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Do rooms need to be completely empty for new carpet to be laid?

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PippaFawcett Wed 25-May-16 10:53:38

Or can heavy items be moved from one side to another as appropriate? I imagine I am being naive!

ILoveMyMonkey Wed 25-May-16 10:55:16

The room needs to be empty - this was in the particulars when we ordered our carpets.

wowfudge Wed 25-May-16 12:19:44

Really? I've always found that carpet fitters can work round a bed or sofa.

Floggingmolly Wed 25-May-16 12:20:47

They will move large items of furniture - for an extra fee...

AgingJuvenileBinkyHuckaback Wed 25-May-16 12:22:15

For a fee they will normally work around beds, wardrobes etc, but everything needs to be clear and empty if at all possible

dementedpixie Wed 25-May-16 12:22:23

They worked around our 2 couches but we moved other smaller stuff out

P1nkP0ppy Wed 25-May-16 12:28:57

Allied Carpets fitters will move, at no extra charge, up to 5 pieces of furniture.

Pootles2010 Wed 25-May-16 12:31:15

Yes ours will move furniture for a fee. Think you're better to completely move it, tbh.

wowfudge Wed 25-May-16 12:46:41

We've never been charged for them to move things when fitters have worked around a bed or sofa.

Moving15 Wed 25-May-16 12:47:00

The carpet will be fitted better if they can work in an empty room

didireallysaythat Wed 25-May-16 15:37:38

Whenever I've had carpets fitted I've been told the room must be completely empty - but the last 3 rooms were done by one guy so it wouldn't have been practical otherwise.

AliceInUnderpants Wed 25-May-16 15:41:31

Why wouldn't you clear the room completely before starting? Surely that makes it easier for everyone, including you?

Floggingmolly Wed 25-May-16 15:45:01

Because some furniture is extremely heavy, Alice? There's a wardrobe in one of our rooms that literally needs to be taken apart in order to move it; it's a two / three man job.

P1nkP0ppy Wed 25-May-16 15:47:37

There's no way our antique and massive dresser can be moved more than a few feet....

PippaFawcett Wed 25-May-16 15:47:53

Flogging has it, and it is a wardrobe I am thinking of. It is a big job to dismantle and reassemble it. Obviously we will do it if we really have to, I just wondered if there was a way to work around it.

Jenijena Wed 25-May-16 15:50:09

It's actually impossible to empty some spaces. Downstairs I have a lounge/diner and a small kitchen. No where to move the sofas, piano, etc to...

AgingJuvenileBinkyHuckaback Wed 25-May-16 15:54:45

We have a huge heavy desk in our bedroom, and a double bed of course. It would be an enormous job to move them, especially if we were doing the whole house at once: it would be like playing Towers of Hanoi.
Carpet fitters have always moved the big furniture to one side of the room, laid the clear side, lifted the furniture over onto the new carpet, laid the other side, then put the furniture back in its original position. Yes it's a faff, but much less than taking a kingsize bed and mattress down two flights of stairs, and they do it all the time.

AliceInUnderpants Wed 25-May-16 16:34:39

But wouldn't you want to vaccum before putting stuff back?

whois Wed 25-May-16 18:05:55

My fitters worked round items for a fee and I paid for old carpet uplift as well (they won't dispose).

However a word of caution on this - they rip up and lay straight down - no hoover or anything so you will get dirt line coming up through your new carpet! Luckily I was there and could wizz round with a hoover.

Naoko Wed 25-May-16 18:15:39

When my landlord recarpeted the house last year I expressed some concern about this as I am disabled and while I could certainly move small furniture and loose items like books, I'm not capable of picking up wardrobes, beds, sofas etc (nor do I have anywhere to put them). The carpet guy was very sympathetic and said that as long as I made sure everything other than the large furniture was gone, they'd sort it out. There were two of them, they just lifted the stuff up, put it on the other side of the room, laid the carpet, put it back and did the other half.

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