Once you choose your carpet type, learn how to install carpet.
Knowing how to install carpet is a good thing but there is one thing that I should mention here about carpeting. Most carpet stores sell carpet by the square yard and the carpet installation is already included in the price.
I tried to find carpet that I could install myself, because I thought it would be cheaper, but the price was the same if I did the work or not.
This is very common. It’s much easier to have carpet installers do it for you and it’s usually the same price.
Carpet is really quite reasonable unless you decide to buy an expensive brand, which will last longer, but even the more economical type will last close to a decade.
By that time, you’ll probably be ready for a newer style, so the less expensive brand is a good idea.
Heavy traffic areas like hallways and entryways will need a durable type of carpet or a high quality rug to handle the traffic. Try to get a good deal on carpeting because there is a wide variation in price.
The basics of how to install carpet. You will need the carpet pad, which goes down first. You will need to nail all the tack strips in place, which actually holds the carpet in place without having to use tacks. The tack strip will be placed ¼-inch away from the walls.
The carpet pad will fit inside of the tack strip. The carpet roll can now be rolled out onto the floor to be measured for cutting. There needs to be about three inches of spare carpet all the way around before cutting it.
This is the first measurement and it needs to have extra. Once that is cut to a rough estimate, you will need to get a carpet edge cutter or a utility knife.
An edge cutter is preferable because of its ability to cut straight lines up against a wall. You can still get a good close fit with a utility knife, but you need to be much more careful not to cut too much carpet or it will leave a bare spot.
This is a time when it is essential to have good sharp blades for your utility knife.
The carpet will need to be stretched tight with a stretcher. Once it is stretched tight, you can start to press it into the tack strip with the head of a hammer.
You can secure the carpet onto the tack strip by rolling the hammer head firmly along the strip and pressing down. This will push the carpet onto the strip and bend the strip tacks over to hold the carpet in place. You can then lightly hammer the tack strip to make sure there aren’t any tacks sticking through.
When you have all the flooring done, you can put threshold strips across doorways to prevent the vinyl from peeling up. It also keeps carpets from fraying.
That is the nutshell version for how to install carpet. As I said before, you will probably not have to do your own carpets because the price is the same if you do it or if you let somebody else do it. Laying carpet takes a fair amount of experience, so it’s best that the professionals do it anyway.
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