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What is the cost of carpet replacement per square metre, and the average new carpet installation prices for a room vs a house?

When it comes to renovating or fitting out your home, it can be an incredibly exciting process – albeit a little stressful. And when you see all of your hard work finally coming together once the walls are painted and your flooring has been laid it becomes all the more satisfactory, that is the point at which the dream home becomes a reality. Of course, before you get to that point, however, you need to consider all of the costs involved with the project, which can get a little stressful and indeed overwhelming. 

In order to make the budgeting process a little easier, we’re going to break down the costs involved with replacing the carpet in your home, per square metre, including a room vs house round up as well.

What is the cost of carpet replacement per square metre in Australia? 

So, what is the average cost of carpet installation in Australia? The average carpet replacement cost comes in at approximately $65 per square metre. 

Most people in Australia can expect to pay anywhere between $55 and $75 per square metre for all of the materials and labour involved. Of course, the overall cost will depend on a certain variety of factors, including the type of padding and the carpet you have selected, not to mention any of the prep-work that is involved before the carpet installation can begin. 

For your convenience, we’ve listed a few of the average costs of a carpet installation expert’s hourly rates and the carpet cost per square metre. These include Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Bear in mind that most carpet layers tend to charge per square metre and not by the hour but this will give you an idea of both: 

  • Sydney: $35 (average per hour) – $45 (per square metre)
  • Melbourne: – $20 (average per hour) – $35 (per square metre)
  • Brisbane $25: – (average per hour) – $25 (per square metre) 


What costs are involved in carpet installation?

In order to get a thorough understanding of carpet installation prices – which can help you calculate the total cost of your upcoming project, we’re going to list a few of the factors that can influence the cost. Here’s everything you need to know: 

  • Supplier: Your chosen carpet comes at a cost but there is quite a lot of flexibility here. You see, carpet can cost anywhere between $20 per square metre, all the way up to $200 and beyond – depending on the quality. 
  • Carpet removal: Carpet installation can cost more if you need to have an existing carpet removed. As such, carpet replacement cost tends to be higher as there is more prep-work involved. Just make sure you discuss these points with your carpet installation expert before committing to anything. 
  • Furniture removal: Some carpet installation experts may charge you extra if they need to move furniture around. If you are able, it may be best to remove the furniture first and save some money – although understandably this isn’t always possible, depending on your personal situation. 
  • Prep-work: Your subfloor will need to be cleaned thoroughly and flattened in order to ensure a proper installation. This is typically included in the cost per square metre for carpet laying but may be charged separately depending on your contractor. 
  • Underlay: Typically, most carpet underlay prices will be included in the overall carpet installation cost – however, to be on the safe side it’s always worth asking for a fully itemised quotation to be certain.  
  • Laying the carpet: The average price of carpet installation in Australia is approximately $35 per broadloom metre. Some installers may obviously charge more or less depending on the style of carpet (e.g., extra care may be required for more delicate and expensive carpets). 
  • Carpeting stairs: Laying carpet on stairs can be a bit of a nightmare and as such, you can expect such a task to be charged separately and likely at a higher cost to the rest of the house. 


Average carpet installation prices for a room vs an entire house in Australia 

Whether you are having a single room installed or the entire house, it’s better to have an understanding of what to expect in terms of cost. Here’s a look at the average cost of carpet installation by room vs house: 

The average carpet installation price for a house in Australia

The average Australian home is approximately 189.8 square metres. As such, the average installation for carpeting your entire home may cost somewhere in the region $12,285. This includes the stairs, carpet removal, furniture moving, and laying delicate carpet, etc. Again, these are only averages, but if you plan to have your entire home carpeted, that is what you can expect to pay for a home of that size. 

The average carpet installation price for a room in Australia

The average bedroom size in Australia can range anywhere between 6.5 square metres and 10 square metres. The recommended size for a bedroom, to allow sufficient living space, is 10 square metres, so let’s go off of that average. Having carpet installed in a 10m2 room will cost on average: $650. 


If you would like to save yourself some money and consider yourself a bit of a handy DIY enthusiast, then you can always lay the carpet yourself. Just bear in mind that this can be tricky and time-consuming for anyone who doesn’t have experience with laying carpets. You may also struggle if you don’t have all of the required tools to get the job done easily. 

In any case, whether you plan to have a professional do it for you, or if you’re going to have a stab at it yourself, the cost of carpeting the average home in Australia is quite reasonable. 

We hope that you have found this article helpful and wish you the best of luck with your home improvement project. 

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