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Our Wall To Wall Carpet In The Farmhouse Bedrooms

When we first bought the house the bedrooms were carpeted, but like most older homes the carpet wasn’t exactly salvageable (from the ’80s which turns out is no longer “twenty years ago” and instead is now FORTY YEARS AGO). We had hopes that underneath the carpet was beautiful original wood flooring – perhaps a herringbone or parquet pattern, but it was just a strange laminate and a weak little subfloor. We thought about installing wood flooring, of course, but after having carpeted bedrooms at the mountain house we were very excited to just do it again. My 27-year-old self is so confused at future Emily for being so enthusiastically a wall-to-wall carpet lady, but when it’s done nicely in a bedroom (and you don’t have hazardous pets, which we don’t) it’s just so cozy. At the time we were also looking to shave money off labor and we deemed the kid’s bedrooms as the place to do it 🙂 Full disclosure, this carpet is not a “budget” carpet (Stark is high-end and high quality) but we fell in love with this one at the mountain house and after shopping around a lot, decided to do a similar but different version here. Brand loyalty I suppose 🙂

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: mountain house: the kids’ room reveal!!

This room was the beginning of my love affair with wall-to-wall carpet. Not only was it super cozy, but it really simplifies the room in a lot of ways, and with that slight pattern we didn’t feel the need to add a rug (we still might here, btw). We did the same carpet pattern but a different colorway in the guest room.

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: mountain house reveal (yes, another one!): the coziest upstairs guest “bunk” bedroom

Both floors have held up so well for our family. It’s been 4 years and the kid’s room and play attic have gotten a lot of action (rarely shoes), the lighter guest room less so. Both are on the second floor so less access to the outside (which I think is a good thing to think about). And with the memory foam pad underneath they are remarkably cushy (seriously, everyone remarks on it).

Deciding on the carpet for this house felt harder. We love the idea of keeping it light, to work with the Scandi vibe upstairs. I definitely thought about doing the navy blue again, in all three rooms, but that felt like quite the color commitment and would lock us in design-wise. Initially, we wanted their performance carpet, Davis, and placed the order, yay all set! Then we found out that there were delays and it was 5 months out. So after stain testing this one (with raspberry jam) and having it fully come out, we went for the wool version that had the same vibe. And now that it’s installed we are SO happy. TBH I’m still new to the wall-to-wall carpet game, having only done it in a few rooms. But when I have there is nothing like a fresh, cozy, wall-to-wall carpeted room in the colder months.

But quickly some memory lane, to really hit the before and after story hard.

When we first bought the house…

Then after a year of construction, it looked like this:

Install Day!

The week before we were to move in (and live here) the carpet arrived and boy was it a transformation.

First, we put down the memory foam carpet pad (see above). Now I want to call something out that has nothing to do with the wall-to-wall carpet itself. At the mountain house, we used memory foam underneath and I remember thinking that we did this special thing nobody had before. Then when I was shopping for a memory foam carpet pad for this room at the carpet place I found a thick memory foam pad and assumed it was the same. We asked the salesperson and he said, “Yes, this is the thickest memory foam you can get”. So we bought it and checked that box. Now the sad thing is that after installing it and the carpet we realized that it’s not the same. At the mountain house, we either used double memory foam or (and this is what I think) a 1″ rug memory foam rug pad, cut to fit. This one is still cushy (1/2″ + carpet) but not the “padded room” experience we were expecting. That has nothing to do with the carpet, it’s what you install underneath. Now it’s too late (the carpet is literally stapled down). But, if you are about to install carpet consider going rogue and getting as close to a 1″ memory foam carpet pad as possible (or double up two 1/2″ ones). Your installer will likely think you are nuts, btw. Brian pointed out afterward that we really couldn’t have done the 1″ because the carpet would have been far higher than the thresholds to the hallway – it was already much higher than the hallway floor, so adding another 1/2″ might have looked dumb and been pulled up easily. That’s all to say, def don’t get a cheap carpet pad if you are opting for a more woven wall-to-wall like we did (with a pulled carpet you have more cushion). We loved the look of the woven, versus a pulled carpet (which is more typical – not in a bad way). But there are pros and cons to both.

Carpet Installed!

The carpet is very, very, very pretty. It’s the Dorsey and it has a lot of variation in texture and yarn dye, which I hope will make it more forgiving. It’s light but not WHITE. It’s 100% wool and like I said, when I stain-tested it with the jam it passed with flying colors. But it’s still a light color and let’s just say no finger painting upstairs. We don’t allow shoes in the house (and the kids are programmed so well at this point to take them off immediately on entry) and there is no food upstairs (due to the carpet), but they are still kids and while the dogs don’t pee on rugs, they are still dogs and this is still rainy Oregon in the winter. I’m not going to lie that there are days when I’m nervous that we should have made a darker or more forgiving choice, but it’s so pretty and soft!! We will likely layer a rug here or there, too.

