Carpet is insulating, comfortable and comes in a range of colours and designs. Find out more about how to fit a carpet, the carpet fitting cost and carpet prices.
Benefits of carpet
- Comfort – carpet is warming and feels nice underfoot, bringing a cosy feel to your home. This makes it ideal for relaxing areas like the bedroom and living room and especially comfortable for kids and pets.
- Energy efficiency – installing carpet is a great way to add extra insulation to your home, the fibres trap heat, saving you money on your fuel bills and helping the environment.
- Sound proofing – a layer of carpet can reduce noise in your home, not only does it mask footsteps, it also absorbs sound in rooms and between floors.
- Safety – “People with kids like carpet, it’s very safe for babies to crawl on,” says Craig. As well as providing a softer landing if you trip, carpet is non-slip so it can help to prevent a fall in the first place.
- Variety – there are a range of colours, materials and textures of carpet available, meaning there is something to suit any property.
How to fit a carpet
Learning how to fit a carpet is not particularly different, especially for a keen DIY-er. However if you want to ensure a perfectly fit carpet with minimal fuss you should considering hiring carpet installers to do the job for you. Whilst this will cost more than doing the job yourself, it will ensure a professional finish with little upset caused to your house.
If you want to learn how to lay carpet then this guide should teach you the basics and leave you with knowledge required for fitting a carpet neatly.
You will need the following carpet tools:
- Tackless strips
- Sharp knife
- Measuring tape
- Seam roller or a rolling pin
- Knee kicker (rental available)
- Seam cutter
- Seaming iron
- Seam tape
Once you have gathered the appropriate tools it is time to start fitting the carpet.
DIY carpet fitting
How To Remove The Old Carpet
- First you need to get rid of the old carpet. You can do this by removing the moldings around the floor and removing the door from the entrance.
- Before you remove the old carpet give it a quick hoover and then cut it into strips using a knife. This will allow it to be disposed of easier.
- Starting at one end, pull the old carpet off and roll it into sections. Whilst some might argue that underlay can be reused, in most cases it will have been worn out just like the carpet, so it is easier just to start again.
- Make sure the existing tack strips are left in place and that the floor is both clean and dry.
- If you are laying carpet in a new construction or you are going over hardwood floor or vinyl you will need to install new tackles trips. Leave a space of around half an inch between the strips and the wall, and make sure the pins and/or tacks face the wall.
How To Fit A Carpet Underlay
- Now you will learn how to lay carpet underlay. Put it down in strips that reach the tackles strips, ensure the strips are tight against once another without overlapping.
- You should then staple the underlay down along the inside edge of the tackles strips. Then it is time to trim the underlay and use duct tape to seal the seams.
- Once the underlay has been successfully layed it is time to install the carpet. To do this properly you will need to start with a piece that overlaps the edge of the floor by 4 to 6 inches.
- To cut the first section of carpet you should measure the room at it’s longest point, then add on 6 inches.
- Mark the back of your carpet on both edges with the added measurement and join the two marks with a chalk line.
- You should then fold the carpet over on itself and using a straight edge and a very sharp knife, cut through the back of the carpet.
- Make sure you have placed a piece of scrap board underneath the cut so as to protect the underlay.
- If the room you are carpeting is wide enough that it requires another piece of carpet, you should follow the same process as above for the second piece. Make sure when doing this that the pile is running the same way, otherwise it will look messy.
- Overlap the two pieces of carpet where they join, then using a sharp knife cut through both pieces of carpet ensuring that the edges will match perfectly.
- Once they have been cut, place a piece of seaming tape on the floor underneath their meeting place with the adhesive side facing up.
- You will need to use a seaming iron to activate the adhesive and hold it in place.
- You now need to attach the rest of the carpet.
- Do this by using a knee kicker, a metal tool with teeth that grip the carpet on one end and the heavily padded butt on the other.
- Use the tool to stretch the carpet over the tackles strip where the tacks will grab it and hold it firmly in place.
