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How Wide is Carpet?

By FAF Staff Writer, (268 words) Posted in Carpet on May 29, 2009
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A question we have received from a few different customers is this: How Wide is Carpet? In this blog, we will address common carpet widths and why it is important to know how wide carpet is when shopping.

Because different carpet flooring manufacturers make carpet rolls of different widths, there is no short and simple answer to the question,"How wide is carpet?" I can say that the most common carpet width is 12’ and the second most common is 15’ rolls, though it is also possible to see other carpet widths such as 13’6” wide with commercial carpets.

So why is it important to know how wide your carpet is before buying it? It is common to think that since you need the same square footage of carpet regardless, that roll widths don’t matter, but consider this: In a room that is 24’ wide, two lengths of a 12’ roll will cover the room perfectly with no waste. If you were to purchase carpet in a 15’ roll, you would need to purchase the same two lengths of carpet, but since your two lengths of carpet will be a total of 30’ wide, you will have 6’ of width that would be wasted. If you want extra carpet to make matching rugs and for replacing possible damaged spots in the future, this may be fine to you, but someone on a budget may not want to pay for the extra carpet.

In closing, to answer the question, "How wide is carpet?" I can only say that it varies by carpet manufacturer. The more important question is, "What carpet width is right for your room’s width?"

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Comments (36)

steve wells posted on: May 30, 2009

Note most all carpets come 12 ft wide rarely do they come 15 ft. In most cases 15 ft goods are special order products like berber where the seams may be noticeable by inexperienced installers. Another consideration is that more and more manufactures are making the carpet 11ft 11 inches or sometimes even 11ft10inches in these cases a 24ft room might need more than two shots because you would then be 4 inches short. They claim 12ft but I have found this to be deceptive and when you think about it if they produce hundreds of thousands of yards these extra 2 inches shirted on the widths can result in more material for the manufactures to produce more for less and ripping the public off. Its sort of like the 2x4 theory were you never see a true 2x4 but rather a 1 3/4 inches by 3 3/4 inches.

Stacey posted on: June 6, 2009

Thanks Steve! Lots of great info! You should become a site contributor if you are not already!

Chris Carlson posted on: July 1, 2009

Mohawk makes most of their nylon loops 13'6". The Dixie Group makes all their carpets 12' wide. Mohawk, Shaw, and Beauleiu make both 12 and 15'wide.

Tom Young posted on: August 11, 2009

Steve, good carpet info; bad 2x4 info. They measure 1-1/2" x 3-1/2".

brandon posted on: January 30, 2011

Off subject a little but the reason for the 2x4s is they are actually 2x4 prior to the kiln drying but once the wood dries it is 1 1/2 X 3 1/2

spec posted on: March 18, 2011

hmmm ur sure they are 2x4 before kiln drying......?

jon posted on: June 29, 2011

Actually the wood is initially cut to 2 x 4 then kiln dried (shrinks a bit) then is is run through a 4 sided planer or moulder that sizes the final dimension to 1-1/2 x 3-1/2

phil posted on: October 29, 2011

2x4 were 2x4 in the old days when sawing was very uneven and planing was excessive. Now lumber is sawn based on expected kiln shrinkage and a mimimum planer loss so that end result is 1 1/2 by 3 1/2. Currently they come out of the mill quite a bit less than 2x4, but a varing amount based on wood, saw and planer.

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