We're using fireplaces more often, especially now that the weather is cold. And the fireplace is often the focal point of a room.
You may wonder how close your carpet installation can be to the fireplace. There are two different answers, depending on whether the rugs are flammable or non-flammable.
For non-fire-resistant rugs
Most carpets you'll see, as in clothing or other items, aren't fire-resistant. The rug's edge must be at least four feet from the fireplace.
It's not recommended to place wall hangings anywhere near the fireplace; a good alternative would be to put them on the wall opposite the fireplace.
Hearth rugs: non-flammable
Heath rugs, however, can get a little closer, and they can create a cozy atmosphere. The rule-of-thumb for this carpet flooring is 12-18 inches from the rug's edge. In addition, hearth rugs are stylish and made from more fire-resistant materials.
Read product descriptions carefully to be sure yours is a hearth rug. Even when it's advertised as flame-resistant, sometimes the carpets aren't.
But it’s not just fire that creates a hazard
People can fall and hurt themselves when the carpet's too close to the fireplace. Walk around the fireplace and see how easy or hard it is to navigate. If you feel like losing your balance, you're too close.
Why we love carpet
When shopping for carpet in Auburn, Lynwood, or Bellevue, WA, visit our showroom, where you'll see many styles. There's something for every decor and budget.
The carpet also provides noise and temperature insulation and cushions hard falls.
Long-running flooring excellence
A carpet installation creates a beautiful foundation for the room's interior design plan. And the expert staff at Nielsen Bros & Sons will show you how it can enhance your home's beauty.
We have physical locations in Bellevue, Auburn, and Lynwood, WA, as well as a fully stocked mobile showroom; the latter lets you shop in the convenience of your own home. Whether brick & mortar or mobile, you'll see brands from Mohawk, Dream Weaver, Karastan, Godfrey Hirst, and more. We service Redmond, Kirkland, Renton, and the surrounding areas.