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Installing carpet tile flooring is usually a very quick project to complete. Once you have already planned out how you will do the installation and prepared the subfloor, you are ready to continue with the job. From there, you will need to start laying the tile and complete the room. Here are the basics of how to finish your carpet tile flooring installation.
Step 1--Start Laying the Tile
You should have already determined what pattern you will use when installing your carpet tile. Once you have determined this, it is time to get the tile on the floor. These tiles should be very easy for you to handle as most of them are approximately 20 inches by 20 inches. You will not need to use adhesive because carpet tile is typically laid dry (without adhesive). Start out in the middle of the room next to the chalk line that you put on the floor. You can place the first carpet tile in one of the corners of where the two chalk lines meet. You will need to start in the middle of the room and work out towards the walls. Make sure that your first tile is facing the right direction according to the pattern at you decided on initially.
Step 2--Continuing to Lay Tiles
Once you get the first carpet tile in place, you can continue laying whole tiles in the same manner. If you look on the bottom of the carpet tile, you will notice an arrow. This arrow is used to help you determine which way the carpet is running. When you are doing a pattern on the floor with these tiles, it is very important to pay attention to which direction the arrow is pointing. If you are running all of the carpet tile in the same direction, you will want to make sure that the arrow is pointing the same way on each tile. Lay another tile directly next to the first one that you laid on the ground. Be sure to press it directly up against the edge of the first tile on the ground. You can keep laying whole pieces of tile until you fill the first quadrant of the room. When you get done with one quadrant, you can move onto the next.
Step 3--Cutting the Tiles
When you get to the edge of the room, you will need to cut the carpet tile to fit. Take your tape measure and measure the distance between the last tile and the wall. Then measure the appropriate distance out on a carpet tile. Lay the carpet tile with the backing facing up and place a straight edge along the mark that you have made. Take your utility knife and slowly cut the carpet tile on the line.
Step 4--Cutting Curves
Sometimes, you will need to cut curves in the carpet tile. If this is necessary, use a large piece of paper to first make a template of the curve. You can then place the template on the back of the carpet tile and use it to make your cut.
Step 5--Finishing Up
Once the floor is covered, you will need to cover up the edges of the tile. You can do this by putting baseboards or quarter round around the edge of the room. In doorways, you will want to install a transition piece to cover the edges of the flooring.