Fitting a brand new carpet
Carpets give a home warmth, texture and personality and create a real ‘home sweet home’ feel. They are also soft, comfortable and act as thermal insulators. If you’ve browsed a good carpets sale recently you’ll know they come in all sorts of colours and materials. Once you’ve settled on a new carpet, it needs to be expertly fitted before you can start enjoying all the benefits.
How to fit carpets
For peace of mind and to ensure you get the best out of your new carpet, right from the word go, it may be best to call in the professionals. The best carpet fitters are FITA (Flooring Industry Training Association) approved and have public liability insurance. However, if you’re a DIY pro or you’re feeling brave, here is a complete guide on how to fit your brand new carpet yourself.
Prepare the floor
The first thing you’ll need to do is remove existing flooring. Cut old carpet and underlay into sections to facilitate this process and then sweep or vacuum the floor.
Install carpet gripper
Once you’ve found a suitable gripper, place it down and use the appropriate nails to secure it. Make sure the pins are on the top side and slanting towards the wall. Cut to size round all sides of the room and hammer down the pre-inserted nails.
It is recommended that you fit underlay before laying a new carpet. Underlay provides cushioning underfoot, enhances the lifetime of a carpet, absorbs noise and acts as a thermal insulator.
Cut the underlay to fit the floor. Fit the underlay to the gripper but be careful not to cover it as the gripper will secure your carpet later. Use staples, pins or spray adhesive to secure the underlay to the floor depending on the type of floor. Make sure the underlay doesn’t overlap and cover joins with tape for a smooth surface.
Fitting the carpet
Roll out the carpet and trim any excess length or width to make it easier to handle and fit. Make sure you are cutting in the right place, for example twist pile carpets should be cut from the back and loop pile carpets from the front. Push the teeth of a knee kicker into the carpet around 30cm from the wall. Kicking the cushioned end of this tool will secure the carpet onto the gripper. Continue along each wall and each side of the room until the carpet is stretched and secure on the gripper, being careful not to overuse the kicker as this could overstretch the carpet and lead to tearing.
Trim any excess, leaving around 10-15mm for tucking down between the skirting board and gripper. Fit a door bar to secure and protect carpet edges at the entrance to the next room.
For further help and advice visit the Carpetright carpet buying guide which also covers measuring, tools and the type of carpet that best suits your lifestyle.