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How much does carpet cost per square metre?

You may be looking to renovate your home by installing a brand new carpet, or perhaps your current carpet is in major need of replacing. If so, you’ll probably find yourself asking the same question as pretty much every homeowner: how much does it cost to fit a carpet?

Carpet prices can range anywhere from £5 per square meter to upwards of £30 per square meter. To give you a rough guideline, and an insight into our own prices, the Flooring Guru’s have put together this guide for you to gain a firmer grasp on the cost of carpet, and what the various factors you should consider before going ahead with your purchase.

The Cost of Carpet itself

Carpet cost will vary significantly depending on several factors, including: the texture, the weaves, the pile depth, the materials used (i.e cotton, wool, polyester, polypropylene etc.), the colour and the brand. You’re also likely to want different type of carpet for specific areas of the home i.e the carpet you install on your stairs should be a more robust material than what you’d get for your living area.

1. Low Budget Carpet

Starting from the bottom- if you shop around, you should be able to find yourself a deal for carpet that costs just under £5 per square metre. You may consider this to be ‘cheap carpet’, but in reality, many low cost modern carpet products look just as good as the expensive options. You’ll get average durability with a good general domestic rating so if you need something quickly and cost effectively, a cheap carpet does just the trick!

Our Example: Vantage by Regency Carpets (£4.31 per m2)

2. Mid Range Budgets

Moving up - in general, mid-range carpets will tend to cost you around £15-20 per square metre. Again, you just need to have a dig around to find yourself a bargain (and why not start here). Not only do these types of carpets look and feel nicer, they’re more often than not made from finer quality materials, meaning they’ll have a longer life span than your cheaper alternatives. What’s more, you’ll find that around this price range, the carpet manufacturer is more likely to include a manufacturer warranty. 

Our Example: Cormar Sensation supreme + 10 year stain warranty - £16.74 per m2

3. Luxury Carpet Budgets

Finally – introducing luxury carpets. These are premium, top of the range products that will typically be priced around the £30 per square metre mark (minimum). If you can afford one of these products, you really shouldn’t hold back. They’re the best of the best, the crème de la crème of the flooring world – and they go a long way in providing the ultimate comfort, warmth and luxurious feel to your home. The materials used for the higher-grade carpets do justify the price.

What’s more You’ll find that the higher end products certainly look the part too, offering great aesthetics, a niche and sophisticated appearance and the all important WOW factor.

Our Example: Kersaint Cobb and Co Pampas Herringbone - £42.19 per m2. 

Installation Costs

Another key consideration for homeowners wanting to lay a new carpet is the cost of installation. This can vary, depending on room size, shape, labour, furniture removals etc. – but what is the average cost to install carpet, per square metre?

Well, it’s broken down into three factors:

  • Average cost of carpet (£7-£20 per square metre)
  • Average cost of underlay (£3.50 to £10 per square metre)
  • Average cost of labour (varies but generally between £4m² to £6m²)

If we take a room that’s around 30 square metres in size, and an average priced, mid range carpet product, you’ll be expecting to pay around £700-£800 for full installation. This price will include the removal of the old flooring, the installation of underlay, the installation of the carpet, and any other features such as grippers and door easing.

You can find carpet fitters in your area here.

For a staircase only, you’ll be paying a lot less – probably around £75, although if your staircase has several turns in it, it’ll cost more due to the additional labour and material required. The installation cost for staircases shouldn’t differ too much depending on the type and quality of the carpet – it’s pretty standardised.

Additional Carpet Costs

Always prepare for additional costs! Common add-ons are:

  • Furniture Removal: Clearing out your furniture and personal possessions can be a bit of a hassle, so you may want to pay the installers to move it for you. They’ll typically charge an extra £20 for this. 
  • Raising/Removal of old flooring: If you haven’t stripped the original flooring yourself, you’ll have to pay for the installers to do it and dispose of the carpet for you, which will cost around £1-£2 per square metre.
  • Door Easing: More often than not, your new carpet will be thicker than the old, which means your doors will probably have to be trimmed down to accommodate the new floor and prevent any friction between the carpet. You’ll be quoted around £10-15 for this. 
  • Custom Cuts: Depending on the shape of your room or staircase, you may need custom cuts to be made, which installers will always charge more for, but may not be included in the original quote. 
  • Skirting Boards: In some cases, skirting boards will need to be removed and re-installed in order to carry out a proper carpet installation.

Need help? Just Ask the Flooring Guru’s!

At Flooring Megastore, we’re straight with our customers and will always strive to provide you with the best possible prices for both our products, and our installation.

If you need any further assistance on carpet costs or any of our carpets for sale feel free to contact the Flooring Guru’s online or by phone. 

Further Reading that you'll love...

-   How to choose the perfect underlay

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-  Read our handy  TOG Rating Guide 

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