By Alan Fletcher - 30-year Carpet Expert & Consumer Advocate
Carpet Needs Yourself.
all you care about right now is how
to measure your home for carpet yourself to get an idea about how much it
might cost. Homeowners who try to measure carpet often do it wrong because
they don't understand a few key aspects about carpet measuring. There are dozens of smart ways to save
big money on new carpet, getting accurate measuring is just one way. I can
show you many more ways to save money on new carpet that you won't find on
any other website.
measure for carpet
is the question everyone wants to know. Logically, you may be
thinking that if you can determine exactly how much carpet
you need to buy, then you can get a basic idea about how much you need to
spend on new carpet right? Unless you are only doing one or two
rooms, then you should have a professional measure your home before you go
out and buy carpet. You don't want to buy too much carpet and you certainly
don't want to buy too little.
you want to know how to measure for carpet yourself, you are going to
need more than just a tape measure and a calculator to be successful. You
need to know the how's and why's of carpet installation. I installed carpet for
over 25 years, and it takes years of
practice to become accurate at measuring carpet. If you measure wrong you
stand to lose hundreds or worse.
if you measure every room in your home perfectly, it doesn't mean that you
have accurately measured you home for carpet! There are a number critical factors that must be taken into consideration when measuring for
direction of the nap (All connecting rooms need to lay down the same
Some carpets have a
that must be figured in. (what is the pattern repeat?)
should be located in out of the way areas when possible.
waste - You don't want to buy more carpet than you need.
Have you checked
carpet prices lately? The cost for new carpet has doubled in the past 10
years. Why pay more than you need to! Let me show you over 60 smart and easy ways to
save money on carpet. You really can save hundreds, or even thousands
on your next carpet purchase. How Much Should I
Spend on Carpet?
factor come into play when trying to figure out how long a carpet might
last. Here are some of the key reasons that affect how long a carpet will
fiber type and style, tuft twist, density rating,
much foot traffic in the home, number of children, pets, teens.
well it is maintained, regular vacuuming, periodic cleaning.
well it is installed (properly stretched)
padding is used, type, thickness and density.
on all these factors, here is a basic guideline for how long you might
expect a carpet to last:
per Square Yard)
Cost Pad cost Labor cost Total Cost
3 to 7 years
$27.00 6 to 10 years
$34.00 8 to 12 years
$39.00 10 to 14 years
$45.00 12 to 16 years
$40 $6 $6
15 to 20 years
and labor charges typically increase with the quality of the carpet. You
must be sure that the padding is capable to last as long as the carpet. It
is more difficult to install heavier carpets and labor prices will
increase accordingly. Berber carpets are typically more expensive to install.
Installing carpet stairs usually has an additional charge.
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