Thinking about fitting a carpet?
Which way will you go once you’ve found the perfect carpet? Here at Flooring Direct we’re obsessed with helping our customers find the flooring that will make their homes feel just a little more perfect. With that in mind we would always recommend finding a reputable professional to fit your new carpet and in doing so guarantee the most luxurious finish possible. If on the other hand you’re looking to fit it yourself then we thought it only right that we give you the best advice we can. Like all of our customers, we want you to have the right information at every point when it comes to improving the flooring in your home.
The carpet fitting bible
Everything you need to know is right here. Whether you decide to use professional fitters or choose to go your own way, the team here at Flooring Direct have you covered. We’ve put our heads together to make certain all areas are included in this guide.
Areas we’ll cover:
2. The 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 draw your home. Get a piece of paper and draw the perimeter room by room.
2. Fireplaces, nooks and crannies
If the perimeter of the room has things like a chimney breast, a recess or fireplace, then measure the perimeter only. The carpet will always get cut around these areas.
When coming up with the measurements, breakdown the process bit by bit. By following your diagram and then writing the relevant measurement next to the perimeter line representing that wall on your picture. Its always best to allow an extra 5 or 7 % to allow for overrun.
4. One last check
Don’t forget to run the numbers just one more time. You really need to nail this first bit as you’ll only get 1 chance to get it wrong and then there’s a real problem. Measure up more than once and cover a little extra for the trims and overrun.
How do the stairs in your home measure up?
Stairs steps and all things hallway really are no different when it comes to measuring the surface area. The only difference is you’re measuring the height and depth of each stair, this gives you an accurate length which you then take and multiply by the width. More Allow for 10% in overrun as even with the best measurements errors get made here. Just think some stairs may have different dimensions so treat each one as an individual.
The tools for the job
Almost as important as accurate measurements, having the right tools for the job is critical. The likelihood is you’ll probably already have access to most of the tools recommended for installation. As well as the obvious pencil, tape measure and knee pads we also think you’ll benefit from our list here:
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. Whatever lies in the way of your new carpet must be fully cleared including the sub floor in order to create strong enough foundations for your luxury new flooring.
Removing old flooring
So the first thing will be removing the existing carpet and underlay. Once taken away the preparation on the floor of the room is essential. Any imperfections, raises in the floor, nails or concrete mounds will affect the carpets look and feel. Take some time getting the floor as flat and free from rubble and bits as possible.
Sub floor preparation tips
• If you have damaged flooring, split concrete, or even broken floor boards we can help you get round it. In many cases laying tongue and groove floor boards 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 you floor is concrete or has previously been levelled with a smoothing compound then this can pull up off the floor and may require re smoothing or levelling. There are various floor screeds on the market that are suitable.
• You’ll be on your knees for quite some time so some knee pads would always help.
• Make sure the floor boards are always free from nails and tacks sticking up. Check each floor board and take time not to miss any.
• Always check cable and pipe detectors if you can but never forget to use 19mm nails to reduce the risk of piercing a pipe or cable under the floor.
Underlay and accessories
Get to Grips
Here at Flooring Direct we have an amazing range of accessories for fitting carpets including carpet gripper rods. In 1m lengths these rods are all pre prepared to take a very firm grip of your floors and carpets. Available for use on most flooring types, concrete and wooden are the most typical.
With wooden flooring it’s always best to use the gripper rods 3 times the thickness of the carpet away from the skirting board.
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 Directs gripper rods come ready to be nailed straight in so couldn’t be easier to fit them as you go.
Luxury underfoot is unmistakable, it’s either there or it’s not. Here at Flooring Direct we have a very tight grip on how to make your carpet and underlay scream comfort! You see it’s the underlay that really adds that comfort layer of luxury underfoot. It’s the cushioning needed between your feet and the cold floor. Speaking of the cold, it’s also an amazing tool for reducing your energy bills; it insulates and keeps the warmth where it should be.
Top tip time: Always to remember to lay the underlay rubber side down. Using your knife trim it so it’s the same level as your gripper rods. Join the edges of the un-joined sections with tape making sure no edge overlaps!
Here at Flooring Direct we think of underlay as an essential part of your fit. Carpet underlay really isn’t an extra to choose, it’s required for the job and it will take some of the stress out of your carpet over time.
Remember we stock all required accessories needed to fit the flooring. Take a look through our accessories section when it comes to buying these materials. (link the word accessories to that part of the site)
How to fit a Carpet
So, you’re really doing this? Excellent, well here is a step by step guide to help you stay on target and get the flooring you deserve!
If there’s one tool that’s going to make this part of your life easier, help you get better fitted carpets and generally save you from losing your cool it has to be a carpet stretcher. It’s a tool you use whilst on your knees to push the carpet into place flatter and easier. It has a set of gripper teeth at one end and a padded cushion for your knee at the other. Teeth bite carpet behind you whilst your knee pushes the carpet ahead.
1. You could do with laying the carpet loosely in position around the room. Just walk around without your shoes on the loose carpet and work it into the corners and perimeter. Before trimming to size remember to leave a little for overspill, its always best to leave some excess.
2. In corners cut the carpet straight up vertically and then fold it into place.
3. Always work backwards when cutting and it’s a good idea to start with the longest perimeter first.
4. Using your carpet knife, run the cut just about the carpet line and be precise. Take your time here, this really is the endgame!
5. Using the carpet stretcher; push the edges of the carpet up to and just beyond the carpet gripper rods.
6. Use a thin tool or something like a carpet tucker to run the edges of the carpet under the skirting board.
7. In doorways use a door bar to fasten down the carpet in line with the flooring in the next room.
Settling in yet?
So its in, its fitted?! Honestly, well done! It’s a big job and its not to be taken lightly. But if you have made it to this point there’s only one thing left to consider and that’s the adjustment period.
Most new carpets shed a few fibres in the days following fitting. Its best to just get to know your carpet a little better by giving it regular vacuuming for the first 48 hours. If you’ve gone for a loop pile carpet then bear that in mind when vacuuming and maybe leave off the roller/bleater bar. If you’ve gone with a cut pile carpet the bleater bar is highly recommended.
There’s always that new carpet smell that lingers for a week, enjoy this because it’ll soon be gone.
Remember, here at Flooring Direct all of our flooring is hand picked by our team of inspired design professionals. It’s the highest quality flooring and we want for our customers to have the right information available. Always ask us, contact us, don’t be afraid we don’t bite and we’d really enjoy helping you find the flooring best suited to your home and tastes.
We have one of the very best selections of carpets and all types of flooring available in the UK. We wont be beaten on price or quality.