Our flooring experts aim to ease the process of purchasing new carpet from start to finish, which is why we have compiled all information and essential details you need to know to help you along your flooring journey. With Flooring Direct, you can learn how to lay carpet by following this simple guide. Follow the link below to access the printable PDF instructions that detail how to install carpet with Flooring Direct.
How to fit Carpet
Our carpet fitting guide will take you through each step of the process that you need to carry out in order to achieve a professional finish and overall appearance of your newly laid carpet.
Before beginning to install carpet, you must take accurate measurements of the perimeter of your desired area and add a couple of extra inches to ensure you have excess carpet material to work with in case of mistakes. Preparation is key, so head to our Accessories Fitting Guide and install any essentials beforehand.
This carefully constructed guide details how to lay carpet, allowing you to save on fitting costs while providing an opportunity to improve your DIY skills and giving you a new project! Flooring is a great starting point for renovations, so order your carpet here and get started!
Preparing for your Carpet
1.As always, preparation is key, so be sure to double check you have acquired all the necessary tools required to install your carpet before starting. Read over the safety tips and be careful when handling tools and equipment.
2.Head to our Accessories Fitting Guide page for instructions on how to lay underlay as well as how to install carpet grippers. Fitting these flooring accessories before laying carpet is essential.
3.A clean subfloor will leave you with an even surface to work on and prevent any unwanted bumps and dips in the carpet. Carrying out these steps will allow for a smooth and clean finish for your new carpet.
Roll out your Carpet
1.Roll out your carpet to face in your desired direction, considering the pattern or style when you do so. Allow the carpet material to spread over the entire surface and around the edges.
2.Work the carpet into the subflooring, paying attention to the corners, edges and any crevices that require a little more pressure in order to carve the shape into the carpet. Do this using your hands and feet.
3.Be careful around the edges of the room when pressing the carpet into the nails attached to the carpet gripper. Wear your safety gloves for protection during this process.
Stretch your Carpet
1.Use a carpet stretching tool at pull the carpet tightly towards the edges of your room.
2.Repeat this process around each edge of the room until there are no bumps, rolls or creases in the material. For a professional finish, take your time doing this step, ensuring that the carpet is pulled securely to the edges.
3.Secure the carpet by attaching the edges to the gripper rods, again wear gloves when working the carpet into the nails to protect your hands.
Trim your Carpet
1.Begin trimming your carpet alongside the longest edge of the area you have chosen to lay it and be precise.
2.Run the knife just above the cut off line where your carpet meets the skirting board to ensure you leave the excess to tuck underneath the perimeter.
3.Precision and a steady hand is key here to ensure you do not make any mistakes and your carpet edges are left clean cut and professional.
Fitting your Carpet around the doorway
1.Be sure to secure your carpets fit accurately and professionally by tucking the edges of your carpet beneath the skirting and around any openings. use a carpet tucking tool to do this.
2.Working your carpet around the doorway can be secured using carpet metals or profiles. Choose yours from our selection that you can find on our accessories page.
3.Head to our accessories fitting guide to learn how to install profiles, transition strips, carpet metals and more. Be sure to tuck the carpet securely underneath these when installing them.
Cleaning and maintaining your Carpet
1.After installing your carpet, you may find that some of the fibres have shed or come to look rough after stretching and trimming the carpet material. A quick vacuum will tidy your carpet right away.
2.Check the material properties of your carpet before using any heavy duty cleaning products to ensure they are safe to use with your carpet.
3.Regular upkeep and maintenance of your carpet will guarantee a long life line and fresh and clean feel for you new flooring.