By Gene and Katie Hamilton
To create an almost instant makeover, install wall-to-wall carpeting and you'll be amazed at how it changes the appearance of a room. Whether you're replacing old carpeting or covering flooring material, the transition can provide color, texture and dimension to the room. Since it covers such a large area, it unifies the space and provides a continuous backdrop for furniture.
The choice of carpet styles and grades can be overwhelming, so spend time seeing what's available in your price range at a carpet retailer or home center. The Carpet and Rug Institute tells us that two-thirds of all carpeting sold today is made of nylon because it’s durable and resists staining and mildew. Choose a carpet padding to reduce noise and promote a longer lasting carpet because it absorbs impact. Ask the dealer for Class 1 cushion in light traffic rooms like a bedroom and Class 2 cushion in heavy-traffic rooms like the den or family room. Your costs will likely include padding, carpeting and installation, plus an additional charge if old carpeting has to be removed and disposed of. If you're able-bodied, you can do that part of the job, especially if your garbage service will haul it way.
To have good-quality nylon carpeting and padding installed in a 12-by-15-foot room, expect to pay $801, which includes the labor and material. Installers will be in and out in half a day. You can purchase the 180 square feet of carpeting and rent a carpet stretcher, knee kicker and seaming iron for $500 and do it yourself. That's a 37 percent saving and it will take the better part of a day.
Don't underestimate the time and energy it takes to prepare the room by removing all the furnishings and vacuuming the floor. If you choose a long-pile carpeting or thick padding, the door in the room may require some carpentry work to shorten it; that involves removing the door from its hinges and trimming off the bottom so it clears the new carpeting.
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That sums it up. Knowing the average cost to install carpeting lets you compare doing it yourself with what you can expect to pay a contractor. To customize the cost to where you live add your ZIP Code in the cost box.
Cost updated 2018
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.