Thursday, 17 November 2011

The Many Different Types Of Carpet

For many years, I thought carpet was just carpet. It goes on the floor; it keeps your feet warm and feels nice. That’s about it, isn’t it? Well, no, not really. You see, there are many different types of carpets (wool, nylon, polyester,…) all of which have been developed over time, some going way back to six thousand years BC. I’ll spare you the history lesson, only to say we’ve known about the benefits of laying carpets on our floors for many thousands of years.
These days, we can choose from a multitude of materials, and a whole rainbow of colours and patterns. Computers, robots and graphics designers can weave intricate patterns in minutes using CAD, and you can even have your own designed weaved into carpet if you wish. That’s technology for you.
So what are all these new fancy carpets made of? Well, a variety of materials as it happens, some more expensive and better than others, but all of them make good comfortable carpets for residential use, or for commercial carpets or contract carpets.
The most popular is probably nylon. It is fairly inexpensive, has excellent wear characteristics, and can be coloured and printed on easily. Nylon carpets are probably the most common on the market today, but a disadvantage is they tend to stain easily because they possess dye sites on the fibres. The cost of nylon tends to fluctuate with the price of oil, as it is a petroleum-based product.
Another type of carpet is polyester, or otherwise known as polyethylene terephthalate. Polyester unlike nylon does not have dye sites, so it is more stain-resistant. However, it is not as soft and luxurious as most other types of carpet, and is typically used for commercial carpets or mid to low prices carpets.
An inexpensive material is polypropylene. This is mostly used because it is inexpensive. On the down side it is difficult to dye and does not wear as well as nylon. Makers of polypropylene carpets compensate by making carpets with smaller loops, and this makes them wear very well, making them suitable for areas with heavy traffic. You can also make outdoor grass carpets with polypropylene.
Acrylic carpets came onto the market in the 1940’s and have come a long way since their first introduction. Rather than using strands that degraded easily, they have been developed to be harder wearing and stronger. Acrylic is usually colour-fast, and they have the feeling of wool, making it an ideal material for making rugs.
Finally, wool carpets are best known for their luxurious feel, and are used almost entirely on the domestic market. Wool is extremely durable, and luckily there is no shortage of sheep willing to give up their fleeces, so it’s quite abundant. Even so, it is fairly expensive compared to the other types of carpet, especially when combined with synthetic fibres to make it stronger and more durable. Most wool carpets today are a mixture of 80% wool and 20% synthetic fibre.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

christmas is comming...

Dont Forget to order your carpet ready for Christmas, why not choose from our stainfree, bleech cleanable range for a 'Carefree' Christmas

Monday, 7 November 2011

Measuring and planning

At Eastcliff Carpets we work hard to give you the best service possible. We come to your home and measure free of charge and then work out the most economic way of laying your flooring and showing you the options.
We will show you the options and offer our advice

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Kitchen Vinyl ??

Most pople refer to kitchen vinyl flooring in generality, they simply mean kitchen flooring, so we will discuss the vaious kitchen “vinyl” flooring materials, and the options that can be selected for your kitchen. The design of your flooring in your kitchen is one of the most vital decisions to be made, most individuals make the common mistake of not giving importance to their kitchen vinyl flooring, the right kitchen vinyl flooring is known to have a large impact on the overall feel and look of the kitchen. There is a myriad of options for the types of kitchen floor hardwood, laminate, linoleum, vinyl and tile are some popular vinyl flooring choices.
Kitchen Vinyl Flooring
Your kitchen vinyl flooring selection should be done in accordance with the environment you live in. Your lifestyle and budget should also be taken into consideration. Make sure you conduct your own research and also do not hesitate to seek advice from professional decorators, before choosing your kitchen vinyl flooring.
Kitchen Vinyl Flooring
If you are looking for a cost effective and durable kitchen vinyl flooring material options then the best options are vinyl tiles and wood planks . Vinyl and wood plank flooring is popular all across the globe as it is an inexpensive and a durable kitchen vinyl flooring material it is available in tiles or sheets and in a large variety of shades, textures, patterns, and styles. The vinyl is created by laminating a picture of stone, wood grain or other surface directly on the vinyl flooring material. It is quite durable and is installed quickly.
Kitchen Vinyl Flooring
If you are looking for kitchen vinyl that looks sturdy and beautiful and is easy to maintain and take care of. You can choose the light colored ones for creating space and impression of light and the darker shades are ideal for small kitchen, other good kitchen vinyl flooring options are imitation Stone, this is also a good choice if you desire to create an exquisite and unique kitchen vinyl flooring.

Thursday, 11 August 2011


Lifestyle Floors is a collection of quality, contemporary carpet, wood, cushioned flooring and laminate flooring that can be found in a local, independent flooring retailer near you.
The large samples on display make choosing your perfect floor easy and the Lifestyle Floors warranty on all products gives total peace of mind.

