How to Replace a Carpet Cheaply


Carpet doesn't have a lifespan that lasts a lifetime. Most carpet will wear out within five years, beginning to look dingy and require replacing. When it comes to options for replacing worn-out carpet on a budget, homeowners have several options.

Things You'll Need

  • Utility gloves
  • Utility knife
  • Double bladed trimmer
  • Pliers
  • Duct tape or carpet tape
  • Knee kicker
  • Power stretcher
  • Remove the old carpet yourself instead of paying a contractor or carpet installer to do it. Put on utility gloves to protect your hands and pull up the carpet ends at each corner using pliers. Once the ends are dislodged from the tack strip, cut the carpet into strips about 3 feet wide with a utility knife to create manageable sections. Roll the sections and remove them from the room. Repeat the process with the padding. When changing out carpet for carpet, there is no need to remove the tack strips.

  • Contact carpeting stores in your area. Many area carpet stores sell carpet remnants, or wholesale irregular rolls. A remnant is an uneven roll of carpeting discarded or unused during a previous installation. This option provides you with an affordable solution, and enough carpet to complete one room.

  • Install the carpet yourself to save money on installation. Carpeting a single room requires minimal tools and experience. Start by rolling out the new padding on the floor. Cut the padding around walls, doors and thresholds with a utility knife. Secure seams with duct tape or carpet tape.

  • Roll the carpet remnant across the room. Cut the carpet with a utility knife to fit around corners, walls and thresholds. Remnants will often fit the entire length of the room, negating the need to cut seams or attach sections, as the carpeting comes in one large piece.

  • Hook the edges of the carpet onto the tack strips. Use a knee kicker to force the carpet onto the tack strip. This helps to stretch the carpet in place and ensures a uniform look. Cut the edges of the carpet along the wall with a utility knife or double blade trimmer until flush with the wall.

  • Use a power stretcher to pull the carpet tight. You can rent a power stretcher from a local home improvement store. Secure the transitions from one room to another with transition molding.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchasing good padding helps extend the lifespan of a carpet.

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