Alan Fletcher - Consumer Advocate
locating all the carpet specifications you need to help you make wise and
informed carpet-buying choices can be difficult, if not nearly impossible,
depending on where you are shopping for carpet.
Some carpet manufacturers are
reluctant to freely provide carpet specifications to their dealers and their
customers. When it comes to Pile height, Pile Density and Face-Weight... if
you can find or even closely guesstimate two out of three of these
specifications you can still extrapolate the third specification... Mathematically!
I explain in detail what you need to do, and how you can quickly and easily
figure out all the carpet specifications you need, even if they refuse to give
you any information at all!
Here's what consumers need to know:
First lets consider these three main carpet
Face-Weight x 36
÷ Pile Height = Density
(e.g.) (30 X 36
÷ 0.50 = 2160)
this example, what we know is that the face weight is 30 ounces
and the pile height is 0.5 (one half inch). We can now use Rule
#1 to determine the Pile Density Rating.
x Pile Height ÷ 36 = Face Weight
(e.g.) (2160 X 0.50 ÷
36 = 30)
this example, what we know is that the Pile Density is 2160 and the
pile height is 0.5 (one half inch). We can now use Rule #2
to determine the Face-Weight in ounces.
÷ Density x Face-weight = Pile Height
(36 ÷ 2160 X 30 = 0.499998 (0.5))
In this example, what
we know is that the Pile Density is 2160 and the Face
Weight is 30 ounces. We can now use Rule #3 to determine
the Pile Height in decimals, which can quickly be converted into a
fraction of an inch using the chart below.
you want your carpet to last longer, I recommend a carpet pile height of less
the 3/4". On stairs, I recommend a carpet pile height of 1/2" or
less and a padding thickness of 7/16" or less and a pile density rating
of at least 8-pounds or more.
Decimal to Inches (fraction) Conversion Table
0.125 = 1/8
0.1875 = 3/16
0.250 = 1/4
0.3125 = 5/16
0.375 = 3/8
0.4375 = 7/16
0.500 = 1/2
0.5625 = 9/16
0.625 = 5/8
0.6875 = 11/16
0.750 = 3/4
0.8125 = 13/16
0.875 = 7/8
1.0000 = 1"
Tuft Twist Rating is based on the number of twists per lineal inch of
one inch tall Tuft has 7 twists
and is a sign of a well-made carpet. Frieze styles have tufts similar to
this and cost starts about $30 per square yard on average.
one inch tall Tuft has 4 twists
and is not as good. This is a sign of a lower-grade carpet. Inexpensive Plush
and Textured Plush styles often have tufts similar to this and range from $12
to $18 per square yard. More expensive Carpets have higher Tuft-Twist and Pile
Density ratings and are designed to last longer and be more durable.
Math to Calculate Carpet Specs.
is not difficult to guesstimate the Tuft-Twist of a carpet you are
considering. Tuft twist is really quite simple to figure because you can count
the twists yourself.
assume you don't know what the Pile Height is of a carpet you are
interested in buying. With a simple ruler you can measure the pile height
carpet samples show the carpet Face-Weight or it can be obtained from the
manufacturer. You can call the manufacturer and ask for it or you can ask the
salesperson to get it for you.
you have three of the specifications you need. And from there calculate the
other specifications you need: Pile Density.
Carpet Specifications Explained
Understanding Carpet Specifications