New Carpet and preventing dents

Hello everyone!

I've just had new carpets fitted and want to try and prevent dents appearing in the new carpet for as long as possible. I'm planning on getting IKEA wardrobes in the bedrooms as well as a new bed.

I was thinking of using MDF (which I'll paint to match the colour of the carpet as close as possible) cut to size and place the wardrobes/bed/bedside tables on the MDF.

I think it was a good idea as it will spread the weight of the furniture on the carpet rather than a small single point. The only thing stopping me is "is it worth it?"

What do you think?


  • cajef
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    villieb said:
    Hello everyone!

    What do you think?
    I think you will end up with large areas of the carpet flattened by the weight of the boards and furniture you put on the carpets.  
  • Eldi_Dos
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    If you still have the offcuts from when the carpet was fitted, cut these to size and use as coasters between new carpet and furniture.
  • CliveOfIndia
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    What I usually do is just use some of the offcuts of carpet (of which there are usually loads), cut to size, stick a couple of pieces (one on top of another) under each leg of the furniture.  To be honest, I'm not sure how much good it actually does, but it costs nowt.
    Is it worth it?  I'm not sure, to be perfectly honest.  Things like beds and wardrobes tend to stay in the same place pretty much forever.  And if you do move them, in my experience any dents will tend to disappear after a few days.  What tends to be more noticeable is a slight difference in colour in the area that's been covered where it has either not got dirty or not got slightly faded in the the sunlight.
  • twopenny
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    With decent quality carpet i found the dents come out after a few hoovers or a carpet clean.

    But as said, if you cover an area with a shape that will make a larger dent and the colour will be different underneath. Nothing you can do will change that.

    So unless you plan to move the furniture every few months it isn't worth it.

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  • Gavin83
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    You can mostly remove furniture dents anyway. Wet the dent, rough it up a bit and then hoover. I wouldn’t say it completely eliminates it but it does a good enough job you’d have to go looking for it.
  • Cornucopia
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    For furniture with smallish legs, you can get spiked carpet protectors.   They leave a pattern of small marks from the spikes, but these readily hoover out.

  • pinkteapot
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    Why do you want to prevent the dents? 

    Is it likely you'll change the furniture layout in future? Or likely you'll move out? Or....??

    It's never occurred to me to prevent them. We have one bedroom where we got rid of a wardrobe a couple of years ago. The dents it left have disappeared with repeated hoovering. 
  • pattycake
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    I am a serial furniture mover.  It makes me feel I’ve got something new when the layout is different.  Anyhow, I tackle the dents with ice cubes.  Leave to melt and dry, probably overnight and then agitate the pile (I use a spoon handle) then hoover.  Doesn’t get rid of the very worst but makes them much less noticeable.
  • villieb
    villieb Forumite Posts: 54
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    Thanks everyone. I'm going to buy those carpet protectors.

    I suppose the reason I want to prevent dents is because the carpet is new and in the back of my mind I want it looking new for a long as possible (even in the places no one will see) - thanks again!
  • pattycake
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    The best way to keep your carpet looking good is to always take outdoor shoes off at the front door.  No-one enters my home in shoes!  My kids were brought up with this rule and stick by it with their own children in their houses.  It’s becomes second nature.
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