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How Much Does New Carpet Cost?

By Alan Fletcher - 30-Year Carpet Expert & Trusted Consumer Advocate


Updated April 2017


Q. How Much Should I Spend on New Carpet?


The Carpet & Pad prices below do not reflect how much it will cost to install your carpet. Carpet installation costs vary depending on what part of the country you live in; how difficult your project is; and what Carpet Style and Carpet Quality you select. 



Carpet Cost vs. Longevity Chart


In a perfect world, the more you spend on new carpet, the higher the grade of carpet you will get and more durable it will be. But one thing is for sure... If you spend less on new carpet, the lower the quality and the faster your carpet will wear out. Before You Buy New Carpet Checklist 



The information shown below reflects how much a residential Nylon Carpet might cost based on two factors:


1. The level of foot-traffic you have in your home. Take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test

2. How long you want your carpet to last. (years) 

3. Carpet Buying Mistakes - Common Carpet Complaints

4. Consumer Information- Home Depot and Lowe's $39 Carpet Installation scam

5.  What Grade of Carpet Should I Select?



Typical Nylon Carpet Prices Shown Below 

(Does not including padding & installation)


Estimated Cost Per 
Square Yard / Square Foot 
Low Foot Traffic 
Medium Traffic 
Moderate Traffic 
Heavy Foot Traffic 
Carpet Last 5 Years 
$15 / 1.66 
$20 / 2.22 
$25 / 2.78 
$30 / 3.33 
Carpet Last 10 Years 
$20 / 2.22 
$25 / 2.78 
$30 / 3.33 
$35 / 3.88 
Carpet Last 15 Years 
$25 / 2.78 
$30 / 3.33 
$35 / 3.88 
$40 / 4.44 
Carpet Last 20 Years 
$30 / 3.33 
$35 / 3.88 
$40 / 4.44 
$45 / 5.00 












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Obviously, spending just $15 per yard on new carpet won't buy you top quality carpet. However, if you have low foot traffic, you still can enjoy many years of use from an inexpensive nylon carpet, providing you take proper care of it. On the other hand, if you buy a high quality nylon carpet and don't take proper care of it, it will certainly wear out much faster.


Proper carpet care and maintenance can greatly help extend your carpet's lifespan. Visit my free Carpet Care Guide to learn how to make sure your carpet lasts as long as possible.


Most homeowners experience some degree of "sticker shock" when they discover how much new carpet is going to cost. You might need to save up more money before you purchase new carpet or perhaps you might consider completing your new carpet project in two or more stages. However, you should never settle for a lesser-grade of carpet that cannot handle your level of foot traffic!  How To Choose The Right Carpet




Here's an approximate Cost for 100 sy. of 100% Nylon Carpet
(This includes 6-pound Rebond Pad and Basic Carpet Installation)


What you might have to pay for a carpet of sufficient quality. Based upon these TWO FACTORS:


1. Your Level of Foot Traffic 

2. How Long you want your Carpet to Last 

Estimated Cost for 100 yards of Nylon Carpet, w/Pad and Basic Installation

Medium Traffic

Moderate Traffic

Heavy  Traffic

Expect Carpet to Last 5 Years




Expect Carpet to Last 10 Years




Expect Carpet to Last 15 Years




Expect Carpet to Last 20 Years
















Typical Carpet and Padding Cost Breakdown:



Medium-Quality Residential Carpet


If you don't plan on being in your home forever you might not want to spend a fortune buying the highest quality carpet right now. Most folks plan on having their carpet last for about 7 to 12 years. After that they plan on moving or changing the carpet to something different. If you have active children or teens or have pets that have frequent accidents then this must be taken into consideration. 


The Carpet Professor Says...


Kids and pets can be very hard on any grade of carpet.


When our four children were young, they spilled lots of things on the family room carpet and it was very difficult to manage. To combat this common parenting problem, I replaced the family room carpet every other year. I purchased an inexpensive apartment-grade carpet to keep the costs down and installed a good-quality 8-pound Rebond padding so I didn't have to replace the pad every time I replaced the carpet. This saved us a ton of money over the years and we didn't have to worry about the kids ruining an expensive carpet. 


