Carpet Price Buying Guide: Get Your Money’s Worth

Budgets. As much as we wish they didn’t, they rule the roost. When decorating any room in your home, the first thing I’d always advise you to do is create a budget so that you are sure you can stay within your means.

Carpet Price Buying Guide Get Your Money’s Worth

However, things can get a little tricky with budgets when you’re not sure of how much certain things cost. You have to be realistic when you set one, for example you couldn’t budget your bedroom and say you’ve got $1 for the entire room.

But if you genuinely don’t know whether part of the room is going to cost a couple dollars or a couple hundred, things can start to go downhill pretty quickly. 

I find that carpets are great example of this. A lot of people are unsure of how much it should cost to get a room carpeted.

And since there are so many different types and kinds and sizes of carpets on the market, finding an answer can be pretty tough too. 

That’s why I’ve put together this helpful guide where you’ll learn all the basic knowledge of carpet costs. 

Carpet Types

As I mentioned above, there are so many different carpets on the market. There are tons of colours, hundreds of brands, carpets with different textures, pile depth, weaves, and materials. 

So, to manage the large variety, carpets are mainly broken down into 3 main category types. Low-budget, mid-range, and high-quality/luxury. 

1. Low-Budget Carpets

Let’s clear up one misconception really quickly. Low-budget isn’t synonymous for bad quality. There is nothing wrong with sticking with a low budget option.

You may have to search a little harder for the perfect carpet for you, but there are loads of really pretty options you can find for low-budget. Some carpets are as little as $10 per square yard. 

2. Mid-Range Carpets

Mid-range rug carpets (Check out Carpets Vs Rugs: Which Is The Best Choice?) are the perfect fit for living rooms and bedrooms that won’t break the bank. You’ll be looking at around $15-$25 per square yard depending on the carpet that you choose.

If you find yourself with a little more money in the budget that the low-budget carpet options but not quite enough for your favorite mid-range carpet, you might want to consider shopping around sale times where the prices will decrease somewhat. 

There’s no denying that a mid-range carpet will have a nicer aesthetic and feel than that of a low-budget carpet. They also tend to be made with better materials and so last a little bit longer too. 

3. High-Quality/Luxury Carpets

These types of carpets usually start from a minimum of around $35 per square yard. High-quality carpets are your top of the line, creme de la creme, premium options.

These will use all of the best materials and are guaranteed to be the most comfortable on your toes, which is why they are also the most expensive. 

You’ll also find that high-quality carpets have the nicest aesthetics. These tend to have the most sophisticated look, best colors, shades, and style. 

Carpet Styles

Carpet Styles

There are quite a few factors that can influence which price category a carpet will fall under. And they style of the carpet is no exception.

Below you’ll find the most popular carpet styles about. We’ll look at how the style influences the price of the carpet. 

1. Cut Style

The cut style is arguably the most popular style choice. Cut style is when the top of the fiber is cut (usually sheared) to leave a soft and comfortable carpet. If you want to opt for a cut style carpet, you can expect to pay anywhere from $15-$20 per square yard. 

2. Twist Style

A twist style carpet is a little more modern and contemporary. It looks great and feels it too. The fibers of the carpet are twisted so many times per inch of carpet.

This is known as the TPI. The higher the TPI of your carpet, the better quality it is. For wool twist carpets you’ll be looking at $20-$25 per square yard (You might want to check out How To Clean A Wool Rug). 

3. Saxony Style

This style is pretty popular for living tooms and bedrooms. And that’s because it looks fantastic and feels so soft and luxurious too. But that luxurious feeling comes at a price as per square yard you will be paying anywhere between $20-$35. 

4. Loop Style

Loop style carpets are very stylish and luxurious-looking. They are the perfect for multi-tonal applications. And if this wasn’t enough, they’re also very soft, of high quality, and are super durable. 

I really wouldn’t recommend loop style carpet style, though, if you have pets as their claws will snag and ruin the carpet which can cost up to $45 per square yard. 

5. Berber Style

Berber style is a combination of both loop style carpets and twist style carpets. The loops in this carpet are really tight so it would be suitable for pet owners. I think this is a great choice for a dining or kitchen area because it’s incredibly resistant to stains. 

Berber style can be made with cheaper materials which makes it around $10 per square yard. But it can also be made with a higher quality and more durable material that costs closer to $30 per square yard. 

6. Velvet Style

Velvet style carpets are the softest option on the market. They both feel and look great and have a very classy look to them.

This can be one of the more expensive carpets on the market. Anywhere between $30-$40 per square yard is a fair price for a velvet carpet. 

Carpet Installation

One of the major carpet budget pitfalls is forgetting about installation costs. If you have a certain budget for your carpet, you’ll need to pick a carpet that also leaves some money for it to be installed.

Many new decorators will spend all of their carpet budget on the carpet itself and then find themselves searching for the extra money to install it. 

Again, much like the carpet you choose, the price can vary slightly. On average though, it’ll be around $2-$4 per square foot. And while you might not think it, the smaller the area is that needs carpeting, the more it’ll cost per square foot. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Much Does It Cost To Carpet A 10×12 Room?

Depending on the material/carpet used, carpeting a 10×12 room could cost anywhere between $200 to $900. 

What Time Of Year Is Carpet The Cheapest?

If you’re looking to spend less on your carpet, then you’ll want to consider shopping around the fest period in towards January when the best sales are about. Late pring, around may time, can be good for sales too. 

What Time Of Year Is Carpet The Most Expensive?

The worst time to go carpet shopping is between October and November. This is usually tax rebate season, and just before the Christmas sales will begin. 

Final Thoughts

Sticking to a budget can be tough, but there is a reason that people do it. It ensures that you are shopping within your means.

Hopefully, after reading this article, you have a better perception of exactly how much it will cost to carpet a new room in your home and you can budget accordingly. 

Remember that you can opt for either low-budget, mid-range, or high-quality carpets. And, of course, don’t forget that there are lots of different styles of carpet to choose from.

Different styles will have varying prices, but you should have also now learned how much you should be expected to pay for each of those styles. Then finally, always remember to save some of your budget aside to install the carpet.

Johnathon Gooder
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