Comparing soft flooring options: area rugs vs. carpet tiles vs. wall-to-wall carpets

When it comes to soft flooring, there are three options that each have their own set of advantages: area rugs, carpet tiles, and wall-to-wall carpets. While they share similarities in terms of durability, eco-friendliness, and ease of maintenance (depending on the material chosen), the decision depends on your needs, preferences, and space requirements. You can use different types of soft flooring in various parts of your house. In this blog post, we'll guide you to pick the right option for your space.


Area rugs are like artwork for your floors. Available in various shapes, sizes, colours, and patterns, these decorative floor coverings offer several benefits, including:

  • Versatility: With endless rug options, you can easily introduce colour, texture and comfort to a room without committing to a permanent flooring solution. They’re versatile decor elements that are also easy to swap and move to another room or area, giving you the freedom to refresh your interior whenever you please.
  • Zoning: Area rugs allow you to create zones within a larger space. You can use rugs to define seating areas, dining spaces, or cosy reading corners, enhancing both the visual appeal and functional layout of the room.
  • Compatibility with other flooring: Rugs can be perfectly placed on top of existing hard flooring like hardwood, laminate, or tiles, adding warmth to an otherwise cold floor. They can also be laid over wall-to-wall carpets, adding layers of texture and depth to a room.

For more guidance on choosing the right rug for each room of the house, read this story.


Carpet tiles combine functionality with a plethora of design possibilities. These small, individual tiles can be arranged into different layouts, making them ideal for various applications. Here's what makes carpet tiles stand out:

  • Design flexibility: Carpet tiles allow for creative freedom in designing spaces. They come in various colours, patterns, and textures that can be mixed and matched to create unique designs. This allows you to experiment with different layouts and configurations.
  • Easy replacement: One of the standout advantages of carpet tiles is the ability to replace individual tiles if they get stained, damaged, or worn out.
  • Modularity: Designed to be modular, carpet tiles can be easily arranged and rearranged, making them suitable for DIY projects.


Wall-to-wall carpets cover the entire floor space, offering a sense of warmth, comfort, and luxury. The advantages of wall-to-wall carpets include:

  • Superb comfort: The soft and luxurious nature of wall-to-wall carpets makes them comfortable to walk, sit, or play on. This renders them particularly appealing in bedrooms, children's rooms, and areas where comfort is a priority.
  • Uniform look: Wall-to-wall carpets create a seamless and continuous look across a space or multiple rooms. This can make an interior feel cosier and more unified, without the visual breaks that rugs or carpet tiles might introduce.
  • Insulation: Wall-to-wall carpets provide excellent insulation against cold floors and sound transmission, making them perfect for upstairs hallways and bedrooms.


Choosing between area rugs, carpet tiles, and wall-to-wall carpets ultimately depends on your aesthetic vision and the functional needs of your space. Area rugs offer versatility and style, carpet tiles balance practicality with design, while wall-to-wall carpets provide unmatched comfort and visual cohesion. At ITC, we furnish an extensive array of all three options, and you can even match your area rug to your wall-to-wall carpet, creating a unified visual identity throughout your interior.