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As far as home improvements go, changing your carpet is a relatively easy option that makes a big impact. A new carpet not only feels warm and soft, but is also a quick way to update the look of your home by adding new colour and texture.

An expert carpet fitter can help you get this done, whether you’re replacing a carpet that’s worn or rippling, or if you simply want a new look.

Your carpet fitter will be able to give you advice on the most economical way for you to achieve what you want – perhaps you need improved sound or heat insulation as well as a carpet that looks great – or maybe you want laminate replaced with carpet but are unsure of whether you need to get rid of the laminate first.

You’ll also need to have underlay and grippers for your carpet to be installed successfully, and again, this is where an expert carpet fitter can help you, to ensure the best fit.

  • Underlay

Underlay is a thin cushioning layer that’s installed under carpets. It can be made from rubber, foam or felt. Underlays come in different togs (much like duvets), and having the highest tog isn’t always necessary for the area you want to have carpeted.

  • Grippers

Grippers are tack strips that are essential to tightly hold the carpet in place against the wall of the room. It’s not a case of one type suits every scenario, and on areas such as the stairs, your carpet fitter must make sure that the carpet is adequately gripped for your safety, not just for the overall aesthetics.

For example, there are so many different types of carpet – with a variety of pile, textures and weaves – that the choice can become overwhelming. Here’s what you need to look out for:

  • Pile

The pile of a carpet is the density of the fibres that make it, and affect the appearance and performance of the carpet. High pile carpets are shaggier and can feel more cosy and luxurious, while short pile carpets are more hard-wearing and resilient. You need to think about which room the carpet is for as to which pile is most suitable.

  • Texture and weave

The pile of the carpet dictates its texture. The most commonly-used weave is the twist, which is made from cut-twisted pile. This is hard-wearing and provides a coarse finish and texture that is easy to keep clean and maintain. Loop carpets such as Berber are made from uncut loops of pile, are comfortable underfoot and retain their bounce (although it’s not recommended for homes with pets as the loops can get pulled by claws). A Saxony carpet has a long pile and oozes luxury – this is the carpet where you’ll see your footprints as you walk across it. However, it’s tricky to keep clean and flattens easily, so isn’t ideal for areas that are used heavily.

Skilled carpet fitters can suggest the right texture and consistency, depending on the area – a busy spot such as the stairs will need a more robust option than somewhere with minimal usage such as a guest bedroom. 

Your new carpet will most likely be thicker than the one it’s replacing, and may cause issues with your ability to open and close doors in the newly fitted room. A professional carpet fitter will be able to include door easing in their quote. This is when a small measurement is shaved from the doors to allow them to open and shut with ease.

Cost of carpet fitting work

The cost of carpet fitting depends upon the size of the room, and in the case of stairs, the complexity of the stair, i.e. if it has several turns and requires numerous changes in pile direction, the cost will increase. Expect to pay around £100 for labour on a 30m2 room, and budget approximately £4-£10 per m2 for the carpet itself.

There are other influencing factors in prices of quotes, and ways that you can reduce the cost: 

  • Lifting old flooring. Your carpet fitter will do this for a price, but you can do this quite simply by removing the carpet and underlay yourself. It’ll also give you an opportunity to inspect the flooring underneath and repair any floorboards that need attention before the fitters arrive. Check that the floorboards are still level – it can be as simple as replacing nails that may have come loose. If you’re planning to have carpet fitted onto a concrete floor, you may need to have additional floor screeding to level the surface.
  • Removing old carpets and underlay. Carpet fitters will charge for this, so you can reduce the quote by doing this yourself. Although carpets can be extremely heavy, and you will need to consider how you’re going to transport them to the local tip.
  • Emptying the rooms. Carpet fitters will charge for having to remove the furniture from the rooms, so if you’re able to do it yourself, you’ll save money.
  • Door easing. If your new carpet is thicker, you might need a few millimetres shaved off the bottom of the door to the room.

Do I really need underlay?

The cost of underlay can be an unexpected shock when you come to replace your carpets, and you may be considering not using any to avoid the financial hit. However, underlay is essential for maintaining the durability and function of your carpet. The underlay acts as a cushion between the flooring and the carpet, and maintains the pile of the carpet, preserving its aesthetic. It also acts as a very necessary insulation particularly on ground floors; plus, it acts as a welcome noise inhibitor and shock absorber, and prolongs the life of your carpet by making the pile more receptive to cleaning and maintenance.

Is it a false economy to buy a cheap carpet?

In a word, yes. Cheaper carpets, while more budget-friendly, typically wear out faster than higher quality ones, as the materials used are less able to resist stains and general use, so will need replacing sooner. There are lots of options for buying carpets and underlay, so it’s worth your time doing your homework. Get carpet samples, listen to advice from your carpet fitter, and narrow down your choices of materials, colours and pile. Your carpet fitter will have contacts who may be able to give you a good deal, but go online and speak to suppliers for their best price. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

There are no formal qualifications that your carpet fitter is required to have by current UK law, although look out for whether your fitter is affiliated with The Flooring Industry Training Association (FITA) or are accredited by the National Institute of Carpet and Floor Layers (NICF).

