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Purchasing Carpet
updated: Apr 21, 2014, 9:35 AM

We are looking to redo the carpet in our kids' rooms and our room (3 bedrooms total). Can anyone recommend a good place to purchase the carpet and have them install it? Also - would love any tips others may have on carpet types to look for (we are looking for stain resistant or at least easy to clean, low off-gassing brands, soft, anything else that should be on our radar?)

Thanks in advance edhatters!

Places People Are Talking About:

Abby's CarpetCurtis Carpets

What People Are Saying:

 COMMENT 512560 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 09:45 AM

Abby's carpet on lower Chapala, Awsome customer service and great products, plus local


 COMMENT 512564 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 09:49 AM

If I were you, I'd skip carpet and do a wood or wood laminate floor. No off-gassing, way easier to clean and you can use area rugs to provide softness and noise reduction. Area rugs are easier to clean and when they get worn or you want to change the look of the room, can be relatively inexpensive to replace. I did this a few years ago and don't regret it. My house is much easier to keep clean and is less dusty all the time. Honestly, if it weren't for a raised foundation, I'd be all for stained concrete floors.


 COMMENT 512583P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 10:25 AM

Abby's Carpet - hands down, the best!!!!


 COMMENT 512589 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 10:40 AM

Another vote for Abbey's. We looked at a few places around town but their service and choices were far superior IMHO. We had a unique color match issue in our house and also have kids and dogs so were looking for something that would fit the bill. We ended up finding a great carpet that had been ordered by one of the local hotels that ended up not needing it so got a great deal. If you don't see what you like in the showroom, they have other stuff in the back they will let you look at.


 COMMENT 512595 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 10:51 AM

I have used Andros for all my flooring, and approve of the results.


 COMMENT 512598P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 10:55 AM

Curtis Carpets did a good job for us; we had them back to do more rooms; no problems and good customer service. Get more than one quote anyway....


 COMMENT 512599 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 10:56 AM

Another vote for Abbys been dealing with them for a few years on my rentals and my home, always great price, selection and service. They installed a hardwood floor for me as well and their guys were fantastic.


 COMMENT 512616 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 11:21 AM

Another vote for Abbey's. Wonderful folks and service- great selection. Highly recommended!


 COMMENT 512619 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 11:28 AM

Carpeteria in Goleta. They are a nice & honest family owned operation. I've used them multiple times and they do quality work.


 COMMENT 512635 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 12:04 PM

Another endorsement for Carpeteria. They put in maple hardwood floors in my living room last year and a nice patterned carpet in my master bedroom. I was very pleased with their work. I worked with Greg (one of the sons) and found his help to be fantastic. Ask for him if possible.


 COMMENT 512656 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 12:52 PM

Tip for making carpet last: buy the best padding they've got. It's true no one ever sees it, but you can feel it. Most people buy the expensive carpet and chintz out on the padding. It's like buying an expensive car and cheaping out on the service. Cheap padding wrecks your carpet fast, and then to replace the padding they have to take up the carpet, replace the pad and re-stretch the carpet again ($$). Better off to just buy the good stuff to start.


 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 01:02 PM

Bob Roderick is the best carpet layer in town works for some place out of Carp.


 COMMENT 512681 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 01:45 PM

I had a wonderful experience with Reed's Carpets on Santa Claus Lane in Carpinteria. They have an outstanding selection, helped with choosing, ordering and installation was perfect.


 COMMENT 512683P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 01:46 PM

Renga's has been very expensive and difficult to schedule -- would recommend against using.


 COMMENT 512701 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 02:25 PM

I recommend Pioneer Floors, a small, local firm:

802 E Yanonali St, Santa Barbara, CA ?

(805) 963-7070



 COMMENT 512753 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 05:31 PM

Would also caution against Renga. Have not had a good experience either with the product or delivery. They are nice though.


 COMMENT 512785P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 09:19 PM

656 gave you a good tip re: quality padding.

I, too, like Carpeteria in Goleta. Great service when I had them custom make area rug. My living room is huge and I wanted to cover only some of the quarter-sawn oak flooring. I got the best padding, too. Wise decision.

The rug came out even better than I had hoped. I wish I could tell you the materials, but I can't recall. Super resistant to dirt and any stains come out easily. I love, love, love it.

Carpeteria is worth a look, even if you decide to go elsewhere. What a selection. Plus the salespersons are knowledgeable and nice, nice, nice.


 COMMENT 512786P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-21 09:23 PM

@564 .Concrete flooring is awful stuff. Cold and unforgiving. And if you're older than 35, it is hard on your back and feet.

My long-gone grandma had concrete flooring in her fancy condo and she NEVER got done complaining about it. Poor thing. I wish we'd known then what we know now about concrete flooring.


 COMMENT 512843 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 08:06 AM

I recommend Dalgenes. They were wonderful.


 BROSE805 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 09:27 AM

Curtis Carpet is very good. Experienced. Honest. Great selection. Good customer service.


 COMMENT 512928P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 10:00 AM

Some thoughts:
Avoid Shaw and Stainmaster brands. They fade badly and are owned by the Koch brothers if you have objections to their politics. Read the warranty--no protection against fading, just stains and wear. We had a bad experience with Curtis who would not fight for us against Shaw when our whole house of installed carpets faded after less than two years (not just in the sun areas but under beds and in closets!). Right now we are looking for new stuff and have been impressed with the attitude of Ramirez and Andros. Andros claims to have its own long time employee installers which is a big advantage. Renga is very odd--almost like the business is a front for something else--it is very low key, slow and disinterested. Abby's is a sales office. OK if you want a room or two but not reassuring about a whole house installation, same with Carpeteria.


 COMMENT 512941 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 10:34 AM

Berber is very nice and wears well, comfortable and clean looking, I love the large wool berber, but there's synthetic that are very nice. A place at Mission & State, few doors up from Mission was where we got ours, they were a small local shop few doors up from Mission, very honest, fair, fast courteous, clean and affordable, love that!


 COMMENT 512943 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-04-22 10:37 AM

CAUTION: In my opinion, some carpeting is dangerous when new! The heavy chemical smell may do permanent injury to infant and young child health. Also to persons with COPD or breathing/allergy problems. Air the new carpeting! I'd suggest that this is a very important health matters almost unrecognized. If I were installing a carpet that smelled of chemicals, I'd ask the installer to unroll it and allow three days to a week in fresh air and sunlight in the driveway before allowing it in my child's bedroom. Seriously.



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