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Cost and More for Refinishing Cabinets

A great way to breathe new life into your old cabinets is to have them refinished. Refinishing is a process whereby the old paint or stain is removed, the surface is sanded and repaired, and new, paint, stain, or varnish is applied to the bare wood. By refinishing your cabinets you can completely change the look and feel of your entire kitchen. Cabinet refinishing allows for a light wood to become much darker or for color to be added to a room that might previously have been neutral. Refinishing also makes old worn cabinets with scuffs, scratches and old paint look like they are brand new. Refinishing your cabinets is more affordable than replacing them. So if your cabinets are in good shape, they just don’t have the look you desire, refinishing is a great choice.The process of refinishing cabinets isn’t complicated but it does require experience and precision and is therefore best left to a professional. The money you may save by doing your own refinishing may not be worth it if the final product isn’t done well.

Number of Cabinets
If you have a large kitchen with many cabinets, then the cost of your cabinet refinishing will go up proportionally. However, the cost of refinishing a dozen cabinets is not the same as refinishing one cabinet 12 times! Most pros will charge you less per cabinet, the more of them you do as long as all of the cabinetry is receiving the same finish. So it can make financial sense to do all your refinishing at one time.

Refinishing Complexity
Smooth front cabinetry without detailing, carving, or trim is simpler to refinish than cabinets with complex designs and details. Evenly refinishing complex carved or detailed cabinets takes more time and skill and is therefore more expensive.

Preparation and Repair
Before any refinishing can take place, your cabinets must be stripped of all previous coats of paint, stain or varnish. Any places that are broken or splintered will need to be repaired, and all surfaces must be sanded until they are clean and smooth. Without adequate preparation the new finish will not adhere evenly and smoothly to the old surface. If your cabinets are very damaged, need extensive repair or have many previous coats of paint or stain, the preparation work will be more time consuming and therefore more expensive. Prep work is NOT a place to cut corners! If you try to save money by refinishing your cabinets without removing all the old paint or repairing the surface, the new finish may appear bumpy and uneven, or may even peel off after a short period of time.

Materials for Repair
Refinishing materials come in a variety of quality levels. There are higher grade stains and varnishes and cheaper versions as well. If your cabinets will be in direct sunlight or located in an outdoor kitchen, you may need higher grade materials than if they do not get exposed to the elements at all. If you are spending the time and money for refinishing, it makes sense to buy the highest quality materials. However, in some cases, a lower cost option may be similar in quality to its higher priced counterpart. Talk to your refinishing professional about the bet materials for your job.

Why Carpet Padding is Necessary

The carpet padding you choose is just as important as the carpet itself. Choose luscious, soft carpet padding to minimize noise, maximize warmth, prioritize your family’s comfort and extend the life of your floor.

Benefits of carpet pad:

  • Helps your carpet last longer, increasing its useful life
  • Gives your carpet a richer, thicker, softer feel
  • Brings warmth and quiet to your home, decreasing sound while increasing thermal insulation
  • Keeps your carpet cleaner, allowing greater air flow and dirt removal during vacuuming
  • Protects the flooring beneath the carpet from moisture and staining
  • Doubles our carpet texture retention warranties for AnsoTM and EverTouchTM nylon and ClearTouchTM PET carpets

Types of Cushion

Triple Touch – the ultimate in luxurious cushion

  • Unsurpassed comfort
  • Enhanced urethane technology
  • Extended product warranty
  • Preferred cushion for ease of installation with Softbac Platinum carpets
  • Life of the Home Cushion Warranty
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Made with bio-based polymers
  • Backing made with recycled content

Eco Touch Crush Resister – our preference for eco-friendly rebond

  • Advanced protection for your floors
  • Contains both a moisture barrier and a dust barrier (Ultra only)
  • Treated with Fresh Dimension antimicrobial
  • Excellent performance for all areas of the home, including stairs
  • Premium-density urethane for improved comfort and durability
  • Life of the Home Cushion Warranty
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Made from 100% recycled content
  • Recyclable
  • Contains bio-based polymers

Visco Touch – our elastic memory foam carpet cushion

  • Advanced protection for your floors
  • Features our exclusive R2X®  Barrier
  • Treated with antimicrobial
  • Excellent performance in all areas of the home
  • Premium-density urethane for improved comfort and durability
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Made from 100% recycled content
  • Recyclable
  • Keeps millions of pounds of material out of landfills

Eco Fiber Touch – the ultimate in synthetic fiber cushion

  • Unparalleled stability and endurance
  • Provides long-lasting support in high-traffic areas such as hospitals, hotel rooms, offices, corridors, classrooms and public spaces
  • Supreme strength and stability for life of carpet installation
  • Provides thermal and acoustical benefits
  • Resists moisture and mildew
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Made from 100% recycled content
  • Recyclable
  • Keeps millions of pounds of material out of landfills.

