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How Much Does Carpet Laying Cost?

Last Updated Aug 10, 2017 · Written by Rob Schneider

Carpet is a great flooring choice – it’s relatively inexpensive, can be long-lasting and feels wonderful underfoot. But how much should you spend on a new carpet? And how much does carpet laying or installation cost?

Why Carpets?

Whether you’re building, renovating or simply want to change your flooring, carpet adds function and flair.  They are incredibly low maintenance, requiring a thorough clean just once a year, and are available in a wide range of materials and colours to suit every budget and style.

Many varieties are now eco-friendly and low-allergen, making carpet a safe choice for asthmatics or people with allergies. Take a trip to your local carpet supplier to see what’s on offer.


How Much Does Carpeting Cost?*

Carpeting can vary drastically in price. For example:




  • Inexpensive polypropylene carpeting can cost around $20m2
  • Dyed nylon carpeting starts at about $40m2
  • Wool carpeting starts at about $50-$60m2
  • A high quality nylon/wool blend can cost $125 to $150m2
  • Alpaca wool carpeting can cost as much as $275m2

Most carpet suppliers will have a full range for you to choose from. Whether you're on a tight or limitless budget, they will be happy to help you select the best carpet for your needs and budget.


How Much Does Carpet Laying Cost?*

In most cases, your carpet supplier will also install your carpet for you. After you've discussed carpet prices with them, they will come to your home and give you a free measure and quote. This helps them give you a more accurate quote and helps you decide which type of carpeting is best for your home.

Since carpet layers charge by the square metre and not by the hour, you should be able to get an exact quote from your installer. Per square metre rates will vary depending on the scope of the job, the type of underlay and carpet you choose and other factors. An easy job might be as low as $20-$25m2. If you're having wool carpet laid, it can cost $60m2 to lay because of the extra care that needs to be taken with wool.




Getting Quotes from Carpet Layers

Our free Get Quotes service makes it easy to find and compare quotes from carpet installers. Simply fill in the short form and installers will get back to you with their estimates. Oddly shaped room and awkward areas will cost more, so aside from giving them the size of your room or rooms, let them know about any difficulties they may face. Also tell them if you want them to remove your old carpet or move your furniture for you. The more details you give them, the more accurate your online quotes will be.

*Cost and prices in this article are indicative and should only be used as a guide. They also vary locally and are subject to market forces. This article was updated 03 April 2015 to reflect current market pricing.



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