Are You Thinking About Fitting A Carpet?

Have you found the perfect carpet for you? At Flooring Direct, we thrive when helping our customers find the flooring that will turn your house into a home. 

To guarantee a clean and polished finish when fitting your carpet, hiring a professional fitter can assure all necessary measures are taken while you sit back and relax. However, if you’re looking for a new DIY project and want to try your hand at laying carpet, Flooring Direct has compiled all our top tips and advice into this carpet fitting guide. 

Flooring Direct wants to ensure you have the correct information and instructions to follow when fitting your new carpet, so here it is!

The Carpet Fitting Bible

You’ll find everything you need to know about fitting carpet right here. 


Areas we’ll cover:


1. Measurements

2. Tools for the job

3. Out with the old

4. Preparation is key

5. Underlay and accessories

6. Extra tips on fitting your carpet

7. The perfect finish and the aftercare



Measuring Your Home

1. Picture your home

We’re not asking you to create a work of art but drawing out each room you want to lay carpet in will allow you to picture the size of it in a comprehensible format. Get a piece of paper and draw the perimeter room by room of which you want to re-floor.

2. Nooks and crannies

If the perimeter of the room has structures like chimney breasts, a recess or fireplaces, then ignore the indents they make and measure the perimeter only. The carpet will be cut around these areas when fitting.

3. Calculations

Breakdown the measurement process bit by bit. Follow your diagram and write the relevant measurement next to each perimeter line representing the walls of the room you are re-flooring. We’d recommend allowing for an extra 5% to 7% excess for overrun.

4. One last check

Double check your measurements. It’s imperative that you nail the measurements first time, as once you’ve ordered your carpet to be cut to a custom size, it needs to cover your desired areas without any issues. Be sure to measure up more than once and cover a little extra for the trims and overrun.

How To Measure Your Stairs

Stairs and steps are no different when it comes to measuring the surface areas for your new flooring. Measuring the height and depth of each step will give you an accurate length which you will need to multiply by the width. Allow for slightly more overlay, around 10% should provide you with enough excess to prevent falling short of carpet to cover your stairs! Remember to measure each individual step to ensure you have the correct dimensions noted.

Check out this carpet fitting guide at Flooring Direct.

Tools For The Job

Having the right tools for the job is critical, otherwise this process could become increasingly more difficult. If you own a basic tool kit, you will probably already have access to the tools we recommend for carpet installation. As well as the obvious tape measure, here are some other necessary tools to aid you in fitting and laying carpet:

  • Hammer
  • Carpet tucker
  • Stanley knife
  • 19mm nails
  • 10mm nails
  • Pipe and cable detector
  • Gloves
  • Hacksaw
  • Carpet Stretcher
  • Vacuum cleaner

Out With The Old And Prep For The New


So you’ve come this far, well done! Next you’ll need to prepare your floor. Floor preparation is incredibly important if you want to guarantee a clean fit with no later underlying issues.

Removing Old Flooring

Removing any existing flooring and underlay, being careful not to damage the foundations of the floor will provide you with a blank canvas to begin working on. Creating a strong foundation on which to lay your new carpet is essential, so clearing the subfloor of any dirt and grit is a great start. Any imperfections like raises in the floor, nails or rubble can impact the overall look and feel of your new carpet, so take the time to sweep up any dirt and flatten out the surface.

Sub Floor Preparation Tips

If you have damaged flooring, split concrete, or even broken floorboards, we can help you get around it. In many cases, laying tongue and groove floorboards is the most effective way to prep the floor for a new luxury carpet. It’s also a great way to reduce draught atop floorboards.

• If your floor is concrete or has previously been levelled with a smoothing compound, then this can pull up off the floor and may require smoothing or levelling. There are various floor screeds on the market that would be suitable.

You’ll be on your knees for quite some time, so investing in some knee pads would be beneficial.

Check your floorboards for any rogue nails pointing out and be careful not to step on them! Use the claw of the hammer to pull out any unwanted nails. 

Always check for cable and pipe detectors before nailing new flooring into the foundations of your room. Use 19mm nails to reduce the risk of piercing a pipe or cable underneath the floor.