Lifestyle Floors offers a comprehensive collection of contemporary, quality carpets to add the finishing touch to your home.
From smart stripes, luxurious saxonys and hardwearing twists, to wool berbers and chic patterned wiltons, the collection will leave you spoilt for choice!

For a floorcovering that’s simple to install, easy to clean and hardwearing, cushioned flooring is an obvious choice.
The Lifestyle Floors design team has developed a collection of contemporary cushioned floorcoverings that will look stylish in any home. Modern mosaics, warm woods, and smart tiles all feature – definitely a collection to see for yourself!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

LED's in Carpet, will it catch on?

cell led carpet 01 Cell LED Carpet by Lama Concept
Dutch Company Integrates LED Wayfinding Into Its Carpets. LEDs tucked into Lama Concept’s Cell+LED carpet create customizable lighting where people look the most — on the ground.
Normally, we don’t see loads of innovation in the carpet industry — how much can you really do with a bunch of thread that exists only to be stepped on? — but Holland’s Lama Concept has managed to produce something pretty fresh: Cell+LED, a carpet that doubles as a customizable wayfinding system.
cell led carpet 02 Cell LED Carpet by Lama Concept
That probably doesn’t sound that impressive, since folks are used to seeing illuminated carpeting just about everywhere. The difference here is that Lama’s lights are planted directly into the carpet. What’s more, the latest version — to be released this year — will feature RGB LEDs, which, at the press of a button, can be customized to assume any pattern or color.
So what you end up with is a flexible series of wayfinders limited to the spot where people naturally look when they walk: the floor. It makes perfect sense for industries that need to be able to herd crowds, but not always in the same way — airplanes, for instance. You could have one pattern that guides passengers onto the plane; another to signal when it’s safe to move around the cabin; another to flash the airline’s logo; still another for emergency situations; and so on.
Some might argue that turning the carpet into a sort of utilitarian light show would confuse passengers, though that’s hard to imagine if the patterns and color schemes are distinct from one another. Think: No one mistakes a green traffic light for a red one.
cell led carpet 04 Cell LED Carpet by Lama Concept
Not surprisingly, the earliest version of Cell+LED Airbus debuted at the Paris Airshow in the business class of the hotly anticipated Airbus A350, (which isn’t even scheduled to fly until 2013). The rugs have also been featured in the Land Rover concept car LRX, and incorporated into corporate, public, and residential spaces.
cell led carpet 03 Cell LED Carpet by Lama Concept
cell led carpet 05 Cell LED Carpet by Lama Concept
cell led carpet 06 Cell LED Carpet by Lama Concept

Friday, 15 July 2011

Remnants at Eastcliff

When we get to the end of a Roll we measure the remaining material and put them up around the shop at discount prices. These can be small runner size vinyls too lounge size carpets.
We Now have more Remnants in stock at knock down prices... infact our Remnants have upto 75% off R.R.P. All can be Supplied and fitted.
Why not pop in to see our great selction of Remnant in store.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Carpet Underlay

How many people think about carpet underlay on a regular basis? I for one don't. I think the only time people ever think about carpet underlay is when you are laying new carpet. The exception to this would obviously be if you work in the carpet business!
So, what do we non carpet workers know about underlay? If you are anything like I was a couple of weeks ago, then probably not much. Though once you've been thrust into the depths of home renovation, you'll most likely get a fair understanding like I have.
So I'm going to share some of my new found carpet padding (that's another word for it) knowledge with the rest of you folks.
First and foremost; what is carpet underlay?
Well you know how when you're walking on your carpet at home it feels kind of spongy? That spongy feeling is the carpet underlay! It's basically a layer of material (we'll get into what the material is made of later), that is laid directly onto your floor, regardless of whether it is a concrete slab or wooden floorboards, and then your actual carpet is laid over top.
Why do we need carpet underlay?
There are a few good reasons why every home should have carpet cushioning (yes, it's another word for it). I'll tell you about the most important ones.
By adding the extra layer to your floors you not only help trap the heat in your home but you also help dull those sound waves so your rooms aren't so noisy. So you get two types of insulation with the same piece of underlay, heat and sound insulation!
For some people this isn't a very important factor, but for me it is a major bonus! I'm the sort of girl who spends quite a lot of time on the floor. I like lying on the floor in the lounge room in front of the fire place, or doing yoga in front of the TV. So spongy carpet is definitely a good thing!
Have you ever tried lying on the floor in your office at work? I'm a little ashamed to say I have... it's not what you think; I was trying to stretch my back not take a sneaky nap. But you'll notice a difference in the comfort levels. The carpeted floor at work is hard, that's because most work places don't have carpet underlay, or if they do, it's that industrial grade stuff which is useless for lying on!
Carpet Protection
Yes, even though it's underneath your carpet, it is actually protecting it. You see that spongy-ness that makes your carpets so comfy to lay on actually serves a more practical purpose. It allows your carpet to spring back when weight is applied; weight such as people walking all over it and furniture placed on top of it.
Have you noticed when you move your furniture around there are always indentations where it used to sit? Well your carpet underlay will help to push out those dents and bring your carpet back to its usually flat state.
So there you have it, three pretty great reasons to use carpet underlay! 

