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Fitting and budgeting

Over and above the cost of your new flooring, fitting needs to be taken into account as a correctly installed flooring with a decent underlay will preserve your new carpets – keeping them looking and feeling their best for a long time.

A few Do’s and Don’t’s when considering fitting:

  • Do take advice so the correct underlay for your chosen carpet and area of use is selected.
  • Do remember to take into account additional costs for thresholds and junctions with adjoining carpets
  • Do allow for any doors that need trimming to allow for the thickness of the new carpet.
  • Don’t get seduced by offers of ‘free fitting and underlay’ – like unicorns and free lunches, they do not exist!

Underlay serves many purposes – the right underlay, correctly installed makes carpets comfortable to walk on whilst protecting the carpet from premature wear. Underlay can also provide sound and, where needed, heat insulation – conversely, if underfloor heating is being used, a Low Tog underlay is needed to avoid over insulating the floor

At Ray Randerson Carpets, from experience, we recommend and use Ball and Young Cloud 9, 9mm Cirrus underlay for most domestic carpets and Cloud 9, 6mm Radiance Low Tog underlay for areas with underfloor heating.

Where Wilton or Axminster carpets are being fitted, Felt and Crumb underlay is the preferred choice offering unparalleled levels of comfort and protection.

In situations where there are uneven floors, levelling the floor may be required – for concrete floors, latex based smoothing compounds can be used to create an even base for the carpet to lie on. On wooden floors it may be prudent to line the floor with ply before carpeting. Either way, you’ll be advised at the time of survey and quoted accordingly. Similarly on boarded floors, lining the floor with a paper membrane prior to fitting the underlay, prevents dust from gaps penetrating the carpet from underneath that can, in some circumstances, create visible lines in the carpet.

Having chosen your perfect carpet, it’s important to be sure it’s fitted perfectly so it looks and feels superb for many years to come. When it comes to underlay and fitting, it’s what you don’t see that counts!

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Ray Randerson Carpets Ltd
Oxbow Farm
Avon Dassett,
CV47 2AQ
United Kingdom

+44 (0)1295 690721
07860 472271 (Out Of Hours)

Avon Dassett lies between the B4100 and the A423, 5 miles south of Gaydon (M40 junction 12 ) and 8 miles north of Banbury (M40 junction 11).

From Gaydon, follow the B4100 south for 4 miles and turn left at the junction to Avon Dassett. Follow the road over the motorway until you come to a sharp left hand bend just as you enter the village. Turn right here with the playing field to your right and continue for half a mile. Oxbow Farm is on your right down a straight, tree lined avenue.

From Banbury, follow the A423 north, signposted Southam. After 3 ½ miles, turn left to Farnborough and follow the road downhill with Farnborough Hall to your left. Stay on this road for a mile or so – as the road bears round to the right at the end of a long straight, Oxbow Farm lies to your left down a straight, tree lined avenue.

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The carpet team

We have a knowledgeable team of flooring and carpet fitters who pride themselves on helping you find the best flooring for your lifestyle and your home or premises. We have been fitting hard flooring and carpets for over 30 years but we keep a fresh approach.

We regularly attend training courses so you can rely on us to fit our specialist flooring ranges to the highest standards. When new recruits join our team, they work alongside experienced fitters to hone their skills. Clients tell us that it’s our attention to detail that shows them that we care about their project. Whether it’s working around the needs of a big and busy corporate customer or making sure each home is clean and tidy when we leave.  We know that being able to supply and fit everything from traditional carpet to the latest flooring is only part of what matters to you.

Click the links below to meet the Ray Randerson Carpets team – have a read and get to know us before meeting us for the first time!



The eponymous leader of the team, Ray has worked man and boy, building the business through his attention to detail, eye for quality and unparalleled knowledge in the world of flooring. A mentor, motivator and leader to his acolytes he spends the majority of his time looking for ways to improve your experience as a customer. Any of you that have had any dealings with or know any one that has had dealings with Ray may question whether it is humanly possible to improve on our already fantastic service. But that doesn’t stop him! Ray has spent so long working within people’s homes that he has crafted the perfect balance of speed and high quality workmanship and only a chosen few are gifted an insight into learning his way of working. Below is the team that have been awarded the opportunity to learn from the master himself!


Maxine Khalil

Maxine is the newest member of the sales team. She is fresh from university and enjoying learning the industry under Ray’s expert guidance.


For over 10 years, Becky has strived tirelessly with abundant cheerfulness and enthusiasm to keep the office running smoothly and efficiently. Her unflappability and good natured charm is a winning combination



Enthusiastic, diligent, and focussed, Adam is an asset to the team. He is always keen to produce his best work and takes pride in a job well done.



Making sure the books balance and everyone gets paid is down to Leona – a hugely important member of the team to whom everyone is very pleasant!



A highly experienced member of the team, David matches his skill on the floor with vigour, wit and a ready banter. Never one to be backwards at coming forwards, David will tell you his passion is Golf – the finest activity known to him and second only to carpet fitting, in his opinion. He will also tell you he is very good at golf. Very good indeed.

