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Average Cost of Carpet Padding and Installation

The cost to add carpet padding for a standard 9 by 9 square foot room falls between $185 and $425. The average is $3.75 per square foot with labor and all materials included. The padding material sells for an average of $1.50 per square foot. The cheapest is bonded foam that starts at $0.50 per square foot. The most expensive is flat rubber costing up to $2.75 per square foot.

Factors impacting price are:

  • Size of carpeted area
  • Material type
  • Density: about 5-10 pounds
  • Thickness: about 5/16-1/2 inch

Average Cost to Install Carpet Padding*

Average Cost$240
High Cost$425
Low Cost$185

*For a 9 by 9 square foot room.

Carpet Padding Prices Per Square Foot

carpet padding costs $0.25 to $2.75 per square foot

Expect to pay an average $1.50 per square foot, or between $0.25 and $2.75 per square foot for carpet pads, depending on the material. They are frequently sold by the roll at $75 to $725 each.

Cost of Carpet Padding Per Square Yard

The per square yard price for padding is $2.50 to $23.50. This is for materials only, not labor.

Carpet Pad Price Per Roll

Rolls cost $75 to $725 and typically measure 45 by 6-foot. This is equal to 270 square foot.

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Carpet Pad Cost By Materials

TypeAverage Cost Per Square Foot
Bonded Foam$0.50
Memory Foam$0.75
Waffle Rubber$1.00
Flat Rubber$2.00

In addition to material type, thickness and density can impact the final material price.

Bonded Foam

The price of bonded foam is $0.25 to $0.75 per square foot. It is the most commonly-used type. It is made primarily from recycled materials and can be reprocessed after use.

Memory Foam

Eight-pound memory foam costs $0.75 to $1.00 per square foot. It is available in 3/8, 7/16- and 1/2-inch thicknesses.

Waffle Rubber Carpet Pad

The price of waffle rubber is $0.75 to $1.00 per square foot. Air pockets create a soft feel underfoot. Use at least 1/4-inch-thick versions to ensure comfort.


Felt costs $0.75 to $1.25 per square foot. It is made from recycled fibers and is very effective at absorbing sound.

Flat Rubber Carpet Padding Cost

Flat rubber costs $1.50 to $2.75 per square foot and is the premium choice. It is very durable and suited to high traffic areas. It is also known as a slab rubber carpet pad.

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Cost of Underlay

TypeAverage Cost Per Square Foot

Underlay is used to provide a smooth and flat resting surface for the pad.

Cost of Luan Underlay

Luan underlay costs $0.50 to $0.75 per square foot. It is a type of tropical hardwood and is typically made into 1/4-inch-thick plywood for underneath flooring. It is a popular choice as the smooth surface makes it easy to install vinyl sheets and carpet on top.

Luan has poor moisture resistance so use sheets or rolls of the top flooring material instead of tiles or squares. This cuts down on the number of openings where water can come through.

Cork Underlayment

The price of cork underlayment is $0.50 to $1.00 per square foot. The popular thickness range is 3/32 to 1/4 inch. It is easiest to install it on to wooden plank boards before fitting your pad and carpet on top.


Oriented Strand Board or OSB costs $0.50 to $1.25 per square foot. The standard size of a sheet is 4 by 8 feet. Mount carpet or tile on top.

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Carpet Pad Installation Cost

Installing a pad and carpet is $2.25 to $5.25 per square foot. This includes all materials and labor time for laying down a carpet for the first time.

It is $0.75 to $3.75 per square foot if you only require carpet padding material and a contractor to help put it into place. Underlay is recommended underneath and costs $0.50 to $1.25 per square foot for the material. The price for labor is bundled in with the carpet padding installation.

Cost to Replace Carpet Padding

Replacing carpet padding costs $3.50 to $7.00 per square foot. The price covers a contractor’s time for removing your old one, disposing of it and then putting in a new pad and carpet. Remember not all pad is the same quality. Speak with your carpet fitter to find out if you can keep your old one and install a new carpet on top. If you're on a tight budget the cost of repairing a carpet is cheaper.

Remove Carpet and Pad

Carpet and pad removal costs $1.25 to $1.75 per square foot including labor and waste disposal. Removing it requires pulling it from the tack strips, cutting it into small pieces for easy transport and stripping old glue if necessary.

DIY vs. Hiring a Carpet Pad Installer Near You

Paying for a contractor will run you from $1.00 to $3.75 per square foot. It includes all materials and their time. They can also help you in choosing the right carpet setup for your home. If you do the work yourself, you only need to pay $0.50 to $2.75 per square foot for the pad. Hiring someone is more expensive, but finding a local carpet professional near you is worth your money as they handle the entire carpeting process including disposing of any waste.

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What is a carpet pad and do I need one?

A pad is a layer of natural or synthetic material used underneath a carpet.

  • Provides cushioning underfoot
  • Protects your floorboards
  • Adds life by reducing fiber crushing
  • Stops slippage

What is flooring underlayment?

Flooring underlayment is a 1/4 to 1/2-inch-thick material that provides a flat surface to install padding and carpet on top.

How much is an 8lb carpet pad priced?

Carpet ThicknessAverage Per Square Foot

How much carpet padding do I need?

Six-pound density and 1/4 to 7/16-inch-thick is the most common choice for home use.

How can I get cheap carpet padding?

You can pick up cheap carpet padding in seasonal sales from retailers and manufacturers. Look for closeout deals on end of the line stock. Ask removal and fitting companies if they have large offcuts available from recent projects.

Where can I buy carpet padding?

You can buy padding in home improvement stores nationwide. There are also specialist suppliers in most major towns and cities.

What are the best carpet pad brands?

  • Schluter®: DITRA is 1/8 to 5/16-inch polyethylene padding system that absorbs movement using an angled grid structure
    • DITRA: $2.25 per square foot.
      DITRA-XL: $2.25per square foot.
  • Future Foam: Specialists in manufacturing a variety of polyurethane pads with eco-friendly certifications.
    • 3/8-inch 5 pound: $0.50 per square foot
      1/2-inch 8 pound: $0.75 per square foot
  • DMX: 1-Step™: $1.00 per square foot. Dimpled design using closed cell polyethylene foam enables air flow and moisture evaporation underneath floors and carpets.

What’s the cost to install carpet and padding?

The cost for installing carpet and padding is $2.25 to $5.25 per square foot which includes labor and low to mid-range materials.

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