Just look how pretty it looks. I love how the subtle stripe contrasts against the diamonds of the windows (and will work so well with the butterflies in Birdie’s wallpaper). It’s a pattern yet not, and with the variety of yarn colors, it looks really sophisticated and high-end.

Now to decorate 🙂

*Pretty Progress Farmhouse Photos by Kaitlin Green

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This is so so beautiful!!! I think this is perfect for an upstairs in a no-shoe household. I would love to do this in our basement since our whole first floor is already hardwood. A carpeted basement in Michigan is so nice. But after living with now two different basements where water got in and having to have the wall to wall carpet all removed, I’ll never do it again. But I noticed that this carpet is all also offered as a rug. So I would definitely consider having large rugs exactly like this put down there.

Lori S H
9 days ago

I’m not a big carpet fan with dogs, but I love this. It is really beautiful and neutral!

Marie
9 days ago

VERY pretty! We considered something similar for our new build, but decided against it. My kids have vomited on bedroom carpet in the middle of the night too many times en route to the toilet…and even very thorough cleaning never fully removes my “sense” of the vomit smell. So we went with hardwood + small rugs in bedrooms, which, true, is not quite as cozy.

Julie
9 days ago

This looks so cozy! When we bought our 1948 house last year, there was purple wall to wall purple from the 80s throughout the sunken living room, dining room, entry, and hallway carrying a terrible smell. We ended up pulling up the carpet and found a ton of original hardwood underneath! Was a cinch to refinish and stain, and now looks absolutely gorgeous. My contractor mentioned that wood used in mid-20th century was a lot denser than wood growing now, due to climate change, and I thought that was so interesting. But mostly I loved that the economical choice was the most sustainable choice and looked (imo) the best.

We did end up putting in new wall to wall carpet in the sunken living room (no hardwood there) and went beige – after a year with two kiddos under 5 (but no pets), I can say that a wet vac is an absolute must with wall to wall (the Bissel little green machine has saved me countless times).

🥰 Rusty
9 days ago
Reply to  Julie

Lucky find under tge purple carpet!!🤗
I suspect the older wood is more dense, due to it being older.
Since most people have become aware of climate change and the fact that we need trees, literally to breathe, the wood is grown in plantations and harvested younger, therefore, ‘softer’.

Stacy
9 days ago
Reply to  Julie

Purple??? Omg! Sounds… fun =)
Just chiming in (biologist here!) that modern wood IS less dense, but it’s not because of climate change! It’s less dense because of the way wood is commercially grown. Basically, most modern trees grown in tree farms have lotttssss more growth on them every year, so it takes fewer years (AKA fewer tree rings) to make a 15″ tree than if the tree had been growing in competition with other trees. And, basically, having more rings/inch is what makes wood dense.
Glad you’re enjoying your old hardwoods! I wish everyone saved and appreciated them like you’re doing!

Julie
9 days ago
Reply to  Stacy

That is so interesting, thank you for sharing!!

Shannon
9 days ago

So subtle and pretty! We’re about to install carpet in our kids’ rooms in our new reno for all the same reasons and I’d love to try the memory foam pad. Just wondering though if it will make those annoying indentations from furniture feet (that make it really hard to rearrange things) even more pronounced and permanent? Any thoughts on this?

Julie
9 days ago
Reply to  Shannon

We have memory foam under our wall to wall carpet, and I find that the indentations always rebound after a few days! I have tried vacuuming the indentations to speed along the process, but I am not sure it helped significantly. Over the weekend, I moved some furniture that had been in place a few months and the indentations are now about 75% gone. But of course it depends on the weight of the furniture/size of the indent (and how much pressure is being exerted). A bigger concern in my mind might be fading of the carpet over time – e.g., a couch or bed in a sunny spot. Good luck!

Shannon
9 days ago
Reply to  Julie

Thanks Julie, appreciate the info!!

Kate
9 days ago
Reply to  Julie

Ice cube trick: put an ice cube in the dents and let it slowly melt overnight. In the morning use a spoon to nudge the fibers back upright.
The reason you use an ice cube instead of pouring some water on the dents, is because the moisture slowly enters the carpet fibers and gives them time to slowly swell back up.

🥰 Rusty
8 days ago
Reply to  Kate

I’ve heard of that too, but never tried it.

