Carpet Fitting Cost

Last updated 27th July 2020

Trying to find out how much it costs to lay a carpet? In this article we breakdown the prices of fitting carpet in any room of the home, including by square metre, making it easy to calculate an estimate for any job. The average cost of supplying and fitting carpet in a regular sized room is £600 but read on to find out how the price can vary.

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How Much Does Carpet Fitting Cost?

The average cost of a carpet fitting is between £3 - £40 per square metre. This may seem like a drastic difference in price – and that’s because there are huge variants that will affect the cost of a carpet fitting.

For a basic carpet, such as synthetic and olefin the average cost is £5 per square metre. A medium quality carpet (nylon, polypropylene, polyester) would cost around £20 per square metre.

A luxury carpet can cost a significant amount more. For example, velvet carpet, Axminster woven, Wilton woven, can cost £40 per square metre.

The average cost of underlay is between £3 - £15 per square metre.

Carpet Fitting Prices

The cost of a carpet fitting will differ depending on the quality of the carpet. Please note that we will be using the average UK room sizes for a master bedroom, a single bedroom and a living room. The average sizes are as follows:

  • The average master bedroom in the UK is 15m2.
  • A standard living room in the UK is roughly 20m2.
  • A single bedroom (a bedroom that fits a single bed but not a double bed) is around 7m2.

Carpet fitting on staircases is usually calculated based on a price per stair. For the below calculations we will be using the average number of steps per staircase in a UK home which is 13.

The average cost of underlay is between £3 - £15 per square metre. For the below tables, we will use an average of £10 per square metre.

The below table shows the cost of carpet fitting depending on the size and material quality.

Budget carpet would be synthetic and olefin at the cost of around £5 per square metre.

Mid range carpet would be nylon, polypropylene and polyester at the cost of £20 per square metre.

Luxury carpet would be something like velvet carpet, Axminster woven, Wilton woven, at the cost of £40 per square metre.

Type of carpet fitting Size Budget Mid-Range Luxury
Underlay only Single bedroom £70 £70 £70
Carpet only Single bedroom £35 £140 £280
Underlay and carpet Single bedroom £105 £210 £350
Underlay only Master bedroom £150 £150 £150
Carpet only Master bedroom £75 £300 £600
Underlay and carpet Master bedroom £225 £450 £750
Underlay only Living room £200 £200 £200
Carpet only Living room £100 £400 £800
Underlay and carpet Living room £300 £600 £1000
Minimum charge Staircase £50 £50 £50
Carpet only Staircase £65 £260 £520
Carpet and minimum charge Staircase £115 £310 £570


Supply Only Costs

Whether you wish to fit a carpet yourself or you’re just interested to know about specific carpets costings, here’s a quick breakdown of the most common types of carpet and their costs.

Most types of carpet can be broken down into two categories: the manufacturing style and the carpet material.

Manufacturing Style

There are two main ways in which carpet is manufactured:

  • Woven
  • Tufted
Woven

Woven carpets take a longer time to make, and the process is more labour intensive. It is therefore not surprising that this is the more expensive of the two styles to purchase; a roll of tufted carpet can take roughly an hour to make, whereas the same amount of woven carpet would take eight hours!

The methods used to make a woven carpet date back to the 16th century. You could pay around £60 per square metre for this style of carpet. There are three main types of woven carpet:

  1. Axminster
  2. Wilton
  3. Flat weave

Each different type refers to the way in which the fibres are woven, for example, a flat weave refers to the yarn being woven in a loop pile, creating a flat and textured carpet.

Tufted

Tufted carpets are machine-made, lowering the cost significantly compared to a woven carpet. Most UK homes have tufted carpet, and it is much more likely that you will be purchasing a tufted carpet, especially when shopping at carpet shops and DIY stores.