- Once the carpet has been successfully attached you should use a stair tool to tuck the carpet down into the gap between the tackless strips and the wall. Once you get to the doorway, trim the carpet so that the edge is in the centre under the door, then install a door edge strip.
If the thought of laying a carpet seems too confusing or like too much work consider hiring a carpet fitter for a professional, long lasting job.
How Much Does Carpet Cost?
Thinking of getting some new carpet for your property? Find out about the different types of carpet and how much they cost per square meter here.
Choose The Right Kind Of Carpet For Your Home
Carpets are back in vogue and with a mind-boggling amount of styles and colours available to suit all costs, there is sure to be something perfect for your home. Whether you are replacing old, tired, coffee-stained carpets or you are sprucing up your home and looking for cutting edge design, there will be a style and type of carpet that’s just the ticket.
Natural carpet materials: People are moving towards a more natural way of life and once they’ve had natural flooring they don’t go back. It’s easier to maintain and doesn’t retain smells like synthetic carpet would. Natural carpet materials may cost around five or ten percent more than synthetics but are kind to the environment, hard wearing and attractive.
Synthetic carpet materials: Most carpets are made of manmade materials such as nylon, polyester or olefin. Of these materials nylon looks and feels nicer but is more expensive while polyester is a cheap alternative and olefin a stain resistant option. Since these types of carpets are manmade they are not as good for the environment, although the underlays of most carpets are now normally made of eco-friendly materials.
Synthetic carpets usually come with built-in stain protection and are woven or tufted – most commonly tufted. Different variations of carpet texture are available such as twist, velvet, loop or shag piles, depending on your preference. The texture of your carpet can really add to your home decor. Pattern and texture can bring character to a room and draw the eye to a particular area.
Different types of pile are often combined together to create various textures and designs. Below is a list of some of the most popular options.
Different Types Of Carpets
There are three main types of carpets; loop pile, cut pile and naturals. We will describe each of these and then discuss how different piles can be combined to create a multitude of textures. Loop pile is made with individual strands of yarn that are pulled through the carpet backing twice in order to make a little loop. Cut pile is the same as loop pile, except the loop is cut, so that the yarn is in tufts. Then there are the naturals which basically don’t contain any synthetic material, but are made in lots of different ways.
Twist pile carpet : Made from tightly coiled tufts which create a slightly textured feel. As this is one of the most popular styles it is available in manmade materials as well as wool, so you could pick whichever suits your needs and cost requirements. Generally speaking, this type of carpet has a low pile height, so therefore will not suffer from flattening.
Cost: £10 and £35 (all costs mentioned are per square metre)
Velvet pile carpet: Cut several times to give it a lovely plush, velvety sheen, this type of carpet is very luxurious. Performance wise, due to its short pile, it is similar to twist piles. The only difference is that the tufts are not twisted too tightly.
Cost: £25 – £45
Loop pile carpet: This is the simplest type of carpet, which is super durable and great for busy households with a high level of foot traffic. Due to its popularity it is available in every colour and pattern under the sun.
Cost: £25 – £40
Saxony: sensuous and perfect for the bedroom, saxony carpets are made by tightly twisting fibers and then pressing heat onto them to straighten them out. The effect is similar to velvet piles, just not as smooth. It is worth noting that due to this type of carpets deep pile, imprints are more noticeable.
Cost: £25 – £40
Patterned carpet: patterned carpets are available in just about every colour and pattern imaginable, so it isn’t hard to understand why their versatility makes them so popular. They usually have a velvet surface and because of the way they are made, are quite hard-wearing.
Cost: £10 – £40
Shag carpet: Get Austin Powers and the swinging 60s out of your head, because the shag carpet is back with a vengeance! The retro look certainly has its place and with longer tuft and thick yarn it certain makes a very cozy carpet choice. If a whole carpet is a bit much for your taste you could always opt for a nice comfy rug instead.