And now, the ultimate in luxury…

Nothing beats the feel and warmth of soft natural wool or the timeless, quality feel of cowhide

We are pleased to announce that we are now stockists of beautifully natural and luxurious sheepskin carpets and cowhide rugs from Barnscroft of Devon.

Fleeces and hides from origins as diverse as Australia, New Zealand and South America to name but three, each unique in texture and look, add tactile luxury and comfort to any room enhancing the look in a subtle yet effortlessly stylish and contemporary manner.

Single, double and quad fleeces are available along with full hides and mosaics – call us for inspiration and ideas.

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Responsible waste management

Over the last 20 years we have established a policy of conscious environmental care in a bid to reduce our environmental impact through reducing waste, recycling materials where possible and minimising our energy consumption. Our vehicles are modern, up to date and well maintained to be as economical as they can be.


A degree of waste is inevitable though through planning and proper management, we do our best to minimise waste wherever we can. By their very nature, many flooring products are non bio-degradable. For over 25 years, all such waste is disposed of through Grundon, the UK’s largest privately owned waste management company. As licenced waste carriers, we can remove all waste associated with the installation of your new carpets or flooring, including the disposal of any old carpet. Carpet that cannot be recycled can be processed and pelleted for fuelling powerstations.


Wildlife conservation and regeneration at Oxbow Farm

When we moved to Oxbow Farm nearly 20 years ago, we made a conscious decision to regenerate and rejuvenate areas of sparse fallow land on the farm thereby creating habitats for all manner of wild life. We dug a lake, planted a 17 acre wood of hawthorns, chestnuts, beech, oak, cherry, birch, ash and willow and made headland paths for walking and riding, bordered by game crops. This, now, semi-mature landscape is home to countless species of birds, animals, fish, insects, and butterflies – a whole ecosystem in itself and a haven for visitors too. Importantly, this stewardship of the landscape, besides bringing life and beauty to an otherwise barren area, goes some way to mitigate our environmental impact.



Do you offer a range of qualities of carpet?

The carpets and flooring we supply are sourced from many different suppliers, it means we can offer a comprehensive range of carpets to meet your specific requirements and budget. We are more than happy to discuss your needs to ensure your new carpets are right for you, your home and your pocket.

Can you work off drawings?

We certainly can! – We often work with architects, developers and interior designers so having drawings available makes initial quoting straightforward – however, for your peace of mind and ours we also undertake our own surveys on every job we are asked to look at.

Do you have a showroom?

We do, we have a large showroom at our site in Avon Dassett on the Warwickshire / Oxfordshire border just off the M40 between Junctions 11 and 12, with hundreds of carpet samples for you to browse and help you choose the ideal carpets for you.

We live in London/Cornwall/The Cotswolds/Yorkshire…..

No problem at all – we have customers throughout the UK and several on the continent, both domestic and commercial, covering apartments, houses, hotels, clubs, shops and offices. Location is rarely, if ever, an issue. 

We are looking at rugs as well….

Jacaranda, Crucial Trading and Alternative Flooring all produce beautiful rugs and runners to compliment or contrast your carpets – bespoke mats and runners can also be produced should you so wish. For the perfect look, detailing is really important so for the ultimate luxurious touch, why not look at Barncroft’s fabulous sheepskins and hide rugs – whatever your ideas, share them with us, together we can turn them into reality.

We are looking at timber flooring too – is that something you do?

We do indeed – engineered wood flooring can be both beautiful to look at and to live with offering a stunning alternative to carpet. Furlong Flooring and Kersaint Cobb Flooring produce ranges of high quality engineered wood flooring that we can supply and fit.

What about vinyl flooring?

Vinyl flooring has come of age and is now available in a myriad fabulous patterns and textures to create unique and beautiful floors anywhere in your home. Extremely hard wearing insuring lasting good looks, the endless possibilities are limited only by your imagination – talk to us about Amtico or Karndene flooring for a stunning, individual look that will last and last.

Why are there different underlays available?

As with most things in life a good foundation is essential for a successful outcome and that is so true where carpets are concerned. A correctly specified and fitted underlay will extend the life of your flooring keeping it looking and feeling good for many years. Room size, carpet type and location all play a part in making the right choice. For areas with underfloor heating, low tog underlay can be specified to minimise the insulating effect. In areas where airborne noise is a consideration, sound attenuating underlayment may be specified. 

Can I use my existing underlay?

We’d strongly recommend not! New carpet – new underlay is the golden rule, why? – well, over time, underlay can compress and become less resilient in high traffic areas or where furniture has been standing. This reduces performance and causes the carpet to flatten more quickly – new underlay better supports new carpet.

Can we soundproof our appartment floor before carpeting?

Sound transmission in buildings results from both airborne and impact noise sources. Airborne noise is that from people talking, radios, TV’s and the like and impact noise is from things being dropped, people walking, moving furniture etc.  Depending on the type of floor and degree of attenuation required, Acoustilay flooring or Maxiboard from SRS Ltd can be fitted prior to carpets being laid.


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