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How much does it cost to install carpet?

If you’re ready to bring new life into your house with a makeover from the ground up, you’re ready to learn more about carpet installation costs. Installation costs vary greatly, depending on a number of factors such as the type of carpet, the number of square yards, any necessary repair work, the number of stairs you have, and where you live. Due to these variables, the national average cost of carpet installation ranges between $200 and $4,500.

To start planning for your new carpet, measure roughly how many square yards of carpet you’ll need. Research the main carpet styles and materials you like to get a feel for what they cost. Nylon carpets are typically the least expensive, and wool is one of the higher-end carpets. Prices per square foot might range from under $2 to over $10, depending on materials. Count the number of stairs you want carpeted; each one might average between $3 and $10 (or more for box steps). Carpet removal can be an added cost as well, averaging $1-$4 per square yard, depending on the company and regional disposal costs. 

How much is the cheapest carpet?

If you’re looking to reduce carpet installation costs, there are several ways to save. Start by considering your carpeting needs. Manufactured materials such as polyester and nylon will be cheaper than natural fibers such as wool. From big box retailers, starting prices for olefin-based carpet are approximately 50 cents per square foot — making the cost under $5 per square yard. Indoor carpets made with olefin fibers are typically the least expensive on the market. Keep in mind that olefin fibers are not as soft on bare feet as other fibers, so are often used in areas like basements, playrooms or indoor patios. Nylon and polyester are good options to reduce carpet installation costs while still creating a cozy feel. The face weight, fiber construction and density of a carpet all affect the cost per square foot. The cheapest nylon or polyester carpets can start at just under $2 per square foot, making them about $18 per square yard. Lower-cost carpet tends to wear out more quickly and show stains more easily, so avoid light colors and vacuum regularly to keep the fibers clear of dirt that might age it too quickly.

How much does it cost to carpet a bedroom?

If you’re building a new home, remodeling, or ready for new carpet in your bedroom, you’ll want to know carpet installation costs. Here are the factors that affect the cost of your new bedroom carpet:

  • Installation cost per square yard: From under $2 to over $6. Carpet companies have a labor cost per square foot for installing your new carpet. Depending on where you live in the country, that rate can vary greatly. This rate does not include the cost of the carpet.
  • Type of carpet: from $1 per square foot to $20 or more per square foot. The fibers that make up your carpet will have a direct effect on cost. As an example, specialty wool carpets may start at about $10 per square foot, while a manufactured fiber like nylon may be about $2 per square foot.
  • Removal of old carpet: from $1 to $4 per square yard. Old carpet is labor-intensive to remove and also costs money to dispose of or recycle. The cost to remove carpet will depend on how much carpet you need removed and whether your installation pros offer a discounted rate for installing your new carpet at the same time.
  • Subfloor repair: from $40 to $70 per hour (plus materials cost). If the flooring underneath your old carpet is damaged, it must be repaired before the new carpet is installed. Many carpet pros can offer this service, or you can hire a handyman to handle the job.  
  • Type of carpet pad: $1 per square yard and up, depending on the thickness. The cost to install carpet pad is typically included with the labor cost per yard of installing the carpet itself.

How much does it cost to install carpet on stairs?

The number of stairs you want carpeted in your home will directly affect your carpet installation cost. Putting carpet on stairs generally increases the labor time and requires a higher degree of detail than laying carpet flat. Where you live in the country also plays a role in your carpet installation cost. Carpet installation companies in smaller towns with a lower cost of living and a lower cost to do business (insurance, company vehicles, employee labor, etc.) can usually offer their customers lower rates than companies in large cities where the cost of living and the cost to do business are higher. Carpet pros will often quote you a flat rate per stair once they do a site visit to provide an estimate. They’ll take into account the size of each stair you want carpeted (including both the step and the riser), and what type of stair it is. For example, the cost might range between $3 and $10 per stair for labor only. On the higher end of the spectrum, box stairs or staircase stairs with spindles that must be worked around might cost between $15 and $25 per stair.

How long does carpet installation take?

You can expect carpet installation to take anywhere between several hours and a day. The length of the job depends on the scope of the project, room size, the type of carpet being installed and the condition of the work space. If your carpet crew needs to move furniture or work around other contractors, expect the project to take longer. Odd-shaped rooms with nooks and carpeted closets will also add time.

How do you plan for a carpet installation project?

