You may hear a lot of new terms as you start your search for carpeting. Pile is one of the terms we often ask about, and we'll tell you more about it.

Choosing the right pile can help with both appearance and durability. Some piles will work in your home, and some won't, and it's essential to know the difference.

Defining carpet pile

The carpet pile speaks to the fibers' density, as in a short pile (flat) or long pile (shaggy). Pile is measured from the backing to the surface and includes these standard pile heights in carpeting:

  • Low - less than 1/4 of an inch tall
  • Medium - 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch
  • Long/Plush - 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch (with some longer shaggy carpet options.

  • A few key points to remember

    Thicker doesn't necessarily translate to "better." But if you're flooring high traffic areas, the added density can help with performance.

    We find that short carpet piles last longer because they are easier to take care of. But they're also an effortless floor covering to vacuum and spot clean as necessary.

    Considerations for care

    A long pile means you'll have to be careful with heavy furniture pieces. In addition, these carpet piles are apt to crush and hold dents when you move furniture.

    Cleaning longer pile options means turning off the beater bar on your vacuum. This helps ensure the fibers aren't damaged.

    We're here when you're ready to shop

    Visit us at Morford's Decorating Center if you need a trustworthy carpet store. We offer all the materials and services for your new flooring experience.

    You can find your new carpet flooring at our Chadron, NE showroom. We serve Hay Springs, Crawford, Gordon, Harrison, Hemingford, Rushville, Alliance, Oelrichs, and Hot Springs.