Whether you want to expand your knowledge on how to install carpet, or you intend to go down the DIY route and install your home’s carpet yourself, there are basically four stages to complete a carpet installation project.
First Stage: Preparation
The result of the installation project is often dictated by two things: the planning or preparation stage and the implementation of your plan. It follows that a well-implemented plan results to good results. Therefore, it’s a must that you spend enough time to prepare the materials, equipment, and everything that you need before you proceed.
Start by measuring the room that you plan on installing the carpet on. This ensures that the carpet will make a snug fit. Make sure that you have all the installation tools needed. If not, you can always find a rental company offering tools such as seam cutter, seaming iron, and wall trimmer.
Second Stage: Stripping the Old Carpet
When all the materials are ready, it’s time for you to clean the surface where you want the carpet to be installed on. Strip off the old carpet and take out every unnecessary materials. And if some parts of your floorboard need to be repaired, now is your chance. When the old carpet is gone, make sure that the surface is dry, clean, and free from debris.
Third Stage: Installation of Carpet Tackless and Padding
You can then get the tackless strips and nail them at the point where the floor and wall meet. Make sure that the strips fit the space perfectly before you nail them to the floor. You may have to use a spacer for this purpose.
After all the tackless are installed, it’s time to lay down the padding (also known as underlay) on the floor. Make sure to cover all surface of the room, and trim off any excess padding. Make sure that it aligns with the underlay.
Fourth Stage: Laying the Carpet
After everything is ready, it’s time to lay the carpet. It can be heavy, so you might need help to complete this procedure. Flatten the edges of the carpet either by stepping on it or by using a special tool to get rid of the ripples. When you’re done, trim off the walling with a utility knife. Make sure to leave a little bit of the carpet. You will have to push these edges down into the tackless for a smooth finish. Go over the carpet one last time to make sure that all the seams and edges are properly inserted. Put additional nails if necessary.