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United Way Sacramento Gets a Bright & Inspiring Makeover with Carpet

United Way Sacramento Gets a Bright & Inspiring Makeover with Carpet

This post is part of our 2018 Blogger campaign featuring Design Sponge and the United Way of Sacramento

By incorporating functional, but playful elements like pennants, felt signboards and bright yellow chairs, the room became a light space filled with reminders of why everyone who passed through the door was there – to bring “light and bright” to the community they serve. With The Carpet & Rug Institute donating the new carpet tiles in a textured light grey, the space went from a drab, cave-like environment to a place that felt large and limitless, like the Square One program goals.

Working with The Carpet & Rug Institute, the United Way team chose a light grey carpet as the foundation for their new, inspiring space. They liked that working with carpet gave them a ton of design flexibility and let them go light without fear of wear and tear or staining. With health as one of the foundations of their program, it was important to create an uplifting environment for their team and volunteers with a light workspace. This was made possible with the help of carpet that promotes indoor air quality by trapping harmful particles and helps keep the noise down in their busy areas.

The carpet also offers a safer space for their elderly volunteers. Polished floors in public spaces can be tricky for those with mobility issues, so the UW team was confident that carpet was a great choice.  California is known for its environmental progressiveness and almost all carpet, including the carpet tile installed in this space, is certified as Green Label Plus. This designation ensures the carpet is among the lowest-emitting products on the market.

Learn more about how carpet benefits your facilities.

Read the full post here.

DIY Floor Pillows + Benefits of Carpet

DIY Floor Pillows + Benefits of Carpet

This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2017.

We love cuddling up on soft, warm carpet and enjoying family time together with these fun DIY floor pillows! Did you know carpet actually is GOOD for allergy sufferers? This came as news to me and I bet you’re surprised too. I’ll show you what I discovered when I teamed up with the Carpet &  Rug Institute.

If you or your children suffer from allergies or asthma you may be hesitant to cuddle up on the floor, but new research suggests your fears may be wrong! Studies show that properly cleaned carpet improves indoor air quality by reducing airborne allergens. Carpet acts as a filter, trapping allergens and keeping them out of the air we breathe.

Read the full post at Must Have Mom.

4 Reasons Why You Should Have Carpet in Your Home

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4 Reasons Why You Should Have Carpet in Your Home

This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2017.

Aside from adding style and comfort to our house, carpet has so many other purposes such as improving indoor air quality and even allergies! I always believed that hardwood floors and tile were better for those with seasonal allergies and with allergies to dust and pet dander, but I was so wrong! The Carpet and Rug Institute is working hard to educate people on the facts and I’m partnering with them to share with you 4 reasons why you should have carpet in your home!

One of my favorite things about our carpet is the comfort and warmth it brings to our home.  When you have a lot of hardwood floor and tile, your home can start to look very cold and uninviting.  With an addition of carpet, your room instantly has a softer, more inviting look!

Read the full post at Wanderdust.

Fun Ways to Encourage Kids to Read

Blue i Style Books at Kids Level

Fun Ways to Encourage Kids to Read

This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2017.

I know that for some kids, books don’t hold the same appeal, and, for some, they may even be a source of frustration. After talking with friends and looking at what has been working well in our house, I’ve compiled some easy and fun tips to encourage young kids to love books, even before they can actually read the words on the pages! I am grateful to The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) for sponsoring this post. Like me, CRI is dedicated to helping families creating beautiful and safe spaces for living and learning.

Read the full post from Blue i Style.

Designing with Carpet and Rugs at Home

Armchairs and table in a living room

Designing with Carpet and Rugs at Home

This post is a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign for May 2017. Read the full post from Studio McGee.

If you have kids, wall-to-wall carpet makes it a great, healthy, cozy spot to run around on, and they can crawl and jump around with a soft place to land. Carpet also improves the acoustics of a room and reduces noise. I also love to wake up with soft carpet under my feet.  As a bonus, carpet also keeps allergens out of the air!

Learn more about designing with carpet and rugs with Studio McGee!

CRI 104/105 Now Include Videos and Spanish Translation

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CRI 104/105 Now Include Videos and Spanish Translation

The Carpet and Rug Institute recently added instructional videos to its CRI 104 and 105 Carpet Installation Standards along with a Spanish translation of the standards.

In a statement, CRI President Joe Yarbrough expressed pride in the success of the standards and hopes the new additions will help the standards continue to be the best guide for installing carpet.

“CRI and our members are very proud of the success of our installation standards,” he said. “We have worked hard to ensure these standards are the best guide for installing carpet and we believe that these new videos and Spanish translation will continue that legacy.”

