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

37 replies

PippaFawcett · 25/05/2016 10:53

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

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ILoveMyMonkey · 25/05/2016 10:55

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

wowfudge · 25/05/2016 12:19

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

Floggingmolly · 25/05/2016 12:20

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

AgingJuvenileBinkyHuckaback · 25/05/2016 12:22

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

dementedpixie · 25/05/2016 12:22

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

P1nkP0ppy · 25/05/2016 12:28

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

Pootles2010 · 25/05/2016 12:31

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

wowfudge · 25/05/2016 12:46

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

Moving15 · 25/05/2016 12:47

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

didireallysaythat · 25/05/2016 15:37

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 · 25/05/2016 15:41

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

Floggingmolly · 25/05/2016 15:45

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 · 25/05/2016 15:47

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

PippaFawcett · 25/05/2016 15:47

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.

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Jenijena · 25/05/2016 15:50

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 · 25/05/2016 15:54

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 · 25/05/2016 16:34

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

whois · 25/05/2016 18:05

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 · 25/05/2016 18:15

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.

Bakermaz · 05/01/2021 12:15

We are carpet fitters
Not removal guys
It's to much fuss for you to move them but expect fitters to do this
So if they put there backs out
For weeks
That's fine is it because the person that wanted the carpet fitted could not be bothered to move it
Would you pay this guy for 2 weeks for being off work with bad back

Mosaic123 · 05/01/2021 12:25

Nice. Not everyone is able to move furniture.

Bakermaz · 05/01/2021 13:43

That's fair enough
But you won't believe the amount of young perfectly capable people that don't
And if accident happens
There soon moaning about its broke. And it's the fitter fault

Wavey123 · 05/01/2021 14:00

I wouldn’t expect a carpet fitter to have to move anything, if I wanted a new carpet and had big furniture in a room then I would deal with that before getting them in to do their real job

Bakermaz · 05/01/2021 14:34

Wish all people thought that way

kizkiz · 05/01/2021 16:24

I do a combo of the options.
Move anything I can, then make sure two of us are present on fitting day to do the heavy lifting for the half and half method. Don't expect the fitters to lift anything

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