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Welcome to Budget Carpets

We are a family owned, independent flooring business having outlets in South East/South West London and trading over 40 years.

We carry one of the largest stocks in the area for next day delivery and or fitting offering exceptional value for your hard earned cash

We offer High Quality products in a no-frills environment: the price you see is what you pay with NO HIDDEN EXTRAS offering you a better deal (unlike all High Street chain stores).

As well as carpets we sell, vinyl and laminate flooring. Please, also note our range of budget flooring, can be with you in 24 hours.

Welcome to Budget Carpets

We are a family owned, independent flooring business having outlets in South East/South West London and trading over 40 years.

We carry one of the largest stocks in the area for next day delivery and or fitting offering exceptional value for your hard earned cash

We offer High Quality carpets in a no-frills environment: the price you see is what you pay with NO HIDDEN EXTRAS offering you a better deal (unlike all High Street chain stores).

As well as carpets we sell, vinyl and laminate flooring. Please, also note our range of budget flooring, can be with you in 24 hours.


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Carpet FAQs

There are so many FAQs. For instance is carpet suitable for bathrooms and kitchens. Or what type of fibres should I go for natural/artificial etc. Whether branded is always superior to unbranded.

In fact, there are so many questions it is better if you give us a ring and we can tailor the answers to your situation, than us writing an encyclopaedic volume on all FAQs.

Laminate FAQs

Q: What is laminate flooring?

Laminate Flooring is a High Density Fibreboard (HDF) based product designed to be a cheaper, easier to install alternative to traditional wood flooring. What appears to be a natural wood grain pattern is in fact a decorative paper overlaid with a hard-wearing film. Both sheets are impregnated onto the top surface of a thin HDF making it a homogeneous product.

Laminate flooring is laid as a floating floor. This means it is not fixed directly to the subfloor. Instead the panels are fitted together without glue, using the profiles that have been machined into the edges of the laminate flooring boards.

Q: How is it made?

Laminate flooring core is made from virgin wood, refined to wood fibre. The resins are added to the fibre before it is dried to approx. 6.5% moisture content. The fibre is then laid onto a continuous mat and fed into the press where heat and pressure bond the resin to the fibre to create a HDF board.

This board is then cut into large sheets, cooled, before the top and bottom surface of the HDF is sanded off. The large HDF panel is then cut to smaller sizes in order for further processing.

The HDF is then fed onto the Melamine Facing press where the decorative paper, the hard-wearing overlay and bottom balance paper are pressed onto the board, again using heat and pressure to impregnate the papers into the surface of the HDF board.

For the final step of manufacture, the impregnated boards are sent to the laminate flooring line where the boards are cut into the exact size panels. The profiles are then machined into the edges of the board (to allow them to be fitted together without glue), and finally the panels are boxed up and stacked into large pallets ready for distribution.

Q: Where can I install my laminate flooring?

laminate flooring is an extremely versatile flooring product. It can be installed in virtually any room of your home as well as commercial environments such as high traffic areas and places where hygiene is paramount including:

  • Bedroom
  • Living Room
  • Children’s Room
  • Hall
  • Kitchen
  • Office (12mm products only)

There are some areas that we do not recommend installing laminate flooring such as bathrooms, wet rooms and saunas.

Q: What do I have to do with the packs before installation?

There are several things to consider before you begin to install a laminate floor. Careful preparation before beginning will make installation a quick and easy process:

  • 1) Store unopened packs in the room to be laid for 48hrs to acclimatise
  • 2) Prepare all tools and accessories for laying.
  • 3) Any unevenness in the sub floor of more than 2mm over 1m must be evened out.
  • 4) The floor must be installed floating, do not glue, nail or screw the floor down, and remember to leave expansion gaps around walls and fixed objects.
  • 5) Do not lay on carpet, remove prior to fitting.
  • 6) Laminate is not suitable for humid or wet areas.
  • 7) If laying over a stone/mineral sub floor, lay a Damp Proof Membrane (DPM); and for enhanced noise reduction use a special absorption product or underlay.
  • 8) Under floor heating can be used, at a maximum of 27°C.
  • 9) Check for visual damage to the panels, as once laid no claims can be made.

Q: How should I store my laminate flooring?

Laminate flooring is hygroscopic, meaning that it is susceptible to reaction to moisture levels in the atmosphere. It is necessary to ensure that flooring is installed in a stable environment. We recommend the boards are stored and laid in a relative humidity of between 45% – 65% and a room temperature of between 18% and 20%.

Q: Tips & Tricks for Installation

When cutting around heating pipes, place the panel in line both in front and alongside to ascertain accurate marks. Include an additional 30mm on top of the pipe diameter for expansion.

