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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
Thumbtack Customer
My experience with Leon Corral was wonderful. Carpet a large upstairs bedroom. Very professional, installer was on time. Installer very neat, cleaned and vacuumed left area immaculate. The company that sold us the carpet. Made a scheduling mistake, would not deliver carpet on Wednesday. Leon had the installer pick up the carpet at the store early . We had agreed to pay the store to deliver the carpet. But Leon agreed to have installer pick up carpet. Installer still arrived at8 am as originally agreed. The carpet not only had pattern matching but had a piece seemed in because of size of room.The carpet is perfectly matched and the seam cannot be found by anyone that has looked for it. We are very particular, Leon and his installer Benny exceeded our expectations. Had been very concerned about the piecing and carpet match. Benny has 20 years experience and did a fabulous job. I dont usually write reviews, this time it was a must. Hire this company, they are amazing! You will be so happy with your installations. ! This is our go to for flooring from now on.
Ok Corral FloorsOk Corral Floors
Thumbtack Customer
Getgreatflooring.com beat out all of the other quotes I received, and installed my carpet on short notice & on the date I requested! Very nice, professional and hard-working people! I highly recommend this company for carpet installation
getgreatflooring.com,llc.getgreatflooring.com,llc.
Thumbtack Customer
They did an excellent job installing out carpet. They were able to order and install what we wanted in a tight time-frame. Thank you
Golden Rule Flooring and Blinds LLCGolden Rule Flooring and Blinds LLC
Nick S.
I needed a quick carpet removal and new carpet installation and Golden Rule came to the rescue. Best pricing and value among other bidders and they got my rental home sold
Golden Rule Flooring and Blinds LLCGolden Rule Flooring and Blinds LLC
Thumbtack Customer
Thanks for your work it was done fast and the installation looked beautiful when it was finished. Most importantly your installer left everything clean and made sure that his work was up to my standards. When I need carpet installed you are my first call!
Ok Corral FloorsOk Corral Floors
Bonita C.
They installed carpeting in my investment property after my tenant ruined it. They did such an amazing job I had them carpet my in home movie theater and the results were just as amazing. I’m using their services again. Great quality, prompt, and reliable.
getgreatflooring.com,llc.getgreatflooring.com,llc.
Jaimes L.
After having this carpet installed for a month, I can say I'm very happy with the quality of the install and how quickly Tracey was able to get it done. Gave me a schedule and stuck to it even with more work than what he expected. Great choice for installation of flooring! Would highly recommend.
Baxter Carpet InstallationBaxter Carpet Installation
Stephen C.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND! Jim (owner) and his team were fantastic to work with! Jim is professional, reasonable and knows his stuff...I really enjoyed working with him and his guys. They installed carpet (26oz gray carpet) and tile (vinyl plank) in my office building. Overall workmanship from his installers was top notch. Great Job GetGreatFlooring.com!! I’m ready to connect again on the next project. Call me...
getgreatflooring.com,llc.getgreatflooring.com,llc.
Thumbtack Customer
Very Prompt, Professional and Fast. Great carpet selection and padding with a very reasonable price. I am really glad I use thumbtack because I found a great carpet installer and pool service. I can't say enough about Leon's company and service...5 Stars for sure
Ok Corral FloorsOk Corral Floors
Thumbtack Customer
Leon responded to my request and subsequent questions quickly and professionally. He was flexible, fair, and did an excellent job on the installation. I recommend Ok Corral Carpets to anyone needing new flooring.
Ok Corral FloorsOk Corral Floors
Joel R.
Leon and his team were fantastic! After the project was posted on Thumbtack, I received a professional estimate, a VERY reasonable quote, and complete carpet install, all within 3 days time. Quality work - could not be happier!
Ok Corral FloorsOk Corral Floors
Bill H.
This was a perfect transaction. I was in need of a quick turnaround. Treacey modified his schedule to accommodate. Treacey was a good communicator and arrived to the job early. We were both able to hold our heads High upon the completion of work. I highly recommend Baxter Carpet Installation. Thanks Treacey!
Baxter Carpet InstallationBaxter Carpet Installation
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