How to Estimate Carpet Cost?

If you want to cover your entire flat with carpets, you may need to estimate the cost of this procedure. Estimating the price of the carpeting operation more or less, allows you to make an affordable selection which does not go beyond your budget. In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about carpet cost and prices.

There are several factors which affect the cost of a carpeting operation. Most important ones are the material type of the carpet, the dimensions of the carpet and the labor cost.

You need to know the prices for different dimensions and types of carpets in order to estimate the carpet cost. Carpet price per square meter is generally can be learned from the store’s website in a format of $/m2. So, all you need to do is to calculate the carpet area of your flat and multiply it with the carpet price per square meter (if you don’t know how to calculate the carpet area of your flat, you can look at here:

Estimating the Carpet Cost

After multiplying the carpet area of your flat with the carpet price per square meter, you can estimate the carpet cost. Let me give an example.

Let us say your flat has a carpet area of 90 m2. You go to a carpet store and see there are 3 options: polyester, nylon and wool and the prices of those carpets per square meter are:

Polyester: 10 $/m2

Nylon: 25 $/m2

Wool: 50 $/m2

If you want to cover your entire flat with polyester carpet, the carpet cost will be: 10 $/m2 x 90 m2 = 900 $

If you choose nylon carpet instead of polyester, this time the cost will be: 25 $/m2 x 90 m2 = 2250 $

If you prefer a wool carpet, which would be really expensive, the cost will be: 50 $/m2 x 90 m2 = 4500 $

Carpet Cost Calculator

Carpet costs vary from company to company. If we think for a specific company, the parameters you will use to calculate the cost are the material type and carpet dimensions.

The table below is an example of carpet installation costs for different carpet material types. Minimum and maximum costs vary depending on several parameters like labor costs, cutting charges and carpet extras.

Carpet Material TypeMinimum Cost Per Square Meter Maximum Cost Per Square Meter
Polyester $2.69 $48.44
Stainmaster $4.31 $17.98
Textured $8.07 $21.53
Olefin $10.76 $21.53
Carpet Tiles $11.84 $43.06
Triexta $13.45 $53.82
Level Loop $13.99 $43.06
Berber $16.15 $107.64
Nylon $17.98 $53.82
Friezé $21.53 $37.67
Saxony $21.53 $75.35
Smartstrand $24.76 $48.44
Plush $37.67 $48.44
Wool $48.44 $107.64

Let us say you decide to buy a polyester carpet. The price of the carpet still changes depending on the dimensions.

Below table shows carpet prices changing based on the carpet dimensions. Assume the carpet material is the same (polyester) for all dimensions.

Carpet Dimensions (cmxcm) Carpet Area (m2) Price
75 x 150 1,13 $ 8,00
75 x 300 2,25 $ 16,00
80 x 150 1,20 $ 8,00
80 x 300 2,40 $ 17,00
80 x 400 3,20 $ 22,00
100 x 200 2,00 $ 14,00
100 x 300 3,00 $ 21,00
100 x 400 4,00 $ 28,00
120 x 180 2,16 $ 15,00
120 x 200 2,40 $ 17,00
125 x 200 2,50 $ 18,00
180 x 280 5,04 $ 35,00
150 x 233 3,50 $ 25,00
160 x 230 3,68 $ 26,00
170 x 250 4,25 $ 30,00
175 x 275 4,81 $ 34,00
190 x 290 5,51 $ 39,00
200 x 290 5,80 $ 41,00
200 x 300 6,00 $ 42,00

As you can see, if you choose a specific company, the cost of carpeting is all about the carpet material type and the dimensions of the carpet you want to buy.

Factors Affecting the Carpet Cost

There are several factors affecting the cost of a carpet like the material type used, carpet size, production type, country of manufacture, country of marketing and the brand value.

Carpet Material Type

Silk is the most expensive carpet material, but it is generally not preferred since the beginning of modern ages. Nowadays, carpets made of wool fiber are the most expensive carpet type which is widely used.

Among other carpet material types, there are acrylic, nylon, polyester, cotton, and linen.

Carpet Size

Sİze of a carpet is directly proportional to the price of it. The bigger the size of a carpet, the more expensive it will be.

All of the carpet stores calculate the price of a carpet by means of price per square meter.

Type of Production

There are 2 types of carpet production named as hand weaving and machine weaving.

Hand-woven carpets are way more expensive than the machine woven carpets, since producing a hand-woven carpet takes so much more time and effort than producing a machine woven carpet.

