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Nylon Carpet Cost 2022
How Much Is Nylon Carpet?
Nylon is a synthetic fiber that outperforms all other fibers. It is the most durable fiber and wears exceptionally well, is very resilient, resists abrasion, resists stains and is easy to clean. Carpets made of nylon cost a bit more but retains its like-new appearance longer than any other fiber. Learn more about the Nylon Fiber
Most homeowners experience some degree of "sticker shock" when they discover how much new carpet costs. Carpet prices are on the rise in 2022 due to inflation, transportation cost and supply chain issues.
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 shouldn't settle for a lower-grade of carpet that cannot handle your level of foot traffic!
Cost vs. Longevity?
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 for something different.
If you have active children or teens or have pets that have frequent accidents then this must be taken into consideration. You just need to find that happy medium where your cost verses durability and longevity makes sense to you.
Kids and Pets Can Ruin Any Carpet
When our four children were little, they spilled everything on the family room carpet and it was very difficult to manage. Parents can't be expected to clean up spills right when they happen!
To combat this common parenting problem, I replaced our family room carpet every other year. I selected an inexpensive apartment-grade carpet to keep the costs down and installed a good-quality 1/2" 6-pound Rebond Padding. This saved us money because I didn't have to replace the pad every time I replaced the carpet and we didn't have to worry about the kids or pets ruining an expensive carpet.
In the 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 Sippy cups!)
A great place to buy inexpensive carpet is at a local carpet warehouse that has rolls of carpet in-stock and displayed on the showroom floor. You can also opt to buy carpet remnants from a local carpet store. These room sized rugs are sold at a fraction of their original price and are ready to load up and take home today. Learn How To Choose Carpet Remnants Wisely!
Best Carpet Fiber For Kids Bedrooms?
Polyester is cheaper than Nylon. Kids bedrooms do well with a low-cost Polyester (or P.E.T. Polyester) carpet. There are many styles and colors to choose from.
The Polyester fiber is super soft and is naturally stain resistant. Most common food stains clean up easily. It is also prone to matting and crushing of the pile, so selecting a style with a pile-height of 3/4" or less will help prevent that.
Best Padding For Kids Bedrooms?
A thinner padding works great for kids rooms, like a 3/8" thickness, 6-pound density Rebond type pad. This keeps the cost down and it will help the carpet tolerate more wear and tear.
Best Carpet Styles and Colors For Kids Bedrooms?
Earth-toned, multi-colored plush or textured-plush style is most commonly used in kids bedrooms. It hides dirt, vacuums easily and is easy to spot clean. Avoid lighter colors and single color carpets. A darker color or a multi-colored carpet will yield the best results and help hide dirt.
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. Then to care and maintain it according to the Carpet Manufacturer's Warranty guidelines.
Nylon Carpet vs. Longevity Chart
In a perfect world, the more you spend on new carpet, the higher the grade of carpet you will get and the more durable it will be. This is not always the case.
Many homeowners want a carpet that is super soft. Carpet manufacturers have answered that request with a line of softer nylon styles. These cost more but are not as durable or resilient as the standard nylon carpet styles. But one thing is for sure... If you spend too-little on new carpet, the quality you end up with will be too low and your new carpet will wear out faster than you expect.
Nylon Carpet Prices
The prices shown below do not reflect carpet or padding costs.
1. Your Level of Foot-Traffic
2. How long you want your Carpet to Last
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Medium-Quality Residential Carpet
Typical Carpet Cost: Range from $25 to $40+ per yard
Learn more: Carpet Styles and Selection
High-Quality Residential Carpet
Typical Carpet Cost: Range from $35 to $55+ per yard