Start by researching your options and figuring out the following:

  • What kind of carpet do you want?
  • How big are the rooms where you plan to install the carpet?
  • What type of backing is required?
  • Does the subfloor need to be prepared?
  • Do you need to make any repairs to your flooring?
  • When do you want the installation process done?
  • What is your budget?
  • Who is the best company or contractor in your area for the project?

Next, remove furniture from the room and give it a deep clean. Hire contractors to remove the current flooring if necessary. Schedule your carpet installer to have access to the room for as many days as they need for the project.

How do you measure for carpet installation?

The first step is to measure your room’s length and width, adding 2-3 three inches to each dimension to account for doorways and  trimming. Measure additional sections, like the other part of an L-shaped room. Multiply the length times width to get the overall area of carpeting. When measuring for stairs, make sure to measure all the way around the nosing of the stairs to account for extra carpeting needed.

What is tackless carpet installation?

Tackless carpet installation (or stretch-in installation) involves installing carpeting without the use of tacks. With this method, your flooring contractor will place the carpet over separate carpet cushions and secure it in place with a power stretcher, according to the Carpet and Rug Institute.

Reviews for Ashburn carpet installers
Benjamin R.
They did a good quality job installing the carpet
Contemporary FlooringContemporary Flooring
Morgan L.
Carpet install service Co. at its very best! quick professional service, and a perfect job well done. Recommended to all who are in need of carpet installation in their home, will keep them in mind in the future for carpetting the rest of the house or on future projects!
D&B Enterprises Luis Flooring CorpD&B Enterprises Luis Flooring Corp
Thumbtack Customer
Fast response to my call and prompt purchase and installation of carpet. No complaints.
Frankco Enterprises, Inc.Frankco Enterprises, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Got back to me quickly. Moving toward completion of carpet installation without any issues . Explained process and helpful picking out the right carpet since I am in another state
D&B Enterprises Luis Flooring CorpD&B Enterprises Luis Flooring Corp
Thumbtack Customer
Ernie did a fantastic job reinstalling my carpet. Not only did he do a better job than the original installer, he actually was able to cut into the carpet and relay it around a ground plug that was covered by the previous installer. Responded to me in the evening and came the next morning. Great service!
Performance Carpet Repair OrlandoPerformance Carpet Repair Orlando
Tracy W.
Wonderful! They were professional, friendly and helpful. They installed carpet on my loft and stairs. They were on time, cleanly, and the quality of the install was excellent. I’ll most certainly use them again.
D&B Enterprises Luis Flooring CorpD&B Enterprises Luis Flooring Corp
Ashley M.
Alex did an excellent job with our carpet installation. He handled all the furniture, hauling the old carpet and new carpet installtion. He offered a great value and delivered an impressive service. It was nice to support a small business for this project and I trust RA Contractor Flooring with future flooring needs.
RA Contractor FlooringRA Contractor Flooring
Thumbtack Customer
Frank did an amazing job on my carpet installation in my main living area. Great advice on the color of the carpet to go for. I couldn't be happier with the result. I am looking forward to completing the rest of my home with Frank.
Frankco Enterprises, Inc.Frankco Enterprises, Inc.
Mackenzie S.
Did a great job getting me what I needed on such short notice! Was able to get my carpet installed next day!!!
Stag Flooring Co.Stag Flooring Co.
Ashley V.
Was able to get carpet quickly installed from when requested. The staff was great. Really appreciate the work and promptness as I was under a time crunch.
D&B Enterprises Luis Flooring CorpD&B Enterprises Luis Flooring Corp
Carrie B.
JP provided carpet samples in advance and his crew arrived on time the day of the install. I would hire JP again. Great work
XC Home Improvements LLCXC Home Improvements LLC
Thumbtack Customer
I had a carpet job that was too small to attract most contractors. I was in a bind because one installer bailed. Cardy came in on a Saturday and did a great job. He's fast, reliable, and reasonable. He's definitely my carpet guy from hereon in.
Cardy's Carpet ServiceCardy's Carpet Service
Thumbtack Customer
Our carpet install came out great. Franklin came on time and did 2 rooms in about 2 hours. His price was better than competitors.
Frankco Enterprises, Inc.Frankco Enterprises, Inc.
Andrea S.
Just had new carpet installed in three bedrooms. Love it! Frank was very professional, honest and fair in pricing. Great job Frank! thank you very much!
Frankco Enterprises, Inc.Frankco Enterprises, Inc.
Carelle B.
