Although many people leave installing carpets to professionals, it’s perfectly possible to install it yourself as long as you know what to do. If you’re a keen DIYer, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try to do the job on your own to save money, so here are some expert tips to get you off to the right start.
Getting The Right Tools
First, you need a carpet stretcher which you can buy or hire from tool hire shops. This stretches the carpet to the right position, stopping bubbles from spoiling the result. You’ll also require a 3” carpet bolster with a rounded, blunt edge. Knee pads are another bonus since you spend a lot of time on your knees! One further piece of equipment you’ll require is a hobby or Stanley knife with five new blades. They blunt rapidly, therefore you’ll have to replace them frequently.
Rolling Out Your Carpet
First, roll the carpet out across your empty room. Cut the carpet to have an addition 8” around the entire room. Ensure that any pattern is square around the walls and that you’ve cut sufficient overlap through the doorways. Now roll your carpet up once more.
Put Down paper Sheets
You’re going to need double sided sticky tape and some sheets of newspaper. If you ever need to take up your carpet, you’ll find the newspaper stops the foam backing or underlay from getting stuck to the floor. Fix it down with the double sided tape.
Fix On The Carpet Gripper
Next, put down the gripper around the room’s perimeter. Wherever the carpet edge will be, you’ll need a gripper. These come with pre-installed nails. You need to kay it around ½” away from the boundaries of the room or skirtings. Keep the points pointed toward the wall as these will grip into the carpet and keep it in place. Put the gripper around the room with the jointing strip in your doorways.
Put Down The Underlay
Now lay the underlay inside the carpet gripper. Use double sided tape on every join under the gripper.
Rolling The Carpet Again
Next, roll out your carpet onto the underlay. Ensure once more that it’s square to the wall if your carpet is patterned. Push your carpet into one of the corners so your overlap folds onto the carpet making a crease against the skirting board. Using the rear edge of your Stanley knife, push the crease into the joint.
Cutting The Carpet
Concentrate on a length of 600mm from the room’s corner. Turn the knife blade around. Cut along the crease until you reach the room’s corner. Cut upwards vertically, leaving the 600mm edge on the carpet gripper. Push downward until the carpet bites on the nails. Repeat along all the carpet’s remaining edge in the same corner. One corner of your carpet will now be tightly up to the skirting. It will be held in place with the gripper.
Fitting The Carpet
Use your knee kicker, keeping its teeth set sufficiently to bite into your carpet. Work along one of the carpet’s edges, cutting down to the skirting board while you work. Before cutting, use the blade back to push down your carpet into the gap between the skirting and gripper. Once you’ve completed one edge, return to the corner you began from and work around the next wall.
Tightening The Carpet
Once you’ve cut the entire carpet into the right position, use your knee kicker again to ensure you’ve got the carpet fitted tightly to all the threshold strips and skirting boards.
Finishing The Job
Finally, use your carpet bolster and bang the carpet down between the gripper rods’ back edge and your skirting board. The result will be a very neat finish and a professional look to your room.
Although it may sound difficult, practice makes perfect and if you have the right equipment to get the job done, you’ll find that it isn’t as hard to install a carpet as you might imagine. You’ll find advice about how to choose the right tools for your DIY projects online so you can get the job done to the best possible standards.