Carpet Style Cost per square metre
Woven £60
Berber £6
Saxony £8
Twist £6
Velvet £40
Loop £4.50
Cut and Loop £10


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Individual Costs For Supplying And Fitting Carpet In a 20 Square Metre Lounge - Total Cost: £600

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Labour Costs and Time Frames

The average price for hiring a carpet fitting labourer is between £90 to £120. This involves a timeframe of 2 – 3 hours for an average-sized room of 20m2.

Size of room Time to complete labour Labour costs
7m2 1 hour £60
15m2 2 hours £90
20m2 3 hours £120


Task Time to completion
Carpet delivery 3 – 10 days
Moving furniture 1 – 3 hours
Removal of carpet 30 minutes – 1 hour
Fitting new underlay, grippers and door bars 1 hour – 1.5 hours
Laying new carpet 1 – 3 hours


Additional Costs

Although it may seem that the costs of carpet fitting are straightforward, there may be additional costs you haven’t thought about. Here’s a breakdown of some costs you may have to budget for:

  • Grippers: Grippers are specially created pieces of plywood designed to keep your carpet in place. They have been treated with a high-grade resin and have sharp pieces of nails that stick up, ready for a carpet to be affixed.

A gripper is normally 1 metre to 1.5 metres long and around 20 mm wide. They need to be placed across all the edges of the room the carpet is to be fitted in. The average cost of a set of 8 gripper rods is around £5.

Room Number of gripper rods required Estimated cost
Single bedroom 7 £5
Master bedroom 15 £10
Living room 20 £15


Skirting boards: You may decide to get new skirting boards whilst you’re having a re-carpet. If you do, expect to pay an average of £5 per metre.

Cost of moving furniture: Some carpet fitting companies will be more than happy to help you move any furniture out of the room. For bigger companies, this may be done free of charge. Small companies, with only one or two labourers, may add on a small charge (£50 - £75). It’s best to check with the company beforehand.

It will also depend on what type of furniture it is. If you’re having a small room redone with very simple furniture, it will be a lot easier than a bedroom with a double bed and wardrobe!.

Waste disposal cost (by professionals): Once you have your lovely new carpet fitted, have you considered where you’re going to put the old one?! Some carpet fitting companies and carpet retail stores will take your old carpet and underlay etc. away, at the cost of between £1 - £4 per square metre. Some fitters will charge a bulk cost to take the whole carpet away – between £15 to £20 for the whole thing.

removing carpet

Waste disposal cost (DIY): Another option is to get rid of the carpet and other waste yourself. Most recycling centres don’t accept carpets (but do check) so it’s probably the local tip/dump. Although this is usually free, check your local council’s website.

You will also need to think about how you are transporting the carpet and waste there. Do you have a big enough vehicle, or do you know someone who can help? Will you have to cut the carpet into smaller pieces?

Depending on the quality of the carpet, it might be worth checking if any local charities, organisations or anyone in the community could make use of it.

Delivery charges: The standard delivery charge is around £30, but this could increase if you live quite far away from the retailer, or if you live in London. For delivery within the London congestion zones, you may be paying upwards of £60 for delivery.

Door bars: Door bars are the trim that goes over the door threshold and joins up one room’s carpet/flooring to the next rooms. A door bar usually comes in a length of around one metre, and that will cost between £3 to £5, depending on design and material.

Floor levelling: Sometimes when a carpet or laminate flooring is being fitted, it’s discovered (usually beforehand!) that the floor is not level. Unfortunately, this is an issue that will usually need to be fixed before any other work is carried out. The average cost of floor levelling is between £8 to £10 per square metre.

What Does Carpet Fitting Entail?

Preparation

Before a new carpet is fitted, there are several steps that need to be taken.

Move furniture

All furniture will need to be removed from the room. If you are unable to do this yourself, check with the carpet fitting company you have hired to see if they can assist and, if so, how much they will charge.

Check skirting boards

Do you want to replace your skirting boards? Maybe you’d prefer to paint them. It’s best to do this now before the new carpet is installed – you don’t want paint dripping on your brand-new carpet!

Remove the carpet

If you’re doing this yourself Remember to plan how you’re getting rid of it first!

