How to Install Adhesive Carpet Tiles Part 1 How to Install Adhesive Carpet Tiles Part 1

What You'll Need
Utility Knife
Carpet Tile
Chalk Line
Tape Measure
Straight Edge
Self-Leveling Compound
Wood Filler
Floor Roller or Rolling Pin

Installing adhesive carpet tiles is a project that most people can do themselves. This will provide you with a very durable and practical floor for nearly any application. In order to install before correctly, you will need to follow the correct process. Here are the basics of how to begin the installation process for adhesive carpet tiles. (This is Part 1 of a three part series. To move ahead to Part 2, click here.)

Step 1--Measure the Room

Start out by measuring the room where you plan on installing the tile. Take your tape measure and get the length and the width of the room. Multiply the two numbers together to get the square footage of the room. Now that you have the exact square footage, you should add between 5 to 10 percent to that number. This will give you enough overage to cover cuts and waste in the room. This is the square footage of carpet tiles that you should order for your project.

Step 2--Getting the Tile

Be sure to allow at least a week to get your hands on the tile that you want. Depending on which type of tile you want, you may need to order it, which can take some time. Once you get the tile, you need to take it home and put it in the room that you plan on installing it in. Leave the tile in the room overnight so that it can acclimate to its new surroundings. Acclimating the tile will help you avoid any problems with expansion and contraction after you have it installed.

Step 3--Preparing the Room

You need to prepare the room and the subfloor before you can install the tile. Take everything out of the room including furniture and personal items. Take the baseboards or quarter round off of the wall. If you have any type of hard surface flooring, you should be able to leave it down as long as it is not coming up off of the floor. If you have carpet, you will need to take it up and remove it. Use your utility knife to cut the carpet into 3 foot wide strips and roll them up. You will also need to remove the carpet padding and tack strips from the room.

If you have a concrete subfloor, you may need to level out with some self-leveling compound. You can mix this up and apply it with a trowel. If you have a wood subfloor, you may need to use some wood filler to help fill any cracks.

Before adding the tiles, be sure to sweep or mop the floor clean to remove any dust that might disrupt the adhesive from sticking firmly.

Step 4--Planning the Layout

You should now spend some time planning how you will lay the carpet tiles. You could choose to start laying them up against one wall. However, if you do not want to do this and would prefer the tile to be centered in the room, you should snap a chalk line in the center of the room from both directions. This will allow you to do one quarter of the room at a time. Lay some tiles out on the floor and play with different patterns until you find one that you like. The run of the carpet can be rotated from tile to tile for a different look.

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