How much to budget for the price of carpet or vinyl?

Pricing for carpet and vinyl can vary greatly from range to range, but it is a very affordable way to refresh the look and feel of your home. As a guide, carpet prices range between $35-$105 per square metre to fully install and our range goes from the more budget end to our top quality carpets.

To help you with a rough guide to the cost of re-carpeting choose the option that best describes your home.

Blm? What does ‘blm’ or ‘broadloom metres’ mean? And how do I calculate the cost of carpet?

Carpet is normally bought by the lineal/broadloom metre (usually 3.66 metre wide) so you’ll see this term or ‘blm’ when quoting carpet. However, as timber, vinyl, tiles are sold by the square metre, carpet prices are converted to square metres so an easy comparison can be made between these flooring options. For example if your house requires 110 square metres of carpet, to work out how many broadloom metres you require, divide 110 by 3.66 metres (if that’s the width of the carpet), which will give you approximately 30 broadloom metres of carpet that you’ll need to cover 110 sqm.

New flooring will greatly enhance the look and feel of your home. To help with budgeting we have provided indicative costs to carpet your home; based on carpeting all areas except kitchen and bathroom(s). Costs are based on square meterage for ease of use but please remember that carpet is bought in broadloom metres (3.66m wide)

How much is Vinyl installed?

Vinyl can be a very inexpensive form of flooring and has the widest variety of styles and designs of all the hard floorings.

The cost to supply and install sheet vinyl ranges from as little as $49 including GST per square metre up to $80 to $90 per sqm depending on the quality and style of vinyl you select.

In most cases some form of preparation will also be required before laying the product, the cost of this is not included in the pricing above.

How does floor preparation affect price?

The quality of the floor you are installing over is very Important to the look and performance of your new floor. In most cases some form of floor preparation is required before laying new product. Even on new concrete or particle board floors a small amount of work is usually required to get the best finish.

The cost of floorprep varies greatly and can only be properly priced after inspection, however as a rough guide for a new floor add $25 per sqm and where there is an existing floor that needs to be removed or covered add $65 per sqm

Small House 84sqm (~23 blm)

Carpet fully installed indicative prices

Good: $49 per sqm = $4116
Better: $59 per sqm = $4956
Best: $75 per sqm = $6300

Medium House 110sqm (~30 blm)

Carpet fully installed indicative prices

Good: $49 per sqm = $5390
Better: $59 per sqm = $6490
Best: $75 per sqm = $8250

Large House 154sqm (~42 blm)

Carpet fully installed indicative prices

Good: $49 per sqm = $7,546
Better: $59 per sqm = $9,086
Best: $75 per sqm = $11,550

Note: The “good” pricing shown is based on a cut pile solution dyed nylon carpets with a minimum ACCS (Australian Carpet Classification Scheme) performance grading of 5* REHD or better. The Better and Best options are based on upgrades to both higher ACCS performance gradings and heavier more luxurious pile weights.

Pricing includes standard install with 10mm underlay and GST, and excludes uplift, floor preparation, furniture removals, stairs. The pricing is worked out on supplying and installing the meterages shown and is indicative only to help you set a budget.

If you know the square metres of the rooms you are looking to carpet you can work out an estimate by adding 15% to the total sqm for off-cuts and waste and then multiplying that amount by the relevant sqm rate.

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