Choosing Carpet Type
Choosing a Pad
Before You Begin
So you have decided to install your own carpet or you are gathering information to talk someone out of installing their own carpet. The following information will show you how to install carpet step-by-step.
Get Rid of the Old Carpet
You can begin by removing the molding around the floor. Then remove the entrance door, this will allow you to remove the old carpet easier. Next, vacuum the old carpet so you will not breathe in a lot dust when you remove the carpet. Take a utility knife and cut the old carpet into strips that are between 3-4 feet wide.
Starting at the wall, pull up on the carpet strips and roll them up. Continue this process until all of the old carpet is removed. After the carpet is removed, then go ahead and remove the old carpet pad. The pads wear out just like the carpet so it is best to remove it. Removing the carpet pad also eliminates odors that existed with the old carpet.
Now remove the tackless strips. You will need to be careful with the razor sharp edges of the tackless strips. Once the tackless strips are removed, then sweep the floor and ensure the floor is dry and clean. This is an excellent time to carefully examine your subfloor and footboards. If you see any boards that are loose, be sure to tighten them with 1 1/2 inch screws into the floor joists.
Installing New Tackless Strips
Place tackless strips around the edges of the room. Do not place the tackless strips in the entrance of the room. You need to leave about a half inch of space between the tackless strips and the wall and face the pins towards the wall. You maybe curious why they are called tackless when indeed they have tacks, simple reason is that you do not have to "tack" down the carpet. The tackless strips hold the carpet and pad in place around the edge of the room. When you place the tackless strips in corners of the room, be sure you place them end to end. .
Installing the Carpet Pad
Place the pad down in 4 foot wide strips You want to overlay the tackless strips. Do not worry about the excess pad, we will deal with that shortly. Place the pad strips down side-by-side and use duct take to seal the seams of the pad. Staple the edge up against the tackless strips. Then trim the excess with a utility knife. You have now laid the carpet pad!
Installing the Carpet
First you want to keep about 4-6 inches of excesses carpet around all perimeters of the room. You will trim these areas later. Next, mark the carpet on the backside and cut the BACKSIDE of the carpet with a sharp utility knife. You will need to use a sturdy board to keep from cutting the other side of the carpet. Place the carpet in the room.
How to Create Clean Carpet Seams
Sometimes you will need to join 2 pieces of carpet together even if you measured everything perfectly. The idea is to hopefully not have seams in the middle of the room! Do not panic, creating a clean carpet seam can be very easy. You need to overlap the carpet 4-6 inches including where the seam is to be located.
In the area of the seam you will need to use a seam cutter or a utility knife to cut both pieces of carpet at the same time. After you make the cut, pull the seam edges back and underneath the seam you need to place seaming tape and use a seaming iron to heat up the tape. Heating the seam tape will make it very sticky. Put down the edges of the carpet onto the seam tape. Use a rolling pin or carpet roller and some elbow grease to make the seam smooth.
Kicking and Stretching the Carpet
First, use a knee kicker to place the carpet into the corners of the room. A knee kicker has a butt side where you place your knee to put pressure on the head of the kicker. You will need to work your way around the room. You will need to use the knee kicker to stretch the carpet over the tackless strips that you placed earlier. Push the carpet as much as you can into the corners.
To finish installing the carpet, you will need to use a carpet stretcher. You can rent a carpet stretcher. Do not skimp out on getting a carpet stretcher if you installing carpet. This nifty device will eliminate the wrinkles that are showing up in the middle of the room.
The carpet stretcher works by activating a level that puts pressure on the opposing side of the carpet and stretches the carpet over the opposing tackless strips. You will need to place a board on the forced end of the carpet stretcher to protect your baseboards.
Cut any excess carpet that is near the walls with a utility knife.
Finishing the Carpet Installation
You are almost done! To finish the carpet installation, use a stair tool to push the carpet between the tackless strips and the wall. You need to trim the edges of the doors in the room to allow the doors to freely swing open. Install a door strip edge to keep the carpet in place under the door. Cut out any openings for air vents and then reinstall the molding around the baseboards.
Go do something nice for yourself! You just installed your own carpet and hopefully saved money at the same time.