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By Alan Fletcher - 30-Year Carpet Expert & Trusted Consumer Advocate


How Much Should You Spend on New Carpet?

The Carpet & Pad prices below do not reflect how much it will cost to install your carpet. Installation prices vary depending on what part of the country you live in; how difficult your project is; and what style and grade of carpet you select. Let me help you make some sense of it all.


Carpet Cost vs. Longevity Chart

If you buy from a reputable carpet dealer, the more you spend the better grade of carpet you can get. If you spend too little, your carpet might wear out too fast, and there is no reason you should spend any more than absolutely necessary. So, if you know how long you want your new carpet to last, the chart below will help you determine about how much money you should spend to achieve your goal. 


Prices shown below reflect how long a Residential Grade Carpet might last based on the level of foot traffic you have in YOUR home. Take my free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to help determine what Grade of Carpet you need to meet your goals and lifestyle.


(These figures reflect carpets made only from a 100% NYLON fiber)

Estimated Cost Per 

Square Yard / Square Foot

Low Foot Traffic

Medium Foot Traffic

Moderate Foot Traffic

Heavy Foot Traffic

Carpet Last 5 Years

$15 / 1.66

$20 / 2.22

$25 / 2.78

$30 / 3.33

Carpet Last 10 Years

$20 / 2.22

$25 / 2.78

$30 / 3.33

$35 / 3.88

Carpet Last 15 Years

$25 / 2.78

$30 / 3.33

$35 / 3.88

$40 / 4.44

Carpet Last 20 Years

$30 / 3.33

$35 / 3.88

$40 / 4.44

$45 / 5.00

Typical Carpet prices shown with basic Rebond padding included

Installation costs can vary greatly. Learn more about Carpet Installation Cost.

Obviously, spending just $15 per yard on new carpet and padding will only get you an apartment-grade carpet. However, if you have low foot traffic you still can get many years of use from an inexpensive carpet if you take good care of it. On the other hand, if you buy the highest quality carpet and don't take proper care of it, it will certainly wear out faster than it was designed to. Proper Carpet care and maintenance can greatly extend your carpet's life span. Visit my Carpet Care Guide to learn how to make your carpet last longer.


Most homeowners experience some degree of "sticker shock" when they discover how much new carpet is going to cost. You might need to save up more money before you purchase new carpet or perhaps you might consider completing your new carpet project in two or more stages. However, you should never settle for a lesser grade of carpet that cannot handle your level of foot traffic!  


What makes one carpet better than another? 

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Basic Carpet Cost Guidelines:

A typical 2-Bedroom home requires about 100 yards of Carpet. 

Here's what it will likely cost you for the Carpet and Padding depending on your 

Foot Traffic Level  and  How Long  you want your Carpet to Last. 


Estimated Cost for 100 yards of Nylon Carpet / Pad, Installed

Medium Traffic

Moderate Traffic

Heavy  Traffic

Expect Carpet to Last 5 Years




Expect Carpet to Last 10 Years




Expect Carpet to Last 15 Years




Expect Carpet to Last 20 Years




Typical Carpet prices shown with basic Rebond padding included

Installation costs can vary greatly. Learn more about Carpet Installation Cost.



To get started, take my Free Carpet Foot Traffic Test to discover 

your level of foot traffic and what grade of Carpet you may need for your home.





Medium-Quality Residential Carpet 

If you don't plan on being in your home forever you might not want to spend a fortune buying the highest quality carpet right now. Most folks plan on having their carpet last for about 10 years. After that they plan on moving or changing the carpet to something different. 


The key to having your carpet last as long as possible is to choose the right grade for your application and to maintain it according to the manufacturer's guidelines. 


Typical Carpet Cost: Ranges from $15 to $22 per yard 

  • Carpet Face Weight: 30 to 40 ounce

  • Carpet Fiber: 100% Nylon, Sorona PTT, Smartstrand

  • Common Styles: Plush, Textured Plush, Sculptured, Berber, Cut Pile, Saxony

  • Typical Lifespan: 6 to 12 years

Padding Cost: Ranges from $3.00 - $4.50 per square yard.

  • Pad Type: Rebond, synthetic fiber, wool, rubber

  • Pad Thickness: 3/8", 7/16", 1/2".

  • Pad Density: 6 to 8 pound

  • Typical Lifespan: 6 to 12 years

  • Carpet Installation Cost



High-Quality Residential Carpet

High-quality residential carpet is usually manufactured by a well-known brand names like Lees, Royalty, Gulistan, Karastan or Masland to name a few. I am not including carpets made of Wool in this Carpet Cost Guideline, as Wool is more expensive than all the synthetic fibers used to manufacture carpet today. Wool carpets are certainly high-quality and can easily last 20 years or more, if cared for properly. In this Cost Breakdown I am referring to carpets made of 100% Nylon. 


Typical Carpet Cost: Ranges from $25 to $45 per yard 

  • Carpet Face Weight: 38 to 50 ounce

  • Carpet Fiber: 100% Nylon (continuous Filament)

  • Common Styles: Plush, Textured Plush, Frieze (Twist), Cut Pile, Saxony, Patterned Cut & Loop, Looped Berber and Cut-Pile Berber (California Berber)

  • Typical Lifespan: 12 to 20 years or more


Padding Cost: Ranges from $4.00 - $6.50 per square yard.

  • Pad Type: Rebond, synthetic fiber, rubber, wool felt

  • Pad Thickness: 3/8", 7/16", 1/2".

  • Pad Density: 6 to 10 pound

  • Typical Lifespan: 10 to 20 years

  • Carpet Installation Cost


Learn more: How to Select the Right Carpet Fiber



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