Select Rebond – the choice for comfort and value

  • Affordable support and comfort for your home
  • Extends the life of your carpet
  • Excellent performance
  • Soft and durable
  • Warranty to original purchaser
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Made from 100% recycled content
  • Recyclable
  • Contains bio-based polymers

Shaw Cushion for St. Jude: Charity

  • A minimum of 3% of the suggested retail price is donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $250,000
  • Premium density memory urethane with ViscoTouchTM Memory Foam for excellent performance and comfort
  • Antimicrobial treatment
  • Features our exclusive R2X® Barrier
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Made from 100% recycled content
  • Recyclable
  • Contains bio-based polymers
  • Life of the home warranty to original purchaser

Shaw Cushion for St. Jude: Hope

  • A minimum of 2.5% of the suggested retail price is donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $250,000
  • Excellent performance and comfort
  • Antimicrobial treatment
  • Features our exclusive R2X® Barrier
  • Environmentally responsible
  • Made from 100% recycled content
  • Recyclable
  • Contained bio-based polymers
  • Life of the home warranty to original purchaser

Shaw Cushion for St. Jude: Courage

  • A minimum of 2% of the suggested retail price is donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $250,000
  • Excellent performance and comfort through ComfortTouchTM
  • Antimicrobial treatment
  • Features our exclusive Dual R2X Barrier
  • Life of the home warranty to original purchaser

Shaw Cushion for St. Jude: Supreme

  • A minimum of 2% of the suggested retail price is donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $250,000
  • Ultimate performance with frothed urethane: 19% better retention in firmness & support than next best comparable cushion
  • Prevents pet accidents from penetrating the cushion up
    to 24 hours or longer
  • Allows easier clean up of common spills and stains
  • Protects sub-floors from moisture, mold, and mildew
  • Antimicrobial treatment
  • Life of the home warranty to original purchaser
  • Adds 10 years to Shaw’s carpet texture retention, quality assurance, and abrasive wear warranties when installed under Anso® nylon or ClearTouch® PET carpets

Shaw Cushion for St. Jude: Victorious

  • A minimum of 2% of the suggested retail price is donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $250,000
  • 25% better retention in firmness & support than next best comparable cushion
  • Prevents pet accidents from penetrating the cushion up
    to 24 hours or longer
  • Allows easier clean up of common spills and stains
  • Protects sub-floors from moisture, mold, and mildew
  • Antimicrobial treatment
  • Life of the home warranty to original purchaser
  • Adds 10 years to all Tuftex carpet warranties

Walnut Hardwood Flooring

There are various benefits to choosing walnut hardwood flooring for your home. Walnut hardwood flooring is a popular choice primarily because it’s:

  • Available in both solid and engineered forms
  • Distinctive and unique
  • Durable
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Easy to maintain
  • And more

But the main reason people choose walnut hardwood floors revolves around its beautiful, rich color and the natural designs in the grain of the material. However, it’s important to note that walnut is considered a softer hardwood than many other varieties—if you’re looking for a harder wood, you may want to consider oak hardwood flooring.

Walnut Hardwood Floor Installation

When you choose Elegant Floor Service for walnut hardwood floor installation, you receive dedicated support throughout the entire process. Our flooring experts will include you throughout the hardwood floor installation, helping you select the best grades, finishes, and colors for your walnut hardwood floors.

Popular varieties of walnut hardwood flooring include:

  • American Walnut. This species of walnut hardwood flooring is known for having white sapwood and dark chocolate heartwood. The right finish can create a smooth look.
  • Brazilian Walnut. This species, also known as Ipe, can be recognized for its dark tones and straight grain. This is considered a harder species of walnut hardwood flooring. What’s more, it’s resistant to insects and mold.
  • Black Walnut. This species is especially popular due to its rich, dark colors and open grain. It’s durable, dense, and can be repeatedly sanded for continued use. Ask one of our flooring experts for more information so you can make the best walnut hardwood flooring choice for your space.

