Carpet flooring is luxurious and indulgent at the same time, which is why it is loved by so many people. Carpets are available in several styles and colours. But no matter what type of carpet you are looking for, this flooring material will always give you performance and value for money. In this article, we’ll be discussing how you can install carpet flooring in your home without the help of professionals. Although DIY carpet flooring installation is challenging, if you follow these instructions properly then you can complete this task in the best way.
- Make sure the subfloor is clean
Make sure that the floor to be carpeted is clean and smooth. Scrap up any joint compound or pain, and vacuum and sweep the subfloor thoroughly.
- Remove the doors if needed
Remove the doors of the room if possible so that you don’t have to work around them. Having no doors in the way will also make the process a bit easier and you can easily cut off the ends of the door jambs if needed.
- Install the carpet tackless strips
Cut the carpet tackless strips with a strip cutter. You can also use heavy snips for this purpose. Then nail the strips 0.5 inch from the wall. Do not install these strips across doorways or thresholds. It’s because the tacks on the strips are very sharp and can poke through the carpet and injure anybody who walks over it. Tackless strips are available in a variety of thicknesses, widths, and heights. So make sure you are using the right size. If you are installing carpet on a concrete subfloor, then use epoxy glue to hold the strips in place.
- Carpet pad installation
The next step is to lay out the carpet pad and stretch it perpendicular in the direction you plan to install your carpet. Staple the pad near the tackless strips with a staple hammer. Staple the seam of the carpet pad, while alternating the staples so that they are not beside one another. The padding should be stretched properly so that the pieces are butted together firmly. Feel through the pad to locate the tackless strip under it and use a utility knife to cut the padding along the inner edge of the strip. By doing so, all the tacks will be exposed.
- Trim your carpet to size
Measure the area at its longest point and add 3 inches to your measurement. Mark the back of the carpet on both sides at the correct length. You can take the carpet outside as well, if possible, as it will be easier for you to handle it there. Once this is done, roll the carpet with its back facing outward. Keep rolling it until you see the marked areas. Then draw a chalk line from notch to notch. Cut the carpet along the drawn line, roll it up again and take it back in the room.
- Glue the seams with one another
The seamed edges of carpet pieces should be straight. So check the edges. Put a piece of seaming tape under a seam. Then heat the seaming iron to the recommended temperature, and place it directly over the tape for 20-30 seconds. Press the seam into the glue and after all the pieces are joined, place something heavy over the seam to hold it in place until the glue dries.
- Attach the Carpet
Attach the carpet to the tackless strips with a knee kicker at one end of the area. The knee kicker should then be placed against the carpet, about 3 inches away from the wall. The next step is to strike the padded end forcefully to stretch the carpet over the strips. Then attach the carpet to the strips at the other side of the room using a power stretcher. For corners where the power stretcher can’t reach, you can use a stair tool and knee kicker.