Country of Manufacture

The country where the carpet is manufactured is a key factor when determining the carpet’s price. In countries where labor cost is cheaper, the carpet production cost will also be cheaper.

On the other hand, if the carpet production cost is higher, then the sale price of it also be higher.

Brand Value

Carpet prices also depend on whether the company is recognized or not. If the company has a higher brand value (ie. it is recognized widely), it will cost you more.

If it is rather a local company, you may pay less to buy a new carpet.

Country of Marketing

The country in which the products are marketed is also a big factor when determining a carpet’s price. In underdeveloped countries, prices would be relatively low.

However, in developed countries, you generally pay more to buy a carpet.

Carpet Installation Cost

Carpeting is a soft, and comfortable floor covering which can be used for any room in your flat or office. Available in a wide range of types, materials, and thicknesses, carpet is often seen as a warm and welcoming flooring surface.

Anyone can throw a rug or two, however, real wall-to-wall carpeting must be installed by professionals. Carpet installation has a wide range of prices. The average homeowner pays between $ 75 and $ 130 per square meter.

Additional Costs to Install a Carpet

On top of the cost of the carpet and the labor cost related to its installation, there are many other factors that affect the final cost of carpeting. These include old flooring removal, furniture relocation or arrangement, baseboard removal and reinstallation, subfloor installation, custom cutting, and moldings.

Old Flooring Removal: If you already have a carpet, tile or another flooring material in the room, it should be removed before you install a new carpet.

Furniture relocation or arrangement: You have to move your furniture before installing a carpet, or pay the workers to move them for you.

Baseboard removal and reinstallation: Baseboards which are moldings covering the joint of a wall and the adjoining floor may need to be removed and reinstalled for proper carpet installation.

Subfloor Installation: Subfloor is a rough floor laid as a base for a finished floor. When a new subfloor is not installed, or it is not ready for carpeting, you have to perform a subfloor installation first.

Custom Cut Carpets: If you need or prefer some shape other than rectangle or square, you need to pay more to compensate for the extra time and skill used for that. This is a procedure often applied for stairs. Stair carpeting is seen as a special installation so you may need to pay more. Adding Moldings: If you think to change your floor type from something else to carpeting, you might need to add moldings which are decorative planes or curved strips used to separate rooms and help secure doors.

Cost of Carpet Extras

Besides the carpet price and installation cost, there are also some expenses related to the carpet extras. That’s why, if you want to estimate the cost of carpeting accurately, you must take the following items into consideration

Carpet Padding: All carpets need padding. Otherwise, they’ll feel like rough hardwood floors. It costs about $4-5 per square meter.

Transition Items: If your carpet exceeds into another room, you’ll need to install thresholds between the rooms. These items range in price from $10 to $200 per square meter.

Removing and Reinstalling Doors: There may be a situation where workers have to remove the door(s) while installing carpet to your flat. They have to reinstall them when the job is finished, but it raises your carpet costs for sure.

Trimming Doors: If your new carpet is thicker than the old one, you may need to trim the door of your room. Cost changes based on the door size.

Removing Baseboards: If your baseboards or other moldings have to be removed and reinstalled during carpet installation, it will raise your carpet cost.

Carpet Maintenance Cost

Once you have your new carpet installed to your flat, you want to last as long as possible. To ensure that, you need to perform regular cleaning and other maintenance to keep it new. You should avoid using shoes on the carpeted areas, prevent dust and dirt to accumulate by cleaning your carpet with a vacuum cleaner regularly, and intervene the stains and spots as fast as possible using a blotting method (without rubbing).

You also should think about the foot traffic in the area where you want to lay your carpet. Independent of the material and fiber type of your carpet, carpets laid in high traffic areas like main hallways are going to wear faster than other low foot traffic rooms like bedrooms.

Sometimes the best maintenance you can do is prevention. You can also ask for carpet repair or maintenance companies to help you. It will surely cost a lot but will help you to keep your carpet as new as the first day you bought it.

Carpet Washing Cost

For many people, carpet is an indispensable alternative in flooring. Although it is useful and aesthetic, it is a fact that we may have difficulty in cleaning and hygiene. Even if we carry out the daily cleaning of the carpets in our house and workplace on our own terms, we need to get help from the carpet washing companies for a more detailed cleaning in long term.

The professional tools and consumables used by the carpet washing companies do much better than our own cleaning. In addition, some carpets have to be washed by expert cleaners in terms of size and material. In the following paragraphs, I will provide information about the details and cost of carpet washing.

