How to Install Carpet: DIY Carpet Installations
People don’t normally think of carpet installation as a DIY project, but now it can be. With specially made carpet and carpet tiles perfect for the weekend warrior, anybody can install carpet in no time at all.
On a top five list of your favorite things, I have a feeling that “installing carpet” isn’t one of them. I’d want to ask you a few questions if it were.
Installing carpet doesn’t have to be terrible though. In fact, it can be pretty easy and maybe even fun. Yes, I said fun.
Have I piqued your interest? Let’s look at some carpet perfect for a DIY installation.
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Which Carpet is DIY Friendly?
You’ve probably heard over and over again that installing carpet is not for the faint of heart. Installing carpet can, after all, be extremely difficult and need many expensive tools!
For the most part, we agree. Installing standard broadloom carpet is often best left up to the professionals and isn’t exactly a Pinterest-ready weekend task. However, that’s not true for all carpet.
Enter Air.o broadloom carpet. And then Air.o carpet holds the door for carpet tiles who clamber in after it. Broadloom carpet with attached padding is actually very DIY friendly. It’s made with the weekend warrior in mind.
Also made for a weekend project? Carpet tiles. Both of these products are perfect for a DIY carpet installation.
Getting luxurious, soft carpet is now even easier. Let’s take a look at both these products and then you can make the right decision for your home.
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About DIY Broadloom Carpet
Broadloom carpet with attached padding is a revolutionary design. While traditional broadloom carpet requires a separate carpet pad, this carpeting features an attached carpet padding.
This attached carpet padding makes it super easy and fast to install! In fact, it reduces the installation time up to 50%! Broadloom carpet with an attached pad is made for a DIY carpet installation. It’s an easy carpet install that any skill level can do.
Even better, the attached padding saves you money. You won’t have to go through the process of buying it separate from your carpet.
Where can I Install DIY Broadloom Carpet?
DIY broadloom carpet is a great residential carpet. It’s perfect for living rooms, bedrooms, and family rooms. Basically any place you’d put carpet normally!
Of course, you don’t want to install it over existing carpet and you’ll also want to make sure any newly poured concrete floors have properly cured before installation. Other than that, an attached padding carpet like Air.o can be installed anywhere traditional carpet is installed.
DIY Broadloom Carpet Features
What’s so great about this new type of broadloom carpet? Well, a lot of things! Really though, it’s about the ease of installation. Carpet with an attached pad is the easiest way to install broadloom type carpet. The truth is, you can’t easily do it yourself with any other broadloom carpet. It’s DIY broadloom or bust.
However, if the easy carpet installation hasn’t sold you yet, here are a few more benefits about specifically Air.o carpet:
- Air.o carpet will not absorb moisture. Its fibers aren’t going to soak up the latest spilled drink.
- Not only does it install easily, it installs in nearly ½ the time as traditional carpet.
- Air.o carpet is stain resistant, soil resistant and resistant to pet accidents. That’s because this carpet is protected by Scotchgard.
- This carpet doesn’t need to be stretched and it won’t wrinkle or buckle during installation. It lays flat and stays flat.
- Air.o is free of latex, odors, and other VOCs; giving you better air quality in your home.
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How to Install DIY Broadloom Carpet
Attached padding carpet is an easy DIY carpet installation. You only need a few tools to get started, and you’re done in half the time as traditional broadloom carpet. Don’t believe how easy it is? Well, before we get started, take a look at the installation video:
Tools Needed for a DIY Carpet Installation
- Utility knife
- Measuring tape
- Carpet tape or adhesive
- Knee kicker- for positioning only
- Adhesive applicator- for glue installation only
How to Lay Carpet
DIY broadloom carpet should be positioned in a room to lay perfectly flat, with no tension. Be sure that the carpet is installed with a consistent pile direction for the best look!
Before laying carpet, make sure you have removed old carpet, carpet padding and tack strips.
How to Install Carpet
There are two types of installation for DIY broadloom carpet: carpet tape or glue down.
The glue down method is great for a more permanent solution, or if you are placing carpet in a high traffic area. The carpet tape method is the quickest installation, but is better for low traffic areas.
Let’s look at both ways to install DIY broadloom carpet.
Carpet with an attached pad is made to lay flat, so unrolling it is a piece of cake. Simply unroll your carpet into the space you’re installing. Be sure there is no tension in your carpet. Remember, this carpet does not need to be stretched!
Any seams that need to be cut should be cut straight edge from the back. No row cutting for this carpet! Be sure to mark any seams on your subfloor for later taping.
Once your carpet is cut and laid out, fold up the edges to prepare for tape installation. Be sure to use correctly branded tape as to not void the manufacturer warranty. Place tape around the perimeter of your installation area and at any seams. Smooth the tape to remove any air bubbles.
We suggest taping the seams first to make sure there is no gapping, then taping the perimeters. To make any perimeter cuts at the wall, you can use a utility knife or a wall trimmer. Simply press the carpet to the tape with a roller and you’re done.
The steps for a glue-down installation are similar to using carpet tape. You’ll want to prep the carpet in the same manner, then fold up the edges to prepare for the application of glue.
Be sure to use correctly branded glue to make sure you don’t void the manufacturer warranty.
