How to Install Carpet Tile the Easy Way
Want to learn how to install carpet tiles quickly and with ease to refresh the look of your home or business? Look no further, as we will show you the best way to do so!
Why Use Carpet Tiles?
The first step is to know why you are using carpet tiles. Carpet tiles are faster and easier to install than a stretch-in carpet; however, you won’t be able to place a soft carpet pad beneath them. Also, if you damage a single carpet tile, it is easy to replace. If this is the option for you, then excellent! Onto the next step.
The second step is to gather these inexpensive supplies, which include: a ruler, a measuring tape, a chalk line, a utility knife, a marker, adhesive (your choice of either double-sided tape, carpet tile adhesive dots, glue or mastic), and of course Covered by Surfaces Carpet Tiles. This list is intended specifically for our carpet tiles from Covered by Surfaces, our best carpet tile. It is high quality, affordable, and ships for free! To order your carpet tiles, visit: https://www.coveredbysurfaces.com/collections/carpet-tile
Rip Out Old Carpet
The third step assumes there is a wall-to-wall carpet. If there isn’t and your surface is wooden, move to step four. What you will need to do is go to the corner of the room and rip out that old carpet from the corner towards the middle of your carpet. You may have register covers that you may have to lift out to remove the old carpet. As you pull the old carpet up, roll it. You may have to cut the old carpet into sections with a utility knife if the carpet becomes hard to handle. You may find carpet tack strips underneath the carpet you lifted stuck onto the surface of the floor that you may need to pry up. Be sure to wear gloves and be careful as you remove these old tack strips as they may contain sharp and potentially rusty nails. One of the advantages of using carpet tiles is that you don’t need to use these tack strips, but we will get into that later.
Clean the Floors
The fourth step is to check that the floor is solid, clean, smooth, dry, and free of wax. If the floor has ever been waxed, clean the floor with a wax-stripping cleaner, then vacuum and mop the floor completely. Mop and dry the floor thoroughly before starting. If you are installing directly onto concrete, follow the instructions that come with the carpet tile for a concrete application.
Mark the center of the Room & Walls
The fifth step is to find and mark the center of the room. You can do this by snapping a chalk line from one corner of the room to the exact opposite corner. And do the same with the opposite corners of the room. The cross-section between the two chalk lines is the center of that room.
The sixth step is to mark the center of each of the four walls. Make a chalk line for these centers of the walls to the opposite wall, which will intersect against the previous lines you made, leaving a total of 4 complete lines. Once you snap the chalk lines, temporarily lay down carpet tiles that conform to the edges of your x-y cross-pattern. Stand at the main entrance of the room and see if the pattern needs adjusting. Shift the baselines to avoid any awkward or narrow rows. Once you are happy with the layout, move to the seventh step.
Step seven. Use either adhesive dots, mastic adhesive, double-sided tape, or glue to permanently set your carpet tiles, working from the center out towards the walls. Be sure to hold these tiles tightly together to avoid any gaps. If you apply double-sided tape, use it to the floor underneath each of the four corners and one in the center. This measure is to ensure there is no lifting of the carpet's corners. The same goes for mastic or glue. If using large carpet tile adhesive dots, you can apply these directly underneath where all four corners meet. If you are using these adhesive dots, be careful not to accidentally shift the corners when applying the four applied corners' tight link. These adhesive dots' benefit is that they can be adjusted multiple times as they do not truly set in until a few hours have passed since peeling them.
Cut to Fit Carpet Tiles
Step eight is to cut some of the carpet tiles for the last row of carpet tiles meeting up with the wall. The easiest way to do this is to slip a carpet tile underneath the previous row face down, carpet backing side up, and cut the difference between them. Ensure that the arrow on the back of the carpet tile is facing the same direction as the other carpet tiles before cutting with a utility knife to ensure the carpet tile pattern continues in the correct order. Mark the carpet tile to be cut with a permanent marker on the carpet backing and line up with a ruler ensuring a straight line. Always cut with the backing side up. Cut with several light strokes. Do not press hard and cut, as this may result in either injury or misaligned cuts. Another tip to avoid injury is to cut away from your body.
Cut a Hole for the Register
Step nine is to continue this for the rest of the room and to cut a hole for register covers if needed. It is important not to cover the register duct for any reason, as this may lead to fires from a heater being activated. This step also applies to cutting for corners that meet with the doorway molding if applicable. Remember to always measure twice and cut once, as you can’t move back from a cut.
Finally, for step ten, it is time to appreciate your new beautiful room that you created!