When it's time for your co-op or condo to start discussing replacing the floor coverings for your lobby, staircase or hallways, it's important to look at all the options available, because a lot has changed over the past decade. Where once it seemed like a no-brainer to just put down any old brand of carpet, now the range of materials available are endless, and it might make more sense to go with something less conventional like decorative rugs, tile or leather.
While cost always seems to be a factor, today it seems like more buildings are concerned with aesthetics, as a nicer lobby can add to the total value of the property.
"Whatever you choose, we always suggest that you designate a section of the public hall when testing a new product," says Kim Depole, of Manhattan's Kim Depole Design, Inc. "This is the best way to see how the tenants respond to a small sample prior to investing in an entire building, because mistakes are costly."
Despite many new options for floor coverings, carpet still remains the number one option in Manhattan co-ops and condos, according to most of the experts we spoke with.
There's a good chance that if a replacement is necessary in your building, an old carpet that was originally installed is dull and bland. Luckily, today there are so many more choices in terms of color and design when it comes to choosing a new rug or carpet.