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Cost of Carpet Laying and Installation

Last updated: 7th May 2019

The average rate for carpet installation services is around $35/m2. Depending on the job, however, the cost of carpet laying can still range anywhere from approximately $25/m2 to $45/m2. This depends on various factors such as the type of carpet and the amount of prep work needed to start the job.

Where do these prices come from?

All prices stated in this article are based on FY 2016 pricing data compiled by The figures resulted from a comprehensive analysis of quotes submitted by Carpet Laying Experts on the site from July 2015 to July 2016.

Carpet and upholstery installation prices from real customers

Phil from Vic
Job details: Installation of carpets for 3 bedrooms and a staircase in his residential property in Highett
Other details: Price inclusive of labour and supply of carpets
TOTAL COST: $2,900
Chris from Vic
Job details: Carpets for 5 rooms, 1 hallway, and 1 walk-in wardrobe for his home in Carrum Downs
Other details: Price inclusive of labour and supply of carpets
TOTAL COST: $2,400
Arzo from NSW
Job details: Carpet installation on stairs, 2 bedrooms, and a hallway for his house in Arncliff
Other details: Price covers the cost of labour and materials
TOTAL COST: $2,200

Costs of common carpet installation jobs

 Carpet Installation Task  Typical Quoted Prices
 Installing carpet tiles for an office  $4,000
 Carpet installation for a small studio apartment  $500
 Installing soft carpets for a home  $2,400
 Carpet laying for a staircase  $900
 Removing old carpets  $800
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Carpet laying and upholstery jobs: How much?

A basic carpet laying job will cost you around $154.15. However, this approximate price may only include the labour fees for the actual installation work, and it may only cover flat laying service for a small room. If you have a bigger area or a space that requires a more complicated installation, expect to pay a higher rate for carpet installation.

Factors that affect total carpeting costs

Installing new carpet is not as simple as it seems. It’s a job best handled by experienced tradies as they can assure you of a professional finish. Many factors are at play when figuring out the overall cost of a carpet installation job, and these include the following:

  • Number of rooms – Installing carpet in one big hall is much easier than laying new carpet in a small house that is divided into smaller rooms. This is because there is a lot more measuring, planning and carpet cutting involved in an area that is subdivided by walls.
  • Subfloor preparation – Part of a carpet installer’s job is to prepare the floor prior to carpet installation. This can include removing the old carpet and making sure that the floor is clean and has no chips or cracks before the new carpet is installed.
  • Room variables – Oddly shaped rooms or working around posts in the middle of the floor can make carpet installation much more difficult.
  • Stairs – You will be given a separate (and more expensive) pricing estimate if you are planning to install carpet on your stairs and landings.
  • Additional costs – There can be additional costs involved when installing a new carpet. For example, if the new carpet is thicker than the old one, the doors may need to be trimmed down a centimetre or so. Otherwise, the door will rub on the carpet.
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Laying down the service cost per state

Qld has the lowest carpet laying cost at about $25/m2. In Vic, professional carpet installers are charging an average of around $35.50/m2 for their services.

The cost of carpet installation in NSW is around $42.50/m2, while WA has a higher average rate of about $45/m2.

Carpet laying is best done by tradies who have plenty of experience in carpet installation. You can find a list of qualified and reliable carpet installation businesses at

Pricing information correct as at August 2016.

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