Saturday, 25 March 2017

A Guide To Carpet Installation

There are several DIY projects in the house, and carpet installation is one of them. It is not always advised to handle the carpet installation by yourself. But if you have some knowledge about it, you can go ahead and install it. Nonetheless, if you want a spectacular finish, consider hiring a professional carpet specialist.

If you are handling the installation by yourself, here is a guide on installing carpet;

1. Clear the room
It all starts by eliminating any breakable item such as lamps, vases, or other delicate collectibles. Also, detach wiring from electronic devices like computers, DVD players, TVs, or stereos. After detaching, ensure that you store the wires safely to avoid tripping when moving around.

Other than that, ensure that you clear the tabletops, closet floors, desktops, dressers, and bookshelves. You will need to move them as well.

2. Remove the old carpet 
When you have cleared the room and left enough space, you will need to remove the old carpet. Here, you might be needed to vacuum the old carpet to limit the dust. If it has been a while before you vacuumed the carpet, you will have to vacuum it to avoid excessive dust when removing it.

Start by getting rid of the moldings off the floor, and ensure that you shut the doors to remove the carpet with ease. If you are not using the carpet again, use a utility knife to cut it into strips. Ideally, cut strips of around 18 to 24 inches wide.

Roll the strips from one end and put them in sections. If the underlay is worn out, remove it as well. After getting rid of the tackles strips, clean the floor and ensure that it is dry enough. Check if there is any floorboard that might have been loosened when removing the old carpet. Ideally, fasten the underlying joists with 1.5-inch screws.

When the underlying joists are fastened, install new tackles strips around the room’s perimeter. However, ensure that the tackles strips are not installed in front of the doorway as it might prevent the door from opening. Ensure that the strips are about half an inch from the wall.

3. Install The Underpad
After installing the new tackles strips, lay the underpad in strips. Keep in mind that the strips should not overlap each other. They should be placed against each other carefully, then staple them along the inside edge. If there is any excess underlay on the inside of the strip, trim them and seal the seams with duct tape.

4. Place the carpet in the room and leave it for 24 hours 
This is what carpet professionals call the climatization of the carpet. It is all about allowing the carpet to adjust to the temperature and air pressure in the room and maintain a specific size. Never install the carpet immediately you bring it in the room. Leaving it in the room for 24 hours will allow it to obtain the optimum dimension.

5. Measure and cut it accordingly 
Before installing the carpet, start by placing a piece that overlaps the floor’s edge by around 4 to 6 inches. Ensure that you trim the overlay for the carpet to fit properly on the floor. The best way to cut the overlay properly is to measure the room to the furthest end and add 6 inches to the measurement. Use that measurement to mark the back of the carpet on the edges.

Join the marks on the two edges with a chalk line, and fold the carpet over. After that, cut through the backside of the carpet using a straight edge and a utility knife. Ensure that the knife is sharp enough, and place a scrap board under the cut line to avoid cutting the underlying carpet.

6. Install the second piece of carpet (If needed)
If your room is big enough, you might be needed to install another piece of carpet. Simply follow the same procedure you used when installing the first carpet. However, before you cut the overlay, ensure that the carpet pile runs the same way in both the pieces. Try to make the seams as unnoticeable as possible when installing the second piece of carpet. The best way to handle this is by using a seam cutter or utility knife to cut the overlapping pieces where the carpet meet. Placing a seaming tape under the carpet where they meet helps to keep them intact.

7. Affix the carpet 
When you are done with all, you will now need to attach the carpet along the edges using a knee kicker. This is a delicate tool that is mostly used by carpet professionals. The tool grips the carpet on different ends to help you attach the carpet properly. It also helps to stretch the carpet over the tackless strip.

After you attach the carpet, use a carpet stretcher to eliminate any bumps on the carpet. This is another tool that is mostly used by carpet professionals. To use it, place one end of the stretcher against the wall {where the carpet is fastened}. The other end of the stretcher should be placed around six inches from the far wall.

Ensure that the carpet is stretched enough all around, then trim the excess pieces near the wall using a wall trimmer or a utility knife.

8. Finalize things up 
Tuck down the carpet into the gap between the wall and the tackles strips using a stair tool. Also, trim off the carpet at the doorway. You must ensure that the edge is centered when the door is closed. A door edge strip should also be installed at this point. If there are any vent openings, cut them off. Finalize the process by reinstalling the molding on the floor.


The process of installing a carpet can be tricky and tedious. It will take too much time, and you may not install it accordingly. Also, some tools are needed throughout the installation process, which you might not have. That is why it is advised to give the job to a professional carpet company. The carpet professionals will install the carpet with perfection and in the shortest time possible. Also, they will come equipped with all the necessary supplies.