What Kind Of Flooring Can You Put Over Carpet?

By Lisa Hobbie Created: February, 2021 - Modified: October, 2022

  1. What Are The Best Carpet Over Carpet Options?
  2. What Are The Options For Plastic Flooring Over Carpet?

Although there are numerous flooring solutions that can be installed over carpet, the best products for these applications are floating floor tiles with a raised plastic base. These products present a way to put carpet over carpet in an affordable, easy, diy manner. is also a way to create a wood, stone, or tile floor appearance if you select a product with a vinyl laminate surface.

There are many times and situations that call for installing flooring over an existing carpet. Whether transforming a space into a party room or banquet hall needing a dance floor, whether renting an apartment or home with an existing flooring that you want to put carpet over temporarily, or if you want to add a home gym to your house and wish to put some protective flooring over an existing carpeted floor to exercise on. Regardless of the reason why you are considering flooring over carpet, Greatmats offers a solution. You can put carpet over carpet (modular, but not peel and stick), plastic flooring over carpet (raised base), dance floors over carpet, and more.

Although there are many flooring solutions that can be installed over carpet, the following six products are among the best:

  1. Modular Square Carpet Tiles
  2. Royal Interlocking Carpet Tile
  3. Comfort Carpet Tile
  4. Carpetflex Floor Tile
  5. EZ Portable Dance Floor
  6. StayLock Tile Bump Top

Among these products are options for carpet over carpet and plastic floor over carpet. These flooring solutions can easily be installed over existing low pile, no padding carpet. The benefits and features of each of the six products will be highlighted to help you determine which option is the best for your specific application.

What Are The Best Carpet Over Carpet Options?

Modular Square Carpet Tiles

Modular Square Carpet Tiles are probably one of the most durable and versatile carpeted products available at Greatmats. Perfect for areas such as basements, these tiles offering a carpet over carpet installation option are made from recycled materials and designed to handle high roll loads. Designed and manufactured using the highest quality construction, they are also great for cold spaces as they reduce transmission of cold temps from a subfloor by way of the layer of air in between the subsurface and the carpet square.

These carpet modular square tiles are easy to snap together without padding or adhesive. It’s also a breeze to remove the tiles for temporary installations or to check subfloors. And the raised plastic base keeps the tiles from sliding atop the existing carpet.

This product is made in the USA and can be used for a wall to wall or island installation. If using for an island installation – meaning connecting the carpet tiles in the middle of the room away from the walls – consider installing border edging pieces on them for an attractive, finished configuration and to reduce the chance of tripping over the edge of the flooring system.

This option for carpet over carpet provides an excellent value. Available for less than $7 per square foot with a 1 year limited warranty, it’s not hard to see why this is a great choice for a temporary or permanent installation.

Royal Interlocking Carpet Tile

Royal Interlocking Carpet Tile is another carpet tile possibility. Although not a traditional raised flooring product, it is versatile, popular, and suitable for numerous indoor and outdoor applications.

The tops of these particular carpet tiles are layered with a durable, plush carpeting that is bonded to a soft, closed-cell foam backing, providing a strong carpeting product that will endure heavy and constant foot traffic, furniture, and years of constant use.

These carpet squares are best when used for a wall-to-wall installation to prevent shifting on the existing carpet. Not only can they be installed over low pile carpet, they can also be placed directly on a clean concrete or tile floor without using special tools, adhesive, or additional padding. This carpet is a perfect one to install where spills, leaks, or other accidents may occur, as it is stain resistant and popular. It is also odor proof, easy to clean, and provides a comfortable anti-fatigue and insulation value similar to traditional plush carpet rolls.

This product is simple to maintain and clean by vacuuming as needed. This low maintenance, high performing carpet over carpet solution will cost under $2.50 per square foot and provide a 1 year limited warranty.

Comfort Carpet Tile

Comfort Carpet Tile is a carpet over carpet product that is designed for constant, heavy foot traffic in a wall-to-wall application.

