One of the most important questions that you need to ask when choosing a carpet or carpet tiles is, how much will the flooring material cost you? That’s why we bring to you this detailed guide that explains the different carpet prices, carpet installation costs, and the associated cost factors.

Most home dwellers prefer to buy carpeting during the fall season. The reason is that while the summer season is best for buying a house, the fall is when the home buyers spend money on doing up their house, including getting carpeting.

The thing to keep in mind when examining carpeting is that it’s usually sold by the square yard. In some cases, there are also minimums, such as purchasing a whole roll even if you only need ¾ of it.

However, do remember that even the big-box stores will negotiate. So, it’s a good idea to see how far they can lower the carpet prices for you.

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To make the calculations easier for you, we will be using square feet in all our numbers. And here is the relation between these two units. Nine square feet make one square yard. So, since our measurements are in square feet, multiply the figures by nine to get the number in square yards. That’s all!

What Is the Average Carpet Cost?

On average, for a space of 1000 square feet, the price of carpets can range from $1300 to $4500 and their installation costs can vary from $1000 to $3000 — making the total cost range between $2300 and $7500. Now, let’s see the total cost breakdown for the prices outlined above.

What Is the Average Cost to Install a Carpet?

Just as carpeting is sold by the yard, it is usually installed in the same way. The cost of installation runs around $18 per square yard. This comes to roughly $2 per square foot. For instance, a 10×14 room will cost you approximately $280 in just installation costs. Do keep in mind that installing wall-to-wall carpeting requires some expertise and it’s better to leave the installation to experts.

And carpet installation costs will depend on your carpet type, carpet size, subfloor quality, and zip code. For example, if your subfloor is worn-out or damaged, you might need to replace it or simply fix a moisture barrier to prevent water seepage into your fresh carpet. Again, carpet pads, which serve the purpose of absorbing shock, lend resilience and comfort to your floor. 

What Are the Cost Factors that Affect Carpet Prices?

Costs range so much for many reasons. The material the carpet is made of will impact costs to some degree, so will the cut of the carpet, the color, any pattern it may have, and any special installation such as odd cuts or corners. The pad you choose and the condition of the subfloor will also have an impact on the total cost of the project, which can account for the wide range of average prices. Location can also have an impact on the total cost, with some areas charging more both for the carpet and for the installation.

The above costs are taken from a broad range of samples, usually from national chains when available to help increase the accuracy of the costs. There will still be some variation outside of this range, particularly if looking at a boutique or specialty carpet stores.

Below, we explain some of the major cost factors that affect carpet prices.

Carpet Materials

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The carpet material that you choose affects various aspects such as your total cost, durability, stain-resistivity, and sustainability. Below are the major material types, along with their average price and major attributes.

Material Type: Olefin carpet

Average Cost: $1 per sqft

Major Attributes

  • The cheapest option
  • Stain- and fade-resistant
  • Limited options in terms of colors
  • Prone to crushing and abrasion

Material Type: Nylon carpet

Average Cost: $2 per sqft

Major Attributes

  • Durable and easy to clean
  • Stain-resistant
  • Prone to static electricity generation

Material Type: Acrylic carpet

Average Cost: $4 per sqft

Major Attributes

  • Soft and light
  • Stain-resistant
  • Easily crushable and not long-lasting

Material Type: Polyester carpet

Average Cost: $2.50 per sqft

Major Attributes

  • Stain- and fade-resistant
  • May pill and matt in areas with high foot traffic

Material Type: Wool carpet

Average Cost: $10 per sqft

Major Attributes

  • Soft, eco-friendly, and flame-resistant
  • Most expensive option
  • Prone to damage by insects and detergents

Material Type: Triexta carpet

Average cost: $4 per sqft

Major Attributes

  • Stain- and fade-resistant
  • Easily damaged by oil spillage

Types and Styles of Carpets

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According to carpet fibers and their composition, you can choose different types of carpeting styles and types. Here are the popular variants.

Carpet Type: Saxony

Average Cost: $1.7 to $2.5 per sqft


  • Comprises high, cut piles, with flares at the ends

Carpet Type: Plush

Average Cost: $1.7 to $2.5 per sqft


  • Features low cut piles and twist resistance

Carpet Type: Textured Saxony

Average Cost: $1.7 to $2.5 per sqft


  • Comprises high, cut piles and heavy textures

Carpet Type: Multi-level loop

Average Cost: $1.7 to $2.5 per sqft


  • Features more than one level of loops
  • Finely sculpted

Carpet Type: Berber

Average cost: $1.7 to $2.5 per sqft


  • Features earthy shades and textured designs

Carpet Type: Fireze

Average cost: $2.8 to $5 per sqft


  • Comprises hard twisted fibers and features a textured finish

Carpet Type: Shag

Average cost: $2.8 to $5 per sqft


  • Comprises long tufts and open spaces

Carpet Type: Cable

Average cost: $2.8 to $5 per sqft


  • Soft, comfy and features good resistance in high traffic areas

Carpet Type: Level Loop

Average cost: $2.8 to $5 per sqft


  • Features uniform and tight loops

Carpet Type: Velvet

Average cost: $2.8 to $5 per sqft


  • Features low cut piles and minimal twists

Carpet Type: Cut and Loop

Average cost: $2.8 to $5 per sqft


  • Features cut piles with decorative loops

Carpet Pads

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Even the type of pads has a huge impact on carpet prices. Here are the major categories.

Pad Type: Urethane foam

Average Cost: $0.9 per sqft

Application: Areas with light foot traffic

Pad Type: Bonded urethane

Average Cost: $0.9 per sqft

Application: Ideal for homes with pets

Pad Type: Waffle rubber

Average Cost: $0.9 per sqft

Application: Quite light and thin. Not recommended for residences

Pad Type: Flat rubber

Average cost: $0.1 per sqft

Application: Highly wear-resistant and therefore, ideal for areas with heavy traffic

Pad Type: Fiber cushion

Average Cost: $1.2 per sqft

Application: Offers friction to movement. Not recommended in spaces with high traffic

Labor Costs

It is always recommended to get your carpet installation project done via expert professionals. The tasks involved will include removing your current flooring, getting the subfloor ready, laying out the carpet pad, and installing the new carpet. 

Depending on the type of carpet, your pad thickness will vary, which will also contribute toward the labor costs.

Usually, the labor costs amount to around $16 to $20 per square yard of carpeting installed.

Maintenance Costs

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The long-term cost of carpets is influenced by your future maintenance costs, which again depend on several factors, such as:

  • Amount of traffic in the area where the carpet is installed
  • Carpet material and type
  • Height of carpet pile

For example, if you lay a carpet with deep piles, vacuuming it up to three times a week is sufficient. For carpets featuring low piles and loops, you might need to clean the floor with a carpet sweeper twice or thrice each week. Again, you might need to treat stains on carpets with natural fibers by using a suitable, recommended detergent.

Read more: 8 Easy Do-it-Yourself Carpet Cleaning Tips

Final Take

Of course, carpet prices play a major role when you choose a carpet type for your home. However, you should also choose carpeting that meets your color, pattern, and style preferences. It should also go with the rest of the interior design. Other factors to consider include if your home has pets and small children, if you want natural or synthetic fibers, and if you want thin or thick carpeting. There are also brands that offer UV-resistant and stain-resistant variants. For some extra dollars, you can also get carpets with electric radiant heating. Whatever are your preferences, choose the carpet style that matches both your budget and needs.

Read more: Carpet Vs Hardwood Flooring: Which Is The Better For Your House?

Home Carpet Prices: Complete Cost Guide was last modified: June 25th, 2020 by Anisha Dutta