Remove the old underlay

Once you have the old carpet up, check the condition of the underlay. Some people might consider keeping the old underlay, but it’s usually not worth it. Underlay can get destroyed, and once you have the new carpet down, you won’t want to rip it back up again just for new underlay! Some signs underlay needs replaced are:

  • Crumbling material
  • Collecting dust

Step by Step Guide

  1. Step Remove old carpet/flooring
  2. The first step of fitting a new carpet is to remove the current carpet or flooring. A professional carpet fitter will usually do this for you but, if you have hired professionals, it’s worth checking before their due to start work.

  3. Cut the new carpet to size
  4. The next step will be rolling out the new carpet in the empty room and cutting it an extra 200mm all round, ensuring that any pattern in the carpet is square to the walls and that you leave enough overlap to go through any doorways. The carpet will then be rolled up again and placed to one side.

  5. Carpet grippers installed
  6. Next, lay carpet grippers around the outside of the room about 12mm away from the skirting boards and hammer into the floor using masonry nails, ensuring the sharp ends point towards the walls to grip the carpet.

    install carpet grippers
  7. Underlay is put down
  8. Then lay the underlay inside the gripper and roll out the carpet by pushing it into one corner first, so the overlap folds down onto the carpet, leaving a crease where it meets the skirting board. Push this crease well into the joint where the carpet meets the floor. Then use a sharp knife to remove the overlap while pushing the carpet onto the gripper in that corner. Work along one edge of the carpet until one wall is complete, then go back to the starting corner and work along the other wall.

  9. Carpet is fitted
  10. Then use the kicker to stretch diagonally across the room. When all the carpet is cut to size and placed into position, use the kicker to make sure the carpet is tight to all skirting boards. Finally use a carpet bolster to bang down the carpet between the gripper rods and the skirting boards for a lovely neat finish.

Cost Affecting Factors of Fitting a Carpet

The main factors that will influence the overall price are:

Quality:

There’s a vast difference between the price of a synthetic carpet and the price of a luxurious high-grade wool carpet. For the former, you could pay as little as £3 per square metre. For the latter, expect costs to exceed £40 per metre. The quality of carpet you decide to have fitted should not be based upon just cost, however. You will need to consider what you want your carpet to do (does it just need to look good? Does it need to cope with a high amount of foot traffic from the family bustling in and out? Does your carpet need to withstand all the trappings of pet ownership?). We will get into the differences in types of carpets later.

Difficulty of fitting:

If the room or area requiring carpet fitting is awkwardly shaped, or you want the stair carpet redone, then it will cost more than fitting a standard room. It will also cost more if the door or floor needs levelling due to the thickness of the carpet.

Cost of labour:

Not every carpet fitters charge the same (so remember to shop around and get several quotes!), and this can be for several different reasons, such as the quality of the workmanship (always be suspicious if the quote seems too good to be true – it may well be!), the size of the company (check if you’re paying per labourer) and, of course, your location! Hiring any sort of labourer in London is going to cost significantly more than it would in, for example, the north of England.

The size of the room:

With most costs for carpet fitting being per metre squared, it should be easy enough to work out roughly how much it will cost for a particular room. A large area, such as a living room, is going to cost more to fit than a small closet. It may be trickier to work out the size of an area if it’s oddly shaped, for example, if you want to get downstairs, staircase and upstairs hallway redone. It’s also worth noting that many carpet fitters will have a minimum price, so even the area is small, it may cost more than you think. This is because, like most labourers, carpet fitters need to charge for costs associated with more than just area size – travel costs, the cost of turning down other, possibly bigger jobs, etc.

carpet installed on stairs

DIY Carpet Fitting

Some people prefer installing carpets themselves. This could be due to financial reasons (wanting to avoid paying labour costs or can’t afford to pay labour costs of an estimated £60 - £120 for 1-3 hours), an enthusiasm for DIY or simply because they want to do it in their own timeframe.

