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Sometimes 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!

 

Below 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 specifications:

 

  • Pile Height:

 

  • Pile Density:

 

  • Face-Weight


Rule 1: 

Face-Weight x 36 Pile Height = Density


(e.g.) (30 X 36 0.50 = 2160)

In 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.

Rule 2: 

Density x Pile Height 36 = Face Weight


(e.g.) (2160 X 0.50 36 = 30)

In 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.

Rule 3: 

36 Density x Face-weight = Pile Height

 

(e.g.) (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.

 

 If 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

0.0625     =     1/16 
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

 

It is not difficult to guesstimate the Tuft Twist of a carpet you are considering. Tuft twist is really quite simple. 

 

Let's assume you don't know what the Face-Weight rating is of a carpet you are interested in buying. 

 

Now let's assume you don't know the Tuft-Twist rating of a carpet you are interested in buying. 

Let's assume you don't know what the Pile Density rating is of a carpet you are interested in buying. 

 

Let's assume you don't know what the Pile Height is of a carpet you are interested in buying. 

 

 

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