Flooring Direct's guide to fitting flooring accessories covers how to fit carpet gripper and carpet metals as well as how to install laminate and solid profiles, scotia beading and coir matting. Click the link below to access a printable version of our instructions on how to lay transition strips, edging, door bars and matting.
How to fit Flooring Accessories
Fitting flooring accessories will add the finishing touches to your floor, leaving you with a clean cut, professional finish. At Flooring Direct, we can provide you with the right flooring accessory for the right flooring type and the right room. So there is no need for confusion over which accessories you need for which flooring!
This guide has been created to help you understand how our flooring accessories are fitted, ensuring that you are confident in installing your edging or matting, as we all as the preparation you need to undertake beforehand. Be sure to read over our safety tips and take all precautions to prevent any damage coming to yourself or your flooring!
Pairing your flooring purchase with accessories is essential when it comes to installing flooring to guarantee the longevity, durability and classic appearance of your newly laid floor. Following our Floor Fitting Guides will allow you to save money on hiring a fitter while improving your DIY skills, leaving you feeling proud of your refurbished home.
1.First you will need to measure the perimeter of the area in which you are planning to install the scotia. Take a look at our guide on how to measure a room to ensure you carry out the process correctly.
2.You can then begin to cut your scotia beading to size, ensuring that you trim the edges at a 45 degree angle to secure a perfect fit between the edges. Don't forget to wear protective gloves!
3.Choose between adhesive glue or a hammer and nails to attach your scotia beading to the skirting around the perimeter of your room. Take your time doing this to avoid any mistakes.
4.If you opted for a hammer and nails, use decorative filler that matches your scotia to fill any gaps. Finish fitting your scotia beading by wiping down the surface to leave you with a fresh and clean edging.
1.Measure the area in which you want to lay your coir matting and double check them to ensure you have enough material! Don't forget to leave room for excess material.
2.Mark the back of the matting where you plan to cut it using a ruler and chalk. Align your measurements along the correct sides considering that they must reflect the original position after you have flipped the coir over.
3.Put on your protective safety gloves and use a Stanley knife to cut the coir matting along your marked lines. Once you have managed to score and cut the material, you should be able to tear the coir matting away from the excess.
4.Depending on how you plan to fit your coir, use adhesive/ a hammer and nails with a transition strip (see below) or just lay it flat in the desired area. Finalise the fitting process by vacuuming the mat to get rid of any loose bristles.
*choose transition strip based on the flooring type*
1.Place your carpet metal transition strip in the desired area and begin pulling your carpet into the assigned gap. Use a carpet tucker to tightly secure the material into the correct position.
2.Secure the carpets fit into the metal strip using a hammer and nails. If you are attaching it to solid flooring like laminate, LVT or real wood, aim the nails towards the carpets direction to avoid damage.
3.If you are using multiple transition strips to fill the length of the area, they may require cutting to size. Use a pen and a ruler to mark the cutting line and saw the material to fit in the desired area.
*please take all safety precautions here*
1.Ensure you are wearing protective gloves during this process. Measure an even 8mm gap between the wall and the carpet grippers around the perimeter of the room where you will place each strip of gripper rods.
2.When fitting the carpet grippers, you may need to trim a few of them to fit securely. Measure and mark the line where you need to carry out the cut and use wood-safe clippers to do this while wearing protective goggles.
3.To secure the gripper rods to the subfloor, use a hammer and nails or adhesive glue to bond the two together. This will leave you with a safe and secure area to lay your carpet onto - Carpet Fitting Guide.
*choose profile based on the flooring edge*
1.Start by measuring the length of the laminate flooring profile or real wood profile and use a pencil to mark where you need to trim the profile to size.
2.Wearing protective gloves, use a saw to cut the flooring profile.
3.Wipe away any dust or debris that may have settled on the surface when cutting your profile. Working on a clean surface is incredibly important to guarantee a smooth and professional finish.
4.Fit your profiling into place by sliding it parallel against the gap you are covering. Use a hammer and nails or adhesive glue to attach the profile to the skirting/flooring.