Cost: £30 – £60
Sisal carpet: this is a great choice for those after a natural carpet, and unlike most natural materials, it can be dyed so is available in lots of styles and colours. It is made from twisted yarn that feels a bit like sturdy woven grass, it makes a very stiff surface and for that reason it is great in high traffic areas such as your hallway.
Cost: £20 – £40
Seagrass carpet: Grown in China, this hardy flooring is very thick and solid making it hard to dye, so for that reason it is usually sold only in natural shades. However it would make a great cheap and durable addition to an area of your home that endures high traffic.
Cost: £10 – £17
Coir carpet: Another natural type of carpet with very strong fibres and a rich textured appearance, it again, would be ideal for hallways with high traffic. It is also a very cost-effective carpet option.
Cost: £5 – £20
Jute carpet: if you want a natural carpet but don’t want to compromise on comfort, this could be the right choice for you. Jute is far softer than all other natural floorings, meaning that it is also a lot less durable.
Cost: £14 – £22
When buying carpet don’t forget to inquire about the warranty, which will range from between five and thirty years. It is also worth noting that to qualify for warranty you may be required to fit new carpet padding when the new carpet is fitted.
Hire A Carpet Fitter
Installing a carpet is not an easy job unless you feel confident and have the necessary skills to handle such as job yourself. However, carpet can still be ruined if incorrectly installed, so it may be best to hire a professional carpet fitter. Before hiring a carpet installer always check references, qualifications and insurance credentials when you hire someone to fit your carpet and get at least three quotes for the work.
How Long Does Carpet Fitting Take?
Laying a new carpet usually takes between 2-3 hours for a professional carpet fitter, provided that you have removed all your possessions such as beds/sofas before they arrive. The installer will need to rip up and dispose the original carpet and in order to that the room needs to be empty. If you do not take the time to do it yourself, the work will take more time and therefore the cost increases.
How Much Does It Cost To Fit A Carpet?
The figures provided below included only the labour fees, which means that the cost of the carpet and materials are not included in the example carpet fitting prices we provide. The carpet fitter will only lift the old flooring, install new underlay, carpet and grippers etc.
The carpet fitting cost varies depending on:
- Whether you the carpet installer will dispose the old carpet or not.
- If you choose to have new underlay and carpet grippers installed.
- The cost of the carpet that you will choose.
- You location in the UK.
Carpet Fitting Cost
In order to help you get a good understanding of the average carpet fitting cost and the carpet fitting cost per square metre, we have research many carpet prices by contacting several carpet fitters about the the fees they charge. In addition, we are also found several web sites where both fitters and carpet warehouses displayed prices guide per metre.
The cost of laying a new carpet for a 25 square meter room comes to £150-£200.
For an average size front room expect to pay around £500 to install a new carpet.
The cost of the underlay is between £3 and £8 per square metre
Below are some estimated costs of supplying and fitting mid-range carpet:
|ROOM TYPE||AVG. COST||DURATION|
|Small Bedroom||£350||2-3 hours|
|Large Bedroom||£550||3-4 hours|
Carpet to Staircase – On average it costs around £75.00 to have a carpet fitted to a single staircase. However, if there many turns and the carpet needs to change direction, then the carpet fitting cost might increase slightly.
Door Easing – If the new carpet is thicker the old one then the door needs to be slightly trimmed to avoid rubbing on the carpet. This job usually costs £10-15 per door.
Lifting of Old Flooring – if you do not choose to raise the old flooring yourself, then your installer will have to do it for you. This will cost you between £1 and £2 per square metre, excluding the cost of disposal which comes to another £15-£20 per room.
Floor Screeding – To make sure that you floor is level you might need floor screeding before the carpet fitter start laying the new carpet. The cost of floor screeding comes to approximately £10 per square meter.
Ply Boarding – This is necessary when your underfloor needs to be supported by new ply boards. Installing ply boards costs around £13 per square metre.
Room Clearance – If money is not an issue and you do not wish to do any job at all, then you can have the installer remove all your possessions and furniture from the room for £20 – £30 extra.