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£100 - £1,000







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Carpets are an excellent addition to any room. They are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they also provide comfort and warmth on chilly days. While DIY is an option, it is still best to hire a flooring professional for carpet laying and installation.

On average, a new carpet installation costs £100 to £350 for an average size room of about 7 square metres. This price can ramp up to £1,000, depending on several factors. If you’re curious to know how much carpet fitting costs as well as installation, this price guide will break down the variables to help you budget for your home’s carpet installation.

Carpet fitting price list

Carpeting your whole house is beneficial for several reasons. Here’s a breakdown of the average cost for carpet fitting per room size.  

Size of room

Average cost

Small, standard room (7sqm)

£100 to £350

Master bedroom (15sqm)

£200 to £700

Living room (20sqm)

£300 to £1,000

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Factors that affect the cost of carpet fitting

Carpet material

The cost of carpet fitting will depend on the material. Common materials used in carpeting are nylon, polyester, acrylic, wool, and plush. Polyester is the cheapest one at around £5 per square metre. Meanwhile, wool, nylon, acrylic, and plush are more expensive, ranging from £15 to £30 per square metre.

Room size and shape

Since carpet installation cost is calculated per square metre, the room size will determine the total price. Living rooms and basements usually have the most floor area, so expect a higher total cost for these areas. Basically, the more material needed and the larger the working area, the more costly it will be. 

The shape of the room will also matter in carpet installation. A square-shaped room will be priced less than a room with cuts for the same job because it will take less custom fitting.


Padding is also an important consideration in carpet fitting and installation. This is the layer of cushion under the carpet that absorbs sound. The type of padding will depend on the carpet material used. 


Labour costs usually range from £60 to £80 for two to four hours worth and only include actual installation. If you require additional work, such as repairs and removal, these tasks will cost extra.

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Additional costs to consider

Aside from the factors mentioned above, there are extra costs to fit a carpet that you should consider.  

Carpet removal

Most carpet laying and installation jobs are because of renovation and new construction. However, that is not the case for some. More often than not, your carpet fitting job entails carpet replacement of your old one. Carpet removal costs somewhere from £1 to £4 per square metre.

Furniture moving

Chunky furniture pieces in the room must be removed for carpet fitting. Typically, furniture moving is charged separately. Heavy and fragile items such as refrigerators and pianos may need an extra payment of £20 to start. 

Carpet cleaning

If you think your carpet now is fine as it is, a viable alternative would be to have your carpet cleaned. Steam cleaning your carpet is a safe and effective way to get rid of any dirt, mould, allergens and other substances that make their way into your flooring. 

See also: How much does carpet cleaning cost? 

Floor repair or replacement

Before your carpet installer can place the padding lay the carpet, they’ll have to check for any structural damage on your flooring. This is essential to ensure the structural integrity of your floor. If your floor requires intensive repair, you might need a contractor to work on it before installing your carpet. 

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It’s best to know the average cost to lay a carpet before you find a professional to do the job. Once you understand the cost variables, the next step is the most important - hiring the right carpet fitter

When you post a task on our platform, make sure to include your budget, location, preferred carpet material, size and the room you want to be fitted and carpeted.  These details can help Taskers provide you with a more concrete quote. 

Having a pro install your carpet for you is not only convenient but also practical. This way, you are assured that the job is properly done and you won’t have any issues in the future. Once you create a task, wait for Taskers to get in touch with you! 

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Depending on the material of the carpet, foot traffic, and maintenance, a carpet can last from 5 to 20 years. 

Technically, yes, you can install carpet on concrete. You should have padding that will serve as a moisture barrier, so your carpet doesn’t get damaged immediately. 

If your carpet was installed ten or so years ago and has worn out, it might be time to replace it. Another sign to replace your carpet is when there are stains and smells that can’t be removed, no matter how thorough your cleaning is. Moreso, your carpet is beyond saving if it causes you allergy symptoms from water damage and mould. 

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