The goal of the new videos is to provide a visual guide for installers with the videos focusing on stretch-in installation, seaming, and power stretching.

CRI 104/105 were re-released in 2015 and have been overwhelmingly popular online with more than 40,000 downloads and thousands of visitors to the website for the standards. CRI has also received hundreds of orders for the print edition.

CRI’s installation standards represent over 25 years of installation expertise and information that reflects current product information to give consumers the best experience with their carpet. CRI 104/105 also offer professionals in the installation industry, flooring retailing, facility management, and others guidance for carpet installation.

CRI 104/105 are available as a free download in PDF and multiple mobile formats on the CRI website at www.carpet-rug.org/install.

Holiday Traditions to Create & Share with Your Kids

Holiday Traditions to Create & Share with Your Kids

This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in December 2016. Read the full post from Frosted Events.

Carpet adds a number of great benefits and is a great place for family gatherings, especially during the holidays. Misty Nelson highlights a few reasons great things to do around the holidays with your family.

Holiday traditions are part of the magic of this time of year, those moments you remember as a child and look forward to celebrating with your children. Baking cookies, going to see Christmas light displays, decorating our tree, those timeless traditions lots of kids enjoy. All of these bring back sweet memories and are a big part of why I LOVE the holidays so much, but I wanted to create new, special ways to celebrate too!

Holiday traditions are a way of creating special memories with the ones we love. Like they say, there’s no place like home for the holidays! We want our home to be a warm and welcoming place for friends and family to gather, season after season.

 

Carpet Provides Comfort for Your Home and Family

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Carpet Provides Comfort for Your Home and Family

This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in December 2016. Read the full post from Rachel Teodoro.

The mood of the house can definitely be felt by all its members. If I am in a bad mood and greet my husband when he comes home from work with a negative attitude, that attitude has a ripple effect throughout the home. The same can be said for your children. It’s important to create a warm environment that your family will want to come home to and be open to inviting their friends to. This means setting the tone with your attitude but it also means making sure your home is a warm place to land. I love flipping on the fireplace because as soon as I turn it on, people in my home gather near it. I flop on the floor nearby and usually have a kid or a dog snuggle in within minutes. When we were looking for homes, I know we kept homes with carpet on our radar. There is something about having carpet that brings a softness into your home making it warm and comfortable. Not only that, we are a noisy family and carpet helps to reduce the noise in our home and dampen the sounds that we make.

Choosing the Right Carpet and Rugs for Your Living Space

Life is better in socks

Choosing the Right Carpet and Rugs for Your Living Space

This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2016. Read the full post from Modern Day Moms.

Believe it or not, carpet and rugs can act as a filter, trapping allergens and keeping them out of the air we breathe. Allergens that rest on top of hard surface flooring can easily be disturbed by every day activity such as walking, moving a chair or bouncing a ball. This is very very important for young children, who have breathing zones much closer to the floor.

Regular cleaning and maintenance – such as vacuuming and professional cleaning – help remove dust, allergens and other particulates from the carpet.

When browsing The Carpet and Rug Institute website, you can look for carpet certified by The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus program, which indicates a low-VOC (volatile organic compound) product for homes, schools and businesses.

I couldn’t imagine our space without carpet and rugs to not only help keep the area fresh and trap allergens but also to help cushion her fall.

Improving Indoor Air Quality for Your Family

Interior of modern bedroom with cozy double bed

Improving Indoor Air Quality for Your Family

This post was a part of CRI’s Beauty of Carpet campaign in November 2016. Read the full post from Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles.

Carpet is the lowest emitter of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hardwood floors typically contain a high amount of formaldehyde and VOCs. Of course, with carpeting in order to maintain adequate air quality and ensure it’s filtering ability, you will need to vacuum as needed. I, personally, find vacuuming carpeting to be more effective than vacuuming laminate/hardwood floors and sweeping them leaves so much crud behind.

Did you know: Studies show that people with asthma and allergies have actually seen symptoms improve with carpet? Who would’ve thought!

Carpet essentially acts as a filter for your air by trapping allergens that we would otherwise breathe in. Allergens such as dust and pet dander sit on the surface of hard flooring and can easily be disturbed every time you, your pet or your child walk across the floor or with ceiling fans and can be thrown back into the air that you breathe constantly throughout the day.

When we purchased our home, I was surprised to see how much carpeting our home had. Our entire master is carpet and both living rooms, play room, and office are carpeted. That’s a heck of a lot more carpet than we’re used to in a home! However, after doing more research with the Carpet and Rug Institute, I’m pleasantly surprised and almost relieved at the amount of carpet we have in our home.