Laying a carpet

Job description:

The carpet is a floor covering that ensures comfort and simplicity to a room. In addition, it reduces noises and it is therefore often used in bedrooms.

Laying a carpet, like many DIY jobs, does not require to master a particular technique or be an experienced handyman, but you need to be careful and methodical. Note that this guide applies for laying common soft floors (carpets, vinyl floors...) but not woven wool carpets.

A carpet can be placed on a former floorboard providing that the boards are perfectly fixed, or on a concrete floor.

Skill level: 2 – Intermediate

Materials required:

  • Glue or double-sided adhesive tape
  • Cutter, scissors
  • Flat blade
  • Metal ruler
  • Trimming knife
  • Spirit level
  • Threshold strip

Step by step guide to laying your carpet:

1. The preparation of the floor to lay a carpet is relatively simple. Please ensure that the floor is flat. To do this, use a spirit level, which will let you check whether your floor has different levels. If so, you will need to adjust the level.

2. If the defects are minimal, you can also use underlay. Underlay is a thick and flexible synthetic fabric which allows to correct the defects of the ground, to prolong the life of the carpet and increase sound insulation and comfort.

3. Before you unroll the carpet, make sure the floor is completely clean: no residual glue spots or greasy stains or no trace of moisture. Hoover then use a mop to remove any dust.

4. Stand against a wall and unroll the carpet throughout the room. The dimensions of the carpet must be greater than a few inches on each side.

5. You must centre the carpet by standing in a corner, riding on a carpet's edge, leaving a leg on the outside. Pull gently and smoothly towards the wall in order to adjust the carpet in its position. Repeat this operation as many times as necessary, in each corner of the room, until the carpet is centered. If possible, let the carpet rest for a few hours so that its structure loses the rounded form taken in its packaging.

6. Once your carpet is positioned and rested, start marking the folds.

7. You must now cut your carpet to the dimensions of your room. To do this, use a cutter. Remember to stop about twenty centimetres before each corner.

8. You can also use a metal ruler to ensure a straight cut. For corners, fold the carpet so that the underside is apparent. Place a metal ruler in the extension of the carpet already cut. With a cutter, finish cutting the carpet following the ruler and pressing on a cutting board or piece of cardboard in order to save the carpet located below.

9. You can stop there if you don't want to fix the carpet to the floor, providing that your room is not more than 20 m², and it is not a high traffic room. The 'lose' installation is not recommended because it can generate accidents (falls because of the crinkling) and it reduces the resistance of the carpet. Indeed, a stretched and fixed carpet is more resistant over time. In a long-term vision, we do nor recommend the use of glue. This type of fixing is said to be "final", so you'll a lot of trouble to remove the carpet if you want to change simply the repair.

10. Fixing the carpet with a double sided adhesive will allow an effective maintenance and flexibility over time. In addition this solution is as easy as quick to implement.

11. Fold your carpet in half in order to lay the adhesive on the first part of the ground. Perfectly dusted down, place the adhesive along each wall and spaced band of about 50 centimetres width in order to avoid any buckling. You have to remove the protective film from the second adhesive side, lay gently the carpet and repeat the operation for the second half of the room.

12. Finish the job by installing a threshold strip.

Unless you are good at DIY, you might want to contact a local carpet fitter.

The information provided in this guide is to be used strictly for guidance only. We recommend you always read the manufacturer's instructions.