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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 installation professionals
Thumbtack Customer
Dennis and his team came within a days notice to install a carpet runner on two staircases. He was able to use leftover carpet from flooring installing to create a beautiful carpet runner for my home. The install was very clean, professional, and timely. I will be recommending Loza's Flooring for all carpeting needs.
Loza's Remodeling LLCLoza's Remodeling LLC
Dianna T.
My carpet looks amazing! What an absolutely great experience all the way from getting a quote to wrapping up service today. The repair on my carpet makes it look like it was never there and my carpet is cleaner and more beautiful than it has been with any other cleaner. Highly recommend!
Total Cleaning ServiceTotal Cleaning Service
Imran A.
Great job! Came in and completed carpet stretching with ease, the team was great and professional.
Jose HernandezJose Hernandez
Lakhan J.
Amazing job by Bill! He came in on time, work very professionally and efficiently, and the house looked amazing! He performed carpet stretching, carpet cleaning, hardwood floor cleaning and floor polish. Just great to have him, and would definitely rehire Bill in the future!
Edibill  Services & Carpet Care LLCEdibill Services & Carpet Care LLC
Sherry J.
Jose is excellent! He came out and repaired our carpet quickly and now it looks new again.
Jose HernandezJose Hernandez
Ajay M.
Hi, I hired Jose for installing carpet in my basement media room. He was on time. He got the help he needed for the job. He did an awesome job, they thoroughly cleaned up after the job. I will strongly recommend him for any carpet, hardwood or laminate installation. Thanks guys for your help. Ajay
Jose HernandezJose Hernandez
Natalie R.
We had a great experience with Peter from start to finish. He was easy to work with, the price was very fair, and communication was on point. There was a hiccup with our carpet runner installation, but Peter rectified the problem in a timely manner and even gave us a gift card for the inconvenience! We would highly recommend! We absolutely love our new carpet:)
Peter's FlooringPeter's Flooring
Thumbtack Customer
Peter was very kind, helpful, and very cost effective without sacrificing quality. We love our new carpet floors! Thank you, Peter!
Peter's FlooringPeter's Flooring
Brett T.
Awesome job, with a competitive cost, exceptional quality and professionalism. Will reach out again if I have any carpet needs, and thank for you the color recommendation!
Tiznado's InstallationTiznado's Installation
Karrie B.
Remodeling the basement into a home gym and needed to replace carpet on the steps. Steve was awesome, very reasonably priced, and the crew was quick. Very pleased and would highly recommend.
ImagEffects LLCImagEffects LLC
Khalid A.
He replaced an entire level of carpet at my house - showed up on time, did the work, and cleaned up. I highly recommend. Good quality at a fair price.
Orlando Carpet LLCOrlando Carpet LLC
Vikas J.
My experience with Jose was great. He responded right away and came on time to fix my water damaged carpet at reasonable price. I highly recommend him flooring needs.
Jose HernandezJose Hernandez
Alex S.
Orlando did such a great job. I showed a couple friends the finished job and they couldn't tell where the seam is that replaced the torn carpet. I know it's there, but great that they don't. Good quality work.
Orlando Carpet LLCOrlando Carpet LLC
Smrity B.
Orlando did a great job at changing carpet in one of my rooms. The padding he used was of really good quality. He showed up on time and finished his job. He vacuumed the room. He is a total professional. Highly highly recommended. Ten Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Orlando Carpet LLCOrlando Carpet LLC
Michael M.
My experience with Fenix Floor Coverings was great. They provided a cost competitive quote that was lower than any other I received, they were able to schedule the work within 24 hours and stretched 3 rooms with a power stretcher and re-secured seems where necessary making the carpet look like new again. Fantastic job and professionalism.
Fenix Floor Coverings, LLCFenix Floor Coverings, LLC
Tallal T.
I hardly write reviews but I had to today. If you are looking for flooring solutions go here. Better product, better company, financing offered... lifetime warranty on carpet... pay a couple extra hundred dollars for this company. The installers were PERFECT. In some cases, James the installer went out of their way to stop the subfloor from squeaking because I asked. The salesman was PERFECT. Extremely responsive. I trust this company and will only do business with them going forward.
ImagEffects LLCImagEffects LLC
Roger L.
I recently moved across country and needed my carpet replaced (entire home) on short notice. I had to coordinate logistics with Jose from the West Coast and I flew back for the weekend for the installation. Jose showed up on time and knocked the work out in less time than he initially estimated. He did an AMAZING job was professional throughput the project. I would absolutely hire him again and refer him to other people! When you are on a tight schedule, the little things make the difference and Jose made a very stressful situation smooth.
Jose HernandezJose Hernandez
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