Installing carpets is an easy way to add texture and style to living spaces such as bedrooms, living rooms, and home offices. For homes in cold climate locations, wall-to-wall carpeting can add a layer of insulation to floors, cutting down on cold drafts and adding warmth to your rooms.
Although it can be a DIY project, carpet installation can be a bit tricky. Whether you’re doing the installation yourself or hiring a pro, here are a few tips on what you need to know about carpet installation.
For a Carpet Installation, Correct Measurements are a Must
Whether your carpet installation is a DIY project or you’re hiring a professional, getting the correct room measurement is important for a proper fit.
Carpeting is sold in widths of 9 feet, 12 feet, and 15 feet. For rooms over 15 feet in width or rooms that are L-shaped, the carpeting has to be fitted together in pieces. To make the carpeting appear cohesive, the grain or weave of the fitted pieces have to be going in the same direction. Any seams should be placed out of high-traffic areas.
Carpets are sold by the square yard. To get this measurement, first measure the length and the width of the room in feet and inches, and multiply these numbers together.
For example, a room that is five feet long and five feet wide would be 25 square feet. Then divide that number by 9, and round up any fractions. In our example, 25 square feet would be 2.78 Square yards or approximately 3 square yards.
For the best results, bring all your measurements when ordering your carpeting. Make sure you also bring any measurements of any obstructions or indentations in the room such as fireplaces, doorways, or closets. Your flooring expert can help you determine the correct square yards of carpeting you need.
If you’re doing the install yourself, when you order your carpeting, make sure you also get any equipment or other items you need. This can include edge tack strips, edging for doorways, and knee kicks.
Clear the Room Before a Carpet Installation
The first step in an installation is clearing the room the carpeting is going into. Everything must go. If you’re having a professional do the work, ask the installer what’s considered part of the installation, such as removing any large furniture.
If this isn’t part of the install, and you aren’t able to do this yourself, you may have to hire someone to remove the furniture for you. For large unique pieces such as pianos or pool tables, it’s best to hire a professional to move them.
New carpeting can be installed over secured hardwood floors. Other types of flooring, such as old carpeting, carpet padding, tile and tile backing, needs to be removed down to the subflooring.
Professional carpet installers may also remove and get rid of any old carpeting as part of their installation package. Be sure to ask if they do when ordering your new carpeting. Any interior doors going into the room, and any floor register covers also need to be removed.
Prepping the Sub Flooring for Your Carpet Install
Once you have removed any old flooring, such as carpeting or tile, check the subflooring for any needed repairs. Make sure there are no loose or missing nails. Tighten or replace them as necessary. If squeaky boards are a problem, a nail or two to the floor joist can help solve the problem. Fill any cracks or depressions in the subflooring with a latex patching compound to smooth out the floor.
Once the subflooring is smooth and squeak free, go over the floor with a vacuum to make sure it’s clean and ready for your new carpeting.
Your Room is Ready for the Carpet Install
The furniture has been removed, the subflooring has been prepped, and your carpeting has been ordered. Now it’s time for the install.
If you’re doing the install yourself, take your time. You want to get it right in one install. If during the work you run into problems, a professional flooring company, such as Pro Floors Utah, is only a phone call away. Choosing to hire a professional installer instead of doing the project yourself can help ensure your carpeting installation is done correctly.
Let the professionals at Pro Floors Utah do all the hard work for you. We can properly fit and install your new carpeting, and our expert staff can answer any questions you have regarding what you need to know about carpet installation.