Discover the Going Rate For Laying a New Carpet in the UK

Thank you for visiting our site here at Quotation Check – Your guide to quotes, estimates and charges within the construction industry here in the United Kingdom. This page covers the amount you can expect to pay a carpet installer. We have excluded the cost of the carpet itself; the information below includes only the labour fees.

We last updated this page in July 2015. Don’t forget; this page about carpet fitting is just one of hundreds of price guides we have. You will find our complete price list here

How Long Does the Work Take?

The work should take between 2-3 hours, we assume the room is quite large, and the installer will be ripping up and disposing of the original carpets.

You will, of course, need to remove all your possessions and sofas/beds, etc. before they arrive. If you don’t, the work will take longer (and probably cost more!)

Variations in Price

Some carpet installers will not take the old carpets away with them; they will leave the disposal down to you. These installers are therefore cheaper than those who have the means to take the old carpets away and skip them. Don’t forget that a carpet can be very heavy and take up a lot of space!

The type of carpet will obviously have a significant impact on the final price. The labour fees are usually the same regardless of the cost of the carpet itself.

We assume you are having new underlay and carpet grippers, you could save money by leaving these in place, but we recommended replacing them.

How We Got These Figures

As with all our price guides here at QuotationCheck, we didn’t just grab these figures from thin air. We researched carpet prices by contacting dozens of carpet fitters and asking for a rough price by email.

We also discovered several websites where both installers and carpet warehouses displayed price guides per metre.

Visit this page for more information on how we gathered prices and quotes.

Carpet Fitting Cost

How much does it cost to fit a carpet? The figures below EXCLUDES the cost of the carpet and any other materials. They are labour only figures to lift the old flooring, install new underlay, carpet and grippers, etc. We assume the room is approximately 30 square metres:

Carpet being installed to floor

Carpet Cut to Size

Carpet to Staircase

It should cost around £75.00 to have a carpet fitted to a single staircase, if it has lots of turns (changes of direction) then it may cost a little more.

Typical Carpet Prices

Carpet prices can vary depending on quality but use this as a very simple guide:

Budget range – £7.00 per square metre

Mid range – £15.00-£20.00 per square metre

Premium range – £30.00+ per square metre

Underlay – The price ranges from £3.50 per square metre for a budget range up to £10.00 per metre for a thermal underlay.

Example of Mid Range Carpet Installation Cost

You can expect to pay around £700.00 for a carpet installer to remove the old flooring, dispose of it and supply new underlay and carpet to a 30 square metre room. Quote includes grippers and door easing.



Additional Costs

These are all the other costs that you may have to pay, do make sure you budget for them just in case:

Door Easing – If the new carpet is thicker than the old one (most likely) then the doors may rub on the carpet. The doors need to be trimmed by a centimetre or so. This usually costs an extra £10-15 per door.

Lifting of Old Flooring – If you don’t raise the old flooring yourself, the installer will charge a fee to do it for you. This is usually between £1.00 and £2.00 per square metre. This price doesn’t include the cost of disposal which can cost another £15.00 or so.

Floor Screeding – This is a cement based material which the ground floor of most houses is constructed from. It is laid when wet so is easy to “level out”. If you need new floor screeding before your new carpet being fitted, then expect to pay around £10.00 per square metre.

Ply Boarding – If your underfloor requires new ply boards, expect to pay around £13.00 per square metre.

Room Clearance – If you can remove all your possessions and furniture from the room then you save on costs because it can set you back upwards of £20.00 per room to get your installer to do it for you.

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3 Responses to “Discover the Going Rate For Laying a New Carpet in the UK”

  1. SyagamreddyDecember 20, 2015 at 10:56 pm #

    How much for carpet for a 4 bed house.

  2. RyanJanuary 4, 2016 at 5:42 am #

    how long is a piece of string! it would depend on so many factors I’d suggest you get a written quotation from a reputable firm

  3. PeterMarch 24, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    Laughable question….Using quick quotation will give a reasonable guide.

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