When buying discount carpet, pay attention to the carpet seams, backing, nap and quality. In particular, discount carpeting may suffer from decreased durability due to reduced pile density and looser twist construction.
Any carpet in a room narrower than 15 feet on any particular side is going to feature seams. Typically, carpets come in widths of 12 or 15 feet, although rarer 13-foot carpet exists, too. When selecting a new carpet, pay attention to the texture and color of the carpet to make the seams appear less noticeable. The placement of furniture and lighting fixtures in the room can also affect the visibility of seams.
When carpeting stairs or other vertical structures, the carpet's backing may show on bends. Looped carpets may snag under these conditions as well, so make sure to get a carpet of the quality necessary in this situation.
The reason why vacuumed carpets seem to have a different hue is due to the fact that the carpet's nap runs in one direction. This effect can be minimized by choosing a carpet with a different cut pile style or by treating the windows of the room to reduce the effect. Take this, as well as the durability and quality of the carpet, into consideration when purchasing a discount carpet.