It’s perfectly possible to fit your own carpet, but there are possible disadvantages and pitfalls:

  • It may not look as good! If you’re not an expert, then the finishing job presumably won’t look as good as an expert’s work would. If you’re not a perfectionist and don’t mind the odd lump and bump, then you mightn’t mind this.
  • You could ruin the materials. Between the underlay, the carpet and all the other bits and pieces, the cost of all the materials add up. By attempting to install the carpet yourself, you could end up accidentally ripping, ruining or completely destroying some of the materials! This could end up being a very costly mistake .
  • It’s physically difficult. Fitting carpet can be quite physically demanding – especially on the knees and back. If you have any existing pain or medical conditions, you may want to avoid such intensive labour – or at least check with your doctor or medical professional.
  • It’s stressful. This is not an easy or simple task. There’s lots of tedious bits to do and a lot of pressure to get it right. It’s worth weighing up the financial cost with the price of peace of mind!

What Carpet Should I Get?

Each type of carpet is better at doing certain things, and therefore it’s not just about which carpet catches your eye at the shop. There are things to consider, such as:

Longevity – How long do you want your carpet to last? Are you planning to replace the carpets again in five years? Or do you need a carpet that’s going to go the distance?

Placement – Every room in your house is treated differently: the hallway is trekked through, the living room is used daily, a bedroom is a place for comfort. How you use each room corresponds to what type of carpet you should choose.

Purpose – What is it that you want out of the carpet? Do you value comfort over practicality? Or is hiding away the dirt of busy family life more important?

Woven Carpet

Woven carpets take a longer time to make, and the process is more labour intensive. It is therefore not surprising that this is the more expensive of the two styles to purchase; a roll of tufted carpet can take roughly an hour to make, whereas the same amount of woven carpet would take eight hours!

The methods used to make a woven carpet date back to the 16th century. You could pay around £60 per square metre for this style of carpet. There are three main types of woven carpet:

  1. Axminster
  2. Wilton
  3. Flat weave

Each different type refers to the way in which the fibres are woven; for example, a flat weave refers to the yarn being woven in a loop pile, creating a flat and textured carpet.

Tufted

Tufted carpets are machine-made, lowering the cost significantly compared to a woven carpet. Most UK homes have tufted carpet, and it is much more likely that you will be purchasing a tufted carpet, especially when shopping at carpet shops and DIY stores. There’s lots more choice of tufted carpet, including:

tufted carpet

Berber

This type of carpet is made from a looped pile (the pile is either level looped or multilevel looped) and has a very distinctive thick, knotted loop. Berber loop is ideal for areas of the house with heavy foot traffic as it’s tough and also hides dirt well.

Saxony

A Saxony carpet is best for an area with lower foot traffic, such as a bedroom or a room that’s only used occasionally. That’s due to the tips of the pile being twisted rather than blended together: footprints, vacuum cleaner dents and anything weighted will leave a dip in the carpet.

Twist

One of the most popular types of carpet, twist carpets are great for hiding dirt, coping with heavy use and are a great choice for pet owners.

Velvet

A velvet carpet is probably the most luxurious choice, after woven – which, of course, also makes it probably the second-most expensive! The pile is dense and short, which makes it very comfortable underfoot. A great choice for bedrooms.

Loop

This refers to carpets that are created by looping the pile, which creates great, hardworking carpets that are a practical choice. But animal owners be wary – cats and other clawed animals can get their claws stuck in the loops!

Cut and loop

Also known as multilevel looped, this method of manufacturing results in a carpet that is layered. This style was very popular in the 60s and 70s and isn’t commonly found for sale today.

Carpet Type Advantages Disadvantages Ideal location
Woven -High-quality
-Rich colours
-Expensive Bedroom
Occasional use room
Berber -Hides dirt
-Hard-wearing
-Can get pulls/snags Hallway
Living room
Playroom
Saxony -Comfortable -Shows dents easily Bedrooms
Living room
Twist -Hard-wearing
-Hides dirt
-Ideal for pets
-Hard to clean spillages Living room
Hallway
Bedrooms
Velvet -Comfortable -Expensive Bedrooms
Loop -Hard-wearing -Unsuitable for small pet owners Hallway
Living room
Cut and loop -Patterned -Hard to find ‘Old fashioned’ designs Living room
Bedroom


Do I Need Underlay?