  • Use a hand saw for accurate cutting then cut the panel across the short edge through the centre of the hole.
  • Fit the large piece as normal, and then insert the smaller piece gluing contact areas to hold in place. If space is at a premium, and you are unable to fold down, trim the profile flush using a wood chisel and glue in place.
  • To fit the floor neatly around door frames and architraves, turn over a panel, offer up to the frame to use as a thickness guide. Using a hand saw flush with the underside of the panel, cut the frame/architrave, and, remove the cut piece.
  • Slide the panel under the frame, not forgetting to leave room for expansion.
  • When measuring the width for the final row, rotate the panel 180° so the tongue faces, not forgetting space for expansion gaps.
  • Once the panel is cut lay as normal. The space left for expansion will also allow space to fold the panels down.

Q: How do I determine the direction in which to install my laminate floor?

To decide where to begin laying your floor, consider incoming light. It is best to install laminate flooring in the direction of the main light source.

Q: What is the best way to clean a laminate floor?

Use a soft brush or vacuum cleaner to remove any surface dust. Do not use abrasive cleaners, steel wool or scouring pads, as they will damage your floor. For regular cleaning use a cloth, ensuring it is well wrung, it is important not to apply excess moisture to the floor.

Q: What can I do to maintain the look of my floor?

All it needs to restore its lustre after most incidents is a wipe with a damp cloth. To keep your laminated floor in good condition, be sure to use the floor exclusively under the recommended conditions. Put down a mat or rug to eliminate the risk of marks (gravel, soil etc.) inside doorways and around sinks, etc, to protect from spillages. Move furniture carefully to avoid damaging the laminated surface. Felt pads are recommended under chairs and heavy furniture.

Q: Why choose laminate flooring over carpet?

  • 1) Easy to install
  • 2) Cheaper
  • 3) Low maintenance
  • 4) Can be installed fairly quickly and inexpensively
  • 5) More hygienic
  • 6) Scratch resistant and fade resistant
  • 7) Stain Resistant
  • 8) Durable
  • 9) Dust and dirt repellent

Q: What expansion gap do I need to leave?

An expansion gap is a necessary part of any successful installation because it allows space for the expansion of the floor as it responds to external influences of temperature and humidity. 10mm minimum must be left around the full perimeter and any fixed objects, and threshold strips in all doorways.

Q: How do I repair small scratches?

You cannot repair small scratches. Therefore, it is very important to use felt pads on all furniture.

Q: How do I work out how much flooring I will require?

Multiply the width by the length in metres then add 10% for cutting waste. If the room has bay windows, archways etc. to be cut around, then increase to 20%. You then divide the result by the square area in the packs.

Q: Is it possible to replace a damaged plank after installation?

Yes: the boards can be lifted and refitted.

Q: Can laminate flooring be installed over underfloor heating?

Sub floors with hot water systems have to be prepared prior to fitting the laminate (special instructions are available). With regards to electrical heating systems we advise contacting the manufacturer; some systems have been tested and approved. The maximum temperature the floor should be heated to is 27°C.

Laying laminate FAQs

Let the boards acclimate. Place unopened packages of laminate flooring in the room or rooms in which they are to be installed. This should be done at least 48 hours before the laminate boards are place so they have time to adjust to the temperature. This will minimize shrinkage when they cool or warm to room temperature.

Clean the floor. You will need to clean off the surface where you will be placing the laminate. You can sweep the floor or use whatever method you prefer. Make sure the floor is completely dry as well

Lay a moisture barrier. Lay plastic lining on the floor of the room that will be covered with the laminate flooring. Tape the plastic together with a moisture resistant adhesive tape. Make sure to avoid overlapping as you do this because it may cause the floor to rise. If you have a concrete floor, run the plastic up the walls an inch or two, not extending above the baseboard.

Lay down your padding. Most padding and plastic is all in one, but if yours is not, then cover the plastic lining with a foam floor padding. This is to prevent any residue left on the floor such as small rocks and sand from causing dimples in the flooring and to give it a cushion. It will also prevent any creaking or squeaking noises when people walk on the floor. Cut the foam lining to fit the floor and tape it down. Do not allow the foam to overlap.

Place the first board. Place a board at the top left corner, finished side up, ridge side facing the wall. It is a good idea to lay the boards so that they are parallel to the longest wall in the room.

Place spacers. Wedge a spacer between the end and edge of the board and the wall. You can buy spacers or make your own.

  • If making your own, they should be 0.47625 to 0.635 centimetres thick, L-shaped, and a 30.48 cm long or so. You will need several, six or more for the first two rows.

Repeat for the second board. Place the next board the same way, laying it end to end, occupying the next spot along the wall. For the best results, make the entire first row parallel to the longest wall in the room.

  • Make sure to check from the edges of the floor boards to the edge of the wall to make sure that the row is even with the walls.

