Best Flooring for your Dining Room

When it comes to flooring, the dining room can present an interesting challenge. It needs to be functional, of course, and able to withstand the spills that inevitably happen at meal times. On the other hand, the ideal dining room is also attractive- whether it’s elegant or understated, you want it to look nice and show off your furniture to its best advantage. Fortunately, there are many options on the market that can give you a nice looking floor that’s still practical and durable.

  • The general consensus seems to rate hardwood as the best dining room option. There’s nothing quite so warm and beautiful as true hardwood floors. They’re very durable, and though they’re initially expensive, they last essentially forever, which makes them cost effective if you plan to own your home for a long time. One concern: Climates with high humidity and natural elements like sand that are carried in on shoes and feet can damage hardwood floors.
  • Engineered wood and high quality laminate come in second. These types of flooring mimic the look of hardwood, but for a much lower price. They’re less prone to seasonal shrinking and swelling, and can often be installed right over the existing floor, which saves time and money. They don’t have the longevity of hardwoods, though, and they won’t stand up to refinishing as many times as true wood floors will.
  • Tile and stone can be viable options, but your climate is a factor. Especially if there’s tile or stone in the kitchen, and the dining room is adjoining, it may make sense to carry the same flooring into the dining room. This is a great idea if you live in a warm climate, but less so if you live where it’s cold. If you love the look but are concerned that the floor will stay too cold, invest in a good rug to help regulate the temperature. Tile is fairly easy to maintain, but make sure to have the grout sealed, in order to prevent staining.
  • Cork is an interesting, outside-the-box choice. Cork has a very unique look, and while it’s durable, it’s softer on the feet than hardwood. Not everyone likes the look, though, and it’s sometimes hard to create a harmonious design with cork in just one part of the house.
  • Carpet can be a risky selection. Carpet provides an elegant look, and is soft on the feet. However, in a dining room, it may not be the best choice. Particularly in homes with children, dining room floors will sustain food spills, and carpet is difficult to keep clean and stain-free in those circumstances. A better choice is a high quality area rug, to give the same feel as a carpet, but with lower maintenance required.

At Carpet Empire Plus, we’re experts in finding the right flooring for every room. Having served the area for over 18 years, we’re proud to offer just about every style of flooring and window covering available, at prices that will match any budget. Because we have our own installers on staff, you can trust us to make your home look beautiful and stand by our work. Visit one of our showrooms in Cathedral City or Indio, or call us at 760-324-9797.

Warm Up Your Home With the Help of Carpet

Time to replace your flooring? Think carpet. Not only is carpet homey, but also warming and timeless of all trends. Now that it’s getting cold outside and darker earlier, your solid floors feel as chilly as the weather outside-- but your carpet, a natural insulator, keeps your feet warm. What’s cozier than traipsing about your house on soft and plushy carpet? Compare this comforting experience to tip-toeing on freezing tile and warm carpet, and you know exactly how much better it feels. Carpet, whether wall to wall, or sized down in the form of a decorative rug, is one thing that makes a home. So, as friends and family visit your home this holiday season, remember that your carpets keep the cozy in and cold out!

Need help picking a rug or carpet? We’ll help you pick the stylish and plushy rugs your home deserves. Come see us in person or visit our website!

Benefits of Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring has long been considered one of the preferred flooring options for homeowners. Wood floors have an elegant look that can add character and warmth to any room. In addition to the way they look, hardwood floors also have several other benefits including their durability, value, and variety of options available.


Hardwood floors stand the test of time and can last for 100 years if they are properly cared for. They are fairly easy to care for and only require sweeping and vacuuming as well as an occasional cleaning with a wood floor cleaner.


Even though hardwood flooring may be a bit more expensive than some other flooring options, it can increase the resale value of your home. Homes with hardwood floors often sell faster, and for more money, than homes with just carpeting. Home buyers love hardwood floors which are often considered an upgraded feature.


Hardwood flooring goes with all styles of decorating, from modern to traditional. There are a variety of styles available including strip, plank, and parquet. Wood floors are also available in a variety of woods including:

  • Cherry
  • Oak
  • Walnut
  • Maple
  • Hickory
  • Pecan
  • And More

Hardwood flooring can be sanded and stained to fit the individual tastes of the homeowner. It can also be updated in the future to reflect a new decorating look in your home.

Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring is another popular style similar to hardwood flooring. Bamboo flooring is environmentally friendly and flame resistant. It can actually be harder than hardwood, and can be nailed down, glued down, or floated.

If you aren’t sure whether or not hardwood flooring and all of its benefits are right for your home, contact Carpet Empire Plus at 760-324-9797. We also have several other flooring options including:

  • Carpet
  • Tile
  • Natural Stone
  • Laminate
  • Vinyl
  • LVT
  • Area Rugs
  • Green Flooring

All About Eco-Friendly Carpeting

Eco-friendly carpeting is not only better for the environment but it could also improve your health. With all the environmentally conscious products on the market, having your home built and decorated with green materials is more common than ever before.

Green flooring products are more sustainable and eco-friendly. They are made from recycled content and leave a smaller carbon footprint than non-eco-friendly products. Green flooring options can include:

  • Cork
  • Bamboo
  • Stone
  • Hardwood
  • Linoleum
  • Ceramic Tile

Green carpeting utilizes the 3 R’s – Reduce, reuse, and recycle. Carpet is now being recycled to make new carpet or even recycled into other products including shingles, auto parts, and railroad ties. Some of the factors that go into determining if carpet is green include:

  • Carpet Fibers
  • Dye
  • Toxic Content
  • Recycled Content
  • VOC Emissions

In addition to being better for the environment, eco-friendly carpet is safer for your family’s health. That new carpet smell may be somewhat appealing, but it can actually be dangerous because it contains volatile organic compounds (VOCs). When inhaled, that new carpet can have a negative impact on health with symptoms including:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Allergic Reactions
  • Fatigue
  • And More

In order to reduce the likelihood of these symptoms, using a low VOC or eco-friendly carpet can promote a healthier living environment. To make sure your carpet is eco-friendly, look for the CRI icon on the carpet’s label which indicates that it passed testing for low emissions. Ask your carpet installer to air it out before putting it in your home, and if the carpet needs to be glued down, have low-emitting and nonsolvent adhesives used.

If you are interested in green carpeting or other eco-friendly flooring solutions in Palm Springs, California, give Carpet Empire Plus a call today at 760-324-9797.

Which Carpet Type is Best for Your Home? [INFOGRAPHIC]

We might not pay much attention to the carpet underneath our feet, but did you realize there are actually several types of carpet? Like many other options for your home, each has pros and cons. Deciding which type of carpet is best for you depends on a number of factors.

The following infographic will give you a better understanding of which carpet type is best for your home. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Carpet Empire Plus or visit us in Indio or Cathedral City.

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