Whether or not you need underlay depends on the type of carpet. If your new carpet has foam or felt backing, then you won’t need underlay. However, most carpets will have a backing made up of latex or textile, and for this type, you will need underlay.

A lot of carpet fitters will also insist on underlay. This is because it has so many advantages. Underlay will:

  • Save energy through insulation
  • Help soundproof your room
  • Protect the new carpet
  • Create a sturdier base

There are different types of underlay, and each type has unique benefits:

Crumb rubber

Crumb rubber is the best choice of underlay if durability and longevity are the two main concerns. It often comes with a guarantee that it will last the same lifetime as the carpet. It’s ideal for areas with heavy footfall – although it’s not the best choice in terms of comfort offered. This can usually cost around £4 to £6 per square metre.

Felt/Crumb rubber combination

The combination of felt and rubber allows this underlay to be both durable without comprising on comfort. It’s ideal for use with Axminster and Wilton carpets. The mix of materials helps with both sound and heat installation. You can expect to pay £6 to £7 per square metre for a felt and rubber combination underlay.

Sponge rubber

In the past this underlay was made from natural rubber, nowadays it’s made with synthetic rubber, but that hasn’t changed the benefits – sponge rubber is great for comfort, has excellent spring retention and is available in a variety of thicknesses. Sponge rubber underlay costs £2 to £8 per square metre.

Polyurethane foam

This type of underlay is usually made from recycled foam and/or foam cut-offs. It comes in different thicknesses which means it can be used with almost all the carpets on the market. It’s comfortable underfoot, which helps make this the most popular type of underlay chosen. Another benefit is that polyurethane foam can be recycled again after use. This can be the cheapest type of under and cost as little as £1 per square metre with premium quality at around £4 per square metre.

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Carpet Cleaning and Maintenance

Once you have your new carpet installed, you’re going to want it to last for as long as possible and in as good shape as possible. In order to do this, you need to learn how to best take care of your particular type of carpet. Effective carpet cleaning could prolong the life of your carpet by years which is why it's imperative to keep up to date with the maintenance.

Woven Carpets

Due to the way in which woven carpets are made, this type of carpet needs to be treated with extra care. Remember to always check with the manufacturer as every carpet may have slightly different needs. Here are some general Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to looking after a woven carpet:

Do

  • ✔ Use a cleaner specially designed for high-quality wool.
  • ✔ Work from the outside in when cleaning stains/spills.
  • ✔ Use vacuum cleaners with high suction.
  • ✔ Tend to any spillages straight away.
  • ✔ Blot rather than rub

Don’t

  • ✖ Rub spills or stains.
  • ✖ Over wet the carpet.

carpet cleaner

Tufted carpets

Tufted is the most common carpet type in the UK but there are multiple options within the category which may need there own specific attention. Below are some general rules regarding tufted carpets:

Do

  • ✔ Vacuum regularly.
  • ✔ Set the vacuum at the correct height for the carpet height.

Don’t

  • ✖ Pull out loose or sticking-out tufts – snip them instead.
  • ✖ Rub too hard or use too much cleaner – patience is better than overkill!

Carpet Stretching and Repairs

Whether it’s happened over time, due to an incident or because the carpet wasn’t installed correctly, you may find your carpet has become lumpy, bumpy or is falling away from the walls and/or separating at the seams.

In any of these circumstances, the best thing to try first would be carpet stretching. Using specialist tools, the carpet is stretched out and reattached at the walls, smoothing out any issues and tightening the carpet up again.

The average cost for hiring a labourer to re-stretch a carpet is between £70 - £100. However, this cost is an estimate because it depends on several factors:

  • The size of the room.
  • How damaged is the carpet?
  • Where you live in the UK.