Ruth Allen
8 days ago
Reply to  🥰 Rusty

I used this trick a lot in a 3 bedroom house with wool carpet, and it works remarkably well

Renee
9 days ago
Reply to  Shannon

I was wondering the same thing. Would love to know people’s experience with this.

Kellie
9 days ago

Love it! We have dogs, and kids, and wall-to-wall carpeting in our upstairs bedrooms and basement. Zero regrets. We haven’t had any stains that a good carpet cleaner can’t get out. And it’s super cozy during the Colorado winters.

🥰 Rusty
9 days ago

Wall-to-wall carpet is very cozy. Spesh in bedrooms.🙂
The corners tend to not be vacuumed as much and end up with carpet fuzz bunnies though.

My ol’ girl only had 2 owners before me and there were two layers of carpet in the main , non-work areas.
Both layers were narrow rolls (100 yr old house), laid with tacs (flat head nails)…. what a nightmare to remove!! Four of us did it using specialist tools and we all ended up with holes in pur fingers regardless of wearing gloves.
The house is all thick planks of hardwood floors (Jarrah) and we don’t have sub-floors in Australia.

I have thought about wall-to-wall carpet in the bedrooms from time to time, purely for the noise dampe ing effect. This ol’ girl is a tad echoey.🙃

I think it’s a nice cjoice for a shoes-off area.👍

9 days ago

It looks absolutely gorgeous 😍

Mary B.
9 days ago

I’m so curious if the wool wall to wall carpeting sheds like a wool area rug does? This carpeting is beautiful! We hope to replace our carpeting in the next couple years and I’m daydreaming of all of the beautiful un-stained options out there!

Kj
9 days ago
Reply to  Mary B.

Shedding in area rugs is usually a sign of cheap construction: https://rugchick.com/shedding-rugs-what-you-need-to-know/

Kat
8 days ago
Reply to  Mary B.

Wool carpet will shed like a wool rug, but over time it will lessen. Wool sheds because it’s a natural fiber so it has more breaks in the fiber. Any synthetic fiber (nylon, polyester, triexta) will have less breaks because it’s manmade. But actual tufts can come out if it’s a cheaper made carpet. Usually wool is a higher quality product and usually woven. (For context, I sell flooring and installs, I work with carpet daily!)

Cris S.
9 days ago

What are “hazardous pets”?

Cynthia
9 days ago
Reply to  Cris S.

Pets prone to accidents or marking their turf indoors.

Shannon
9 days ago
Reply to  Cris S.

Pets that do their business inside

Carol
9 days ago

No allergy issues? I’ve always found wall-to-wall tough on my allergies – no matter now often I vacuumed, those dust mites stuck around!

Kj
9 days ago

According to this post, 2” memory foam was used in the Mountain House: https://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/mountain-house-update-children-room-ideas

9 days ago

Buy a $200 carpet cleaner and you will not worry a moment more about stains on the carpet. It’s so easy. I use it to clean vintage rugs when I buy them and it gets out all the smells, cleans any stains my daughter puts anywhere. Even can clean the seats in the car. You can get pet versions too. Highly recommend!

Elle
8 days ago
Reply to  Rachel

Do you have a brand/model that you have used successfully?? Do you have a brand of solution that you use??

9 days ago

In 32 years and five houses I’ve never had carpet until the house we moved into last October. This house has carpet throughout most of the home and it’s the softest, plushest carpet ever! I can’t even handle how soft it is sometimes! We’re going to replace all the floors on the main level with hardwoods because half is tile that I hate and half is white carpet (we have a baby and a dog) but I’m going to soak it up until we do, and we’re going to keep the carpet upstairs and downstairs!

Debra
9 days ago

It looks so beautiful, especially with the paint color you chose for the doors. I also didn’t allow my children to bring food upstairs or wear shoes in the house. Their bedroom wall-to-wall carpet, as well as the wall-to-wall berber carpet in the family room, was 17 years old when we moved out the of the house and still impeccable.

Jeanne
9 days ago

Just chiming in to say we have hardwood floors throughout our whole house but carpet in the bedrooms. We just got it replaced and omg people, memory foam padding is a game changer. I didn’t even have an opinion on padding, the installer just picked out a mid grade and told me I’d love it. Wow she was so right. It’s so soft and a rest for my tired feet especially in the morning or when it’s cold. When my friends stand on it without shoes, their immediate response is to sink their toes in and exclaim that it’s so plushy and thick. But it’s not from a pricey, dense carpet, it’s the padding! I love to sit on the floor and do yoga, stretch and fold laundry. If you’re getting new carpet, consider it!

