How Much Does It Cost to Install or Replace a Carpet?
$782 - $2,810
$782 - $2,810
Updated July 11, 2022Reviewed by Dan DiClerico, Smart Home Strategist and Home Expert.
The cost to install a new carpet ranges from $782 and $2,810, with the average price running at $1,776. Budgeting for a new carpet will depend on several factors, including the size of the space, carpet material, and carpet type you choose.
“A well-chosen, professionally installed carpet will add warmth and beauty to any room,” says Dan DiClerico, Smart Home Strategist and Home Expert. “Plus, the material is very soft and sound-absorbing, resulting in a relaxed, cozy environment."
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|Typical Range||$782 - $2,810|
|Low End - High End||$200 - $5,000|
Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by 8,416 HomeAdvisor members.
At approximately $3.50 to $11 per square foot to install carpet in your house, the square footage will be the most significant determinant of your carpeting cost. Below is a list of standard sizes found in most homes, which represent multiple spaces or rooms you may want to carpet.
|Square Ft.||Materials Only||Materials and Installation|
|500||$1,000 – $3,500||$1,750 – $5,500|
|600||$1,200 – $4,200||$2,100 – $6,600|
|800||$1,600 – $5,600||$2,800 – $8,800|
|1,000||$2,000 – $7,000||$3,500 – $11,000|
|1,100||$2,200 – $7,700||$3,850 – $12,100|
|1,200||$2,400 – $8,400||$4,200 – $13,200|
|1,500||$3,000 – $10,500||$5,250 – $16,500|
|2,000||$4,000 – $14,000||$7,000 – $22,000|
Square footage isn’t the only major cost factor when budgeting for your carpet installation. Different rooms in your home may cost more or less to carpet, even if their sizes are similar. For example, you may need to budget for a moisture barrier in the basement or a higher-quality carpet in a busy living room. The chart below breaks down the cost to install carpet by room size.
|Room Size||Room Type||Materials and Installation|
|10’ x 10’||Small bedroom||$350 – $1,100|
|10’ x 12’||Standard bedroom||$420 – $1,320|
|12’ x 12’||Small living room||$500 – $1,600|
|15’ x 15’||Standard living room||$800 – $2,500|
|16’ x 16’+||Large primary bedroom||$1,400 – $4,400|
Keep in mind that carpeting stairs costs an additional $11 to $26 per step. The additional price accommodates a more complicated installation process, which includes:
More tack strips
Unusual shapes (like a rounded stairway)
There are pros and cons to each different type of carpet material, and what works best in one room might not be your best option for another. Considering the level of foot traffic, amount of direct sunlight, and moisture level—as well as your budget—will help you narrow down the most suitable options for each room in your home.
|Carpet Material||Average Price Range per Sq. Ft.|
|Polyester||$1 – $3|
|Polypropylene/olefin||$1 – $3|
|Nylon||$2 – $5|
|Wool||$4 – $20|
|Sisal||$5 – $15|
|Cotton||$6 – $7|
Polyester carpeting is a popular synthetic material that averages $1 to $3 per square foot. Well known for its beautiful color, it also resists fading and wear over time. The fiber itself is mold- and mildew-resistant and generally considered non-allergenic. But the product quality varies widely based on construction. Low-density styles are especially susceptible to tracking and crushing, making them a poor choice for high-traffic areas. Here are some home locations you may want to consider:
Kitchen or bathroom areas that might be prone to spills or stains
Sunny spots with direct sunlight
Rooms or homes that need frequent recarpeting
Polypropylene or olefin carpets cost around $1 to $3 per square foot and are an increasingly popular choice for homeowners. As a common plastic, the carpet may use recycled materials in its manufacturing. It’s also known for its durability and many pros, such as:
Well-suited for wet areas since it doesn’t lock in moisture
Works well in sunlit areas since it’s resistant to sun-fading
Nylon carpet costs about $2 to $5 per square foot. This material has replaced acrylic carpeting in popularity because acrylic pilled easily. Nylon is durable, easy to clean, and is suitable for:
Families with kids and pets
Both indoor and outdoor use
The price of wool carpeting runs from $4 to $20 per square foot. The best-known style is Berber, and the cost to install a Berber carpet ranges from $380 to $600. Wool is the most traditional, eco-friendly choice, and it's a premium fiber notable for its deep, rich look and luxurious feel.
