Homeowners usually look for affordable ways of making their homes better. One way of doing so is installing carpets, which may be costly when installing across the entire house. They may degrade over time, meaning that you need to replace them, which is as expensive as when you first installed them. However, after a careful assessment, you may find that it is only a portion of the carpet that needs to be changed. So what options do you have? Carpet remnants are affordable and an alternative to traditional floor carpeting, but can also be used in replacing worn out carpet portions.

So are carpet remnants worth it and will they save you money? This article highlights what carpet remnants are, where they are from, how to use them, and, whether they can save you money.

What Are Carpet Remnants?

A carpet remnant is simply a carpet length that is less than a full roll. Most times, carpet usually comes in rolls that are 12 feet wide and up to 100 to 200 feet in length. If part of the roll has been previously sold, a portion of the full carpet roll is left behind for other clients to purchase. This is what we call a roll balance or carpet remnant. So what is the difference between the carpet remnant and the roll balance? Remnants can be fitted in a single room, but a roll balance is larger and can fit several rooms.

The carpet remnants are usually second-quality goods. In some instances, the manufacturer makes rolls that don’t pass their quality control and they sell them as carpet remnants. The rolls have inferior characteristics to the first-quality carpets. For example, the color might not turn out right or the roll could have a defect. There are many reasons why a carpet may fail quality control, and when this happens, it is sold off as a remnant at a significant discount.


You can use the remnants for replacing or repairing your carpet. This is especially if your old carpet is degraded or has stains that you want to cover up. If you need to swap out a torn section of your carpet for a clean and fresh piece, you can go for a remnant instead of buying the whole roll. Therefore, you should look for remnants that look the same as your existing carpet. However, if you can’t find something that is similar or blends in, you can opt for an area rug to repair your carpet or liven up your room.

You can also use the remnant for extra pet padding, especially if your pet sheds fur. Vacuuming the fur can be quite annoying, but the remnant can be of help in such a situation. This way you will not deal with dog or cat fur getting stuck in your carpet. You can place the remnant in the pet’s room, or on the stairway so that when the pet slips, it doesn’t leave fur on the stairs, which is likely to fall on to your nice carpet.

Characteristics of Second-quality Carpets

Since the remnants are of second quality, they are not as good as a new carpet. They may miss tufts, have color dyeing, and streaking or shading issues. Some may have a backing defect that can be difficult to detect until you have it installed. In some cases, the remnants are just leftover roll balances from larger jobs, discontinued or overstock goods sold at a large discount for the dealer to make room for a new stock.

Pros and Cons of Buying Carpet Remnants

You’ll save significantly, since you will earn a discount of up to 50%. Another advantage is convenience, as when you need one, you’ll just approach a dealer, walk into the store, select the remnant, and walk out with it. When buying, you will not wait for a special order or wait for the workers to cut off a portion of the larger roll. You’ll buy as it is. It is easy and quick and makes carpet remnants a simple weekend project.

However, there are downsides. One of the obvious disadvantages is in making a selection. If you want a specific style or color, you will have to visit a lot of stores before you find the exact carpet that meets your preferences. While you may be flexible as far as the color and style are concerned, you will still have to search for a remnant that fits your room or meets your preferences.

However, some stores may be willing to cut larger remnants, which makes it easier for you to install. The good thing is that some dealers will be willing to sell you the portion of the remnant that you need, but only if the left-over piece is large enough to sell. Another downside is fear of the unknown, since you’ll not know what carpet you’re buying. The salesperson may not know the brand or information you might be interested in knowing, especially when the remnants have been purchased from a supplier.

Where Are Carpet Remnants From?

Many individuals picture carpet remnants as left-over pieces of a broadloom from an installation. Actually, in stores where large carpet rolls are sold, the carpet remnants are typically the ends of the full carpet rolls. A full roll usually has a few feet left on it, often about 20 feet or less, but this again varies based on roll. Carpet store workers will roll up what is left behind and mark it for sale as a remnant. It is easier for them to sell the carpet remnant at a discounted price since they are guaranteed someone will visit them to buy a remnant.

Many of the carpet stores with a few rolls in stock typically buy the remnants from suppliers or manufacturers. In most cases, carpet manufacturers end up with short roll ends, in the same way stores do. Therefore, just like the stores, they sell the remains as remnants. When manufacturers sell these remnants, they do so in bulk, meaning that the retailers should purchase a number of them at once, say 50 at a go.

It is preferable for carpet manufacturers to sell off the carpet remnants at a discounted price so that they do not incur losses. Similarly, carpet stores that sell parts of the full roll must also sell off the remnants at a discounted price, which makes them affordable.

Can They Save You Money?

Buying carpet remnants will save you money as long as you are willing to accept the carpet on an as-is basis. The downside is that you won’t get the manufacturer’s carpet warranty since the remnants are considered not new. In fact, you can save up to 50% on the remnant so long as you like the style and color of the carpet and you are certain that you have a little chance of buying an additional carpet that is the same texture, color, style, or dye in the future.


You might ask whether you’ll get a new carpet warranty. However, since you are not buying a new carpet, you won’t be given a warranty. Manufacturers won’t offer a warranty on second-grade or discounted carpets. However, you might be lucky and get a limited warranty from the dealer, though it will be very limited if any is offered. Besides, you might get a limited installation warranty from the dealer or from the independent carpet installer you hire.

The limited installation warranty can be helpful if the remnant carpet is installed poorly and want the installer to return and fix the issue. Most of the installation warranties last a year. Therefore, if you don’t get a warranty for a new carpet, you might consider going for a dealer or installer who offers the installation warranty.


A carpet remnant is a carpet length that is less than a full roll and is usually a second-quality good. They come from low-quality carpets from manufacturers or when stores sell a part of the carpet. The manufacturer may make rolls that do pass their quality control, which is why they sell them. Many of smaller stores that do not have many rolls in stock buy the remnants from suppliers or manufacturers. Additionally, stores that have sold part of the full roll will sell the left-over piece as a remnant. The advantage is that you’ll save since you will earn a discount of up to 50%.

However, it will be difficult to make a selection or find a remnant that fits your room. Besides, you’ll not know what carpet you’re buying since that information may be unavailable. Therefore, buying carpet remnants will save you money as long as you are willing to accept the carpet on an as-is basis, as you’ll be given a discount of up to 50%. We recommend that you settle for them if you want to save money.

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