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Why choose carpet?

Most people choose a carpet because it is comfortable to underfoot, offers heat insulation, and with the right carpet underlay, can reduce noise. Carpets are brilliant at adding warmth, comfort and character to your home. 

How To Measure a Room for Carpet

First things first, if you haven’t measured your room already, this is the starting point for installing carpet. Measuring a room is a quick and simple task but crucial to ensure you purchase the right amount of carpet for your room.

Square and rectangular rooms

Step 1 

Measuring a square or rectangular room couldn’t be easier. First, simply use your measuring tape to measure the length of your room, followed by the breadth. Once you’ve got these measurements, multiply both numbers by one another and this will give you your square footage. For example, if your room is 3m x 4m, you have a 12m² room. (See image A).

Irregular shaped rooms

Step 1

Irregular shaped rooms are slightly more complicated to measure, but this simple method will make the job easier. Start by creating a rough sketch of the layout of your room, then section each area into rectangles or squares. (See image B).

Step 2

Once you’ve sectioned each area, you can then measure each individually by width and breadth to determine its square footage, as you would a rectangular or square room. Then, once you have all these individual measurements, simply add them together to calculate the total square footage of your room.

What tools do I need for laying a carpet?

Once you’ve measured your room and ordered the correct amount of carpet, you’re ready to gather the tools you’ll need to start installing. You’ll need:

 

  • Knee pads
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • Eye goggles
  • Brush
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
  • Staple gun
  • Carpet stretcher
  • Carpet tucker

  

Prepping the Floor

Once you’ve gathered all the tools and the old floor is up, it’s time to prepare your subfloor for your new carpet.

  • Use a scraper to remove any old staples and remove or hammer flush with the floor any old nails or screws.
  • If you have a concrete subfloor that is particularly uneven, you may need to level it.
  • Sweep and vacuum the sub-floor to ensure it is clean of any debris.

How to fit carpet

 

Step 1

Lay the carpet grippers all around the edge of the room, except for where the door is. Leaving a gap about a finger's width between the gripper and your skirting board. Ensuring the gripper nails are facing the wall.

Step 2

If your carpet and subfloor require an underlay, lay this up to the inside edge of the gripper. Fold any excess over and cut flat along the inside edge of the gripper. When joining two pieces of underlay side by side, use tape to cover the seams.

Underlay can be stapled to a wooden floor or adhesive strips used for concrete subfloors

Step 3

The next step is to bring the carpet into the room and rolling it out. Ensure there is enough carpet to cover any alcoves. Then walk over the carpet, using your feet to shuffle the carpet and smooth out any bumps.

Step 4

Using the carpet stretcher, kick the carpet towards the wall. Ensuring your shoulder is centred above the stretcher will give you maximum force when you press down. Giving you a smoother finish.

Step 5

Fold over the excess carpet and cut it down to 10cm in preparation for trimming. Be careful not to cut the carpet underneath at this stage.

Step 6

Use the carpet stretcher to stretch the carpet onto the gripper. Apply downward pressure on the carpet stretcher and kick the padded end with your knee to force the carpet forward. Tuck the edge into the wall with the carpet chisel.

Step 7

Fold the excess back on itself and create a crease. Then cut this tight to the skirting board along the backing on the folded edge leaving an 8mm excess.

Step 8

Finally, use your carpet chisel to tack the excess between the carpet gripper and your skirting board.

Step 9

To finish your carpet at the doorway, cut the carpet so it is in line with the floor of the adjoining room. Secure the door bar where the two floors will meet and stretch your new carpet over the teeth and under the top of the door bar.

 

Now that you have your new carpet fitted, check out our care guide to find it how to keep it looking good.

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