December 21, 2018

  • By Michelle Holman
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  • 27 Feb, 2018

How to choose the right commercial carpet by Phoenix Flooring Limited

Office reception carpet by Phoenix Flooring Limited. Bristol
Office carpet (Reception area)

Office floors are subjected to tremendous wear and tear.  Furniture (especially wheeled office chairs) punishes the flooring surface, and all those spilled coffees, briefcase scuffs and heavy daily footfall doesn’t help either. The damage your office carpet potentially suffers makes choosing the best carpet one of the most important decisions when it comes to moving into a new office building or refurbishing an existing one.

On top of this, you have to balance your need for a durable flooring against the cost to your budget, and both of these against the aesthetic appeal, after all, an ugly office is a less pleasant working environment, unwelcoming to staff, clients and visitors. The importance of maintaining an attractive and professional appearing workplace is reflected in the evidence for increased productivity and better team cohesion in more welcoming and cheerfully decorated workplaces.

Despite the many criteria sought after in choosing a commercial carpet suitable for offices, there are a wide range of choices available,  but understanding your specific requirements can help steer you towards the best choice.


Ease of cleaning

At Phoenix Flooring Limited we understand an office may not require the same clinical attention to hygiene as a hospitality or catering driven business, yet you need to ensure your workplace is well maintained and clean at all times. Will your carpet be cost effective to clean routinely, or intensively if required? Does pollen and allergens risk collecting on the surface? Does the area include, or is it immediately accessible from, a kitchen? Are staff required to eat at their desks? Does outside landscaping invite the risk of mud being tracked inside?


The furniture

Wheeled office chairs need a good level of grip to work, but at the same time many companies seek to find a route away from bland office carpeting, the need for a modern appearance invites opportunities to open up interiors and create bright, sleek office spaces with alternative surfaces and innovative furniture. The increased use of digital workspaces, laptops and versatile project management means there has never been a better time to try and fresh approach to office organisation, meaning new furnishings and less dependence on thin fabric carpeting to support a wheeled chair.


The brand

Warm and welcoming, or clean and crisp? Modern or traditional? Plush or Spartan? Your approach to your interior, and especially your carpeting, reveals a lot to your prospective or existing clients, your visitors and even your staff. That doesn’t necessarily mean decking your entire office in the most luxurious flooring will win you any new business (though it might win you some envious stares) – it means identifying the best areas to target in your office space to maximise impact. Unless your clients are likely to see your office’s kitchen, you may consider adapting your choice of flooring to suit cost, or to upgrade the carpet in a more crucial area, for instance a conference room.



Dressing up your reception area in expensive stone flooring might seem like a great idea, after all, why not seek to make an impression from the moment people arrive? Yet while that might work in theory, imagine how attractive would it look with hundreds of muddy footprints, scratches from couriers’ sack trucks and even piled with parcels. And how underwhelming would your office look by comparison? High-traffic areas can benefit from luxury flooring, yet durability needs to be paired with aesthetic considerations in these cases.


The budget

As mentioned above, budget is a vital factor in any office redecoration decisions. Of course every decision will be influenced, if not heavily then at least partly, by financial implications, so finding the right design at an affordable price is crucial. Like any volume based order, finding something appropriate and cost-effective for the areas covered is vital.

Office carpets by Phoenix Flooring Limited, Bristol
Office carpet

Carpet tiles have been around for over 50 years and were originally developed for homes as a hard wearing alternative. Carpet tiles offer many advantages over traditional broadloom and make designing your own floor scheme easy. Recently there have been some great new designs introduced. Interior designers, makeover programs and interior magazines are increasingly presenting carpet tiles as a new design trend.  
Advantages of Carpet Tiles

  • Easy to install.
  • Easy to lay on top of other types of floor with no need for underlay.
  • Easy to fit in awkward shaped rooms.
  • Easy to clean and if a tile is damaged, you can simply replace the tile rather than the whole floor.
  • Easy to lift and take with you if you move home, particularly if you are renting.
  • Installations can be done in small areas or temporarily – you can even work around the furniture rather than empty the whole room.
Cost Effectiveness

Carpet tiles include a strong backing so they require no underlay or adhesives and produce less waste than other flooring types, particularly in awkward shaped rooms.  Any damage or spills can be resolved by replacing one tile rather than the entire floor, which is reassuring and overall means carpet tiles are definitely a cost effective flooring option.

No matter which company we source your carpet tiles from, you can be assured of high quality flooring in a wide range of sizes and colours. Whether you want to use your corporate colours, muted colours or bright and bold, we can source them for you.

Office Carpet Tiles by Phoenix Flooring Limited
Office Carpet Tiles (Burmatex)
We have an experienced and professional team of commercial flooring fitters, plus Nigel and Geoff in our office have over 40 years experience between them. Feel free to come along to our showroom in Stoke Lodge, Bristol and look at our range of commercial flooring or call us and we can come to you with samples and discuss your requirements.


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