On Line Shop

Why not visit our online shop where you can look at many range of Carpet and Vinyl aswell as view many differnt flooring ranges including Laminate Woods and Rugs.
You can also order samples which will be sent to you direct.

Estcliff Carpets Online Shop

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Buying a carpet: Carpet styles

There are a variety of surface texture options available, all of which affect the appearance, feel and importantly performance of your carpet.

By and large, the more luxurious the surface, the more care it will need. Shorter pile usually wears better than long pile carpet but is not as luxurious. It all comes down to personal taste and room usage. The most common styles are:

Twist piles - These have a coarse, rugged finish

Velvet pile - Have a smooth luxurious appearance, rather like suede.

On a like for like basis the only difference between these is aesthetic.

Loop pile - These replicate the look of natural flooring such as coir and sisal. A tip here is that cats and anything with long claws are not a good idea with loop pile carpet.

Saxony - Has a deep pile with a pronounced sensuous feel. Popular in bedrooms they do flatten so are not recommended in heavy traffic areas

Patterned carpet - Usually has a smooth velvet surface with excellent appearance retention

Thursday, 7 July 2011

LG Luxury Vinyl Tiles comming to UK

We are waiting on a new Display stand from LG (yes the people that make TVs etc)
These LTVs look to be one of the best made we have seen and are set to take ove the UK market from Karndean.

Take a look.

Fun look at what could go wrong when fitting.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Bedroom Carpet Selection

The bedroom is about unadulterated luxury and a nice deep pile will bring the ultimate softness to your toes. Bedrooms are not as prone to thousands of foot steps as the main areas of the home, so you can afford to use a slightly less dense carpet and hence save a bit of money over dining and living rooms.
Remember that most of the time you are going to have bare feet or be in those worn out, but too-comfortable-to-chuck-away slippers so wear and tear is minimal. And apart from the odd cup of tea to kick-start your day, stains from food and drink won’t be such a problem.
Don’t forget that spare bedrooms get even less use and so can make do with a more cost effective, lower density pile than main bedrooms.

Thursday, 16 June 2011


Wether your looking for something to bighten up your home or to add depth and texture to a room a rug is ideal for the job.
 take a look at some of the rugs available at Eastcliff Carpets

General berber information

Berbers are always popular with the carpet buying public. The style is one of loops formed by the yarn that makes up berbers construction. Berbers are perceived to be a wool carpet, being somehow inherently aesthetically suited to natural textiles.
Whilst the carpet construction is attributed to "Berbers", a nomadic tribe idigenous to north Africa, this is not strictly true! Berber carpets as made by "Berbers" were more like multi-coloured axminsters.

Berbers by Victoria, Penthouse and Gaskells (Apokria 6 ply)

Man made berbers

Berbers are made from man made fibres as well as wool. Polypropylene is the main textile because it simulates woolen colours much more accurately than nylon (more popular Stateside).
This brings the price of berbers right down. Polypropylene berbers look and feel somewhat contrived and "caustic" unless they have some wool mixed in with them (at least 20%). Polypropylene berbers are more suitable for letting properties and offices where feel is less important than practicality.

Why Choose Carpet?

