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Is it time to buy new carpet underlay?

Is it time to buy new carpet underlay?

So, you’ve just bought new luxury flooring for your home. When it comes to installation, you pull back the old carpet and see the carpet underlay that lies beneath. Does that need replacing too?

This is a question we get asked quite a lot, here at Carpet Underlay Shop, and our answer is very simple. Yes – you should invest in new carpet underlay almost every time you lay a new carpet. The only exception is if the current underlay is less than 12 months old or in excellent condition.

You may think it’s just a sales trick. Admittedly, some high-quality underlays are (in theory!) designed to last for up to 25 years or more. But we guarantee, the older they get, the less effective they will become. No matter how luxurious or expensive the carpet, its overall finish will only be as good as the underlay – and, nine times out of ten, it’s a recommended and highly worthwhile investment.


bare feet on carpet with new carpet underlay


5 reasons to buy new carpet underlay

1. Overall finish of the flooring

New carpet underlay will significantly improve the look and feel of your carpet. By adding an extra layer of cushioning, it enhances underfoot comfort and gives it a soft and cosy feel.

2. Noise reduction

Due to the plush nature of new underlay, it acts as an effective sound barrier. Both airborne and impact noises will be reduced and it will create a much quieter and more relaxing environment.

3. Carpet lifespan

High-quality carpet underlay prevents the pile of a new carpet from flattening – and, as such, it will look new for longer. It also protects the carpet from everyday wear and tear. The extra layer acts as a shock absorber and can, impressively, extend the lifespan of your flooring by up to 50%.

4. Cleanliness

Carpet underlay is renowned for harbouring dust and dirt. Therefore, when installing a new carpet, why not take the opportunity to replace it and freshen up the room? By protecting the carpet pile, new underlay also makes it easier to keep your new flooring clean and hoover away the dust. 

5. Energy bills

This is a benefit that many people fail to consider. New carpet underlay may seem like an extra expense, but in the long run, it can save you money. Essentially, it’s an extra layer that helps to keep in the heat. Some underlays are specifically designed to provide thermal insulation and their addition can help to reduce energy costs by up to 15% - saving you approximately £65 a year.


Our recommended ‘all-round’ carpet underlay

recommended new carpet underlay


If you’re ready to take our advice and would like to buy new carpet underlay for your project, our recommendation is the Plushwalk 12mm Carpet Underlay – available for just £6.99 per m2.

This is the best carpet underlay to date. As an affordable option, it can be used in all rooms throughout the home and boasts a range of excellent properties. For example, made from ‘bounce-back’ foam, it’s soft and luxurious underfoot. It has a high tog rating of 3.5 and offers excellent insulation. What’s more, it’s incredibly durable and will reduce noise levels by up to 49dB.

This is an underlay that will significantly improve the overall finish of your flooring. So why not add it to your basket today? If you have any questions about Plushwalk, or any of the other carpet underlays available, you’re always welcome to get in touch. Our team are on hand and happy to help. Either give us a call on 0203 887 0994 or send an email to

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  • Carl Smith