When we moved into our (resale) home, we inherited the existing carpeting that stretched from the bottom of the staircase all the way up and throughout the entire second floor. Blah. I love area rugs for softness and warmth... but wall to wall carpeting... no. Obviously redoing the flooring in your home can be very expensive, so we decided to start with the staircase and did it in a pretty cost effective way. Yay!