December 28

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Sometimes new carpet is exactly what is needed. and there is nothing better than the feeling of fresh clean carpet in the room to help re-set you. However installing carpet is a task that requires precision and careful planning. Here is a step-by-step to try and help you out on your gurney. If your looking for more DIY tips check out

Prepare the Room:
Start by clearing the room of furniture and other obstacles, if there was previous carpet make sure all of the carpet and adhesive is removed. Ensure that the subfloor is clean, dry, and smooth. If the subfloor is concrete, check for any cracks or uneven areas that may need to be addressed. Install a moisture barrier if necessary, especially in basements or areas prone to moisture. Trim the doors to ensure they can open and close freely over the new carpet. Additionally, if you are installing over a wooden subfloor, consider using a carpet pad for added comfort and insulation.

Measure and Cut the Carpet:
Measure the room carefully, accounting for any irregularities in shape or obstacles such as closets. Purchase a carpet that has a bit of extra material to allow for trimming and adjustments. Roll out the carpet in the room and let it acclimate to the temperature and humidity for at least 24 hours. Once acclimated, lay out the carpet in the room and use a carpet knife or utility knife to cut it to the appropriate size, leaving a few extra inches along the edges.

Install Tack Strips and Padding:
Begin by installing tack strips around the perimeter of the room, leaving a gap of about half an inch from the wall. Make sure the tacks on the strips are pointing toward the wall. Install a carpet pad over the entire floor, cutting it to fit around the tack strips. Tape the seams of the pad with duct tape to secure them together. Staple the pad to the subfloor, and then attach the tack strips, ensuring they are parallel to the walls and corners.

Stretch and Install the Carpet:
Start at one corner of the room and position the edge of the carpet against the tack strips. Use a knee kicker to stretch the carpet over the tack strips on one side of the room. Press the carpet into the strips using a carpet stretcher, ensuring a snug fit. Work your way around the room, stretching and attaching the carpet along each wall. Trim any excess carpet along the edges using a carpet knife.

Finish and Secure Edges:
Once the carpet is in place, use a carpet tucker or stair tool to tuck the edges of the carpet into the gap between the tack strips and the wall. Trim any excess carpet with a carpet knife. Install transition strips or molding at doorways or between different flooring materials. Finally, vacuum the carpet to remove any loose fibers and fluff it up. Move furniture back into the room, being careful not to drag heavy items directly over the carpet.

Installing carpet can be a DIY project, but for more complex rooms or if you’re unfamiliar with the process, consider hiring a professional carpet installer to ensure a smooth and properly stretched installation.


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