DOWN UNDER Because you cant see underlay doesnt mean its not that important. It is. Different carpets will need different underlays according to their weight and construction. A good quality underlay acts as a shock absorber noise and heat insulator and can add 40 per cent to the life of any carpet. It will dictate how the floorcovering will finally look. Never be tempted to re-use old underlay – it may have lost its resilience which will mean your new carpet wont wear evenly. If youre using the same carpet in different rooms or throughout your home, youll need the same underlay too. Select one thats suitable for the heaviest wear in your home – usually, this will be the stairs. Ask your retailers advice about choices and suitability. RISING TRENDS DINING TABLE DESIGN IN NEPAL You might consider adding a welcoming finishing touch to your stairs by fitting decorative stair rods.