Tips when choosing a school carpet – 5th June 2016
There are so many things to take into account when choosing a new floor covering for a school that it can quite be quite a daunting task. Based on 40 years’ experience in supplying carpet to the education sector here we give you our top five tips when choosing a school carpet.
- Consider colour and how it can impact pupil engagement
A recent study backed by the University of Salford investigated the impact of their indoor environment on over 3,700 pupils across 153 classrooms and 27 schools. It revealed a very clear link between children’s academic performance in reading, writing and mathematics and the physical characteristics of the classroom. There were found to be some very clear links between improved learning and design in the classroom, one of which was the use of colour, which was found to stimulate pupils’ learning abilities.
We have therefore seen a trend in schools moving away from neutral colours, such as greys, to more colourful shades, like red and orange. Schools are also choosing accents of colour to be integrated within a classroom space and are using carpet to separate areas instead of using barriers or partitions. Colourful carpet is being utilised to mark out specific zones, for breakout spaces and reading areas, creating a stimulating and aesthetically pleasing environment.
Supacord remains one of the most popular carpets for schools, not least because it is available in a comprehensive choice of 42 colours. It is renowned for being able to withstand heavy wear and tear and retaining its aesthetics and performance for many years.
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- Reinforce the school’s values – starting in the entrance area
Many schools are now choosing to incorporate their values, branding or vision within the carpet. Bespoke logos integrated within entrance areas is a popular trend amongst schools and colleges, especially as advances in carpet manufacturing have made it easier to cut carpet onsite without the risk of it ravelling or fraying. We offer a unique service where we take a school’s logo or strapline and match it from our colour range to create an integrated logo within entrance area carpet. Not only does this look amazing, but our entrance area carpets are known for being really durable, which means they create a great impression in a building, for the long term. Schools often choose ‘special’ colours or designs that have particular meaning for their organization.
Some schools are even choosing to continue to reinforce the message with bespoke colourful carpet designs through their corridors too. Talk to our experienced team for how we can help create a bespoke carpet design to meet your needs!
- Consider traffic levels and the location of the carpet
Different areas of the school have differing levels of traffic and will also require specific performance qualities from a carpet. For example, the footfall in an entrance area will be significantly higher than most other areas in the school. This means you need to consider a specialist entrance area carpet like our Hippo range, which has a cobbled effect surface to remove dirt and moisture brought into the building on shoes.
And, if your carpet is for a library, for example, you may want to consider zoning. Zoning specific sections of a room, such as reading, breakout and ICT areas, is a great way to provide demarcation and give areas an individual purpose, without the need for barriers.
- Make a sound choice
If you’re choosing carpet for a classroom, you need to consider sound absorption. Research has shown that poor acoustics can damage a student’s learning abilities, so it is worth choosing a carpet with sound deadening properties. Our Array range is a great example of this – it offers great acoustic performance and can dampen noise from pupils and movement of furniture, helping to create an environment with a better opportunity for learning.
- Take into account cleaning and maintenance
Regular cleaning and maintenance is essential in all aspects of an educational building, especially the flooring. If not maintained, carpets can become damaged and lose their performance properties, which often requires the flooring to be replaced.
Daily vacuum cleaning with a twin motored upright vacuum cleaner, such as a Sebo, preferably with an adjustable head, is recommended with fibre bonded carpets and a deep clean at least once a year will really help to enhance the carpet’s lifespan.
If your carpet is to be installed in an area of high footfall, taking note of cleaning and maintenance recommendations before purchase is a good idea. You can find our recommendations here.
Taking the time to really understand what it is that you require from your flooring is very important to ensure you make the right choice.
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