DIY Carpet Installation 

Carpeting is a great flooring option, especially for specific areas in your home like the living room, and bedrooms. Carpeting can be easily installed with the proper materials and technique. 

Here are some tips that will help you to successfully install carpet in any room in your home:

Clean your subfloor before you get started.

Before you do anything, it’s important for you to clean the subfloor and remove any dirt, dust, and debris from it. The last thing you want to do is to install carpeting only to realize you left something on the subfloor beneath. You should also remove any doors in the room you are carpeting since they’ll just get in your way.

Install tackless strips around the edge of the room and put down padding.

Tackless strips should be placed around the outside of your room in order to hold the padding and carpeting in place. Do not put the strips in between doorways since the tacks from them could potentially come up through the carpet and cause an injury. Do not attach the padding to the tackless strips. The padding should come to the edge of the tackless strips but not overlap to avoid lupus along the edge of the wall when the carpeting is installed. Once you have your strips down, you can install your padding and trim it down to size. Install the tackless strips against the baseboard, leaving space to securely tuck the carpeting between this space to safely secure it to the wall. 

Trim your carpet down to the correct size.

In addition to trimming your padding, you should also trim your carpet. You should do this in a larger part of your home where you’ll be able to cut the carpeting. Use a sharp blade to cut the carpeting. Make sure you take the proper measurements so that your carpet is cut to be the right size. From there, you can bring the carpeting into the room where it’s going to be installed. If your carpet is patterned be sure to buy an extra 5% of material to ensure that there is enough to cover the floor without compromising the design. 

Install carpeting and stretch it properly.

At this point, it will be time to install your carpeting. Use a knee kicker to start attaching your carpeting to your tackless strips on one side of the room and trim the carpet accordingly to remove any excess. Use a power stretcher to attach the carpeting to the strips located on the other side of the room. Your carpeting should be nice and tight when it’s installed. Using a carpet stretcher is an essential step when installing carpet to ensure that it is smooth and taut to the floor.

While installing new carpeting in your home isn’t the most difficult task, not everyone is up for the job. If you need a hand, let Carpet Closeouts provide you with assistance. Call us at 602-493-7700 to hear about the carpeting we have in stock and to schedule carpet installation.

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