I’ve been reading through your CarpetProfessor website and I find it very informative. Thank you for putting this website together. One piece of information I was not able to find has to do with what the final installation cost is based on. For example, my room is about 18’ X 16’ and I’m buying 12’ wide carpet, Due to seaming, I think I will need to buy 12 x 32, = 384 Sq ft of carpet, even though my room is only 288 Sq ft.
My expectation is that I would pay installation only on the 288 Sq ft, I would also only purchase padding for 288 Sq ft, not 384 sf..
I know I will have to pay for the full carpet size (384 Sq ft) but it’s not clear to me which measurement would be used for the installation cost. I’d like to know so that I don’t get misdirected by a carpet salesperson.
Thanks for your excellent question!
When it comes to the cost of carpet installation, you always have to pay for the total amount of carpet ordered. Why? Becasue the installer has to handle the whole roll, transport it, cut it up accurately into needed sizes, seam it all together beautifully and install it all correctly.
The room figures you mentioned are correct if you only want one seam down the length of the room. However, you could do it in four pieces and save money on materials and labor.
By that I mean, if you have a 16 x 18 room (approximately) and use 12’ goods, you may only need to buy a 12’ x 18’ piece plus a 12 x 6’ for the side fill. That adds up to 12 x 24 = 288 sf.
The 12 x 6 piece is cut into 3 pieces (3@ 6 x 4) which are all seamed together to make the 4’ x 18’ fill. (This math doesn’t apply to carpets with a pattern match)
You won’t get charged any more for installation regardless of the installer having to seam up the carpet in several pieces, unless you are buying Looped Berber style carpet. http://www.carpetprofessor.com/berber_carpet.htm
Here is my blog page that will help you make sense of measuring for carpet seams.
Be sure to check out the room diagrams on my blog page. Hope this helps!
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I live in Clinton Township Michigan. My husband and I are looking to replace all of our upstairs carpet. The carpet to be replaced includes a hall, a stair case with 12 stairs, and four upper bedrooms.
Last week I stopped into a local family owned carpet store to look at a carpet that I had seen in a family member’s home. The carpet was made by Mohawk and is made from 75% Smartstrand and 25% P.E.T. Polyester.
Tonight we had an in-home estimate from a well-known shop-at- home company. The salesman brought out some plush style carpets that he stated were great for high traffic areas. He showed us a 60 oz weight, and a 50 oz weight carpet samples. I asked him if in fact that they carried “Smartstrand” and he said yes however that it was a special order carpet. He went on to say that the sample that I had from the local dealer was only about a 30 oz face weight and would mat down over time. He instead suggested that his Shaw plush style was a much better choice for the stairs and hall. He quoted us $3,750 to do the hall/stairs and the four bedrooms. I had received a quote of $4,036 from the local family owned carpet store with the 30 oz face weight carpet.
Both offered 8 lb padding. The shop-at- home company offered padding without the moisture barrier, they have it but he did not believe that we needed it (because it is just me and my husband in the home), but the local dealer offered padding with the moisture barrier.
I came across your site after going online to look at some other local carpet stores to see what they may have to offer. I guess I would like an expert such as you to weigh in or give some advice as to why the local carpet store would only offer us a 30 oz face weight and give a quote of $4000 dollars and the shop-at- home carpet company quote $3,750.00 with w 60 oz face weight. Looking forward to hearing back from you.
Thanks for your carpet questions! I have to make some assumptions with the limited information you gave me, so this email is my best “guesstimate” response for you.
It sounds like you had Empire Today out tonight to show you some polyester carpet samples. I never recommend buying carpet from Empire, and I don’t recommend you buy a carpet made of PET or Polyester fibers unless you want it to last for less than 7 years. Those are the absolute worst fibers, no matter what they tell you. Neither of two carpets you mentioned can handle medium to heavy foot traffic regardless of their 50 or 60-ounce face-weights. Fiber type, Tuft twist and pile density are way more important factors to consider than is a higher face-weight. You need to consider all the carpet specifications to know if the carpet is durable enough to handle your application and last as long as you anticipate. (See attached carpet durability chart)
A carpet made of Nylon is always the best choice for stairs and hallways and other heavy foot-traffic areas. Smartstrand, P.E.T. or Polyester fibers do not perform as well on stairs and hallways as they tend to mat down quickly in medium to heavy foot traffic applications. If your home has low foot-traffic, then a Smartstrand (Triexta) fiber might work well for you, but it should still have good specifications, hopefully more than 30-ounce face-weight and good pile-density rating (see attached carpet durability chart)
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You don’t really need a moisture barrier padding, so why pay extra for it. A good quality Rebond type pad, 7/16”, 8-pound density will do the job just fine. Learn more about moisture barrier padding and other specialty padding types.
Take my free carpet foot traffic test to see what level of foot traffic you have.
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Thank you so much for your information on carpet and how to measure and purchase. I have had your recommended dealer out to measure to give me an estimate. We both came up with the same square footage of 566 but they added 118 sq. feet more making the total 684sq ft. Is that reasonable to add that much for laying the carpet and seams? Its 3 separate bedrooms of carpet and the connecting hall is hardwood.
Thank you in advance for your help.
Sincerely, KJ in Texas
Thanks for your email! Measuring for carpet is surely challenging especially when seams are involved. I understand your concerns.
Unless your bedrooms are all less than 12 feet in width, you will need some extra carpet to do the seams properly. Since it appears that you do need seams, that means one or more of your bedroom(s) are wider than 12 feet. I have no idea how they figured the additional carpet needed for the seams as there are many ways to do so. You should feel comfortable to call the salesperson and ask them to help you understand how they did their calculations and where the seams are located and in how many pieces. Let me explain how it works…
- Carpet usually comes in 12 foot widths.
- Every carpet has a nap that must be laid down in the same direction when doing seams. (You can’t ¼ turn the carpet)
- Carpets with a pattern repeat require more carpet to properly line up the seams.
Let’s say for example that your master bedroom is 13.5 x 16, that would mean you would need a seam along one wall about two foot wide by sixteen feet long. If you order just 2 extra feet of carpet, the seam would end up being pieced together in 8 pieces. That would be time consuming and difficult to do and might not look too good. You want to have as few seams as possible. So to do the seam in just three pieces you would need to order an extra 6 feet of carpet. That’s 6’ x 12’ or 72 sq. feet.
In your case they have ordered about 10 extra feet (10’ x 12’) so you may have more than one bedroom that requires seams or maybe there a pattern match to contend with. The 118 sq. feet they have added appears to be reasonable. The amount of extra carpet needed also depends on how many pieces of carpet are calculated to do the seams.
Below I show two examples, one room has the seam made using three pieces of carpet and the other only uses two pieces of carpet to make the seam.
Notice the difference in square feet needed. Perhaps these rough diagrams will help.
More Free Information
- Visit www.carpetProfessor.com to learn more about how to measure for carpet.
- Here is another helpful Carpet Seaming Diagram: How To Measure For Carpet | Seaming Diagram
- Additional Link: Room Measurements with Seams Diagram
Click on the diagram below to see a larger view.