Thanks for the carpet suggestions guys!
Here's a (very) little progress - built shelves within the side columns, and fabric frames for the side column faces - slow going because I was using leftover scraps from the THT, plus no table saw. Hopefully will get the other four columns done this weekend. Sure.
I took delivery of the Berklines I ordered back in August
- which means I better get some carpet in. Only opened one box and assembled and tested the motorized recline.
Checked a few places for carpet - here are the ones I'm looking at - the dark brown with the large diamond pattern is my front runner. What do you think? The carpet guy came to measure, says I need 58 yards - initially it was 62, but then he realized the carpet I was interested in comes 15' wide, not 12' wide, so less waste. Will come to $1800 installed, including pad (~$31/yd incl pad and install). Will mull it over this weekend. Turnaround is supposed to be about a week.
Maybe I should check if HD / Lowes can get those same carpets, and if so, what their price would be, just as a sanity check.