How much does it cost to fit a carpet?
Fitting a new carpet is one of the cheapest ways to make a big change to your home.
But before you commit to the project, it’s worth doing a little research. How much does carpet cost? What do professional carpet fitters charge to do the job? And can you really afford it right now?
Whether you’re desperate to rip up that 80s style flooring left by the previous owner, or just wish to make the bedroom a little cosier, here we’ve created a detailed breakdown of all the carpet fitting costs you should consider when making your decision.
So why not take a look? Do the sums and see if the predicted total fits with your budget.
3 factors that affect the cost of a new carpet
1. The cost of the carpet itself
Carpets are usually priced per m2 and the cost will depend on several factors, including:
- the material
- the texture and weave of the carpet
- the pile depth
- the manufacturer or brand
- the colour
- its overall quality
- the amount of carpet you require
Cost per m2
To give you a better idea of how much you can expect to spend, the table above details the average cost per m2 for a budget friendly, mid-range, and luxury carpet.
Generally speaking, synthetic carpets (e.g. those made from nylon, polyester, polypropylene etc.) tend to be a lot more affordable than wool. But it pays to shop around. Large chains and local companies often stock the same products and brands – so be sure to compare their prices and look out for any special offers and promotions.
Some fitters also get trade discounts, which can bring the price down even further. Therefore, before you place an order, give them a call. They may be able to get the same carpet for much less.
2. Additional carpet costs
Aside from the new carpet, there are several extra things that you may need to purchase:
First and foremost, carpet underlay.
Although it’s often seen as ‘optional’, new underlay is essential for almost all projects. The only exception is when the existing carpet underlay is less than 12 months old. Not only will it enhance the look and feel of your new flooring, it acts as a fantastic shock absorber – extending the lifespan of the carpet by up to 50% – and will provide some much-needed insulation.
Our no.1 recommendation is Plushwalk 12mm.
This is an esteemed underlay, that has dominated the market for many years. Available for £6.99 per m2, it does fall at the higher end of the price scale. But it offers a wide range of industry-leading properties and benefits, including:
- exceptional levels of underfoot comfort
- excellent sound insulation (capable of reducing impact and airborne noises by up to 48dB)
- an impressive 3.3 TOG rating
- long-term durability
- an in-built damp proof membrane
- lightweight construction, which makes it easy to handle and quick and effortless to install
- versatility, perfect for use in most rooms
For those who wish to keep the cost of their new carpet to a minimum, Cloud 9 Cumulus is a popular alternative. This is slightly cheaper than Plushwalk 12mm, priced at £4.85 per m2. But it’s still a very good product, offering an array of useful properties, as well as excellent value for money.
In addition to underlay, you may also need to factor in the cost of:
- carpet grippers – starting from £15.99 for a 12m pack
- new carpet metals – available in our store from £2.99 per trim
- delivery charges – for both your carpet and carpet underlay (£5 - £45 depending on the order value and delivery service chosen)
3. The cost of a carpet fitter
On average, the going rate for a professional carpet fitter is £120 - £150 per day – with them typically charging around £3 - £3.50 per m2 for their labour.
But it’s important to keep in mind, carpet fitting prices can vary significantly depending on many factors, including the number of rooms to be fitted, the size and shape of each room, the type of carpet you’re having fitted, and how long the installation will take.
Fitters will also often charge extra for ‘extra’ tasks, such as:
- Clearing the room of furniture and belongings (£10 - £15)
- Taking up old carpet and underlay (£0.50 - £1 per m2)
- Repairing the subfloor (£12 - £15 per m2)
- Door easing (£20 - £30 per door)
- Disposing of waste materials (£0.50 - £1 per m2)
So it’s worth taking this into consideration and, before committing to a particular carpet fitter, be sure to ask what exactly is included in the price they’ve quoted.
Of course, it is also possible to lay new carpet yourself. Even for a DIY amateur, it can be a fairly quick and easy project – and it’s a great way to reduce your overall carpet installation costs.
Lots of step-by-step tutorials can be found online. In fact, here at Carpet Underlay Shop, we have created several handy guides – including ‘How to lay carpet underlay’, ‘How to fit stair carpet’ and ‘How to fit carpet grippers’ – to help our customers with their home-based projects. And rather than buying new tools, perhaps you could borrow them from a friend or neighbour – helping to keep the cost down even further?
So, what’s the bottom line?
Ultimately, the grand total for your new carpet will depend on the type and quality of the products you’d like and whether you choose to hire a carpet fitter or do-it-yourself.
On average, to fit a 3x3m room with a mid-range carpet will cost £350-£400. But that’s without the assistance of a carpet fitter. With a carpet fitter, you can expect to add another £100 - £120 to the final bill – depending on their daily rate and exactly what you ask them to do.
To find out more about the cost of a new carpet – or if you have a question about the products available in our store – please don’t hesitate to get in touch. As industry experts, we have excellent knowledge in this area and can advise on the best options to suit your personal budget.
No matter how much (or how little!) you’re looking to spend, we’re confident we can find a way for you to rip up those old carpets and update your home – without breaking the bank in the process. Simply give us a call on 0203 887 0994 or send an email to email@example.com and a member of the team will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.
- Alex Illidge