How Much Do Carpet Tiles for Basement Spaces Cost?

By Kyle Schurman Created: January, 2021 - Modified: June, 2022

When comparing the costs of carpet tiles for basement use, you can expect to pay anywhere from about $1 to $9 per square foot. To ensure the comparison among products is as fair as possible, it’s best to look at the square footage cost for each type of tile.

The cost of carpet tiles for basements will vary from product to product, depending on the material in use and on the method used for installation, which may include:
  • Adhesives application, which typically results in the least expensive carpet square product
  • Puzzle edge, which typically has a mid-range cost
  • Hidden interlock, which usually ends up in the most expensive initial price tag

Royal Interlocking Carpet Tile

Greatmats has a large number of carpet tile models for basement spaces in its catalog, creating a wide range of price points that can fit in nearly any budget for a floor installation. Here are five carpet tiling options that will provide a good value for several different planned use cases.

What Are the Least Expensive Carpet Squares for Basement Installs?

About $1 to $2 per square foot

To save money on carpet tiles for basement, look for a peel and stick model, which carries a price of roughly $1 to $2 per square foot. These don’t require any additional adhesive, which saves money and reduces the mess during the install.


One of the least expensive options is the Style Smart Riverside Carpet Square. At a little more than $1 per square foot, these consist of a durable recycled plastic material in the fibers for long lasting performance at home or in an office building.

They appear in several different colors, allowing installers to mix and match the squares to create any kind of pattern.

What Are the Costs for Puzzle Interlock Basement Carpet Squares?

About $2 to $5 per square foot

When you want a type of carpet square that does not need to be stuck to the subfloor, you may want an interlocked puzzle style design, which will cost between $2 and $5 per square foot.

The Low Cost Royal Interlocking Carpet Tile carries a price of about $2.50 per square foot.

Low Cost Royal Interlocking Carpet Tiles

This model is a good value, as it does not require any underlay material due to its built-in padding. Installation can occur directly over the cement, wood, or tile subflooring. It has a foam backing that delivers just the right level of cushioning, and the carpeted layer attaches to the top of the foam.

The puzzle edging allows for a fast DIY install, saving money versus a flooring that requires hiring a professional to do the work.

What Are Some of the Most Expensive Carpet Tiles for Basement?

About $5 to $9 per square foot

When looking to install carpet tiles for basement that have a hidden interlock system and a raised base to deal with potential moisture problems, expect to pay around $5 to $9 per square foot.

The CarpetFlex Floor Tiles costs a little more than $7 per square foot, offering a durable carpet layer atop a plastic base tray. The tiles connect through tabs and loops on the underside of the square. Once the installer connects them, the tabs and loops will not be visible.

CarpetFlex Floor Tiles

The tray will raise above the subfloor a fraction of an inch, resting on tiny pegs, allowing air to flow underneath. This encourages the evaporation of dampness that can occur in basements with seepage through the concrete, eliminating the formation of odors from mold and mildew.

The plastic base layer is extremely sturdy, so those walking across the flooring will never know the tray raises above the subfloor, feeling no resistance or extra flex from the tiles.

For a slightly lower price, consider the Carpet Tiles Modular Squares product at around $6 per square foot. These also have a raised base to encourage airflow, and they have hidden interlock tabs and loops for a clean looking installation.

Modular Carpet Tile Squares

Should a flood occur in the basement, simply pop these tiles apart and place them in storage until the subfloor dries again.

What Is a Common Price for Specialty Man Cave Carpet Squares?

About $4 to $6 per square foot

For those who want to create a new man cave in a basement that’s the perfect hangout for sports fans watching the big game on TV, consider the Sports Tile Carpeting. These 18-by-18-inch squares feature team colors and logos and run about $5 per square foot.

Sports Tile Carpeting

They use a peel and stick design, so having the team logos on the squares drives up the price a bit versus typical peel and stick adhesive carpet tiles for basement. But they deliver a fun atmosphere for a man cave that’s difficult to duplicate with other types of flooring.

Tiles are available for teams in the following leagues and sports:
  • NFL
  • NHL
  • NBA
  • MLB
  • College teams

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