Keen to keep off the weight and stay health, I often write about my personal journey with food and execrise.
Can You Use a Scale on Carpet?
Yes and no. If you have a bathroom that’s carpeted and you want to start regularly weighing yourself, you will soon find that not all scales work on carpets. Although there aren’t that many ‘specialised’ carpet scale models out there, they do exist—they're just a bit harder to find than you might imagine.
What you likely know already though is that you can’t use any old standard bathroom scales on carpets and get an accurate reading. Again as you likely know, the carpet is often uneven and therefore can make the scales out of whack and prevent consistent results, giving readings that are often lighter or perhaps even heavier than you actually are. This can be frustrating when you are trying to monitor your weight!
Now all this being said, if you can, I would still opt for getting weighed with a standard set of scales on an even and flat surface—even if you find a more specialised set of scales that does work on carpet. At least from personal experience, scales on hard floors just tend to provide more accurate and consistent results.
What If My Whole Bathroom Is Carpeted?
If your bathroom is carpeted, you can always take your scale to the kitchen. My nephew even takes it into the shower with him to get properly weighed.
How to Find a Carpet-Friendly Scale
Generally, the main thing that they all share is ‘carpet’ feet. This basically raises the scales and measuring device above the ‘unstable’ carpet and produces a more stable one. Usually, these are detachable, so make sure that you sure attach them when you are weighing yourself on the carpet.
Check the Product Description for 'Feet'
To make sure they actually do offer this feature, be sure to check the product description and let them detail specifically that they offer this for this specific reason rather than just assuming.
Just as an example model to take a look at, see the Salter Max (specifically the "Model Number 9075 SVG 3LR") this isn’t a specific recommendation but you can see they specifically detail “carpet feet” that are “essential for accurate weighing on the carpet and uneven floors”.
You will find some models don’t specifically use feet but have a reinforced structural bottom to the scales that allow it to perform on the carpet. Again, though make sure that they specifically mention this in the product description.
Consider Additional Features You Might Want
Then, of course, you want to be looking at other features that you will want from your scales. Is it a ‘smart’ scale? Do you have an app that you can download that can track your weight automatically and carry out a series of different metrics as a result? You might not want this particular feature, however, it might well be the edge to choose one set of scales over another.
Likewise, you might care more about the aesthetic look as well as how practical it is. Do you want a larger base with a large display screen? Little things like this need to be considered when comparing and contrasting models to buy.
Look at Reviews and Ratings Before Buying
Then of course the overall rating and reviews of the different scales, be sure to see get feedback on how well they perform and look specifically for how they perform on carpets. This can then all be considered together with the price and how much you are willing to pay.
Ultimately, because you are getting a more unique type of scale (most people can find a place for an even place in their house to lay down the scales and weigh themselves) you are going to have fewer options available to you to choose from, so you might have to sacrifice a few features that you were keen on. Not only that, it will likely cost a little more than you would have liked.
Alternative Methods to Stabilising Your Scale on Carpet
All that said, there are some alternative methods that you could carry out to standard models that make them more ‘carpet friendly’. However, does require a bit of DIY skills.
- Cut out a plywood base for your scale. For instance, one way that I have resolved this issue is to actually get a piece of spare plywood and size it up to the actual dimensions of the scale. Then place the scale directly on top of the plywood. You can then see if it gives you a more consistent result.
- Buy a large tile to place under your scale. After this, to improve the overall look, you can pick up some ceramic style tiles from your local home store or even just order online and then lay them over the carpet you want your set of scales. This is not only a tasteful solution but also solves the issues of inaccurate readings when having your scales on the carpet. Personally, thinks this works a lot better with black-type scales and matching a dark tile or feet for the scales, as it blends and hides it better but in truth, you can do it for all styles and should really suit the bathroom more than anything.
- Make a DIY base with carpet feet. Alternatively, you could even attach your own base and set of ‘carpet’ feet to the set of scales you have to create that even base and give it an overall stylish look whilst achieving exactly what you want. This is can be a nice cost-effective saving technique and you can probably get more of the feature that you’re after, but for those who are shorter on time, the dedicated carpet bathroom scales are probably the way to go.
Now hopefully, you’ve got a good idea of what to look for when it comes to carpet working scales and that you are more than fine with using certain scales on the carpet—and actually get good results.
If you’re a carpet scale weigher, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the model of scales that you recommend for other readers to check out. Likewise, if you’ve not had a great experience with a pair of scales that are deemed to be ‘carpet’ specialised, let me know.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Carlyn Hayes