Carpet is a sophisticated and stylish choice for the home and is the ideal choice for a cooler climate. If you’re installing brand new carpets in your home, you’ll want to know how much it costs to lay carpet per square metre so you can make smart choices that fit your budget. But there’s more to carpet laying than simply buying a good quality carpet at the right price. You’ll also need to think about the cost of accessories like gripper rods and door plates, labour and underlay.
Calculating the cost
You’ll need to total up four figures if you want to have a truly accurate idea of how much it costs to lay carpet per square metre:
• The cost of the carpet per square metre
• The cost of the underlay per square metre
• The cost of installation per square metre
• The cost of any accessories required
Do I need underlay?
If you want to cut costs when laying carpet then skipping the underlay has probably crossed your mind. Don’t be tempted not to use it, especially if your carpet has a hessian backing. Underlay will not only give your carpets a really cushioned and luxurious feeling underfoot, it will act as insulation from both cold and noise and help to extend the life of your carpet.
If you need to know how much the cost of underlay will add to the overall cost of laying your carpet, then use the online calculator to work out how much underlay you need and then add the cost of the product to your total carpeting costs.
What about installation?
A good carpet fitter will generally remove the old carpet and then fit the new carpet and underlay using any necessary accessories like gripper rods and door plates. A staircase will generally cost a lot less than an entire room, unless there are several tricky turns in it.
Always be prepared to pay for additional services including removing furniture and skirting boards, plus any difficult custom cuts that may need to be made and door easing that needs to take place so you can open and close doors smoothly over the new carpet. You can potentially keep these additional costs low by removing any of these items yourself where possible. The hard work will be worth it once your new carpet is laid and your home has that all important wow factor!