Underlay And Accessories

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Get To Grips


At Flooring Direct, we stock a range of accessories to aid you in fitting your new carpet. These include carpet gripper rods which are meter length rods that are prepared to take a firm hold of your carpet and keep it in place. 


Wooden Floors


Using rods three times the thickness of the carpet away from the skirting boards are best when fitting against wooden flooring.


A standard hacksaw will suffice when it comes to cutting the length of gripper rod to size. Always remember to protect your hands and wear suitable gloves. Flooring Direct’s gripper rods come ready to be nailed straight in, so they couldn’t be easier to fit!


Carpet Underlay


Supplying luxury carpets that provide unmatched comfort underfoot is our priority. At Flooring Direct, our range of carpet and underlay just screams comfort.


The secret to a comfortable carpet lies in the underlay. This layer of cushioning in between the floors surface and the carpet provides the necessary insulation and padding to guarantee ultimate cosiness and contentment with your newly laid carpet. This can also help you to save on your energy bills as this naturally insulated flooring will keep your home heated. 


When fitting your carpet underlay, make sure you lay it rubber-side down. Using a knife, trim the material to level it with your carpet gripper rods and join the edges of each section with tape to avoid any overlapping. Fitting underlay to your floors is an essential task to carry out to prevent distress and unnecessary wear and tear to your new carpet. We highly recommend using carpet underlay to guarantee the longevity of your carpet, as well as overall comfort and function.  


Remember, we stock all the accessories required to fit your carpet. Take a look through our accessories section when you are ready to purchase your new flooring. 


How To Fit Carpet 

Here is a step by step guide put together by Flooring Direct to help you stay on track when fitting your perfect floor.

If there is one tool that Flooring Direct recommends to ease the process of laying carpet and ensures you maintain a stress-free mindset, its investing in a carpet stretcher. A carpet stretcher tool will allow you to push the carpet into place and flatten it out without struggle.  It features a set of gripper teeth on one end to hold its position while providing a cushion for your knee on the other end. The teeth can settle into the carpet while you use your knee to push the carpet into place. Trust us, they’re a lifesaver!


This page helps you to fit your carpet.

Fitting Guide


1. Lay the carpet on the floor and position it loosely to cover up to the perimeter of the room. Walk across the carpet to work the edges towards each wall, into the corners and any crevices. Before trimming the carpet to size, remember to leave a little excess material for overspill. 

2. In each corner, trim the carpet upwards, following a vertical cut and fold it into place.

3. It’s best to work backwards when cutting your carpet, starting with the longest edge of the perimeter first.

4. Using a carpet knife, run the cut just above the edge of the carpet line and be precise! Take your time with this to ensure you’re left with a smooth cut and no frayed edges.

5. Using a carpet stretcher, push the edges of the carpet slightly beyond the carpet gripper rods. It’s better to be safe than sorry here, so be generous with leaving excess carpet. 

6. Use a carpet tucking tool to run the edges of the carpet underneath the skirting board. 

7. When you reach the doorway, use a door bar to fasten down the carpet and align it with the flooring opposite.


Settling In


Carpet fitting is a big job, so give yourself a pat on the back for getting this far! All that’s left is to do is adjust to your new carpet and make sure you care for it correctly. Check out our carpet care guide to keep up with the everyday maintenance that your carpet needs!

Most new carpets shed a few fibres in the days following fitting. So, get to know your carpet and give it a vacuum once or twice to make sure it is settled and looking fresh. If you’ve opted for a loop pile carpet, then bear in mind that when vacuuming it may be better to leave off the roller/bleater bar. However, if you’ve chosen a cut pile carpet, we highly recommend utilising the bleater bar.

Appreciate the divine scent of your new carpet while it lasts and consider using a carpet deodoriser to keep your carpet smelling fresh. 

Here at Flooring Direct, all our flooring is hand-picked by our team of inspired design professionals. We only stock high quality flooring, so we want to ensure our customers have access to all the necessary information needed to help retain the quality of our products. 

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any queries you may have regarding finding and fitting your perfect floor! We have a huge selection of carpets and several other flooring ranges available for delivery all across the UK and we cannot be beaten on price! What more could you want? 



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