Along with a higher expense, homeowners who choose it should expect a durable, stain-resistant product. But because it's natural, wool is more susceptible to fading and static. It also absorbs moisture, possibly leading to mold and mildew in wetter areas like basements. Some other areas it's suitable in are:
Dining and living rooms
Spaces where you’d like to add a luxurious look and feel
Made of leaves from the agave plant, this woven material provides a very strong surface and ranges from $5 to $15 per square foot. Sisal carpets can feel rough underfoot so they might not be a good fit for bedrooms, but they could prove to be a perfect choice for:
Rooms with lots of direct sunlight
Cotton carpeting costs approximately $6 to $7 per square foot. As a natural product, its prices are higher than synthetic types, and it's most notable for its softness and low amounts of volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). However, like garments made of the same material, it stains and fades easily, which might make it best for:
Homes or rooms without young children or pets
Spaces without lots of direct sunlight
Different carpet types also affect the total project price. See the table below for price ranges.
|Carpet Type||Average Price Range per Sq. Ft.|
|Loop||$1 – $5|
|Frieze||$1 – $8|
|Cut and loop||$1 – $10|
|Saxony/plush||$2 – $8|
|Textured saxony||$2 – $12|
|Cable||$4 – $8|
Loop pile carpet runs from $1 to $5 per square foot. This style features uncut yarn and is commonly used in high-traffic areas of homes and businesses. Since the loops connect to the backing on both ends, it's incredibly durable and resistant to lines. Products may include:
Multicolored threads to hide dirt and stains
Low- and high-profile areas to add texture and concealment
Cut and loop carpet costs around $1 to $10 per square foot. Manufacturers combine cut pile and loop styles to make unique patterns and designs that add interest and texture to a room. Cut and loop carpet is ideal for any part of the home that’s high traffic.
Stands up well and easily conceals carpet lines
Good choice for medium- to high-traffic areas
Cut pile carpets cost around $1 to $12 per square foot. The name describes a process where the woven loops are all cut to the same height and tufted at the ends. The resulting appearance is dense and soft. This carpeting can be used for the whole house and includes four subcategories:
Saxony or plush: The most common type, this looks like a freshly mowed lawn. However, it's subject to fluffing or shedding, so it may last five to 10 years longer in low-traffic areas.
Textured saxony: This style features twists to create a permanent curl and resist lines and wear. It's great for medium- to high-traffic areas.
Frieze: This yarn twists more tightly than textured saxony. It creates a durable product that resists lines and works well in high-traffic areas.
Cable: Known for its thicker and longer yarn, this carpet offers the softest comfort. However, it's subject to wear and matting, making it more practical for low-traffic areas.
Labor alone for a new carpet install is around $0.50 to $1 per square foot. If you factor in materials, the price range increases to around $3.50 to $11 per square foot. This cost usually doesn't include removing an existing flooring or preparing the subfloor. And projects that require extra features, like stairs, can cost an additional $1 to $2 per square foot.
The cost to replace carpet runs from $9.50 to $19 per square foot. This includes the carpet removal price and subfloor preparation, which runs from $6 to $8 per square foot. Some of the associated costs are listed below.
|Carpet Replacement Process||Price per Sq. Ft.|
|Demolish tack strips||$0.50 – $1|
|Level concrete floor||$1|
|Remove carpet pad||$1.50 – $2|
|Remove carpet||$2 – $3|
Professional carpet installation represents a small portion of the total price. This project is easy to get wrong and costs a lot more in buying new material to fix, so it’s best to hire a local carpet installation pro.
As you browse our carpet buying guide, keep in mind that prices vary widely from one business to the next. Contractors make money on labor and a 50% to 75% markup on materials. However, major home improvement stores and even some local companies periodically offer a free installation with purchase. These deals often require a minimum square footage to justify the work.
It’s customary for installers to offer a free in-home estimate. Before you start contacting carpet layers near you, follow these tips:
Have the pro measure each room before setting costs.
Ask to see samples for every product you consider.
Get the estimate in writing.
The total cost to carpet three bedrooms measuring an average 500-square-foot area runs from $1,750 to $5,500. Actual estimates vary based on room dimensions.
The labor cost to install a carpet and pad ranges from $0.50 to $1 per square foot.
Carpets will generally last five to 20 years. Its life span depends on the material quality, foot traffic, and maintenance.
The cost to replace hardwood with carpeting runs from $3.50 to $11 per square foot if you plan to leave the old flooring in place. You'll pay an extra $1 to $3 per square foot to remove it.
Carpet cleaning costs around $130 to $250 if you hire a carpet cleaner. Maintenance may include steaming, dry-cleaning, and spot treatment. If you have holes or burns, carpet repair costs around $150 to $280.
The average indoor-outdoor carpeting costs around $0.30 to $3.50 per square foot. This type usually doesn’t need a carpet pad.