Call us at 925.272.0810 to schedule your free estimate!

At Home Select, we provide hardwood floor maintenance to residential and commercial customers throughout the Danville area.

Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring benefits your wallet better than any other flooring option on the market. It is less than half the price of hardwood and cheaper than carpet. It will also save you money in the long run because you won’t need to replace it for years. Unlike hardwood, marble or carpet, laminate flooring does not fade in the sunlight and is resistant to stains, impacts and scratches. This is due to the incredibly durable melamine plastic wear layer laminate flooring manufacturers use for the top surface of laminate floors. Laminate flooring is a snap in place product, with the tongue and groove click systems you literally snap it together. It also doesn’t matter what your subfloor is because laminate floors do not need to be glued or nailed down. It simply floats, meaning it can be laid on top of wood, plywood, concrete or even existing vinyl flooring. Most laminate floors can also be laid over radiant heated concrete slabs.

Furthermore, with the wide variety of high-resolution tree species patterns and laminate flooring textures to choose from that perfectly mimic real wood, you may find yourself asking the question: “why would I even consider paying double the price for a real hardwood floor?” The sheer abundance of choice that is not restricted by price is truly one of the strongest advantages of laminate flooring.

Once you’ve had your laminate flooring installed, in a dining room, bedroom, office, restaurant, or bustling high street store, soon enough you’ll need to clean it. Well guess what? Cleaning laminate flooring is as easy as pie! You won’t need any wax or polish. It will just require a dust or vacuum, followed by a wipe over with a damp cloth or mop.

Laminate flooring benefits people with allergies because it’s quick to clean and doesn’t absorb dust like carpet. It is also a very sanitary product due to its airtight locking system and plastic exterior, creating a shield against moisture that wants to get in. It does not contract or expand like real hardwood does and if moisture does get in, or permanent damage is caused to the surface or core-board, laminate flooring is easily replaced.

The HDF core of a laminate floor plank is made of either ecologically sustainable pine trees or post-industrial wood waste that would otherwise have been burned or dumped in a landfill. Laminate flooring, in a nutshell, gives you the look and feel of exotic hardwood without impacting upon exotic or endangered species.

Hmm… Satin or Semi Gloss?

The sheen measures how shiny or glossy your floor’s finish is. Different people have different preferences. The luster level is determined by how much light is reflected off the floor from a 60 degree angle (consistent with how the floors are viewed while someone is standing on them).

 

The glossier you go, the more light reflects off the floors. This in turn, shows more dirt/dust as well as imperfections in the floor.

 

It’s important to realize that different hardwood species will produce different sheen levels. Natural wood color or patina, as well as differences caused by open vs closed pore woods will produce subtle variances in the sheen level. The sheen level chosen is more of an aesthetic choice and does not impact the durability of the finish.

Currently the most popular and stylish sheen is a satin finish

hardwood floor finish sheen - satin - westchesterSatin finish has some sheen, but doesn’t look too glossy. It give the room both a classic and contemporary feel. Most decorators recommend this sheen level, and my higher end customers tend to strongly prefer satin finish. Importantly, satin shows the scratches, imperfections and the dirt less. So, it’s easier to clean and maintain, and, it tends to look newer longer. Also, when you go glossier, it tends to show foot prints more, if you walk around with bare feet and/or if you have dogs or cats in the house.

The trend over the last few years has been towards lower gloss finishes as they are more practical, especially for households with kids and pets. They help hide the normal wear and tear from walking, chair movements, toys and high heels. In addition, satin finish shows footprints less due to the lower luster.

 

Hardwood sheen finishes

 

Matte finish has 25% luster

A matte finish has very little sheen and many feel that the floors look dull with this type of finish. Others strongly prefer this flat finish as it gives them a clean look.

 

Satin has around 40% luster

Satin is by far the preferred choice for Westchester County. Most of my customers specifically ask for this finish and virtually all decorators strongly recommend it. Satin sheen level is preferred on all shades of hardwood from dark to light and everything in between. I would venture to guess that 80-90% of my customers choose a satin finish.

