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How Much Does Carpet Cost?

By Alan Fletcher Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate


Carpet Cost? How Much Should I Spend On Carpet?


Selecting the right grade or quality carpet to fit your needs and lifestyle is most important, especially if you want your new Carpet to last! Whether you buy Smartstrand carpet or Stainmaster Carpet the Price you pay will depend on the Grade of carpet you select and Who you choose to buy from. 


Choose your new carpet wisely!


If you select the wrong carpet it can wear out way sooner than you expect. Below I have revealed basic carpet pricing guidelines for consumers to help understand how much new carpet should cost, and how long it should last. There are many factors you need to consider before you select the right carpet for you. I have included some helpful links to make it easier to get the information you need.  About Carpet Comparison



Measure yourself or get professional help?


You also need to know how much carpet you will need and how to be sure you get accurate measurements. You could try to measure your own rooms and come up with a fairly close estimate, but when it comes time to order carpet, you might want to have a professional double-check your figures. The last thing you want is to not have enough carpet to finish the job, and why order more than you need? 


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Carpet Cost Guide


Everyone wants to know about Stainmaster carpet prices and although this is just one of many quality carpets on the market, Stainmaster does a lot of advertising and their carpet prices are a bit higher as a result of that. Lowe's now carries Stainmaster carpet and their prices are hard to compare with locally owned retailers because they use private labels to try to prevent you from comparison shopping. 


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1. Apartment Grade Carpet 


Average Longevity:

  • Low traffic                4 years

  • Medium traffic         3 years

  • Heavy traffic            2 years


Average Cost per square yard installed is $12.00 to 16.00


Typical Configuration:

  • Carpet Cost $7.00 to 10.00 per sq. yd. 

  • Specifications - 24 to 28 ounce face-weight, 100% Nylon fiber. 

  • Recommended Fiber: Nylon Staple or Continuous Filament

  • Pad Cost $1.95 to 2.75 per sq. yd.

  • Pad Specs - 3/8" to 7/16" rebond pad, 3 to 5 pound density.

  • Installation Cost $2.50 to 3.00 per sq. yd. 

There is no manufacturer's warranty for carpet installed on a rental property. Shaw and Mohawk offer apartment-grade textured plush style carpets. Looped Berber styles are not recommended for rentals.


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2. Builder Grade Carpet


Average Longevity

  • Low traffic                   8 years

  • Medium traffic             6 years

  • Heavy traffic                4 years

Average Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $14 to $22 per square yard

Typical Configuration:

  • Carpet Cost $10.00 to 15.00 per sq. yd. 

  • Specifications - 28 to 35 ounce face-weight, 100% nylon fiber. 

  • Recommended Fiber: Nylon Staple or Continuous Filament

  • Pad Cost $2.00 to 3.00 per sq. yd.

  • Pad Specs - 3/8" to 7/16" rebond pad, 4 to 6 pound density.

  • Installation Cost $3.25 to 4.75 per sq. yd. 

Many home builders require homebuyers to select carpet upgrades from the builders predetermined sources. The builder may receive a monetary kickback from any upgrades selected.         

Learn More: What makes one carpet better than another?




3. Upgraded Residential Carpet


Average Longevity

  • Low traffic                 12 years

  • Medium traffic             9 years

  • Heavy traffic                7 years


Average Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $25 to $32 per yard.


Typical Configuration:

  • Carpet Cost: $15.00 to 22.00 per sq. yd. 

  • Specifications: 30 to 40 ounce face-weight, 100% Nylon BCF fiber. 

  • Recommended Fiber: Continuous filament Nylon

  • Minimum Carpet Density: 1800

  • Minimum Tuft Twist: 4.5

  • Pad Cost: $3.75 to 5.50 per sq. yd.

  • Pad Specs: 3/8" to 7/16" rebond pad, 6 to 8 pound density.

  • Installation Cost: $4.75 to 6.75 per sq. yd. 

Check installer qualifications and references, make sure a power stretcher is used. Select from Berber, Plush, Saxony, Textured Plush, frieze, or Sculptured styles. There is no carpet warranty for any carpet installed on stairs. 

Learn more about: Carpet Styles and Selection


Stainmaster®, Smartstrand®, R2X®, Scotchgard®, Anso®, Martha Stewart®, Shaw®, Mohawk®, Beaulieu®, are all trademarks of carpet companies that provide good quality carpet and flooring products for your home. 



4. High Quality Residential Carpet



  Average Longevity

  • Low traffic                  20 years

  • Medium traffic             15 years

  • Heavy traffic                12 years


Total Cost for Carpet, Pad & Installation - $28 to $55 per yard.


Typical Configuration:

  • Carpet Cost: $20.00 to 50.00 per sq. yd

  • Specifications - 40 to 65 ounce face-weight, 100% Nylon BCF fiber. 

  • Recommended Fiber: Continuous Filament Nylon

  • Minimum Carpet Density: 2500

  • Minimum Tuft Twist: 5.5

  • Pad Cost: $4.50 to 6.50 per sq. yd.

  • Pad Specs: 3/8" to 7/16" Rebond, 8 to 10 pound density.

  • Installation Cost: $3.75 to 6.25 per sq. yd. 

Berber, Frieze and Cut & Loop styles wear exceptionally well. You must use a well-qualified installer for this grade of carpet. Popular carpet brands are Stainmaster, Karastan, and Royalty. Non branded carpets are Shaw, Mohawk and Beaulieu. There is no carpet warranty for carpet installed on stairs. 


Learn more: How to Select the Right Carpet Fiber


You can easily spend more than $60 per yard on carpet but there is no need to unless you have unlimited funds or plan to buy wool carpeting. Those who are looking to buy the best of the best and don't mind paying more to get it can surely do so. The purpose my website is to help homeowners who are on a limited budget to save time & money, choose the right style and quality carpet, get qualified carpet installation and buy from a reputable carpet dealer. 



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