Homeowners looking to save money on carpet purchases don't have to settle for second-best when it comes to quality.
Thanks to the secondary market of remnants, roll-ends and discontinued product lines, there's plenty to choose from in the world of discount carpets. Often, you can save 50 percent or more of the original sticker prices on the brand of your choice.
Most communities have a variety of discount carpet outlets to choose from, offering a constantly changing assortment of "leftovers" from high-end retailers, department stores, manufacturers and distributors.
However, there are some additional considerations that shoppers should keep in mind when buying discount carpet:
- Check the brand name and manufacturer. Ask the salesperson if it's a discontinued line, in case you might want more of the same product in the years ahead.
- Check to see if the original warranty supplied by the manufacturer is still valid.
- Check the store's return policy (which is different than the brand warranty). Many bargain outlets will not accept returns.
- Make sure the carpet product comes with a CCI/CRI label that indicates it's passed inspection for emissions.
- If buying more than one remnant of the same carpet, check if they come from the same dye batch - otherwise, the carpet pieces may not look identical once they are installed and joined.
For more information on major suppliers of discount carpet, check out the shopping links at the top of this page!