 

Semi gloss has around 55% luster

For those that prefer shinier finishes, this is a good option. It’s shinier but not as impractical as a glossy finish.

 

Glossy has about 70% luster

You typically see glossy used on gym floors and bowling alleys, and some of the exotic hardwood use this finish as well. A glossy finish tends to show every spec of dust, every dent and lots of footprints. Think of black shiny absolute black granite countertops and how those show everything. These types of floors tend to need to be cleaned more often and often require more frequent sandings.

 

What if you don’t like the current finish on your hardwood floor?

The good news is that you can usually do a screen and recoat to change the sheen level of your floor. This is easiest to do if you have a solid hardwood floor that was finished on site (rather than prefinished in a factory). It’s the top level of poly that will give the wood it’s shine and luster. So, if you want to go from semi gloss to satin, or vice versa, this is usually a fairly easy process.

Carpet: Things We Need To Know

Room Use

Be prepared for your dealer to ask some of the following questions:

  • How is the room going to be used?
  • Is there light or heavy room traffic in the room?
  • Is the room the center of activity for family or entertaining?
  • Is there direct access from outside?
What You Should Know:
By asking these questions, the dealer is trying to gauge which grade and style of carpet would work best for your home.

Try to give a detailed picture of your expectations for the carpet. Is it important that the carpet stand up to pets, running children and bustling activity? Or are you mainly concerned about how it will look and feel in a formal living room that doesn’t get a lot of use?

Color and Style

Typically, a dealer might ask:

  • How much use will the room get? (This is a consideration because a heavily used room may not be the best place to install white or very light-colored carpet.)
  • Are kids going to be playing down on the floor? Or is it a formal room that doesn’t get much use? (Again, lighter colors my create more maintenance but another factor the dealer is trying to consider is whether you should choose carpet made with BCF fiber like STAINMASTER® so that children playing on the floor will not find themselves covered in loose fibers shed from staple products.)
  • Is it a small room or a large room? (Smaller rooms can be made to feel larger by selecting a lighter colored carpet while larger rooms can be made to feel cozier by using a mid-to-darker colored carpet.)
  • What are the lighting conditions in the room? (Rooms with plenty of natural light will show the true color of the carpet while rooms on the north side of a house may need a lighter shade of carpet to keep them from feeling darker than they are.)
What You Should Know:
You should always remember to bring swatches of fabric from drapes and furniture, wallpaper samples, and paint chips with you when you are selecting carpet. That way you can consider a range of colors that will match your existing décor. Remember that color can also affect your mood. Warmer colors often make you feel energized while cooler tones provide a sense of calm.

When considering color, remember the lighting in the carpet store is not the same as the lighting conditions in your home. Ask the dealer if they have a lighting box in which to view the carpet, or ask if you can take a sample of the carpet home.

Cost

Typically, a dealer might ask:

  • Are you installing this carpet for the purposes of selling the home or are you re-decorating it for your enjoyment?
  • What is the size of the room to be carpeted?
What You Should Know:
The dealer is trying to determine what style of carpet you might be interested in. A home seller is going to want to select a neutral toned carpet in a simple style, like a cut pile texture. But a home owner who is re-decorating will want to explore the many varieties available to them. Either way, STAINMASTER® carpet is a good choice.

STAINMASTER® warranties are transferable to the new owner, a great selling tool, while home owners who will be living with their carpet selection will want the long-lasting durability and beauty of a STAINMASTER® carpet. Also, the dealer needs to know the approximate size of the area to be carpeted in order to give an estimate on total cost.

Come prepared with a rough estimate of the size of your room and the layout. Check out our handy Carpet Calculator if you need help measuring. When you’re ready to buy, the dealer will send a professional to take the final measurements.

Make sure that all cost estimates include padding, installation, seaming, stairs (if applicable), thresholds, the moving of furniture and the removal of old carpet or other flooring and materials.

Always make sure that you are selecting from the highest grade carpet you can afford. With STAINMASTER® carpet, the higher the grade, the more comprehensive the STAINMASTER® warranty will be. STAINMASTER®, a name you know and trust, only guarantees the finest, first quality carpet. Because of the patented technology that goes into it, and the company that stands behind it, your STAINMASTER® carpet will provide beauty and comfort for years to come.