In our master bedroom we installed a better grade of carpet because we didn't allow the kids or pets to be in our bedroom unsupervised or while carrying food or drinks (No Sippycups!) 


Best Carpet Fibers For Kids Bedrooms?


Kids bedrooms tend do best with a low-cost polyester (or P.E.T. Polyester) carpet with a pile-height of less than half an inch.  Polyester is naturally stain resistant and cleans rather easily for most common food stains. Unfortunately it is prone to matting and crushing of the pile so the lower the pile-height the better. Don't spend a lot of money on carpet for kids bedrooms.


Best Carpet Padding For Kids Bedrooms? 


A thin padding works best for kids rooms, like a 1/4" or 3/8" thickness, 6-pound density Rebond type pad. This keeps the cost down and it will help the carpet survive under demanding situations. There is no need to spend a lot of money on padding for kids bedrooms.


Best Carpet Styles and Colors For Kids Bedrooms?


A earth-toned, multi-colored plush or textured-plush style is most commonly used in kids bedrooms. It vacuums easily and easily hides dirt and stains. Avoid light colors and single colored carpets. A darker color or a multi-colored carpet will yield the best results and help hide spots and stains. 


The key to having your carpet last as long as possible is to choose the right grade for your specific application and level of foot traffic and then to care and maintain it according to the Carpet Manufacturer's Warranty guidelines.




Typical Carpet Cost: Range from $15 to $24 per yard 

  • Carpet Face Weight: 32 to 45 ounce

  • Carpet Fiber: 100% Nylon, Sorona PTT, Smartstrand

  • Common Styles: Plush, textured plush, sculptured, Berber, Cut Pile, Saxony

  • Typical Lifespan: 6 to 12 years

  • Carpet Specifications Explained



  • Cost: Ranges from $3.00 - $5.50 per square yard.

  • Pad Type: Rebond, synthetic fiber, wool, rubber

  • Pad Thickness: 3/8", 7/16", 1/2".

  • Pad Density: 6 to 8 pound density

  • Typical Lifespan: 6 to 12 years

  • Carpet Installation Cost

Learn more: Carpet Styles and Selection




High-Quality Residential Carpet


Typical Carpet Cost: Range from $25 to $45 per yard 

  • Carpet Face Weight: 40 to 60 ounce

  • Carpet Fibers: 100% Nylon, Nylon BCF, Sorona, Triexta, Smartstrand, Tigressa Nylon, Bliss Nylon

  • Common Styles: Plush, Textured Plush, Sculptured, Frieze, Cut Pile, Saxony, Cut & Loop, Berber

  • Typical Lifespan: 12 to 20 years

  • Carpet Specifications Explained


  • Cost: Ranges from $3.50 - $6.50 per square yard.

  • Pad Type: Rebond, synthetic fiber, rubber, wool, felt

  • Pad Thickness: 3/8", 7/16", 1/2"

  • Pad Density: 6 to 10-pound density

  • Typical Lifespan: 10 to 20 years

  • Carpet Installation Cost



New Carpet Flooring and Installation Costs Forecast 

By Alan Fletcher aka "The Carpet Professor"

Updated 03-19-2017


Over the next few years, as our economy recovers and the housing market continues to regain market value, I expect the price of new carpet and flooring products and installation prices to increase significantly. I expect a 15% increase in most flooring product prices and a 25% increase in carpet and flooring installation costs over the next 5 years.  I believe there will be a shortage of qualified installers and that installation costs will increase as carpet retailers realize they have to pay more to keep qualified and reliable flooring installers happy. 


Significant increases in business insurance and licensing costs, materials and supplies, home prices and inflation will be the main reasons for the increase in pay that will be demanded by reputable carpet and flooring installers. Frankly, I think flooring installers have been short-changed for the past 20 years and an increase in pay is long overdue.


If you are in the market for new carpet or flooring, I suggest you buy sooner rather than later if you want to get the best deal possible. 




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