Even though wall-to-wall carpet installation may seem intimidating, you can certainly do so yourself if you have the right tools and some patience. In case you already have carpet in place, you will have to remove it before moving on. It would be best to be prepared to take some time before attempting to install carpet, as the work can be taxing on your knees and back. Despite this, you will soon find yourself with some new carpet covering your entire house.
Are you looking for carpet flooring installation instructions? Here are seven tips to help through the process:
- Room measurement:
You must know the square footage (meterage) of the room so you can purchase enough padding and carpet. First, make a note of how long the longest side of your space is. In the other direction, do the same and record that number. As an example, your room may be 13×10 ft (4.0 by 3.0 m).
Measure the length and width of your room by dividing it into rectangles if it is not perfectly rectangular. As an alternative, try making the room approximately rectangular and add on to your estimate. For example, if one wall dips out on one side, measure the two walls and then increase that estimate by 1 foot (0.30 m).
- Preparing the subfloor
Your existing floor must be adequately prepared before you can lay carpet over it. Remove any debris from the area with a vacuum or sweeping, and then mop it. Before continuing, let the rug dry for at least an hour. Ensure your subfloor is free of open spots, squeaks, and musty patches before you continue working. If your subfloor is damaged and your floorboards are loose, replacing them will take a little longer, but you will reap the benefits for a long time.
- Install the Carpet Tack Strips
Place tack strips where necessary. A straight line between the tack strips and the wall should be about 0.25 to 0.5 inches (0.64 to 1.27 cm). Ensure that the tacks are pointing towards the wall, not the center of the room. Nail the strips into the wood below with two nails per strip. In some cases, tack strips come with pins already in place, so all you have to do is hit them in. Slice a strip through with a handsaw to cut it to size. For concrete, you can pound it in the same manner if it is soft enough. Otherwise, drill holes where nails go with a concrete bit of the same size and then drive aluminum nails in.
- Install Carpet Padding
Using an underlay makes your carpet more comfortable to walk on, and it also prevents it from ripping or bunching up. To lay your carpet correctly, you should apply your underlay sections perpendicular to the direction in which you intend to lay your carpet. Underlay made of synthetic fibers should be used when installing carpet over concrete.
Tack strips should not overlap the underlay but should be butted up against them. After you have laid the underlay and cut it, you can use a staple gun to secure it to the floor. When installing carpet underlay on concrete, spread a few beads of carpet adhesive instead of using staples. Next, tape the seams between the pieces of an underlay with duct tape.
- Cutting and laying the carpet
You can install the carpet in the room by cutting each strip the size you need. Make sure to add 6″ to the extent to ensure you have plenty of room to trim it. After that, roll the carpet out. The best way to begin is in one corner of the room. Keep a minimum of 3 to 4 inches (7.6 to 10.2 cm) of carpet per side up against the wall. Cover the entire floor with the carpet roll, and tack strips along the way. As needed, align the carpet edges to make seams and cover the whole floor.
- Match-Up Carpet Seams
The majority of rooms require more than one piece of carpet. As the rug is cut with utmost precision, the seams are perfectly aligned. To join two seams, you must use seam tape. Cut the seams between two pieces of carpet simultaneously; otherwise, their edges will not line up. It is necessary to use both a steaming iron and carpet roller, ideally with seaming tape, or the seams will not fully seal.
- Carpet stretching and attachment
The carpet should be taut throughout the room. Pull it tight using all your strength. Then, tack it onto that wall using the knee kicker. Ensure that no lumps remain from the carpet. When stretching carpet, you are better off using a carpet stretcher, which is excellent if you have a big room. The flat edge should rest against the wall you tacked to first, then place the flat end on the floor. With its lever, you have leverage and its head that pushes the carpet across the floor to stretch it.
Are you still trying to figure out whether you can install carpet yourself to save money on your flooring? Carpet installation can be complicated, but it is a relatively easy project to complete on your own during a weekend. Installing carpet is a hassle-free process if you have the right tools and follow these tips.