Quality

While in the store, it may seem that many carpets look the same. But not all carpets perform the same. It’s the technology behind the carpet that makes a difference.

What You Should Know:
Only STAINMASTER® carpets offer the exclusive three-part system for lasting beauty:

6,6 Nylon Technology
With this patented fiber technology, STAINMASTER® carpets resist crushing, abrasive wear and color fading. The unique molecular structure of 6,6 nylon make it much more resilient than carpet fiber made from polyester, polypropylene and other types of nylon. Plus, this specially designed fiber keeps soil and stains from penetrating.

DuPont Advanced TEFLON® Protectant
This superior soil resistance technology enables SM carpet fibers to push dirt away, allowing it to be removed more easily with a vacuum cleaner. And the Stain Protection reduces the fibers ability to absorb liquids, greatly limiting its ability to become stained. This unique soil and stain protection lasts much longer than other carpets’ protection, which must be re-applied after each cleaning in order to maintain their warranties.

Anti-Static Technology
The fibers in every STAINMASTER® carpet contain a special carbon compound that act like thousands of tiny lighting rods, deflecting static shock for the life of the carpet. Most other carpets are sprayed with anti-static protection that can wear off with foot traffic and successive cleanings.

Why is anti-stat protection important? With our homes filled with expensive electronics these days, the last thing you want is to short circuit a computer or audio system simply by walking on your carpet and touching a device. Anti-stat protection offers peace of mind for homeowners where their electronic investments are concerned.

Labeling
At the store, you’ll see lots of labels from different mills and manufacturers. You might get confused as to what type of carpet you are looking at.

What You Should Know:
Look for the STAINMASTER® label on the back of the dealer’s sample. That’s the only way to guarantee a carpet that features STAINMASTER®’s comprehensive warranties, anti-static controls, resilient fibers and a carpet surface that actually repels dirt and soil.

Color Tips and Tricks

1. White and neutrals. One of the best ways to avoid color trends is of course to avoid wild colors altogether. A palette of pale neutrals is as close to time-proof as you can get, especially if you use a lot of classic white.

A neutral palette doesn’t have to be boring, either. Include rich textures (like woods and plush fabrics) and subtly different neutral shades to give a space life without introducing any dramatic hues that may or may not stand the test of time.

For a while now, stark ultrawhite has been the ultimate in fashion, but the tides are turning back to slightly warmer whites, and this can be expected to last for years to come. Cool and warm whites can suit whatever color scheme you might find yourself craving down the road, so they’re a safe bet either way for walls, cabinetry and other large surfaces.

2. Keep your cool. When you’re ready to dip your toe into some nonneutral hues, the best long-term bet is always going to be on the cooler side of the color spectrum — that is, greens, blues and blue-purples. Reds, red-violets, oranges and yellows, no matter the shade, will never be timeless the way their cooler counterparts are.

This may be because fiery colors feel more passionate and vivid, and therefore we tire of them more quickly. It’s hard to say definitively why, but hot hues always become a thing of the past much faster.

Specifically, shades of blue tend to be the most enduring of all the hues you can choose, with the color on the opposite side of the color wheel — orange — being the most associated with flash-in-the-pan trends.

This doesn’t mean, of course, that you should never dare to dabble in a hot hue again. But it does mean you may want to save reds and oranges for lower-commitment accent pieces, and look to cool hues for big-ticket items, as was done with the blue upholstery and orange accessories here.

A great aspect of blue in particular is that it works well tone-on-tone, with dark shades like navy and royal blue working well with lighter and brighter shades, complementary colors or simply one another.

3. Embrace opportunity. So, strict blue-on-blue isn’t for you? There are other ways to add dramatic colors without feeling like you’re stuck with yesterday’s trend down the road.

Take the opportunity to choose a risky hue for pieces that will naturally have to be replaced someday anyway. Items that receive a lot of wear and tear (sheets, towels, dishware and the like) are great starter items for trying out a bold color choice and seeing how it holds up.

Hardwood Fun Facts

Hardwood Floors: A History

Wood flooring was first recognized as a design /décor element for a living space in the late 1600s in France. Only the wealthiest people could afford solid-plank floors because they were handcrafted and very expensive.

