Selecting the right carpet can be a difficult task, as factors such as safety, acoustics and environment must be taken into consideration. In this blog, our commercial carpet company shares how to choose the right carpet for communal spaces.

What type of carpet is best for commercial use?

The best kind of carpet for commercial space has to be robust enough to withstand the wear and tear of thousands of feet on a daily basis. Our fibre-bonded ranges are the most reliable due to having anti-ravel and fray technologies, as well as being cost-effective. We have five different products that make up our fibre-bonded collection, with our bestselling Supacord being popular ever since its launch in 1973. 

Fibre-bonded carpet is used in most education settings, but can also be a good choice for communal areas in offices or in spaces like hallways and stairs. This is because these areas often get a large amount of traffic daily, and so need to be durable to last for many years to come.

Learn more about fibre-bonded carpets in our blog.

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What are the Characteristics of Carpet?

There are many positive features of commercial carpets which can help to improve learning, productivity and even help to boost creativity. In communal areas, these can be highly beneficial, for example, acoustic properties help to keep down the noise in busy hallways. Keep reading to discover what these features are. 

Incredible Acoustics

When a communal area gets busier, it also gets louder. A quieter space spreads calmness, making it a better experience for users. It is important to keep noise to a minimum in spaces such as apartment buildings, where residents live. Although other options such as insulated walls can help to control sound, selecting the right flooring is very important.

Carpet is one of the best and cheapest ways to reduce sound reverberation in a room. The thicker the carpet, the more sound benefits there are. With a BS EN ISO 10140-3 standard, our Hobnail range reduces noise impact by a maximum of 25 decibels!

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Latest Technology 

With so much technology available to us, it would be wise to consider some of the latest trends, when choosing the best carpet for communal spaces. Using strategic planning and supporting software can help you to fully utilise a space, from apartments to libraries.

For all of our carpet ranges, we offer BIM models on the NBS source, available via our download centre. This cutting edge software helps you to plan, design and manage your vision, in order to optimise projects.

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It is more crucial than ever to assess the environmental impact of the materials used in renovations. Think about where you are buying your materials from, the values of the manufacturer and whether you are making the best choice that you can.

Our  Supacord range of carpet tiles have an A+ BREEAM rating. This means that they meet high standards for indoor air quality, responsible sourcing of materials, construction waste management and more. All of our products are also UK manufactured, each retaining a 10-year warranty for a long-lasting life cycle.

Safety First 

Of course, when it comes to any communal area, keeping users safe is of utmost priority. It is necessary to have fire safety management plans and vital measures, such as extinguishers and fitted fire alarms. It is also crucial to choose the right building materials.

When selecting the right carpet for a space, those with high fire class ratings are most desirable. Our Hobnail and Supacord carpet tiles have a Class B fire class rating, making them a great option. They are also anti-static, meaning that they are safe for use in rooms with computers.

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What is the Best Colour Carpet not to Show Dirt?

Communal areas such as halls, break areas and stairs are often the first places to become dirty and stained due to the number of people using them daily. Therefore, choosing a colour that is less likely to show dirt is key to maintaining a good environment. The best colours to choose are deep brown and grey tones as they will hide most stains and make the appearance of dirt less noticeable. However, if you’re working to more of a colour scheme throughout your building, you can choose other darker colours such as deep green or navy which can have a similar effect. 

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Heckmondwike FB is one of the UK’s leading commercial carpet manufacturers, with over 40 years of experience catering for design professionals. Don’t just take our word for it though, we’re the go-to provider for Middlesex Flooring.

“We have worked with Heckmondwike FB for a number of years now and over that period have developed a great relationship with both the internal and external sales team.

They’re a joy to deal with and their fantastic products and service makes Heckmondwike FB our go-to carpet for education projects. They’re a company we can always rely on to deliver.” – Middlesex Flooring

To learn more, or request a free carpet sample, please contact 01924 406 161 or email 

As one of the UK’s leading commercial carpet and carpet tile companies, Heckmondwike FB has a long history of producing and manufacturing products in the UK – a legacy that continues to the present day.

All of Heckmondwike FB’s commercial carpets and carpet tiles are made in Britain, at the company’s facility in Liversedge, West Yorkshire.

This includes Heckmondwike FB’s most widely recognised and specified product, Supacord – perfect for the education section, with over 40 years delivering results in schools, colleges and universities across the country.

Primarily, the company manufactures products for stock throughout the year to successfully manage customer demand and to ensure supply is guaranteed in short delivery windows.

This is of particular benefit in the lead up to the peak summer months when carpet and carpet tiles are required for fit-outs in the education industry.

Alongside its manufacturing and production processes, as a company that is proud of its British manufacturing heritage, Heckmondwike FB strives to work closely with UK based suppliers throughout its supply chain, where possible.

Due to the UK’s current political situation (at the time of publishing), the company has been asked how changes in the political climate will impact supply to customers.

Although one of the main certainties of Brexit is in its uncertainty, the company would like to inform its customers, whether they are end-users, specifiers, architects/developers or flooring contractors, that Heckmondwike FB envisages no significant issues over the coming months when it comes to supplying products to UK-based customers.

If you would like to find out more about what the company is doing to ensure orders are completed or to answer any questions, please contact your local area manager, a list of which can be found here.

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Heckmondwike, one of the UK’s leading fibre bonded carpet and carpet tile manufacturers, has launched a new RIBA approved Continual Professional Development (CPD) seminar for specifiers, architects and other construction professionals.

The CPD seminar, ‘what to consider when specifying fibre bonded carpets’, is included on RIBA’s core curriculum under Design, Construction and Technology, with a General Awareness knowledge level. It will provide participants with the necessary information and essential regulatory requirements for correctly specifying and installing fibre bonded contract flooring.

Each session will cover the key factors that should be taken into consideration when specifying the right commercial carpet for a specific environment. This includes how fibre bonded carpets meet contract flooring requirements, the differences between sheet products, carpet tiles and carpet planks and their installation and maintenance.

In addition, participants will also gain a better understanding of the manufacturing processes, how to identify whether a fibre bonded product is fit for purpose, and how floorcoverings can meet health, safety and environmental standards.

Bob Mortimer, National Sales Manager for Heckmondwike, said: “Our new CPD seminar is designed to help construction professionals gain an even better understanding of fibre bonded floorcoverings. In addition, it will showcase how this type of carpet offers performance and aesthetic benefits for a wide range of commercial and education settings. We’re confident that the sessions will be of great value to everyone that attends.”

Heckmondwike products are made in the UK and provide outstanding performance, as well as being backed by a 10 year limited wear warranty, which means they can be specified in complete confidence.

Heckmondwike’s Fibre Bonded carpets are renowned for their durability, but also for their low maintenance properties and the fact that they will not ravel or fray, which is ideal for high-traffic areas.

If your company or practice wishes to book a lunchtime presentation of Heckmondwike’s new CPD seminar, call +44 [0] 1924 410544 (Option 6) or email Booking, and further information, is also available via the RIBA CPD website.