How To Install Outdoor Carpet

A room with outdoor carpet.
  • 2-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 150-350
What You'll Need
Outdoor carpet
Double sided tape
Carpet roller
Utility Knife
Tape measure
Straight edge
Outdoor adhesive

Wherever you want to enjoy outdoor living space, an outdoor carpet will provide a comfortable, soft flooring for your feet. An outdoor carpet can add great value to the outdoor living space as it provides a great finished quality and makes it more like an actual room than a place outside. Outdoor carpet comes in a wide variety of colors and textures.

Step 1 - Prepare the Area

Prepare the installation area. Take the time to clean and scrub the area of any type of residue, oils, dirt, and other debris. If you have already removed a flooring of some kind, you will want to make sure all traces of any adhesive, mortar, or wood is completely removed and the surface is clean.

Step 2 - Roll Out the Carpet

Roll out the outdoor carpet over the area you are going to cover. Let is sit there for a few hours to expand and roll out to its real size. When carpeting is rolled up it tends to withdraw a little bit. Letting it expand will give you the true dimensions. If you try to cut it now you will be cutting it too soon and will end up with a loose fitting carpet.

Step 3 - Tape the Area

An outdoor checkered carpet.

After the carpet has expanded, lay down the double-sided tape along the perimeter of the area. Do not take the protective paper backing off of it yet. If you do, this will make the remaining process much harder.

Center the carpet on the area so that an equal amount of excess carpeting is along the perimeter. If any of the carpeting is going up the wall, make a vertical cut to the edge of the carpeting area and cut down the side. Place a straightedge along the cut so you will make a straight cut.

At each corner make a V cut so the carpet will lay flat on the ground. You can trim around the corners.

Step 4 - Pull Off Tape

Pull back a part of the carpet and pull off the paper backing for the tape. Lay the outdoor carpet on the tape. Repeat this all the way around the carpet, as well as center tape pieces.

Make the outdoor carpet stick to the tape better by rolling a 50-pound roller over the carpeting. This will also flatten out the carpeting more. Once you are done, make a final trim with the utility knife.

Go over the edges of the outdoor carpet with outdoor clear adhesive so the corners will not start to curl up and keep water from leaking underneath it.