In the 1700s and 1800s solid planks for floors were massive – 7/8″ thick, at least 8’ long and 2-1/2″ or 3-1/4″ wide. Some planks were 16’ long. They had to be massive because subfloors were not used and plank ends had to be nailed to joists.

Modern, machine-made hardwood flooring came into being in the 1880s with the invention of the side matcher. This was the beginning of strip hardwood flooring.

The invention of the electric sander in the mid-1920s meant that hardwood floors could be levelled and sanded more efficiently and with better quality. Previously, floors were scraped manually by dragging scraper blades across the floor.

In the 1940s, hardwood was still very labour intensive. It required professional installation, sanding, and two coats of shellac and wax (used until the 1950s, when changed to lacquer and polyurethane). Hardwood floors also had to be waxed on a weekly basis.

In the 1960s hardwood flooring took a huge hit when the U.S. Federal Government approved carpeting as part of a 30-year mortgage. Both homeowners and homebuilders turned away from expensive, labour intensive hardwood in favour of cheaper, easier and faster-to-install carpet. This was a major factor in the decline of the hardwood flooring industry until the mid-1980s.

Did you know?

The Janka hardness test measures the force required to embed a .444 inch steel ball to half its diameter in wood. The hardness is expressed numerically as the pounds per square inch of pressure required to sink the ball. The higher the number the harder the wood is. The Janka hardness test is done on both the side and end of the wood because hardness varies with the grain of the hardwood.

The Red Oak, which has a Janka rating of 1290, is the industry benchmark for comparing the relative hardness of different wood species.

Hardwood flooring adds to the value of both new and resale homes. In one national Canadian survey, 90% of real estate agents said homes with wood floors sell faster and for more money.

Solid ¾-inch boards can be refinished up to 10 times. Thinner ones can’t be sanded as much, but when topped with durable factory-applied coatings, they shouldn’t require frequent refinishing.

Longer strips mean fewer distracting end joints. To make a small room appear bigger, use shorter strips.

The harder the wood, the less prone it is to dents and gouges.

Some pre-finished solid-wood boards come with a 50-year warranty. With regular care, though, any solid-wood floor can easily last twice that long.

Carpet Selections

Cut Pile Carpet

During the weaving of cut pile carpeting, the loops that are formed and twisted from the yarns are cut to be made the same height. Then, these dense loops are allowed to tuft slightly, which creates an appearance of softness. Cut pile carpeting can be made to varying degrees of density, thus providing solid cushioning underfoot.

Cut pile carpets come in several styles. Each has slight variations in the twist of the yarns as well as in the fibers used.

Plush

Plush or velvet plush carpeting has a high degree of density in the yarn fibers. When plush carpeting is manufactured, the yarn used has only a little twist in the fibers. Because of this characteristic, the tufts created are thick and appear to be a single level of yarn ends. Plush carpeting has a smooth, even finish that is soft to the touch and provides a bit of a more formal look than other cut pile carpeting styles.

Textured

Textured carpeting, a more casual choice than plush carpeting, uses low density fibers of uneven heights. It is twisted and steamed to create a permanent curl that reduces light reflectivity. Thus, it appears to be trackless, which means that footprints and other slight indentations will not be easily seen. Additionally, textured carpeting hides dirt and other signs of wear and tear.

Saxony

Saxony carpeting uses long, bulky yarn fibers that are twisted tightly, which results in dense, straightforward tufts. It has a smooth, even finish. This type of carpeting resembles a freshly cut lawn and is so thick and soft that it easily shows vacuum lines and footprints.

Frieze

Frieze carpeting is made of long fibers with many tight twists and turns that curl over one another. These fibers do not bend in the same direction, so frieze carpeting is not as smooth as other cut pile choices. Instead, it appears to be rough and nubby, making it able to hide footprints and other signs of wear and tear with ease. Those frieze carpets with very long piles are called shag and look like loose ends of a ball of yarn.

Cable

Similar to a cable-knit sweater, cable carpeting is chunky, cozy, and comfortable. It is made with very thick, long fibers that create a rugged look while also providing a supportive, lush feel. Because of the extremely long fibers, cable carpeting can easily be crushed and become matted with very heavy foot traffic.