The Benefits

Carpets vs Hardflooring
The debate over which is better, carpet or hardflooring, hardflooring or carpet remains a highly sensitive, yet very topical, subject for both commercial and residential markets alike.
Articles in early 2004 appeared in four leading UK national newspapers headlining accidents on hardflooring have increased by over 300% in the last five years (research carried out by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – RoSPA – February 2004). This may have focused attention on one aspect of choosing floorcovering but there are many other benefits when specifying carpet over hard floor covering.
The Benefits of Choosing Carpet
The benefits derived from selecting good quality carpets in any type of application are manifold: what other type of floorcovering will provide sound insulation, energy savings, underfoot comfort, a safe, non-slip floor, and be easy to clean and install, with good wear and non-allergenic properties, while still providing the consumer with the flexibility for individual creative design?
Sound Insulation
Noise pollution in houses can have a serious effect on the wellbeing of all its users and in this respect a fitted carpet plays an important role virtually eliminating impact noise through sound absorption.
Therefore the use of carpet enhances sound absorption, and the conduction of impact noise can be reduced by up to 30dB, as opposed to comparative values for smooth floorcoverings which lay between 5-15dB.
For example, the benefits of noise reduction can be felt throughout the house. In particular, in flats and on first/second floors when noise of hard flooring can be heard most by people on lower floors.
Energy Saving
Carpets can make a measurable contribution to retaining the warmth in a room and therefore saving energy. Carpets have low heat conduction and are natural thermal insulators creating a heat barrier.
As a result, as much as 10% of the heat in a room which would be dissipated with smooth floorcovering is retained in the room by the carpet.
This, combined with the outstanding underfoot comfort of a carpet, can result in a considerable reduction in the use of heating in the transition from a warm to a cold season. It has been estimated that up to 30 days heating can be saved, resulting in an energy saving of around 4-6% and a consequent reduction in heating bills.
Safety covers two aspects – reduced slippage, especially when wet, and a decrease in stress on joints The soft resilient fibres of a carpet provide a cushioning effect and excellent orthopedic properties.
The underfoot safety of carpets is an important feature, both in the home and the workplace. Infants and the elderly in particular benefit from the non-slip aspects of carpets and, in the event of a fall, the soft resilience of the carpet lowers the risk of injury.
With their superb dust-trapping properties, carpets are conducive to a healthy living environment. Dust settles quickly and is then securely held by the pile fibres of the carpet until it is vacuumed again.
The dust is not disturbed by incoming air draughts, and this means that the dust content of the indoor air is kept low. This is particularly important since dust particles also act as carriers for germs, allergens and other air contaminants.
Allergies due to carpeting are unknown. The myth that carpets promote dust-mite allergies is untrue, because these are attributable to the faeces of the house-dust mite – the actual allergen itself. Bedding and bed linen contain up to 70% more house-mites than carpets. Regular vacuuming and cleaning, together with adequately ventilated and dry rooms, means that it is virtually impossible for a carpet to contain, entrap or transmit allergens.
Carpets are quick and easy to install allowing the consumer considerable scope for fashionable creativity – whether they are used in a wall-to-wall design or in combination with other flooring surfaces.
Most quality carpets have excellent wear properties, which means that many years of comfortable service can be expected if the right carpet is selected in the first instance.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Relax with Eastcliff Carpets

All Regency Carefree stain resistant carpets are 100% bleach cleanable!

  • Can be cleaned using household bleach
  • Advanced stain resistant carpet
  • Easy to clean & hassle freeUsing advanced wipe clean technology
  • Long lasting wear retention


Modern life demands a modern carpet. In today's busy lifestyles you need a carpet that not only looks good – but performs under the most arduous conditions. Regency stain resistant carpets are manufactured with this in mind – and to make life even easier for people we have developed our Carefree polypropylene fibre.

Advanced technology

Made using specially developed high-quality polypropylene fibres – our carpets feel soft & luxurious – but are completely practical with their stain resistant properties. This is due to the unique properties of the Carefree fibre – spills or stains literally 'sit' on the surface waiting for you to clean or simply blot away using household kitchen roll.

High Quality

Affordable QualityAnd for those really stubborn stains, you can even use household bleach – without marking or ruining your stain resistant carpet. Leaving you to get on with your life – without the worry of ruined carpet or expensive bills.
So to enjoy a carefree lifestyle – choose a Regency stain resistant carpet with 100% bleach cleanable Carefree polypropylene. Click here to view the video, we are an approved Carefree Retailer

Regency Carefree carpets.

Because life really should be carefree.

Property Agents

For a number of years Eastcliff Carpets have been working closely with a number of property agents, developers and landlords to help with all their flooring requirements.
We have established a strong relationship with many of these types of business based on our honest friendly advise policy and consider our services as hard to beat.
We work closely with other services such as builders, plumbers and decorators to provide a quick and hassle free service.
We have also selected ranges that have proved popular both popular and cost effective for work of this type.

Have a look!


We supply a number of high quality commercial products to local pubs, offices, schools and restaurants across the Felixstowe, Ipswich and Suffolk area.
With the commercial market being a completely different type of work to Domestic flooring, we try to work with companies to establish their needs and also with our suppliers to establish the best product for our customer as well as over coming problem such as safety and legal obligations.

Here are some of the commercial flooring we can offer.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Hard Floor

Wood Look Flooring is still very popular with our customers, however Laminate Flooring has seen its day and a new better product is avalible.
Creative Floor coverings have become one of our best sellers in store and the True Luxury Collection is one of the favorite ranges throughout the home.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Summer Sale 2011

Summer Sale 2011

Hi, the summer SALE 2011 started on the 1st June and is set to coninue throughout the summer.
With some fantastic offers avalible including 75% of Remnants, upto 50% off selected ranges and much much more.
Please pop along to our show room.