Underfloor Heating for Carpets

If you’re thinking about getting a new carpet, you might want to consider getting underfloor heating installed too. Some of the advantages of having underfloor heating are:

  • Warmth on feet.
  • Even distribution of heat around rooms.
  • Freeing up space where radiators once were.
  • Possibility of increasing home’s value.

There are two main types of underfloor heating: electric and water. The average price for getting electric underfloor heating is £60 per square metre, and for a water system, you can double that cost to £100 per square metre.

Room * Type of underfloor heating Estimated cost
Single bedroom Electric £420
Master bedroom Electric £900
Living room Electric £1,200
Single bedroom Water £700
Master bedroom Water £1,500
Living room Water £2,000


*The average master bedroom in the UK is 15m2. A single bedroom (a bedroom that fits a single bed but not a double bed) is around 7m2. A standard living room in the UK is roughly 20 metres squared.

Alternatives to Carpet

Carpet is, of course, not the only option when it comes to flooring. Some of the other most common types of flooring are:

Wooden floors

wooden floors look great, but they can be expensive to get installed. They also require a lot of maintenance and can be easily damaged. Once damaged, a wooden floor is very difficult to fix and almost impossible to get looking the exact same as it once did. There are several types of wooden floors, and the cost varies depending on the type:

  • Engineered wood flooring: sometimes referred to as ‘click and lock’ flooring, this style of wooden flooring is made up of several layers of wood. It can cost as little as £19 per m2 and can be as expensive as over £150 per m2.
  • Solid wood flooring: this flooring is made from one piece of wood, rather than several like the engineered flooring. Each specific type of solid wood flooring will have a different thickness – the thicker the type of wood, the less susceptible to damage and dents it will be. Again, price varies vastly between £15 per m2 to £80+ per m2.
  • Reclaimed wood flooring: just as the name implies, this is wood flooring that has been reclaimed from older houses and brought ‘back to life’. It’s essentially vintage flooring and usually costs between £25 - £150+ per m2.

Laminate

an increasingly popular choice with families, laminate floorings have a lot going for them! They’re easy to install, easy to clean and can take a bit of ‘rough and tumble’. Laminate is relatively cheap and can be found for as little as £3 per m2 up to £50 per m2.

Tiles

both functional and attractive, tiles are a great choice because they’re easy to clean and waterproof. There’s plenty of styles of tile to choose from. Standard tiles cost £25 per square metre or less. Find out more about tiles and tile installation costs here.

Vinyl

A lot like laminate, vinyl is good for a busy home. It’s versatile in looks and in uses, being found in bathrooms and kitchens just as much as in the living room or bedroom. Vinyl is a fairly cheap option, and you can expect to pay £5 to £12 per square metre on average.

Carpet in the Bathroom

This is a topic people often have strong opinions on – with some people thinking it’s very normal to have carpet in the bathroom and others believing it is unhygienic. Let’s weigh up the pros and cons:

Pros

  • ✔ It can look nice! Some people prefer the look of carpet in a bathroom – this is down to personal taste.
  • ✔ It’s warm on your feet – other types of flooring can be cold to walk on in the winter mornings!

carpet in the bathroom

Cons

  • ✖ Mildew and mould can grow in time, due to the damp conditions in a bathroom.
  • ✖ Carpet can become damaged by water over time, leading to costly repairs or more frequent replacement needed.

Carpet Buying Advice

Before you go shopping for a carpet, write a list of what you need from a carpet:

  • Potential lifespan: how long do you want/need your carpet to last? Choose a hardwearing carpet such as Berber or twist if you need a carpet that will last for years to come.
  • Function: What function do you need a carpet for? Is it for luxury and comfort? Or do you need it to be hardwearing and last?
  • The amount of foot traffic in the room: is the room heavily used by a lot of people? A hallway, for example, usually has heavy foot traffic because it’s walked on many times a day by the entire household.
  • Pets: If you have a variety of pets, you may need to think about how they could potentially damage a ‘softer’ carpet type.
  • Tog value: Think about a carpet tog value; it’s a thermal insulating factor. Do you want to insulate your home better? Then pick a higher tog rating!
  • Ply: Most carpets are single ply, but if you need a more robust carpet, consider getting a multiple-ply carpet.