Move on to the second row. Shorten the first piece of laminate flooring so the joints in this row will be offset (staggered) in relationship to the first row. Use a wooden block to tap the next row of boards into the first. Hold the block securely with your left hand and hit the block with a hammer in you right hand. The gap between the first and second boards should be closing. Keep hammering until the gap disappears.

Continue until each row is done. Make sure that the gaps between the boards are properly closed. Check the boards every third or fourth row to make sure that they are staying parallel to the wall.

Trim planks which don’t fit into the remaining spaces. When you reach the opposite wall or have to do odd shaped rooms, you will probably have to trim boards. Measure how much you need and then cut the plank with a table saw.

  • Use a sharp miter saw to cross cut the boards shorter and a table saw to make them narrower.
  • It may be easier and provide better results if you cut the boards upside down.

Don’t forget your spacers! Don’t forget to place spacers along all the edges of the room and remove them when the whole floor is done.

Vinyl FAQs

Vinyl flooring offers a great variety of choices. You can replicate the look of tile, stone and hardwood floors. Also known as resilient flooring, vinyl floors are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC). They are generally composed of four layers. The bottom layer adds structural strength and durability. The thicker the backing, the more durable the product is. On top of that is the printed design.

Who is it good for?

Vinyl flooring is best for someone who is looking for inexpensive and very versatile flooring. Vinyl flooring is also for someone looking for a floor that is easy to clean and maintain. It is an easy choice for a self-installer as most vinyl tile is self-stick.

What are the advantages?

One of the advantages of vinyl flooring is that it’s an inexpensive way to get the look of materials like hardwood and tile. Vinyl floors are one of the easiest types of flooring to self-install (especially vinyl tile), and high quality vinyl flooring can last over 30 years.

What are the disadvantages?

The adhesive on vinyl flooring is sometimes water-soluble and should not be exposed to water for an extended period of time. Seams Vinyl flooring does not add as much value to your home as other natural products. Once vinyl flooring is nicked or scratched, the damage cannot be repaired but can sometimes be hidden or covered. All vinyl floors are affected by direct sunlight and colour can fade.

Where can I lay it?

You can install vinyl flooring over concrete, hardwood, or plywood, but not over carpet, chip board, or particle board. Installing vinyl flooring over existing vinyl is possible but it is not recommended that you install over two or more pre-existing layers. Make sure that you install over a subfloor that is free of bumps and imperfections as these will often show through your vinyl flooring.

How much do I need to purchase?

1. Divide the floor into rectangles 2. Measure the length and width of each individual rectangle 3. Multiply the length by the width of each individual rectangle 4. Add your total for each rectangle together to get the total square footage 5. Add an additional 5-10% (depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations) of the total square footage to cover the waste factor.

Is it easy to install, by myself?

Yes. Vinyl flooring is known to be one of the easiest to self install. Vinyl floor tiles are usually much easier to install than vinyl sheet flooring. Subfloor preparation is very important. Any imperfections in your subfloor can show through the vinyl flooring as it is very flexible.
More questions?
Durability? Life span? etc. Please give us a call.

Carpet fitting FAQs

To determine how much carpet per square metre you need to install. Multiply length times width.

When measuring, round off centimetres to the nearest metre. For irregularly shaped floors, divide them into individual sections, calculate the square feet in each one, and then add them together. Add 10% for wastage.

For stairs, measure the width of the stairway and round off inches to the nearest foot. Enter the number of steps in the stairway.

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Tips on Measuring for Carpet Tiles

Before you begin, measure the length and width of the tiling area. Round up to the nearest metre.

You will also need to know the size of the tiles you are using for the project.

A 10 percent waste allowance for cutting and breakage is automatically included in the total.

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Peckham Store

Budget Carpets
Arches 164/166
Rear of 115 Rye Lane
(Alleyway facing Peckham Rye main line train station )
SE15 4ST
Tel : 020 76395329
Free customer parking outside

Walworth Road store

Budget Carpets
1a Penrose Street (Side of Morrison’s Supermarket facing East Street Market)
SE17 3DW
Tel : 020 77031072
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We are a No Frills company, the price you see is what you pay, with NO HIDDEN EXTRAS. Savings of up to 50% off compared to High street shop chains.
We also sell a range of budget mattresses, on selected brands, that can be with you in 24 hours.

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Monday - Friday    9am - 5pm
Saturday                  9am - 5pm

Sundays                  Closed
Bank Holidays        Closed
Christmas Day        Closed
Boxing Day              Closed
Easter Day               Closed

About Us

Ray MurphyA family owned independent flooring business having outlets in South East/South West London and trading over 40 years. We carry one of the largest stocks in the area FOR NEXT DAY delivery or fitting .


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