How Much Does Carpet Installation Cost?

Sharon Greenthal
Written by Sharon Greenthal
Updated February 1, 2022
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The average cost to install carpet across the country is $1,760

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If you prefer softness underfoot and warmth during the colder months, carpet is a good option for your home’s flooring. There are many colors and types of carpet to choose from, adding different styles and personalities to your home. From inexpensive nylon to high-end wool, there’s carpeting for every budget and lifestyle. A new carpet can bring a fresh update to a room in just a few hours.

The national average to install 330 square feet of carpet—the size of an average living room—is $1,760. This price includes the carpet and padding cost, the installation, and the removal and disposal of existing flooring.

How Much Does It Cost to Install Carpeting Near You?

The cost to install carpet varies widely across the country. Most carpet retailers will have carpet installation pros install your carpet for you, and they will include that cost in your final estimate.

These are the average costs to install carpeting in cities across the country:

CityCost
Bar Harbor, ME$3,550
Jackson, MS$1,100
Marietta, GA$1,800
Milwaukee, WI$2,000
Mobile, AL$1,430
Pittsburgh, PA$1,550
Portland, OR$2,540
Provo, UT$2,140
San Diego$1,960
Topeka, KS$2,910

How Much Carpeting Can I Get On My Budget?

Depending on your budget, you can get modest-yet-stylish or luxurious carpet to add an extra layer of comfort and style to any room in your home.

$500

  • One to three 10-by-10-foot rooms of Olefin, polyester, or nylon carpet

  • One 10-by-10-foot room of low-range sisal or wool carpet

$1,000

  • Three to five 10-by-10-foot rooms of top-of-the-line Olefin or polyester, or nylon carpet

  • One to two 10-by-10-foot rooms of mid-range sisal or wool carpet

$5,000

  • An entire house of top of the line Olefin, polyester, or nylon carpet

  • One 10-by-10-foot room of high-end sisal or wool carpet

$10,000

  • Three 10-by-10-foot rooms of high-end sisal or wool carpet

$15,000

  • An entire house of mid-range sisal or wool carpet 

$25,000

  • An entire house of top-of-the-line sisal or wool carpet

What Are the Costs Associated With Carpet Installation?

The cost of carpet is straightforward: purchase the carpet and padding, remove and dispose of existing flooring, and install the new carpet. There can be additional costs for unique cuts of carpet—in many situations, stairs can increase the installation fee—but the biggest variable in the carpet cost will be the type of carpet you choose. The range of carpet prices is wide, from $1 to $20 and up for more intricately designed options, but you can get an excellent quality carpet for a reasonable price.

Carpet cost by material per square foot:

  • Polyester: $1–$3

  • Polypropylene/Olefin: $1–$3

  • Nylon: $2–$5

  • Wool: $4–$20

  • Sisal: $5–$15

Carpet Installation per square foot cost breakdown:

  • Carpeting: $2–$7

  • Pad: $0.30–$0.60

  • Labor: $0.50–$1

  • Miscellaneous (clean up and disposal): $0.50–$2

How Much Does It Cost to Install Carpet Yourself?

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Before you decide to take on DIY carpet installation, check to see if the manufacturer’s warranty will remain intact. Many companies won’t cover a DIY installation of carpeting. 

If you’ve never done a carpet installation before, keep in mind that you need specific skills and tools. For example, using a knee kicker is not simple; it’s not something used for anything but carpet installation. If you want to DIY your carpet installation, these are some situations that would be good for you if you’re new to this kind of job:

  • You’re familiar with the tools you need to install the carpet or have someone show you how to use them.

  • There’s only one room that needs carpet, and it’s a room that’s not used often, such as a guest room.

  • The install is relatively straightforward and doesn’t involve floor vents, stairs, cuts or corners, or other irregularities.

Something else to keep in mind: you’ll have to find a place to dispose of any existing carpet you remove, along with the remnants and leftover pieces you have from the installation.

Tools and materials to install carpet yourself include:

Tools and SuppliesCost
Tack strip cutter$4–$29
Hand stapler$30–$50
Wall trimmer$30–$130
Top cutter$25–$55
Hammer$7–$37
Measuring tape$4–$29
Knee kicker$32–$165
Carpet knife$12–$16
Stair tool$20
Razor knife$2–$8
Power stretcher$170–$480
Gloves$8–$13
Carpet$1–$20 per square foot
Tack strip$27 per piece
Tape$5–$10

FAQs About Installing Carpet

How do I keep my carpet clean?

Most carpet receives stain resistance treatment before installation, but spots are inevitable; be prepared for quick clean-up. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning, but have on hand some white towels and a mixture of two cups of water, one tablespoon of white vinegar, and one tablespoon of mild dish soap. Use a white towel and this mixture to gently dab the spot until you get the stain out. If necessary, call a pro to remove tougher stains.

What are the differences between the types of carpet available?

  • Loop Fiber: Loop fiber is the best-wearing type of carpet and works best in rooms that get lots of traffic like mudrooms, playrooms, family rooms, and children’s bedrooms.

  • Cut Fibers: Cut fiber is smoother than loop fiber but not as durable. It’s still a good choice for homes that get less wear and tear—homes without children or pets.

  • Cut and Loop Fibers: This carpet has a more varied surface, so it looks more contemporary than traditional cut or loop fiber carpet.

  • Frieze Fibers: Commonly known as twisted carpet, this adds a stylish flair to your floors.

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