How to Lay Carpet Squares

Carpet squares are the basic material that you'll use in order to install a layer of carpeting in part of your home. In many cases, carpet is not available as a single sheet that you lay down over your floor. Rather, for ease of installation, the carpet is cut into smaller squares that you install individually. By cutting these squares to meet the shape of your room and home, you can customize them and ensure that they fit perfectly. Read on for a brief guide on how to install carpet squares in your house.

Tools and Materials

  • Carpet squares
  • Utility knife
  • Tape measure
  • Graph paper and pencil
  • Wood filler
  • Broom and dustpan
  • Chalk line
  • Scotch tape

Step 1 -- Plan the Design of the Room

First, you'll need to know the square footage of the room that you're about to work on. If you don't have the square footage handy from your home building plans, use a tape measure to measure it out. For perfectly square or rectangular rooms, simply multiply the width by the length of the room. For rooms with unusual shapes, cordon off the room into different sections and measure those, then add them up for the total. Ask a representative at a carpeting store how many squares you'll need based on your measurements. It can also be helpful to draw out the design of the room on graph paper in order to see how the squares will fit into the room.

Step 2 -- Prepare the Floor

In order to ensure that your carpet squares will stick to the surface of the floor properly, or to the underlay that is already laid down on your room floor, you'll need to ensure that the floor is perfectly clean. Use a broom and dustpan to address any dirt and debris that may have built up in these areas so that the floor will be entirely clean and ready for the carpet squares.

Step 3 -- Locate the Center

Mark a chalk line diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner, then for the other two corners as well. The center point is the exact center of the room and is where you'll begin to lay carpet squares. Cover the lines with clear tape so that you can continue to see them.

Step 4 -- Lay the Squares

Begin by laying a square down on the center mark. Lay squares above and below it until you reach the walls and have a T shape. Remove the adhesive backing from each of these squares and lay them out, ensuring that they butt up against each other but that they don't overlap. Cut pieces of the squares at the edges of the room as necessary.

Step 5 -- Finish Laying Squares

Lay remaining squares around the T shape that you've already set. Cut the edges of the squares so that they fit perfectly against the wall. Use wood filler to fill in any gaps in between the carpet squares and the wall, though try to eliminate those gaps as best as possible.