We set a date for the installation but my initial experience with this company was excellent. He arrived on the ball, took measurements, sorted my choice of carpet and he was very professional while doing it.
D&B Enterprises Luis Flooring CorpD&B Enterprises Luis Flooring Corp
Stephanie C.
We hired Ernie to instal carpet in our nursery. He was incredibly professional, friendly and an overall pleasure to work with. He was very quick and did a fantastic, clean job on the installation. We will definitely be hiring Ernie again for our master bedroom and would highly recommend him!
Performance Carpet Repair OrlandoPerformance Carpet Repair Orlando
Thumbtack Customer
I hired Franklin to replace over 2000 sq ft of carpeting in one of my properties. He came right out to offer a quote and had the carpet ordered and installed in under a week. He also did some vinyl flooring for me. It was much less expensive than ordering from Home Depot or Empire and he was such a pleasure to work with. I will use him again in the future. Well done!
Frankco Enterprises, Inc.Frankco Enterprises, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
I had a deadline to meet for carpet installation and Franklin came through for me in less than 24 hrs. Franklin and his installers were extremely professional, friendly and got the job done in record time. I never felt I was getting the run-around with Franklin. I highly recommend Frankco Enterprises and I will definitely be using them again in the future! Awesome job!!
Frankco Enterprises, Inc.Frankco Enterprises, Inc.
Thumbtack Customer
Franklin was very professional and efficient when I hired him. Needed a quick turn around do to new house closing and having to move the family in and was able to get carpet ordered and installed within 5 days. Including a weekend. Would definitely recommend!
Frankco Enterprises, Inc.Frankco Enterprises, Inc.
Sue R.
The carpet was laid by Cardy and his assistant but the tackstrips along the edge of the carpet where the carpet meets the tile are very sharp and stick your feet when you walk across it. I asked Cardy about a threshold to cover the area where the carpet meets the tile and he said that it was not necessary. I have an 8 month old crawling granddaughter who could easily get a puncture wound from crawling across the area. It is the area where the carpet in the living room meets the tile in the dining room , which is 13 feet long and must be walked over often. I am also concerned for the safety of my future tenants because this house will be a rental property. Cardy and his assistant were unprofessional in that they left it in an unsafe condition and say they can come back out to fix it for an "extra charge." He asked me if I have a son who can fix this problem, but I think it should be Cardy's job to fix the problem. I had asked about tackless strips prior to the installation and he said he uses the regular tackstrips. . Just want to make future customers of Cardy aware of his work ethic and un-professionalism. I am currently looking for someone to fix the carpet job that isn't finished.
Cardy's Carpet ServiceCardy's Carpet Service
Maxwell H.
David's team came out and got it all done in 1 day. We needed new carpets installed in 3 bedrooms and a staircase. Very reasonable pricing and very responsive. I was pleased that the workers were willing to wear masks all day even though it was hot and difficult work. They were nice people and worked quite fast. Great job.
D&B Enterprises Luis Flooring CorpD&B Enterprises Luis Flooring Corp
Stephanie R.
We originally hired some one else to install our carpet. The other guy took a deposit and told us the job would be done on the 28th of March. After a few weeks of lies and a terrible partial install we decided to find some one else. David came to our 6 bed/4 bath with a den home, looked at what was done, what needed to be done and what needed to be fixed. He gave me an estimate which was a reasonable price. We hired him on Saturday, him and his crew came in on Monday and completed every thing in just a few hours. Everything went so smoothly and my house looks great with the new carpet. His entire crew worked hard and they were very professional. I couldn't be happier. Thank you David for getting the job done and ending the stress the other guy caused!
D&B Enterprises Luis Flooring CorpD&B Enterprises Luis Flooring Corp
Rohan D.
Wow! Honestly, if you are looking for any work done to your home - look no further. JP and his team are fantastic, versatile, reliable, and excellent to work with all around. I had them replace my carpet in certain areas and install laminate floors in my upstairs area (this took some specialized cuts and they executed flawlessly). I also needed my stairs refinished and they did an amazing job with that too. We will definitely be reaching out to JP and his team again for any work needed in the future. Through their responsiveness, quality of work, punctuality, and pricing - they have definitely earned a life long customer.
XC Home Improvements LLCXC Home Improvements LLC
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