Loop Pile Carpet

Whereas the loops in cut pile carpeting are cut, the loops in loop pile carpeting remain uncut and are visible. Loop pile carpets are made from long lasting fibers that are woven or tufted and are pushed through the backing material. Usually, loop pile carpeting does not provide as much natural cushioning as cut pile carpeting, so buyers may want to consider increased padding.

Loop pile carpet is extremely durable and is considered an all-purpose carpet because of its functionality. Since it often combines loops of various heights and colors, this type of carpeting hides wear and tear naturally, making imperfections less noticeable.

There are various styles to choose from when considering loop pile carpet.

Level Loop or Berber

In level loop pile carpets, short, packed looped fibers of similar height are combined to form a flat, textured surface. These loops help hold dirt on the surface of the carpeting, making it easy to maintain if vacuumed frequently. On the other hand, if berber carpeting is not maintained, it can hold in the dirt if it permitted to seep through the fibers. Level loop carpeting often has some colored flecks in the fiber that make it easy to hide staining. This type of carpeting is very durable and casual. It is often chosen for high traffic areas.

Patterned Multi-Level Loop

This carpet style has loops of varying heights that are used to create a texture, design, or pattern. Solid colors or several colors may be used to further develop a pattern. Popular patterns include floral and geometric designs. Due to the patterns and multi-level loops, this style of carpeting hides imperfections well.

Cut and Loop

As the name suggests, cut and loop carpeting is a mixture between cut pile and loop pile fibers. It combines low, uncut loops with tall clipped fibers to create a textured illusion. It is often referred to as “sculpture carpet” because of the in-depth patterns and pictures that are frequently found on this type of carpeting. Just as with patterned multi-level loop carpeting, cut and loop carpeting is also good at hiding wear and tear, thanks to the different textures used.

Keeping an Organized Closet

Start with your shoes. Gather all your footwear together and have a good think about what you wear often, the pairs you genuinely love and which have seen better days. Do you really need three pairs of black high heels? Maybe not.

Think about your lifestyle and weigh your choices with that in mind.

Empty your closets and drawers. Get absolutely everything out of your closets and off your coat rack and place it all on the bed. This will let you see the true extent of what you have. (It’s often an eye-opener and will shame you into action.) It also means you can review everything in good light, try things on and make good judgments.

Choose three words to describe your style. As you’re surveying your wardrobe, think about which three words best describe your style. Your interior tastes will inform this too. Maybe you’re “arty, monochrome and modern” or “retro, Scandinavian-influenced and bright.” Perhaps “smart, sophisticated and individual” sums you up better? As you sift through your clothes, pick up each piece and ask yourself whether it fits with those three words.

Keep only what you love. Not sure about something? Hoped you’d find something to go with it or that it might fit you better one day? Get rid of it.

Keep only what you love — that way, getting dressed each day will no longer be an exasperated cry of “I’ve got nothing to wear!” You’ll be surprised at how easily your “uniform” starts to come together once you’ve got a capsule of outfits that automatically define your look.

Have a system for seasonal wear. Set aside everything seasonal. If it’s warm right now, gather up your favorite knits and sweaters and store them away. Do the same for coats, scarves and gloves. Conversely, if you’re heading into the colder months, think about how to make sure those items are close at hand, and store your shorts and flip-flops instead.

Pick out special-occasion wear. There’ll be items of clothing that you wear once in a blue moon, or that hold sentimental value, such as evening gowns, tuxedos or wedding dresses. Store such occasional wear near the back of your closet or in a separate area, as seen here.

Choose a handful of each. Now that you’ve cleared out what no longer fits, doesn’t match your style or only gets worn at certain times of the year, you can get down to business.

Ban excessive loungewear. Many of us keep old clothes as loungewear for the weekend, or for when we’re painting, gardening or dyeing our hair. While it’s useful to have a couple of pairs of old pants, sweaters and T-shirts, you don’t need a whole drawerful. Be ruthless and pare back.

Consider your accessories. Look at your belts, ties, scarves and jewelry. Do they still fit in with your remaining wardrobe? Select and keep only those that enhance your core style.

Invest in a drawer organizer like the one shown. Having everything easily accessible like this will help you make quicker decisions when you’re dressing in the mornings.

Donate what you don’t want. Now that you’ve selected your keepers, pack up all the items you’re parting with.