How do I replace carpeted rooms filled with furniture?


I have been wanting to rip up my ugly grey carpet from my upstairs rooms (bedroom, office, guest room, hallway, stairs - but each room is furnished; how can I (or someone else) do one room at a time?

  24 answers
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 14, 2021

    Hi Trudi,

    You've basically answered you own question, move everything out of the room you want to start with into another room, yes it will be crowded and uncomfortable until you get that room done.

    An alternative is to rent a Pods and move the room's contents into that.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 14, 2021

    Of course you can, Remove as much furniture and belongings as you can to another room. A good Carpet fitting company will move the rest so long as the contents are removed. If you only want one room done at a time then they can arrange that for you.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 14, 2021

    you have to move everything off the floors, cut the carpet and roll it and the padding up and then have new carpet and padding or whatever floors you want installed- if you have someone to do the install they will remove the carpet as well-you can get free estimates for new flooring before you make a decision but the flooring business is really busy especially here at the holidays and they would rather do all the rooms at one time instead of several trips to your home it costs them more to do things that way -

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 14, 2021

    Yes you would have to one room at a time unless you rented a storage pod or figured out an alternate area to safely place and store the belongings.

  • Trudi Trudi on Nov 14, 2021

    Thanks for your great answers. I have a lot of furniture - and even though I might have to pay more; I CAN move my furniture from one room to another! The fact that I have to move all of this furniture is holding me back!

    The downstairs is already part Pergo, part Parkay wood (used to be that same grey carpet). I cannot find the same Pergo that is downstairs; I don't know if they make it anymore. But it still is my favorite!

    Having cats makes cleaning any kind of carpet difficult. It would look so much nicer and so much easier to clean. I can take a photo of the carpets in each room - and a picture of the Pergo downstairs if that would help.

    I actually have 'rugs' over the carpet because I hate it so much.

  • Trudi Trudi on Nov 14, 2021

    Also, who is best person or outfit to hire? A contractor or ???

  • I've always gotten our carpets from Home Depot, they have great sales and their installers will move all the furniture to install. Lowes does the same if you prefer. They'll even rip up the old carpet for an extra fee.

  • on Nov 14, 2021

    We’ve done it by shifting all the furniture to one side of the room. Pull up the carpet. Cut it and remove. Then move the furniture to the bare area and take that piece of carpet out. It’s essential that you remove the tack strips from the edges of the room at the same time or it’s very dangerous. :)

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 14, 2021

    When we got new sheet vinyl we moved furniture in stages by moving 1/3 of the furniture and doing that area and then repeating the process. Probably could have done it all in day but that was when we were younger. Now just don't see the big rush.

  • Trudi Trudi on Nov 14, 2021

    Each room is big enough to hold another room's furniture. Hopefully for not too long. So I would most likely do it - one room at a time. I want to do the stairs too, but would also put a rubber strip (or something else) in the middle to prevent tripping!

  • Tuula - Color Me Thrifty Tuula - Color Me Thrifty on Nov 15, 2021

    Our house was filled with old shaggy carpet when we moved in years ago, and we removed it all one room at a time. We have cats as well, and carpet is so hard to clean. We didn't have room to move all the furniture from each room into other rooms, so we moved all the small stuff out. I painted the old wood floor in some of the rooms, and we added a floating floor in the family room. We did one half of the room, moved the big stuff to the other side, finished the floor, and then moved the big stuff back. This may have only worked because we did it ourselves. Not sure companies would work like that, but I do believe they'll move the big stuff for you if you have a place to put it.

  • Dee Dee on Nov 15, 2021

    A good carpet company will have men to install your carpet as well as remove the furniture. You do have to take some pieces off the tops of your furniture and maybe remove a draw or two.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 15, 2021

    Do you have an area where everything can be stored (garage or rooms that are not carpeted)? If not, them move as much as possible into 1 or 2 rooms and then pull up the old carpet, put down the new, then move everything into the rooms with new carpet so that you can tackle the room(s) that were piled to the ceiling. Another option would be to do a pod or storage rental if you want the whole house done in 1 big job.

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 15, 2021

    Hi Trudi: Well, you may have to move out all of the furniture into another room temporarily. Do one room at a time. That's what I did when I re-carpeted my bedrooms, and it worked out great.

    Good luck

  • Homeroad Homeroad on Nov 17, 2021

    Maybe you can move all the furniture to one side of the room or to another room and pull up parts at a time using a rug cutting knife. There is probably a rug pad and boards with nails along the edges.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Nov 19, 2021

    To facilitate moving furniture, I would recommend using sliders. These help protect your floor and save your back, and are available in different brands, sizes and shapes. Here are some examples:

  • Trudi Trudi on Nov 19, 2021

    Thanks so much for this idea! Are they available on Amazon?

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Nov 20, 2021

    Move the furniture from one room at a time into another room. Rip up the carpet (by cutting it into strips), get it replaced and then move on to the next room.

    • Trudi Trudi on Nov 20, 2021

      That's my plan. I need to get someone in here to give me a long-term estimate for the work. I have a few referrals from my community. Right now, I'm trying to choose the flooring itself. There's a great site where you can take photo of your room and upload the flooring of your choice; then you can see what it actually would like like in the room.

  • Annie Annie on Nov 30, 2021

    What is the room that is the emptiest right now? Move that stuff out, even if just to the hallway and pull up that carpet.

    Then move your things back, and empty the next room into that first room.

  • Using a carpet knife or utility knife, you can slice it right at each doorway to divide it up.

  • Trudi Trudi on Dec 15, 2021

    You've helped me so much in preparing to take on this project. How do I ask another question relating to this; but it's a bit different. Should I put it here??? It's related to my current bed frame that I've had for years & years.

    • Trudi Trudi on Dec 15, 2021

      Ok, I'll ask it here. I'm trying to prepare ahead of time things I should do before the carpet is replaced. My bed frame is a wooden captain's bed with 6 drawers. The headboard stands alone and is wrought iron that I can see through since it's by the front window.

      In order to get this bed in/out, it has to be taken apart into 2 sections; then rebuilt. I thought I'd start looking for a new and simpler bed frame (not metal) to put my mattress on. Where do you suggest I look?

      I went to Macys today just to browse, and didn't care for anything. I'll take photos if it's unclear what I have now - which also makes it more difficult to fully make the bed.

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 16, 2021

    So much easier to pace yourself and just move from one room to the next until you are finished. In the long run this will be worth the work. I am so excited for you getting new flooring. Please post of picture after it is installed.

  • Trudi Trudi on Dec 16, 2021

    You're right; I'm planning in advance when I don't even have an installer yet. I picked out the Pergo already; and I can already post a photo of what it would look like since the site uploads my rooms and the new flooring.

    I'm attaching what it might look like (Bedroom, Hallway, Office); I want to do the stairs as well, but haven't decided what to do with them yet. Also, the hallway as it is now.....

  • Trudi Trudi on Dec 17, 2021

    How do these pictures come out on the other end? It doesn't show the full picture~