On a cold winter’s day like today, would you rather walk on warm carpeting or clatter across cold hardwood or tile? Carpet, right? I thought so! Not only is carpet warm and cushioning, but it also insulates your home and lowers the noise level. If you’re thinking about installing carpet, you’ll be happy to hear that it doesn’t require many special skills. The difficulty lies in the cumbersome size of the rolls, the required tools, and the necessary preparations, all of which can be tackled with a good attitude and attention to detail. If you’re interested in learning how to install carpet with a carpet pad, scroll down. It’s easier than you might think!
How to Install Carpet
PREPARE THE ROOM. Measure the room and purchase your materials (your carpet dealer can help with this step). Move all of the furniture out of the room and remove the baseboards.
INSTALL THE TACK STRIP. Install a wooden tack strip around the perimeter of the room. Nail it to the subfloor with the points angled toward the wall. These spikes will grab hold of the carpet and keep it stretched over the tack strip. The strip should be installed slightly away from the wall at a distance equal to the thickness of the carpet. That way, when the carpet is fully installed, there won’t be a gap between the carpet and wall.
ADD THE CARPET PAD. Place the carpet pad down so that it is bordered by the tack strips. Trim it to fit the space with a utility knife, and if there are multiple pads, seal them together with duct tape. Staple the carpet pad to the subfloor.
INSTALL THE CARPET. Lay down the carpet and cut any excess, making sure the cuts are as straight as possible. There should still be about three inches of excess carpet next to the walls. Use a carpet kicker to stretch the carpet over the spikes on the tack strip, starting in a corner. Place the carpet kicker against the carpet, about 3 inches away from the wall, and strike the padded end with force. Trim any excess carpeting with a wall trimmer. Then, use a carpet power stretcher to stretch the carpet taut and attach it to the tack strips on the other side of the room. Complete the remaining sides. As you work, make sure the carpet lies flat and doesn’t shift.
FINISH UP. At the doorway, trim the carpet edge with care. Secure the carpet to the floor with carpet tacks. Then, cut a transition strip, position it over the seam, and secure it in place using the nails (or screws) that came with the product. When the carpet is entirely in place, go back and cut out any openings needed for vents.
If your carpet will have a seam or you’re carpeting stairs, we strongly recommend that you hire professionals for the installation. These projects can be quite tricky, because it’s far more difficult to stretch a carpet out when you have a seam or are covering stairs.
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Now that you know how to install carpet, we urge you to check out the selection offered at Curran Design Center, a small, family-owned and -operated business located in Nixa, Missouri. With brands like Bliss and Shaw, which carry almost unlimited colors and textures, you can be sure that you’ll find the right carpet to suit your style, home, and budget. To learn more about our carpet offerings, please give us a call at 417-724-1018 or click here for a free consultation.