Tack strips are designed to grab hold of the edge of a carpet and hold it to the floor around the perimeter of the room. This means you don't have to tack the carpet directly to the floor, and it helps tuck the carpet under the wall edge.
Follow this quick guide to install tack strips for your next carpet project.
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Step One – Measure
Measure the perimeter of the room and deduct for the doorways. Tack strip is usually sold in 3-foot lengths. To determine how many strips you need, divide your total area by 3. In addition, add 2 or 3 extra strips for cutting waste.
Step Two - Place the Tack Strips
Place your first step of tack at ¼-inch away from the wall. Starting in a corner, be sure to leave a ¼-inch gap between the end of the tack strip and the connecting wall.
Make sure that the arrows on the tack strip point directly toward the wall. If you can't see the arrows, then the tacks will usually slant or angle slightly toward the wall.
Step Three - Nail the Tack Strips
Nail the tack strips to the floor. Tack strips generally have 3 or 4 nails that run in a direction opposite of the tacks themselves. If you have a strip that is missing nails, make sure that you use at least 2 nails per piece.
Step Four - Continue Around the Room
Continue working your way around the entire room. While doing so, ensure that the tack strips are nailed ¼-inch from the wall and that the ends and corners are butted together tightly.
Make sure that the nailed tack strips are never put in front of doorways. Instead, place a piece of tack strip up to the end of the door opening and then continue on the opposite side of the door.
When nailing a tack strips along the wall, it may be a good idea to use a ¼-inch wide piece of cardboard as a template to ensure that the material does not get too close to the wall.