Forget wooden floors, carpets are back on-trend, and if you want to update your home interiors this season, one of the easiest ways to do so is with luxurious pile carpets that will give any room a designer feel. But how much are carpets these days, and how much does it cost to install carpet London?
In this complete guide to carpet fitting, we’ll cover everything you need to know about revamping your home with wool carpets, synthetic carpets, tufted carpets, and woven carpets that will transform your living space.
Carpets Are Back in Fashion!
Flooring plays an integral role in any interior design scheme, and whether you’re a renovating an old home or building a new one, the type of floor you install will have an impact on the way your home looks and feels.
In the 1950s it was all about linoleum, cheap, easy to clean, and available in a choice of colours and designs, it revolutionised the way we decorated our floors, but by the time the 1970s arrived, we had moved from convenience to comfort with wall-to-wall carpeting in every room of the home.
When IKEA reached our shores in the late 1980s, our beloved carpets were banished once again in favour of wooden floors, and while this flooring trend continues to dominate in the world of interior design, carpets are staging a comeback, and they promise to be more colourful and luxurious than ever before.
How Much Do Carpets Cost?
Determining carpet costs depends on many factors, such as room size, carpet type, and the cost of accessories such as underlay. Generally, carpets are priced per square metre. Here are some averages based on current carpet costs advertised in London:
- Thin Synthetic Carpet: £5 – £8 per square metre
- Mid-Range Tufted Carpet: £15 – 20 per square metre
- Luxury Pile Carpet: £30 – £100 per square metre
- Woven Wool Carpet: £50 – £150 per square metre
- Sisal Carpets: £40 – £60 per square metre
- Underlay: £5 – £15 per square metre
In addition to material costs, don’t forget to factor in extras such as delivery charges, carpet grippers, skirting boards, and labour costs for your carpet fitter.
How Much Does It Cost To Install Carpet In London?
While some carpet fitters will charge you an hourly rate, most professional carpet fitting companies in London charge a fee of £2.50 – £4.50 per square metre. This includes carpet installation only and does not cover extras such as:
- Room clearance: £20 – £25 per room
- Removing old carpets: £1 – £2 per square metre or £25 – £45 per room
- Old flooring disposal fee: £1 – £2 per square metre
- Floor levelling/screeding: £15 – £25 per square metre
- Door easing: £15 – £20 per door
- Staircase installations: an additional fee of £2 – £4 per step
- Minimum charge fee: £40 – £60
How To Save Money On Carpet Installation
Carpet fitting is a skilled job and best left to the professionals, but professional tradespeople come at a price. If you want to save money on carpet installation, you can do so by:
- Clearing the room:This will save time, and as they say, time is money. By clearing the room, you could save up to £50 on your carpet installation.
- Lifting old carpets: It’s a messy job that no-one wants to do, but removing your existing carpets before your fitters arrive will save you up to £2 per square metre, and this will soon add up if you are carpeting a big room.
- Disposing of your old carpets yourself: Carpet fitters will charge you anything from £1 – £2 per m2 to dispose of your old carpets, but you can do it yourself at your local council tip for free. It’s a bit of a hassle to get it there, but if you have a tip close by, it might be worth taking the journey.
- Buying grippers and door bars: Most carpet fitters add a big mark-up on carpet grippers and door bars, which you can easily buy yourself in your local DIY store. So ask them how much they charge for such items and compare prices online.
- Remove, reduce, and re-hang your doors: If you are handy with a screwdriver and circular saw, you could save money by removing, reducing, and rehanging your doors. It’s a time-consuming job, but when you consider that most carpet fitters charge £20 per door to do this, it’s a great way to save money.
What to Look Out For When Hiring a Carpet Fitter London
While many London carpet fitters have completed courses with the Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) and the UK Flooring Academy, you do not need any qualifications to become a carpet fitter in the UK, and as a result, there are many unskilled workers on the market. Read reviews, check references, and ask to see credentials before hiring anyone to carpet your home, and make sure you get a guarantee with every installation.