor Options – Quick Guide To the 6 Styles of Carpet

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Carpet

If you are new to the world of carpet, this quick guide should help you choose the right kind of carpet for you and your home.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask us at Dolphin Carpet!

Plush / Saxony: This type of carpet is quite luxurious because it appears smooth, velvety, and soft. It is ideally suited to rooms where formality, elegance, and traditional design schemes are the priority. The yarns are all identical with a uniform twist and finish of the yarn so it gives a polished appearance despite being a textural feature in the room. Plush carpet looks best when vacuumed consistently so be sure you don’t mind doing so at least a couple of times per week.

Frieze: This type of carpet is wonderful for high-traffic areas and it can be used in most rooms. Its durability is due to the strands of yarn having a high twist level. If you look closely you’ll note that this tight twist actually causes it to curl over at the end, which helps protect it. The visual result is an interesting appearance that is a bit knobby looking, and a carpet that wears very well. Frieze also offers a lot of versatility because can be purchased in several pile heights.

Textured: This carpet is very well suited to casual room décor goals. It is popular in part because it’s has an attractive two-tone color blend that is the result of alternating twists of yarn. It also springs back nicely, so if visible footprints or vacuum tracks bother you you’ll like the way it resists imprints. Textured carpet is often used in high traffic areas such as family rooms and children’s rooms. 

Cable: Constructed of long, thick yarn, this carpet style is quite pretty. It’s noted for being very comfortable to walk on as well. It’s an ideal choice for a bedroom because it’s best used in low traffic areas where people are often barefoot. Excessive wear due to traffic and shoes can crush it and cause it to matte so be particular about where you use it.

Cut & Loop (aka Patterned): This carpet style features both cut and looped yarns. Using two different yarns results in what appears to be a pattern. This is because the two yarns have different surface textures. The presence of the two textures, along with the fact that this is a low loft carpet, makes it a great choice for wearing well under heavy traffic and camouflaging stains. Patterns range from things like casual geometric designs to elegant botanical designs.  

Looped: Also known as Berber carpet, this style of carpet uses large, bulky yarns. The yarns are manufactured with single or multiple level loop construction. Each individual loop is actually visible and it is these loops that make it so durable. It’s great for hiding traffic patterns. The most common fibers used to make looped carpet are olefin and nylon, although other blends are available as well. 

How Do You Live?

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Website Tools

 

There are many useful tools on our website that can help you and your family choose the right design options for your home so that when you have made a decision, it is for flooring that you will all cherish for years to come. On our website you can choose our Virtual Room Designer and from there several design tools are available to you to help make your flooring choices more informed.

One of our favorite tools is the “How I Live” tool. With this tool you will answer several questions about yourself such as how many people live in your home, whether or not you own a dog and what types of preferences you have in terms of design scheme and color. With these questions answered and submitted the tool then generates informative content based on the answers you gave.

For example, if you have a dog and indicated this in your answers, this tool produces information regarding what types of flooring will be most beneficial to your dog. It also accounts for flooring that is best for your home, such as installing hard surfaces in front of exterior doors to protect them from the dirt and grime that can be tracked in with animals.

In addition, it takes into account your design preferences such as color themes and explanations about the differences between cool colors and warm colors. This information can be extremely helpful in pinpointing exactly what colors and themes you want to use for your flooring.

And finally, this tool can give more information based on your answers about what types of flooring might be best fit to suit your needs. Some people may need to consider how having three children and a dog means that a certain type of flooring will work best for their family. Others might live alone and because of this their flooring needs will be different as well. This tool helps make sense of all of your different options based on your answers and then provides you with the information necessary to make the right decision for your home.

To use this tool head to our website and choose the “How I Live” tool to find your perfect flooring.

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