This is a great choice if you’re looking to cover a large space with minimal individual carpet tiles, as each tile is 2 feet by 2 feet. It’s a commercial grade, short hair carpet product that is durable and long lasting. It boasts a padded foam base for extra comfort, and it is available in a wide selection of colors with ramped edging options.

This product is suitable for many settings, including trade shows, showroom floors, basement floors, expo floors, booth floors, home theater floors, and more. It’s also affordable, with an average cost of $3.25 per square foot.

Carpetflex Floor Tile

Carpetflex Floor Tile is another raised carpet tile that is made in the USA. It can literally be installed in minutes with a super simple snap together installation.

These carpet tiles are 1 foot by 1 foot and ½ inch thick. They boast anti-fatigue, non-slip, and waterproof benefits, and the raise in this modular floor tile allows for airflow beneath - which reduces the risk for growth of mold and mildew. Unlike traditional plush carpet with an open cell foam underlayment, dampness does not cause stains or spots to appear.

What Are The Options For Plastic Flooring Over Carpet?

EZ Portable Dance Floor

EZ Portable Dance Floor works well when looking for plastic flooring over carpet in an area needing a dance floor that can be installed, removed, and reinstalled many times.

These dance floor tiles interlock and provide a professional looking floor that works for indoor and temporary outdoor use. It is robust and durable enough to hold up to most types of shoes - even high heels. There are many different wood finishes to choose from, offering a look to compliment about any design or color preference.

Although the plastic-based flooring is lightweight and portable, the tiles’ secure, locking fit offers the appearance of a permanent dance floor. Also, with its commercial grade vinyl laminate top surface, it is suitable for virtually any setting.

This multipurpose flooring for over carpet is made in the USA and offers a 5-year warranty, but it will last much longer than that. Priced at less than $6 per square foot, you just can’t beat the value.

EZ Portable Dance Floor

StayLock Tile Bump Top is a great option for plastic flooring over carpet in a basement or workout room setting. Each tile is 1 by 1 foot - providing 1 square foot of coverage. It features a bump top surface texture that prevents slipping and falling during jumps, squats, and other fitness moves.

This product is really tough like rubber is, but it provides a softer cushion that resembles a firm foam. This tile is constructed using durable and flexible PVC, and it can quickly and easily be installed over carpet or other surfaces, like cement, concrete, or other smooth subfloor without any special underlayment. The design provides a tight, virtually seamless fit that will not unintentionally separate.

This product is waterproof and resistant to acids and oils. If used in a fitness or gym setting, the tiles provide superior cushion and support for any level and intensity, including aerobic workouts!

The surface top texture of this plastic flooring over carpet also provides excellent ergonomic benefits and anti-fatigue properties, as well as aesthetic appeal. Priced around $5 per square foot with a 5-year limited warranty, you can’t beat the pricing and quality of this gym-ready plastic flooring over carpet option.

Greatmats - for carpet and plastic flooring options over the carpet

If you have a room or space in your home or commercial setting that has a carpeted floor, you may want to know what your options are to install new carpet over it, without having to worry about the headache of removing the old carpet. Specifically, you may be asking yourself if you can lay new carpet flooring or plastic flooring over carpet.

If selecting flooring to install over carpet is on your to-do list, allow Greatmats to go to work for you. There are a number of top notch, attractive options available, from those highlighted to many more - all of which provide an excellent mix of quality, performance, and affordability. When it comes to flooring, Greatmats offers the best with a wide array of colors, textures, thicknesses, and styles to choose from. From carpet, PVC, and foam/rubber to various laminate options, Greatmats has so much to choose from.

With a wide variety of flooring solutions to consider, superior quality, years of satisfied customers backed by countless positive reviews, warranties, value, and knowledgeable staff, you can be confident in your purchase when it’s made at Greatmats!
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