Having carpets installed is exciting, as the flooring is usually the finishing touch to bring the entire home aesthetic together. Homeowners will often choose carpet instead of vinyl or tiles because of the luxurious, comfortable look and feel soft flooring is able to bring.
Interestingly, unlike a lot of home improvement jobs, carpeting comes with a huge margin for saving money. Many companies offer competitive prices and there are then price brackets within each companies different products.
To help you understand what you can get for your money, and what to expect as part of your quote, here’s some useful information about home carpet pricing in Australia to get you started:
The Different Types Of Carpet On Offer
You are likely to see new cut pile, loop pile, or a combination of the two when you browse carpets.
Cut pile tends to be the most common choice for the home because it provides foot comfort and warmth. Plush cut pile tends to be a more expensive, luxury option, whereas twist cut pile is more durable.
Loop pile is more common in offices and retail outlets because it has such great durability. It is also a popular choice in property rentals and budget renovation projects.
You can find both loop and cut pile made from man-made and natural fibres, and a combination of both. On average, man-made fibres are cheaper than natural fibres like wool which often require more care.
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The Costs Of Laying Carpet And Installing Carpet
A good average price for carpet installation is in the range of about $30 to $40 dollars per square metre. If you aren’t sure how to measure the room that needs carpeting, this video is a good start.
A good carpet store or trader will also be happy to help you measure up in order to give you an accurate quote.
There are lots of factors that make up the price though, so this is only a rough figure. The final amount is generally made up of the following factors:
- How many rooms in your home need carpeting
- The size of the rooms that need carpeting
- How much the timber or floor/ flooring needs preparing
- Type of underlay
- If any rooms are shaped oddly or have permanent obstacles within them
- Stairs and landings
- Door trimming
- Carpet quality and colour
The Cost Of Installing A New Carpet
For an average home of 3-4 bedrooms plus a living area you can expect to pay:
- Cheapest – $4,000 to $4500
- Middle – $4,500 to $5000
- Premium – $5000 and up
These figures are based on man-made fibre carpet costs. For natural fibres like wool you can expect prices in each bracket to start at $1500 to $2000 more than the top end of that bracket. For example: for the best premium wool carpet you can expect prices to start at $7000.
Prices will vary between companies, products and all of the factors we mentioned above.
Is There A Cost Difference for Carpet In Different Parts Of Australia?
There is a general difference in costs per area with Queensland generally being the cheapest for carpet laying and New South Wales costing the most. For the most part, if the job is easy, the cost will be lower. You can also get the option of a better price from independent outlets or traders in comparison to large carpet franchises.
To carpet an average 3 bedroom home plus living area prices start at $4,000 dollars for man-made carpets and around $6,000 for wool carpets.