Apply the proper adhesive around the perimeter of the room using a flat adhesive applicator. The adhesive should span at least 6 inches wide for a proper installation. Allow the adhesive being used to cure before laying any carpet.
Again, you’ll want to start the installation at the seams to prevent any gapping and then move on to the perimeter. It’s as easy as that!
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About Carpet Tiles
Carpet tiles are the “not quite new in town” but “a little new in town” flooring. You’ve probably seen them around office buildings, but they’re no longer just a commercial flooring; they’re a home flooring too.
What are carpet tiles? Well, they’re carpet that comes in tile form instead of large broadloom rolls.
This type of carpet also has a backing and even padding attached, so there’s no need to buy extras to install these guys. In fact, you can use carpet tile to completely tile a room in a few hours. If you’re someone who loves the weekend warrior project, carpet tiles are your DIY friend.
Where Can I Install Carpet Tiles?
You can install carpet tiles in more places than you think! Though you might not want to use carpet tile in areas where water is present, you do have a variety of durable options for places inside and outside the home.
Outdoor Carpet Tiles
It’s true, you can actually have carpet outdoors. Indoor / outdoor carpet has special properties that keep it mold and mildew free, as well as fade-free.
Whether you have a sunroom, patio, or a balcony, outdoor carpet tiles are a great fit for that space.
Gym Carpet Tiles
Not a lot of people think about having carpet in their gym, but it’s totally an option! Maybe you’re looking for a flooring that you can take apart and put back together, or something comfortable for yoga and other light exercises. Whatever it is, carpet tiles are an option.
You can install carpet tile in a home gym. You wouldn’t want to drop weights on it unless you have an underlayment, but it’s great for lighter exercise routines.
Home Theater Carpet Tiles
If you have a home theater, you definitely want carpet. After all, carpet is what makes that surround sound so good.
That’s because hard surfaces bounce sound around the room. Carpet tiles are great at absorbing sound, making it loud and clear for you.
Even better, you can also use carpet tiles on your home theater walls to get even better sound quality.
Carpet Tile Features
One of the big questions is why you would choose carpet tile over standard broadloom? There’s more than one answer to that question, but really it comes down to having your own DIY carpet installation. It’s just so easy to install yourself, making it cheaper and easier than buying big broadloom rolls.
However, if the DIY carpet installation hasn’t sold you yet, here are a few more benefits:
- Create custom patterns and textures using different colors or simply rotating the tile.
- Carpet tile is also easy to replace. Just lift out the badly damaged tile and replace it with a new one. Good as new.
- Easily create custom area rugs for your space. No more buying the same rug as everyone else. You can be unique.
- Carpet tiles produce less waste than installing broadloom carpet. That’s because tile comes in different sizes so you end up cutting less to fit the space.
How to Install Carpet Tiles
A DIY carpet tile install is super easy. You only need a few tools, patience, and carpet tiles. There are a few different ways to install carpet, but we have a handy video for one of the most popular installation methods:
Tools Needed for a DIY Carpet Installation
- Sticky tabs
- Utility knife
- Double-sided carpet tape
- Measuring tape
How to Lay Carpet Tiles
There are three popular patterns for carpet tiles:
- Monolithic- The carpet is facing the same direction in rows
- ¼ Turn- Each carpet tile is rotated using a quarter turn pattern
- Ashlar Brick- The carpet tile faces the same direction, but is staggered in rows, similar to laying bricks, tiles, or plank flooring.
There are other types of carpet tile patterns, too. As long as you like the pattern, you’re good to go!
How to Install Carpet Tiles
There are three types of installation for carpet tiles: interlocking, peel and stick, or glue free.
Each installation is little different, so be sure to check the manufacturer instructions for the type of installation you want to do. Some carpet tiles only support one type of installation, so it’s always good to double check!
Let’s look at these 3 ways to install carpet tiles.
Peel & Stick
Peel and stick carpet tiles are the easiest carpet tiles to install. The adhesive is already on each tile! All you have to do is pull back the plastic sheet to expose it. Simply place the peel and stick carpet tile on the floor, press down to adhere it, and you’re done!
Just a warning, some adhesives leave a residue on the subfloor, but some do not. There’s an easy way to test this. Place your hand on the adhesive; if your hand is sticky after, it will leave a residue. Most of the time the residue can easily be cleaned off the subfloor, though.
There are many glue-free carpet tile options. To install, simply purchase double sided carpet tape on the perimeter and under seams. If you secure tiles using the tape method, you can make a custom-made area rug.
For a room with high-traffic, you’ll need a pressure-sensitive adhesive, or glue, to keep the tile in place. The glue is applied directly on the floor and then tiles are laid.
Glue down installations are known as permanent installations. Once it’s stuck, it’s pretty stuck.
Interlocking carpet tiles look one of two ways: like a giant puzzle piece, or with plastic attachments on the sides to click into one another.
Tiles that interlock using a puzzle-like pattern are carefully laid out and joined together as if you’re putting together a puzzle. You can cut these tiles to have a finished edge, or they sometimes come already have a finished edge.
If the tile has a plastic backing, just click them together using the locking mechanisms on the side.
Ready to get started?