Planning permission for carpet fitting jobs

You won’t need planning permission for changing your carpets, but if you live in flats or buildings with multiple occupancy, you need to make sure you comply with building regulations if you’re going from carpet to another material such as wood or laminate. This is due to the potential increase in noise. If you’re renting your property, take time to read your tenancy agreement to make sure there isn’t a clause that refers to your obligations regarding carpets and flooring. For more information on certain planning permission, make sure to visit the planning portal.

Insurance for carpet fitting work

Every reputable tradesperson will have public liability insurance as standard, and carpet fitting is no exception. Accidents can happen, and your professional carpet fitter must be insured to cover all eventualities.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • Do they have public liability insurance?
  • Do they have a portfolio of their work?
  • Do they have previous customers you can contact, or online reviews you can access?
  • Are they members of any trade associations or accreditation schemes?
  • What products do they recommend, and why?
  • What follow-up service do they provide?

I have around seven years of experience in cemmercial as well as domestic job i studied civil engineering in university and turned into flooring

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Reviewed by majid on 16/7/2024

Capital flooring did great job for me very professional and I would recommend them strongly

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Reviewed by June on 20/4/2024

Robin provided an excellent carpet fitting service on our unconventional oak staircase. He truly is a master within his profession. 5 stars all the way.

I am able to provide a service of fitting carpets/vinyl/screeding/vinyl tiles/carpet tiles/plywood/linoleum. Additional Costs: Refitting or reusing used carpet, uplifting existing flooring, patterned carpets, moving furniture and more time consuming than made out to be in the advertised post. Can also take away rubbish depending on job size which also has an additional cost.

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Reviewed by Andrew on 15/7/2024

Hi,I providing carpet fitting services for 7 years.Extremely competitive prices. I offer free measuring, bringing samples and providing a free estimate. You may have no doubt in my high quality services. Thanks. Max

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Reviewed by Alex on 23/7/2024

Professional carpet/vinyl service in South London, Surrey, Kent by experienced tradesman. All jobs considered at reasonable rates. Fast reliable service.

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Reviewed by Soulla on 19/3/2024

Steven carried out the job very well . Did a good job .very nice man .

• Polite Carpet Fitter • Free Quotes • Experienced • Complete Service • Carpet, vinyl, underlay and accessories all supplied

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Reviewed by Chris on 27/5/2024

I required two tenanted flats carpeting and lino fitted. Christian understood the assignment and provided a first class job for an economical price. His price was better than the other large firms that quoted for the job. I would highly recommend Christian, his communication was good and he was friendly and helpful.

I have over 20 years experience in the flooring industry on both sides, domestic and commercial. I’m skilled in all aspects off flooring from carpets, linoleum, vinyls, (LVT) karndean, amtico, laminate and wetrooms. Preparation work is undertaken from plywood to self level screed etc. Free quotations and advice giving. Supply and fit or fit only.

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Reviewed by Ted on 31/5/2023

Punctual, tidy worker and did a great job, would recommend Jamie for any flooring requirements.

With over 16 years in the business… our experience.. is your guarantee. Are you looking for very high quality carpets at discount, rock-bottom prices, then Flawless Flooring Ltd situated at 59 Upper Chorlton Road, in Manchester (M16 7RQ) is the place for you. We have many carpet rolls and carpets in their shop for you to touch, feel and stroke, before you make your choice. Most of our customers return again and again, and never buy carpet or other flooring products from anyone else.

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Reviewed by Kevin on 17/7/2024

Absolutely brilliant service, on budget the job was booked and done in 2 days. Very trustworthy and highly recommended. 5 plus stars.

Hi there, I have been in the trade for over 18 years and have worked on a range of big and small projects. I can supply carpet and all accessories at cheap prices. I also provide a fit only service. All work is carried out to a high standard.

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Reviewed by Sean on 16/6/2024

Good price, good job and done with great respect for my home. Arrived on time, no issues. Highly recommend!

Mobile carpet showroom shop at home we come to you being mobile we don’t have the overheads of a shop we have a wide range of samples to choose from friendly and reliable with 18 years of experience in the trade free quote with no obligation also we do a fit only service if you have provided your own carpet.

