Carpet Installation Tips

10 Great Tips for Carpet Installation

Carpet Installation Tips

I. Choosing the Right Carpet

  • Consider Your Lifestyle and Foot Traffic
  • Determine the Size and Shape of the Room
  • Select the Right Carpet Fiber for Your Needs

II. Preparation and Planning

  • Measure the Room Properly
  • Prepare the Subfloor for Installation
  • Consider Hiring a Professional Installer
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III. Underlay Matters For a Carpet Installation

The following Carpet Installation Tips will guide you to understand and have a better idea of the careful process we take on every project. Now, Underlaying can make a big difference to your carpet: an underlay provides cushioning, sound insulation and can improve heat retention. Choose a quality underlay to suit your carpet.

Why is underlay so important?

A good underlay is not only essential for comfort underfoot, it can also extend the longevity of your carpet. It adds an extra layer of protection against moisture, as well as being a great shock absorber, making it perfect for reducing noise from things like footsteps, voices or moving furniture.

IV. Acclimate Your Carpet

Unroll your carpet and let it relax to the temperature and humidity of the room it will be installed. This will help to prevent stretching or shrinking it at a later time. Because carpets and carpet tiles need to ‘relax’ and become ‘acclimated’ to the environment they are going to be installed in, as well as to recover from the ‘stresses’ placed on them during manufacture, storage and transportation.

V. Prepare the Floor

Make sure your floor is clean, dry, and smooth before you begin the carpet installation. That means getting rid of old carpeting or flooring and repairing any damages to sub-flooring. Many of this problems can arise once you’ve installed your new flooring without properly prepping the floor surface. If you’ve ever seen an uneven floor, a peeling floor, or a bubbling floor, it’s probably because the floor wasn’t prepped correctly. We guarantee our work because we do every single step right!

VI. Tools and Tack Strips​

Make sure you have the right carpet installation tools before you dive in with a knee kicker, carpet stretcher, or seaming iron; gather the necessary tools to properly perform a professional Carpet Installation. Tack strips are thin pieces of wood that are nailed down at the room’s perimeter. They have long tangs with upturned or curving nails. They are nailed in place along the edges of where your base flooring meets your drywall. Tack strips are either nailed or glued (or sometimes, both) to your subfloor. Their primary job is to keep your carpet in place. Applying these Carpet Installation Tips would help you understand better our job when is being conducted.

VII. Seams and Edges

Planned layout is critical. Consider the direction in which the carpet will be laid. For best appearance, position seams away from main entrance into the room. The goal should be to have as few seams as possible and not have them extend through high-traffic areas.Trim edges carefully at walls and thresholds for a snug fit. The carpet is laid out in the room and seamed as shown in the seaming diagram. This is time consuming and requires great expertise and experience. Seams too often come apart, overlap or gap leaving inferior appearance. This is why is so important to have all the Carpet installation tools to receive quality results.

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VIII. Stretch Properly

A power stretcher is used in carpet installation to create a tight and wrinkle-free result. This is in contrast to other stretching methods where knee-kickers or smaller hand stretchers may not always produce the necessary force to keep the carpet in proper tension. The power stretcher is the only method that pulls the carpet taut from one wall to the other to squeeze out any slack and ripples and to amply secure the carpet in place. The result is a carpet so tight that the installer can hop, skip and pirouette on it as if it were a drum.


IX. Trim Precisely

Once your new joint is complete, you will want to gather any excess material together and trim it so that it is neat. You will probably want to make the joint as close as possible to the wall where it won’t be too visible so for a really professional finish and to save a lot of time you could use a joint strip belonging to the same laminate flooring as the neighbors and simply slot the joint over it. Then just trim the base material to fit, push the carpet onto the laminate and then neaten the trimmings you made in the carpet so that it tucks in neatly all around the edge of the room. 

X. Allow for Acclimation

To complete the Carpet Installation process, you need time to adjust to the conditions in your home. After installation, give it a few days to settle and acclimate to the humidity and temperature before making any final adjustments. This period allows the fibers to relax and expand, ensuring a perfect fit with no ripples or bumps. Plus, it allows the adhesive used during installation to fully cure, securing the carpet firmly in place.

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