Can I put hardwood over carpet?
Furthermore, what kind of flooring can you put over carpet?
You can also install laminate over existing floors made of wood, concrete, ceramic tile, vinyl sheet or even carpet. (Carpet must be fully adhered and no more than 1/4" thick over suspended wood subfloors.)
Also asked, can you lay wood flooring over carpet?
Installing laminate flooring over carpet is not recommended in most installation situations. Since carpet is usually plush and soft, your laminate flooring would not have the support it needs to keep the locking system sturdy.
Just center a large rug in the room to cover most of the existing flooring. Position potted plants and large furniture around the perimeter of the room to cover up some of the exposed original floor, and you've solved the scary flooring situation.