How To Lay Carpet

One way through which you can enhance the appearance of your house is by carrying out renovation process every once in a while. Replacing worn-out carpets can give your house the much needed facelift without having to spend thousands of dollars. While most people like hiring professional handymen to carry out this simple task, it is a chore that you can easily accomplish in less than 4 hours if you have the right information to guide you through the entire procedure. With the invention of the internet, there is nothing you cannot find online regarding how to do a particular task. The only challenges you’ll face while installing the wall-to-wall carpet are aches on the back as well as the knees. Another reason why a majority of people are scared of laying their wall-to-wall carpet is because they are afraid their friends and family will recognize that the work was done by an amateur.

[cmamad id=”709″ align=”floatleft” mobid=”675″]But, as stated earlier, you can finish the work without leaving traces of bumps if you have the right information to guide you. As such, if you would like to know how to lay carpet, you will find the information provided in this article quite an interesting read.

Discussed herein, are tips and guidelines on how to lay carpet.

Before embarking on this project, ensure that you have the following in place:

  • Stapler.
  • Chalk line.
  • Safety glasses
  • Tack strips.
  • Work gloves..
  • Hammer.
  • Tape measure.
  • Knee pads.
  • Utility knife.
  • Rolling pin.

These items can easily be obtained from a local home improvement or hardware store. Alternatively you can place an order for them from one of the many online stores.

The following are instructions on how to lay carpet:


First and foremost, you need to remove the old and worn-out carpet. Begin by getting rid of the moldings surrounding the floor. To make your work easier while removing and bringing in the new carpet, it’s highly recommended that you remove the door. In addition, make sure that you have vacuumed the old rug so as to avoid inhaling dust. Thereafter, utilize the utility knife to incise the rug into strips of about eighteen and twenty four inches.

Begin from one end and jerk the rug from the tack strip and turn it over in bits. Whereas a number of individuals fell that they can recycle their current carpet by laying it underneath the new one, it’s not a good idea given that it will have been worn-out and may contain pests which will infest the new rug.

Get rid of the current tack strips and make certain that the floor is washed and dried. Before laying the new carpet, ensure that the subfloor is well secured so as to avoid squeaking while walking on the carpet.

Fix the new tack strips round the edge of the room. Leave a room of approximately 1.5 inches between the wall and the stripes. Check that the tacks are facing the wall. At the ends, check that the tack strips are hammered firmly against one another.

Or you may check the video below(captured from youtube) to give you an idea how it is done.

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  1. This is really helpful on how to lay carpet and will save money to hire a professional to do this type of job. I know that it’s not too easy to this, especially if it’s a wall-to wall carpeting. If my husband will do this, I think it will take him 2 days to finish the whole house. Thanks for the tips.

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  3. Thanks for the information! I’ve decided to replace my old carpet with a new carpet. The old carpet has already been removed, so now I need to know more about how to install new carpet. It seems like a good idea to take note to make sure that the subfloor is secured before I attempt to lay new carpet so that it won’t squeak when I walk on it after it’s been installed.,supply.html


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