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"With more than 400 types of carpet and various brands to choose from, this retailer offers quick installation and a range of prices to fit your budget."
"Choose from more than 2,000 different styles of carpet with options including plush, shag, textures, patterns, and loop."
"Offering their own line of carpeting along with other popular brands, this retailer can come to your home to show you options and measure your space."
"You can choose to visit a locally owned showroom or make an in-home appointment to see their in-house collections and other popular offerings."
"This cooperative has 1,000 of stores throughout the country but also has many helpful online features including prices per square foot listed and interactive tools."
"With an emphasis on customer service, this retailer has an impressive list of brands, and will help you find local installers."
"Costco members can call to request a quote for carpet installation, with costs that are typically reasonable, and occasional promotions."
When you're looking for wall-to-wall carpeting, keep in mind that you're actually shopping for two things: the material itself as well as the installation service. Whether you opt for a big-box store, independent retail shop, or online-only vendor will depend on your budget, location, and shopping preferences. Some people might love the idea of meeting one-on-one with a salesperson (either in a showroom or in their home) who can show them dozens of samples. Others are happy to complete the process from the comfort of their couch, receiving squares in the mail and having questions answered by live webchat or phone.
Want a distinctive pattern or texture? It may make the most sense to shop somewhere that only sells carpet, since they tend to have more variety than retailers that also sell items like hardware supplies and lighting fixtures. You can look for a retailer who has been certified by the World Floor Covering Association; these businesses have agreed to follow a code of conduct that includes fair business practices and strong customer service.
Here are the top places to start your carpet search.
One of the perks of using a store like Home Depot is speed: In many cases, you can have your carpet installed in a week's time, and in some cases, just 72 hours.
There are more than 2,200 Home Depot stores nationwide, so if you're hoping to scout samples in person, you'll likely be able to find one near you. But their website is the best place to start your search, and you'll find more than 400 types of carpet. The brands carried include Home Decorators Collection, LifeProof (including one that's designed for pet owners), TrafficMaster, Shaw, and Natural Harmony.
Prices range from just 65 cents per square foot (that's for a basic TrafficMaster style) and go up to about $1.50 per square foot (for a textured Home Decorators Collection option that comes with a 15-year warranty). Keep an eye out for promotions, too: A recent one offered free installation if you purchased a style that cost at least $1.25 per square foot and spent $699 or more. Note that Home Depot contracts with local installers, so you'll be dealing with both the company's customer service as well as the independent contractors who are hired to do the work.
Like Home Depot, Lowe's has about 2,000 stores around the country, and you'll find the purchasing process to be similar, with independent contractors dispatched for installation. There are currently more than 2,000 different styles available, with options such as shag, Berber, and needle bond (which often has intricately woven designs).
Lowe's carries mainly Stainmaster, but also offers a few alternatives, including Joy, Shaw, and Royalty Carpet Mills. Prices range from about 69 cents per square foot (for a Berber loop style that would suit an office) and cap out around $2.26 per square foot for a lush-looking Stainmaster carpet that's designed to resist pet stains and easily release their hair during vacuuming. If you can't make it to a store, you can order sample squares online for $1 each.
Empire Today has its own line of carpet called Home Fresh, which is designed to be both hypoallergenic and good at resisting odors, and they also carry other popular brands such as Shaw, Karastan, and Bigelow. (Note that there's no full list of brands on the website, but you can get a sense of what they carry by looking at the documents on the warranty page.)
Something that's important to know about Empire: There are no stores or showrooms. Instead, you can book an in-person appointment either online or by phone, and a representative will come to your home, measure, show you dozens of samples, and discuss options. In some cases, installation can happen as quickly as the day after the consultation.
One of the coolest features on Empire's website is the "See It in Your Room" tool: You can upload a photo of your home and select a flooring type to get an idea of how it will look in the space. One downside to Empire is that you can't see prices online, instead, you must contact the company directly to learn more.
Abbey Carpet & Floor
Focused only on flooring and window treatments, Abbey has been in business since 1958 and has around 800 locally-owned showrooms nationwide, although you can also opt for an in-home appointment. Abbey's list of brands includes their own in-house collections designed with companies such as Alexander Smith and Softique, as well as well-known names such as Stainmaster, Karastan, Mohawk, and J Mish.
It's worth noting that all of the exclusive collections are made in the United States and offer lifetime warranties, although as is typical, stains caused by things like dye, lipstick, and bleach are excluded. Like Empire Today, there's a fun room visualizer tool; this one also includes pre-loaded spaces such as "Bright Living Room" that are handy if you don't feel like uploading your own photo. As with Empire, prices are not listed online: Instead, you can enter your zip code to be connected to the nearest showroom, which can then send a price quote.
Carpet One is a cooperative with 1,000 stores around the country, and the company claims that this model helps them provide low prices but also serious buying power. What's refreshing about the website is that you can easily see prices and comparison shop: Simply choose a style and enter your zip code, and you'll be given the option to scout several stores in your area, each of which lists the price per square foot. Carpet One carries brands such as Resista, Innovia, Bigelow, Lees, and Tigressa.
The site also gives the shoppers the option to not only visualize different looks in a certain room, but also create online project boards that they can then share with local stores. If you're a fan of charitable giving, you'll also be happy to know that Carpet One has raised close to 1 million dollars for breast cancer charities and also supports the Tunnel Towers Foundation, an organization that builds high-tech smart homes for injured service members.
Based in Dalton, Georgia (fondly known as the "carpet capital of the world"), Carpet Express sells high-quality carpeting and flooring at a wholesale price. Although they're based in Georgia, where they have two store locations, the retailer ships to all 50 states and works with shoppers to help them find local installers. They carry an impressive list of brands, including Joy, Tuftex, Royal Dutch, and Shaw.
The website is easy to navigate and prices are clearly listed, ranging from basic "apartment grade" carpet for 55 cents per square foot, all the way up to luxurious wool or nylon options for about $5 per square foot. Samples can be mailed free of charge, and Carpet Express prides itself on strong customer service—the phones are open six days a week, and you're guaranteed to talk to a live person (though web chat is also available).
If you're already a Costco member, it's worth getting a quote for carpet installation. The company has partnered with Shaw Flooring for materials, and subcontracts carpet installation to local contractors.
Given that it's Costco, it's no surprise that the prices tend to be reasonable, though you'll need to contact them directly for styles and details, as no carpet options are listed online. You'll also have the chance to earn a 10 percent Costco Shop Card on Shaw flooring purchases that qualify, and a recent promotion also included a $250 gift card for installations that cost more than $3,500.
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