Don’t just consider the ‘look’ of a potential carpet – make sure it does all the things you need!

Bring a piece of wallpaper/paint colour sample to the shop with you. It’s much harder to remember shade and tone than you think!

Ask for samples. You should be able to get small samples to bring home to try out. Put the samples in different areas of the room and check at different times of the day. Does the carpet look the same colour in the sun as it does under your lights/lamps?

Lowering the Price of Your Carpet Fitting

If the overall price of getting a carpet fitting is starting to mount up above your budget, there are some things you can do to cut the costs:

Consider a cheaper carpet

Are there any types of carpet available that do the same thing? Is there anywhere selling it for less? Can the retailer do you a deal? Is there any discontinued stock on sale?

Buy additional extras yourself

Check with the carpet fitters if you can get money off for providing things like the grippers yourself.

DIY removal

Can you get money off if you remove the carpet and underlay yourself?

Buy in winter

You might find there are some great deals to be found during the winter months. There are often sales on – plus, you may have a better choice of carpet fitters as wintertime is usually slower for labourers.

Carpet Removal Cost

The cost of removing a carpet from your home will depend on how you choose to have it removed.

Professionals (such as carpet fitting companies and carpet retail stores) will charge, on average, between £1 - £4 per square metre. Others will charge per carpet, rather than per square metre, usually between £15 to £20 for the whole carpet.

If you choose to remove the carpet yourself, you’ll need to factor in the following costs:

  • How much does your local council charge for bringing carpets to the landfill/dump? It will be free of charge in some places, but other councils may charge.
  • How are you transporting the carpet? Does it fit inside your car or do you need to hire a van? If you need to hire a van, expect to pay between £20 - £30 per hour. Or you may choose to hire a ‘man with a van’ at an average cost of £40 per hour.
  • If the carpet is in good enough condition, check with local charities and community groups if they are in need of a carpet. They may even collect it from your home.

FAQ's

The best way to estimate how much it will cost to fit carpet in the upstairs of your house is to firstly, measure the space. Even if you can’t get exact measurements at this stage, a rough guess will do. Secondly, decide what your price range is. The cost of carpet differs from between £3 - £40 per square metre, depending on whether you want low-budget or luxurious for each room. A rough outline is:

Budget - £5 per square metre
Midrange - £20 per square metre
Luxury - £40 per square metre

Next, measure each space room by room, working out the size of each individual room and then add the costs together.
A typical room left empty but with original carpets in place would take around 2-3 hours. If the room is full of furniture and the fitters have to empty the room, the job will, of course, take longer and will probably cost more too! When getting quotes, remember to check if removing the old carpet is included in the price/job timings. Using the old underlay and grippers can also save time and money but is not recommended.
Assuming a standard size and type of staircase without lots of twists and turns, then expect to pay around £70 for the fitting costs only. The carpet itself will cost from around £7 to £30 or more per metre depending on the quality and thickness. Underlay will cost an additional £3 to £10 per square metre.
Yes! It’s recommended that you paint or wallpaper walls before you get new carpet or flooring put down. This means that if there are any spillages, it will fall onto your old carpet, and it won’t matter.

Having all the wallpaper, paints and carpets picked out and then redone at once is the best way to give your home a fresh new look – and also to make sure everything matches the colour scheme!

How to Find and Hire a Carpet Fitter

Before you decide on a carpet fitter, check out several different quotes to find the right price for you. You should also check out reviews from previous customers to find out if they were satisfied with their work.

Always get 3 quotes and ask the fitter to supply references you can check while also ensuring they carry the necessary insurance and trade body membership.

Sources

https://flooringandcarpetcentre.co.uk/2017/10/how-much-should-good-carpet-cost/
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