How Much Does It Cost To Have Your Stairs Carpeted?

  • Carpet fitting can be costly depending on the type of stairs you have.
  • Hidden carpeting costs can exponentially raise the price of decorating.
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The cost of carpeting often surprises homeowners, so we’ve taken off the blinds to give you some carpeting estimates.

The costs involved in carpeting

First, let’s uncover the various costs hidden behind the world of carpeting. Unfortunately, you can’t just pay for the carpet that you need and be done with it; there are several other costs involved in home carpeting practices than you may realise.

Fitting a carpet

For a professional to fit a carpet in your home, you’re looking at a minimum of £30, which is significantly cheaper than carpeting a room. However, as with anything, price does fluctuate.

Some of the deciding factors for your carpet fitting price will include the kind of stairs you have at home. A single set of straight stairs is going to cost less than two sets of stairs or carpeting a helical staircase.

This is just the fitting cost, too – not including delivery, the removal of old carpets, or the cost of any other items that might need to be installed to keep your staircase’s new carpet in the right place.

Delivery costs

Speaking of delivery, it’s highly unlikely that you’re going to get your carpet delivered for free unless you’re picking it up yourself. Carpets are heavy, bulky, and they take time to load and unload. Depending on the company you’ve purchased from, this could be another £30+.

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An example of a set of straight stairs with a piece of carpet that continues into another room.

Removing old carpets

The removal of your old staircase carpet will also add to your overall carpet fitting cost. You could remove it yourself, certainly, but if you know how to remove a carpet, you can probably lay one, too. That’s why most homeowners choose to include carpet lifting when having a new carpet fitted.


Your old carpet has been removed and the carpet layer has fitted your new one. You can expect up to £50 added onto your bill if you ask the company fitting your carpet to dispose of your old one for you.

Or, if you have a car, you can take your old carpet down to your local council waste site or tip and dispose of it for free. There’s also the option of finding a local man with a van, who could charge as little as £20 to take it for you.

Other charges

This is where carpeting a room can get quite expensive. But you’re in luck because you won’t need half of the extras that room carpet fittings need!

For staircase carpeting, extra charges really depend on the area your staircase is in. Some staircases have doors at the bottom or the top, depending on the build of the house. If you have a door to your staircase, there’s a little thing called door easing that you should be aware of.

Door easing is the act of trimming down a door to stop it from dragging over your new carpet. This happens when the underlay and the carpet end up being thicker than what you had in their place before.

The carpet fitter will have to remove the door to trim it down, and this process costs approximately £10 to £20 per door.

And absolutely none of this takes into account the type of carpet you want to have fitted or the cost of the carpet and its underlay.

Laying a carpet by yourself

Laying a carpet isn’t so much difficult as it is time-consuming. You’ll need a few different tools, as well as your new carpet:

  • A metal ruler
  • A utility knife
  • Spare knife blades
  • Carpet grippers
  • A carpet stretcher fitting tool
  • A carpet tucker
  • A heavy-duty staple gun
  • Half inch and quarter inch staples
  • A hammer
  • Tacks

We should mention that carpet will blunt the blades of your knife very quickly. We recommend having a few extra blades nearby, which shouldn’t be a problem because most utility knives come with spare blades anyway.

We’ll assume that you already have your new carpet and underlay for this project.

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Fitting a carpet on the staircase.

Step one

Take your first carpet gripper and fix it to the tread of the step. Be sure to leave a gap between the carpet gripper and the riser of the step. This gap should be approximately three fourths of the thickness of the carpet.

Fix a second carpet gripper to the riser, with its angled edge facing downwards towards the other carpet gripper on the tread of the step. Always leave that same three fourths of a gap between the carpet gripper and the end of that step’s riser.

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Don’t put a carpet gripper on the last step of the staircase.

There’s no carpet involved in this first step; we’re just putting the carpet grippers in place for later.

Step two

Cut pieces of carpet underlay to fit the length of each step’s tread. There’s very little point having a full underlay stretching down the length of each step’s tread and riser. It’s a waste of underlay and will end up costing more money.

Staple the underlay in place on each step.

Step three

Starting at the bottom of your staircase, tack your carpet to the bottom of that first step’s riser, right at the end of the step where it meets the floor again.

Pull the carpet up the step and stretch it using your stretching tool to keep it smoothed out over its lifetime. Use the carpet tucker to tuck the carpet into gaps where needed. 

Step four

In the case that your staircase steps have overhanging noses, tack the carpet under the nose to keep the carpet fitted where it’s supposed to be.

Keep working your way up the staircase until you reach the top step.

Step five

Tack your carpet in place at the top of the staircase and trim off the excess material. Make sure your carpet is firmly in place over the carpet grippers. 

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