As mentioned above, we can perform the daily cleaning of our carpets with our non-professional vacuum and cleaning materials in our house. However, within a few months, this cleaning will become insufficient and more detailed and professional washing will be needed. Carpet washing companies usually take your carpets from home and deliver them after cleaning.

They determine their prices according to the type and size of the carpet. Some carpet types require more expertise than others and cost more. As in every sector, the price per square meter of carpet washing also depends on whether the company is recognized or not, so you can reach the most appropriate solution by taking offers from a number of companies around you and getting information from your surroundings about the activities of nearby companies.

Carpet washing cost varies according to the type of carpet material, dimensions of the carpet, the income level of the neighborhood and the level of recognition of the company. Below, we have compiled information on the cleaning prices of some breed carpets. These values will help you compare prices.

Type of the Carpet Price per square meter Explanation
 Machine Made Carpet  $ 3.00 Home Carpets
 Wool Carpet  $ 5.50 Cotton Fringed Carpets
 Hand Woven Carpet $ 8.00 – 12.00 Price varies according to the type of carpet
Accessory Carpets $ 6.00 – 15.00 Price varies according to the type of carpet
Chinese – Nepal – Hereke (Silk) Carpets $ 10.00 – 15.00 Price varies according to the type of carpet
Carpet Washing On-Site  $ 4.00 – 6.00 Larger Than 80 m2 ($3.50)

Don’t forget, prices above are not certain values, they are just listed to be a reference point.

Double washing: Sometimes carpet washing experts choose a carpet to be washed twice according to the rate of contamination of that particular carpet. This is primarily consulted to you and naturally costs more. Usually, when a hairy animal is fed at home, the carpet becomes harder to clean. In such cases, you may receive an additional bill.

Rug cleaning: Rugs are generally categorized into 3 types as Indian, wool, and relief. You can clean them up with the help of a private company. In general, the stains on a rug sink deeper more quickly. So it would be more convenient to ask help from a professional cleaner.

Silk carpet cleaning: Silk carpets are very delicate so they must be cleaned very carefully. If you are not experienced in washing this type of carpet, you can damage the structure of the carpet, and cause wear. For example, did you know that you should use color protector when washing silk carpets? I recommend using carpet cleaning companies for cleaning such carpets. Depending on the type of silk carpet, a fee of between $ 20 – 50 per square meter can be requested.

Other services: Carpet edges can be worn out. They may be battered due to improper cleaning. Carpet cleaning companies can overlock them for you. This service may cost you $ 3.5 to 8 per square meter. So, better be careful using your carpets and save on renovation costs.

Carpet Production Cost

In order to estimate carpet production cost, you need to perform cost accounting. So, how can you do that? Let us start simple.

You have a product, which is a carpet for this particular example. It is manufactured with the help of a machine. A worker uses the machine while another one assembles the product.

Assume there are 3 types of yawn used in the production of the carpet.

There are also 1 director, 1 accountant, and 1 janitor working for you.

The cost of this product is simply the cost of raw materials, labor, and machinery (energy and depreciation).

Let’s say you are using 400 gram of each yawn to produce a 5 square meters carpet, and the prices of yawns are as follows:

Type 1: $ 6 / kg

Type 2: $ 8 / kg

Type 3: $ 10 / kg

So the raw material cost of your carpet is = 0,400 x 6 + 0,400 x 8 + 0,400 x 10 = $ 9.6 per 5 square meters of carpet.

Now, if we say that the machine hourly cost is $ 2.2 and the time of weaving 1 carpet of 5 square meters in this machine is 8 hours;

Machinery cost will be = $ 2.2 / hour x 8 hours = $ 17.6 per 5 square meter of carpet.

If the personnel working in the machine is spending 1 hour in total for a product who has a labor cost of 10 $/h and  the worker in the assembly is spending half an hour for a product who has a labor cost of 8 $/h,

The labor cost of the product (direct labor cost) = 10 x 1 + 8 x 0.5 = $ 14 per 5 square meters of carpet.

Where the labor cost includes the gross monthly fee of the employee + the employer covers expenses such as insurance cost + food and transportation fee + work safety expenditures (protective clothes etc.).

Current production cost of the product is = Raw material cost + machinery cost + labor cost = $ 9.6 + $ 17.6 + $ 14 = $ 41.2

In addition, there are managerial costs of 1 director, 1 accountant and 1 janitor. Let’s say these guys have a salary of $ 9000 for a month in total. So how we add this to the production cost?

