Installing Carpet in Your House

After a while carpets tend to wear out in homes from all of the activity they endure. You may want to replace your carpets, but you might also be worried about all the expenses that go along with that, so doing it yourself at home is always a good option. Here are the simple steps that you can do to replace the carpet in your home by yourself or with a friend or family member.


  1. The first thing that you need to do is get rid of the old carpet, and measure the dimensions of the room. You can do so by finding the length and width of the room you wish to carpet and multiply that and then then divide it by 9 to get the square footage. Once you have that number you should add a little bit extra to it so there is room for error if something went wrong in your measurements.
  2. After you have your numbers, make sure that all of the old carpet has been removed. Take a scraper to the floors and get rid of all the extra glue and debris before vacuuming the area completely. It wouldn’t hurt to wash the floors as well in order to ensure that the new material will be secure and tight once it is place. It is highly critical that this area is clean before getting ready to apply the new carpet.
  3. If there are doors in the room that you are carpeting it can be very beneficial to remove them so that they don’t get in the way of your work. In addition to that, it will make things much easier when removing door jams if the doors are physically removed.
  4. Next, cut the tackless strips with a strip cutter, and nail them to the wall about one half inch away from it. Make sure to avoid putting the strips along a doorway or a threshold because it is possible that the pieces in them are sharp and can hurt your feet. Keep in mind that tackless strips come in many different sizes, so you will want to get the ones that is appropriate for your home.
  5. Then lay out your carpet pad perpendicular to the direction that you are going to install the carpet and use a staple gun or similar tool to nail that to the tackless strips in place along the perimeter of the room.
  6. After the pad is laid out on the floor, staple the seams and stretch out the material so it has a nice and tight fit. It is a good idea to alternate the staples so that they aren’t all next to each other too, and by the time you have completed this the pad should be fastened in position.
  7. Use your hands to feel through the pad where the tackless strips are, and use a sharp knife to trim the edges of the pad alongside them. When cutting, make sure that once you are finally done with that part that the tackless strips are not covered by any of the material.
  8. Then trim the new carpet material and lay it across the floor in the room. Using a glue gun fasten the seams together and trim off the excess carpet. You will have to cut it around odd shapes too if that’s applicable, and stretch out the new carpet as much as possible. Finally, use a binder bar to touch up the areas that are left open ended and finish trimming up the rest of the room.

Written by Mike Wolfe of Mike Wolfe Construction. Mike and his crew offer the best service for home improvement Columbia, MO has to offer!

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