Basement Carpeting: What You Need to Know

In our previous blog post, we discussed how area rugs can help insulate a cold basement. Let’s now take a closer look at how wall-to-wall carpeting can do even a better job.

Finished Basement Carpeting

Basement Carpeting: Style and Comfort

Carpet is a great floor covering option for a finished basement. It’s warm, soft, and cushioned, making it ideal for covering a cold cement floor. Carpet is also a flexible material that can help level out any uneven surfaces.

You may be wondering if a certain type of carpet is better for underground living than others. Unless your basement suffers from an excessive moisture problem, you can install any style of carpet that makes your finished basement look just right. On the other hand, there are some issues to consider before settling on a fabric.

Synthetic Carpet

Fibers: Natural or Synthetic

Carpet fibers come in two categories: synthetic (man-made) fibers and natural fibers. Synthetic fibers are generally the better choice for basements, simply because do not retain moisture the way that natural fibers do.

Basements are naturally damp, being underground. Therefore, your floor covering material needs to be able to withstand increased moisture levels. Because synthetic fibers are able to release moisture, they are less prone to developing mold or mildew in or under the carpet. If you do choose natural fibers, it is essential that the carpet features synthetic backing material to protect your investment from the damage dampness could cause.

Carpet Padding


Carpet Padding Is a Plus

Most residential carpets are installed over padding, in addition to having synthetic backing. On a cold, hard basement floor, a soft pad is essential for comfort and warmth. Underpad is generally fine to use in a basement, provided it is also synthetic. Opt for a polyurethane foam pad as a top choice.

When to Avoid Carpet

If your basement is not finished and dry, carpeting can be a risky investment. If you don’t have an insulated basement that is protected from outside leaks, or if your basement regularly floods for some reason, then your carpet is sure to deteriorate and produce mold and mildew. In such cases, your best bet is to leave your cement floor uncovered. If you wish to have something covering the cement, opt for a piece of inexpensive outdoor carpet that is designed to withstand water.

Flooded Carpeting

If you’re thinking about installing carpeting in your basement, don’t hesitate to contact us at Dover Rug. We’re happy to consult with you!

Renew, Rejuvenate, Redo!

Dover Rug & Home is always exploring the newest products and services available so we can provide more possibilities for our customers and their homes. Rugs have the power to alter a room completely and bring life and color to one that was once drab and out of date. They can also lift your spirit and rejuvenate your house by transforming an old room into your favorite room.

The past several months are peak “buying” times for our industry and we had the privilege of attending trade shows all over the world to see firsthand the newest trends in rugs and floor coverings. From Atlanta to Las Vegas, from South Asia to Europe, the rugs and carpets available this coming season are exquisite! They are modern, uplifting and they artistically combine textures and materials in unexpected ways. There is no better way to ward off winter blues than by giving the interior of your home a face-lift, starting with rugs and carpets!

We are thrilled to bring these products back to our showrooms in Natick and Boston. We realize not everyone’s taste is the same so we feature styles from a variety of cultures and from talented artists who combine textures and materials in unparalleled, intricate patterns. A few highlights of the new rugs we have in stock are:


Slate gray, blue and taupe riff on the transitional style, 100% wool hand knotted carpet. Made in India.


Dark gray contemporary pattern at home in a modern or traditional setting, wool and silk blend carpet. Made in India.


Designed in a modernized style, variegated earth toned wool and silk blend carpet. Made in Nepal.


Pale gold and ivory wool and silk blend rug, fashion forward inspired by the classic designs of the past. Made in Nepal.


Taupe colorways wool and silk blend designed with contemporary flair. Made in Nepal.

We invite you to experience what’s new and exciting in the world of rugs by stopping by one of our showrooms. We look forward to your visit!