To do this, you need to know the monthly production capacity. Let’s say you produce 300 x 5m2 carpets in a month. So the managerial cost per product will be 9000 / 300 = $ 30And the total production cost of the product will be = $ 41.2 + $ 30 = $ 71.2 per product.

The Predominant Parameter Affecting the Cost of a Carpet: Carpet Quality

Whatever you try to buy or no matter where you go, sellers will tell you that the product is absolutely of good quality. This is the same as when buying a carpet. So what makes the carpet good? How can you tell if a carpet is of high quality?

There are certain criteria that define the quality of a carpet. When you find a carpet with all of these criteria together, you can make sure that it is of high quality. I can say that the carpets having the criteria I will specify are the best choices in terms of performance, durability, and lifespan.

It is very important to have a high-quality carpet which is suitable for the floor to be used, and it is important to take advantage of the information in the product brochure in order to understand the performance of a carpet. It is possible to decide the appropriate carpet according to the values given in these brochures and the density of use of the floor where the carpet will be laid.

The durability of the products is generally evaluated over 5 in the brochures. Carpets with values between 4-5 should be preferred in places which there are intensive use and carpets with values between 2-3 may be preferred in places where the foot traffic is less. Factors such as the texture of the carpet, resistance to abrasion, pile density and felt padding are the main criteria that determine the quality of the carpet.

Texture of the Carpet

The texture of the carpet determines the character of the room in which it is used. Choice of a formal cut pile velvet Saksony or a Berber twist carpet which adds a warm look to the room allows you to create different atmospheres. The color of the chosen carpet will undoubtedly express your lifestyle and personality. Knowing the long life of the carpet and the factors affecting its performance is important for those who want to buy a new carpet.

Type of Fiber

Polypropylen: In today’s carpet market the most stain resistant carpet fiber is polypropylen (aka olefin). The color of these fibers is given at the production stage, they are not dyed afterwards. This is called ”solution dyeing”. Carpets produced from this fiber are preferred both indoors and outdoors because olefin is resistant to moisture, mold, stain and static electricity. But they may be deformed faster than nylon fibers.

Nylon: This fiber is stronger than olefin but has less resistance to stains. Nylon is the most popular fiber because its durability is high.

Polyester: Polyester is produced from plastic similar to the raw material used in nylon and polypropylene. PET polyester is made of plastic thrown into recycling bins.

The deformation problem of olefin fibers can be seen in polyester fibers as well. Polyester fibers are not always dyed with the solution dyeing method and are not as stain-resistant as the olefin fibers. Polyester fibers are cheaper than nylon ones though.

Wool: This fiber is the most expensive among others and is therefore only used in luxury carpets and area rugs. Wool fiber is used in dense carpets and has been appreciated for creating a soft feeling. When buying a wool carpet, make sure the carpet is dense or else it might be counterfeit.

Cotton: Cotton fiber is soft, but not resistant to deformation or stains. It is harder to clean because it absorbs moisture.

Acrylic: This fiber provides the softness of wool fibers but it is way cheaper. It is resistant to moisture and mold. It is a suitable fiber for bath mats because it is not worn easily.

Pile Weight

The pile weight is measured by means of the weight of the fiber per square meter. The density of the fiber directly affects the durability and performance of the carpet. The carpets with heavier piles are more durable and more expensive than the others.

Twist Number

The number of twists of the fibers in the 1-meter length unit of the carpet is calculated. The higher this number, the higher the quality of the carpet. Rugs with high twist numbers are resistant to flattening and deformation. The stabilization of the yarns ensures that they are not separated from each other and adds resistance to the carpet. Dense and more twists increase the resistance of the carpet to crushing.

Knot Density

The knot density of carpet fibers determines the density of the carpet. The more yarn is used on the carpet, the more the density and the weight of the carpet increases. Carpets having higher density are more resistant to abrasion and flattening. With the increasing density of a carpet, the appearance of it would be better as well as walking on it would be more comfortable.

Carpet Padding

The carpet padding acts as a mat beneath the carpet. The use of the carpet padding increases the insulation properties of the carpet, reduces the wear of the carpet due to walking, prolongs the preservation of its beautiful appearance and provides comfort. Carpet paddings may have different thicknesses. It can be made of urethane, jute, synthetic fiber or rubber.


To conclude, in order to estimate the cost of a carpet, you both need dimensions as well as the material type of the carpet. These two are the main factors determining the price of a carpet.

Other than that, cost and prices change from country to country, even from company to company. So if you need strict numbers, you have to check the websites and catalogs of nearby carpet stores or carpeting companies.

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