Roberta Davis
9 days ago

Carpeting is so nice when getting up on a chilly morning! This is pretty. Sorry you didn’t get the cushier feel, but Brian is probably right that it wouldn’t have worked unless you wanted to plane off the bottoms of all the doors! We once looked at a house that was just beautiful, but then we realized they had put in a thick new carpet and none of the doors would close!

Lindsay
9 days ago

What I am noticing that really makes it work is that the “stripes” are a similar width to a wider plank hardwood floor, so you get the coziness of a rug, but your brain also sees it a bit like a hardwood pattern. So it isn’t a complete departure from the rest of the house. Awesome. I don’t think you would get the same effect with another carpet pattern.

Bre
9 days ago

Your post on the Mountain House Bunk reveal says you used a 2″ memory foam pad. It looks beautiful and a 2″ pad sounds so luxurious. Seems like you would need to plan your sub floor for that thickness of pad + carpet as it is not standard.

Marty
9 days ago

Wall to wall and health

Marty
9 days ago

Love the look of these. We have used hard wood as with dog and with allergies it makes such a difference for symptoms and cleaning. We also want to have a green, non-toxic home, minimizing off-gassing. I know some carpet company’s are addressing this. Would love to hear your take on this, particularly in bedrooms, first they recommend to have hardwoods, but just in general and if Stark is a environmentally/non-toxic brand. Thank you~

Reply to  Marty

I thought that too. The carpet Emily used as well, which is an excellent green choice, but who knows what goes into the processing of it. What I probably assume water off gas though is that memory foam. Unless it’s 100% organic latex or wool.

Chloe
9 days ago

It’s looks great! I always love these carpet explanations – I’m from the UK and it’s pretty much standard that you will have carpet in all upstairs room… and probably on stairs and living room! i love hard wood floors and rugs – but when I suggest it for a bedroom here everyone thinks I’m nuts! Haha 😂. Both work however 😉

Julie Boyer
9 days ago

“That’s all to say, def don’t get a cheap carpet pad if you are opting for a more woven wall-to-wall like we did (with a pulled carpet you have more cushion). We loved the look of the woven, versus a pulled carpet (which is more typical – not in a bad way). But there are pros and cons to both.” —— What do you mean by a pulled carpet, what is “the woven vs pulled carpet”. I tried to search pulled carpet and could not it anywhere. Could you explain what you mean by that??

Lane
8 days ago
Reply to  Julie Boyer

I think it means flat woven carpet versus medium pile carpet. Flat weave is not as thick as piled carpets so it might be better to get a thicker pad.

anon
8 days ago
Reply to  Julie Boyer

Cut pile! Your more traditional carpet. It typically won’t have a pattern. They spoke about it with the reveal of the Oregon basement, that was a Shaw cut pile carpet.

Bryant Hoyal
8 days ago

Does anyone have tips for carpet if you do have a “hazardous pet” (one that periodically has pee accidents)? We need to replace our upstairs wall-to-wall carpet, which love for the coziness…. but we have a dog with some health issues. I keep looking for a performance carpet that can handle this. TIA!

Joyce Garrity
8 days ago

I put a beige mottled wool rug in my basement 20 years ago and it still cleans beauutifully! No one would guess it was that old. I would recommend buying a rug cleaner. I use only a tiny bit of soap and rinse 3 times. I doubled pad too. we did have water once, but the rug cleaned up. ( I pulled it up and replaced pads) I won’t buy any carpet but wool now.

Michelle
7 days ago

LOVE these Stark carpets. Hoping to be able to procure them in MN when its time to redo a few bedrooms. I DO want to validate that Brian is absolutely correct. Threshold heights., especially for remodels, can influence how much padding/carpet height is allowed. Also doors may need to be shortened. I moved into to a home where carpeting had been removed, and gorgeous original wood floors restored, only to see that all the beautiful wooden French doors had ben shortened a god two inches… we added wooden back to the bottoms but the seam was not invisible. Finally, a question: Will you be adding the traditional quarter round at the baseboard to cover any unevenness? This is typically done after carpet goes down with pre-painted pieces.

7 days ago
Reply to  Michelle

It looks so beautiful.I Love it.Thank you.
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7 days ago

Very beautiful carpet and very cozy in winter. Not good for hot summers, though. Wool, no matter what they say, is too warm for summer. I remove wool carpets in summer and we notice it inmediately.

Susan
5 days ago

I am curious about installing carpet with a stripe like this one. I’d be worried that it could be installed at a slight angle and thus look wonky.

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