How to Fit a Carpet

Carpets give your home that warm and comfortable touch and are part of the décor for many modern homes. Though laying a carpet may seem as simple as glueing it down, there is more to it.

When a carpet is mislaid, there are some tell-tale signs. The edges will become frayed, and the corners will pop up regularly. It is, therefore, essential to get the job done right. Once you have poorly fitted your carpet, it can be quite challenging to adjust.

Carpet is a unique substance and responds to cutting in a specific manner. It is therefore advisable to practice cutting on a spare piece of carpet before cutting the material you plan to install.

Materials and Tools:

  • Carpet adhesive
  • Carpet bolster – 3 inches (best to rent since they can be expensive)
  • Carpet gripper
  • Carpet knee kicker
  • Door bar (if setting a carpet across a doorway)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Knee pads
  • Notched trowel
  • Paper of any kind
  • Roller (if you are laying underlay)
  • Stanley knife + 5 new blades
  • Tackifier (if you are laying underlay)
  • Underlay (if your carpet is not pre-equipped)


Calculate how Much Material you Will Need

Measure the floors in the relevant area. You can easily calculate square and rectangular regions by multiplying the length by width. It can be somewhat more challenging to measure uneven rooms and doorways. Many people forget their door frames and room trims, so make sure to factor them in.

If you plan to lay carpet on a stairway, make sure to measure each stair’s depth (as they may be different) before multiplying the figure by width (which should be constant).

Go over your calculations and make sure they are correct before purchasing the material and the appropriate underlay.

Once you have the final figure for the amount of carpet necessary, add at least 5% for waste. When purchasing material for stairs, it is better to allow 10% extra, as they can be unpredictable. It is always better to have too much material and cut it than be a couple of centimetres short.

  • Prepare your Subfloor

The subfloor is the surface beneath any covering, such as carpet or tiles. It is the basis of any installation.

The first rule of working on the floor is to put on kneepads. You w