A DIY Carpet Installers Handbook A DIY Carpet Installers Handbook

If you want to be your own carpet installer and have time and patience, installing your own carpet can be rewarding. The money you save on installation can go towards buying better carpet. Here’s an outline of what you will need to do:

Tools Needed

Before you decide to undertake this project, make sure you have all the tools you will need. Here’s a list of what you will generally need.

•    Seam Iron
•    Seam Tape
•    Power Stretcher
•    Gloves
•    Knee Kicker
•    Seam Cutter
•    Carpet Knife
•    Tack-less Strips
•    Chalk line
•    Stapler
•    Goggles
•    Stair Tool (if carpeting stairs)

Room Preparation

You’ll need to make sure the floor is free of any debris and clean before you start. Once it’s clean you can install the tack-less strips. These will be placed about a half inch from the wall throughout the entire room.


Make sure you install the padding in long strips that do not overlap. Use your stapler to keep the padding in place. Make sure the tack-less strips are still exposed.


Measure the room at its longest point by using a chalk line. Add four inches to the final measurement.

Lay Out the Carpet

Unroll the carpet and use the measurements you’ve just taken to start cutting. When cutting the carpet, make sure you are using a good carpet knife to avoid snags. If your room needs two pieces of carpet, ensure that the pieces overlap by about 2 inches.

Seaming Two Pieces

If you have to seam two pieces together, make sure that you are cutting the carpets at the same time, one on top of the other. This will ensure the carpet lines are even.

Heat up the steam iron to the correct temperature. The correct heat setting for the iron will be different for different brands of carpet, so check with the carpet’s manufacturer for the best setting.

Use the seaming tape underneath the carpet.

With the carpet now placed where you are going to seam it, you will use the seam iron to melt the two pieces together with the adhesive. Make sure to place something with weight on the seam until it has completely dried.

Installing the Carpet

You can now begin to attach the carpet to the tack-less strips. This is where the knee kicker will be used. Position the kicker about three inches from the wall and forcefully drive it with your knees into the padded end of the carpet.

Trim any excess carpet.

Now using the power stretcher, repeat this process on the other side of the room.

After you’ve installed all the carpet, you can make the necessary cuts for vents, add the base molding, and attach the door edge.

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