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Old 05-03-2010, 04:03 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I'm 25 years old and still living at home with my parents in a house that they rent. The carpet in my room is very worn out, thin and has a number of stains from over the years. I know it doesn't make much sense to invest a lot of money in a home we don't own, but I'd like a cheap solution since they do plan to live here for at least the next 5-10 years.

A number of years ago we had a similar issue with the carpet in the living room, and rather than replace the carpet we just tore it up and cleaned and polished the wood floor underneath. It worked well for that room and made it seem a little bigger, but the carpet was absorbing a decent amount of noise from the TV and the room got much louder. I don't really want that situation in my room, so I'm wondering how much a new carpet would cost and how difficult it would be for me to install it on my own. The room is about 14'x10'.

Also, how expensive might it be to tile the floor instead of a new carpet? I've always thought 1 foot white tiles would look nice in my room, plus it seems easy to clean. Thank you for any assistance or insight you can provide, like I said I've never really done something like this but I do have a few friends with some experience who could help me. I'd just have to take my time and know what to buy.

Edit: I also put this in the wrong section, I apologize if a mod could move it please to Flooring.

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Old 05-03-2010, 05:36 PM   #2
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Tiles would be just as loud as the wood floor.


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Old 05-03-2010, 05:39 PM   #3
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Hm, I suppose the volume isn't a huge issue. I'm more concerned with having a nice looking for for a reasonable price, with a fairly low difficulty of installation. I'm possibly looking into a laminate flooring, does that sound like a decent idea?
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i would check on carpet remnants. many times a decent carpet can be had under $1sq/ft if you buy an end. pad is also dirt cheap and you would have new carpet for little money. depending on the shape of the room you may also need a $20 knee kicker. harbor freight has the best deals for low frequency use kickers.

check your local carpet stores along with HD and lowes for the remnants
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