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Reviewed by robert on 19/2/2023

Efficient and honest

I have just joined rated people I Am an experienced carpet and vinyl and LVT fitter for over 25 + years, a proper apprenticeship at a family run business to their full time and only fitter at carpet studio in the high st Cheltenham. After 13 years there I moved on to the contract side going around the south west embarking on projects like co-op’s and Hollywood bowls, after a divorce and my teenage son getting older and I’m getting older I want to be more local, I look forward to trying to building a little business and meeting people from the rated people community

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Reviewed by Kev on 25/10/2022

Amandeep singh , Singh’s carpet, name you can trust , 18 years of experience. Carpet vinyl screed plywood door trimming test completed.provide all type carpet vinyl underlay. Will give you professional service. Will beat any quote, will do best planning to make less wastage .give a chance and you will be delighted :)thanks

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Reviewed by Amie on 2/5/2023

Amandeep is very professional, friendly amd punctual. He is very dedicated to his work. Cleaned after themselves. I will recommend Amandeep and you use him again

I have been floorlaying for 28 years and cover carpets, vinyls and all types of floor coverings and also sanding and sealing of various types of wood floors

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Reviewed by Don on 1/4/2024

Excellent service. Recommended

Hi ,been laying floors for 30,years now,find a great sense of achievement in my work ,love looking after my custumers,such a good feeling seeing the finished product,when the client is very happy ,so after contact i will measure up the job ,bring carpet samples to you and plan the job,allways here to help

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Reviewed by Seamus on 30/11/2023

John provided a competitive quote and did a great job laying our laminate flooring. Arrived on time both days and completed the work to a very high standard without any problems.

"Welcome to Vibrant Carpets and Flooring, your go-to destination for all your carpet and flooring needs! Nestled in the heart of Retterdon, Essex, and serving the surrounding areas including Coving, Essex, and London, we take pride in offering top-quality products and exceptional service to our valued customers. As a family-run business, we understand the significance of creating a warm and inviting space within your home or office. Whether you're in search of luxurious carpets, durable laminate, or elegant hardwood flooring, we've got you covered. Our team is dedicated to helping you find the perfect flooring solution that suits your style, preferences, and budget. What sets us apart is our commitment to excellence in both supply and fitting. We believe in delivering nothing but the best, ensuring that your new flooring is installed with precision and care, guaranteeing your satisfaction for years to come. In addition to our stellar services, we invite you to visit our showroom, where you can explore our wide range of products firsthand. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to guide you through our selection, answer any questions you may have, and provide expert advice to help you make the best choice for your space. At Vibrant Carpets and Flooring, we're not just here to sell you flooring – we're here to build lasting relationships with our customers. Your comfort and happiness are our top priorities, and we are dedicated to making your experience with us enjoyable and stress-free. So, whether you're ready to upgrade your living room with a plush new carpet or transform your kitchen with sleek, modern flooring, come and visit us at Vibrant Carpets and Flooring. Let's work together to bring vibrancy and style to your space, one step at a time."

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Reviewed by Taj on 22/7/2024

I paid Paul £2352 as deposit for carpet work on 27th June 2024. The work has not been done. I have requested a refund due to delays in completing the work and poor communications. Paul is no longer responding to my calls, WhatsApp messages and mobile text. I'm leaving this message as I'm longer able to reach him. This is causing anxiety as I he's not returning the money that I paid him. Has anyone experienced similar with this trader? Please advise how you got your deposit refunded.

Ziggo group Ltd Ziggo group ltd stands for quality and reliability. We have been offering Our services and products to Our customers with the Same care for Twenty years. Ziggo group ltd values a good relationship that is why we are open and direct in Our communication and we work efficiently at a fair Price. In this way we naturally deliver both in services and in production so what you expect from us. Facebook: ziggo group

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Reviewed by Jake on 19/7/2024

Job done quickly and very well.

Welcome to Martin Evans Flooring Providing a complete flooring service. We supply and fit and are happy to provide help and advice on all aspects of flooring with a large selection of flooring,carpets, laminate , Kandean and vinyl...

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Reviewed by Jamila on 21/11/2023

Cannot recommend Martin and his son enough! Super efficient, easy to talk to and nothing was too much trouble. Very happy with the service. Will defo be recommending to family and friends :)

Hi my name is Graham, I have over 30 years experience in the Flooring trade,We work as a Father and Son team alongside my Son Brad. We offer a choose at home service and have samples from all leading manufacturers. As you can see from our reviews we are a highly professional team. We don't always guarantee to be the cheapest price but what we do guarantee is the quality of our workmanship which is very important to us. We thank you for reading and hope you choose us for your next Flooring project. Thanks Graham.

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Reviewed by Paula on 21/3/2024

Friendly, professional father and son. Very happy with my carpet.

carpentry LTD, fitted laminat flooring, solid wood flooring, inginering wood floring, carpet.

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Reviewed by Mark on 4/11/2023

Very, quick , proffesional and high standard work. Would deffanately use again. Thank you so much

B.B flooring is a relatively new company- but run by a fitter with over 40 years experience. We specialise in carpets,laminate flooring, carpet tiles and vinyl. Friendly and cheerful disposition No job is to big or too small!

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Reviewed by Nick on 5/7/2024

Excellent job

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