We have a small bedroom in a 1936 terraced house in north London. we have decided to go for a new fitted carpet with a natural material underlay. (not rubber underlay, which we suspect might deteriorate after ten or fifteen years or so).
The wooden flooring has gaps pretty much all over up to roughly 5 cm where the boards have shrunk over the years. with a few places with some shortish strips up to 1 cm wide, where the wood has been damaged at some point, probably we guess before laying them down.
We thought we would go for the most basic carpet from john Lewis with a Hessian backing. It's about £20 sq metre. (we know the rubber back underlay deteriorate because the carpet we pulled up and threw out was like a mass of decayed bread crumbs underneath). John Lewis's felt underlay is £4.45 sq metre, their basic carpet is £20 a square metre and the fitting charge is £4.65 a square metre, since I don't think I could fit it myself.
Does all this sound a reasonable choice? And what please is it best to do about the gaps between the floor boards especially the larger ones? Since I would like to sort out the gaps in my own time before the carpet actually arrives. Thanks for any advice.