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How To Ensure Carpet Is Fitted Correctly Within The Home

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Unlike warmer regions of the world, the UK is met with considerable cold bouts throughout the winter months and the odd warm interlude during the summer. This is why fitted carpets are common in most UK homes, providing an adequate source of insulation, whilst also being aesthetically pleasing. Whether you are thinking of becoming a carpet-fitting specialist or you’re just looking for a new DIY project, it is important to understand how to produce a polished finish when laying carpet.

Measure the space accurately

Drawing the layout of the home, including the rooms that you plan to add carpet to is useful for picturing its size in a comprehensible format. If the perimeter of the room contains structures such as a chimney or recess, you will need to cut around this in due course – but just measure the full perimeter first. Add the correct proportions and measurements of the room to the original diagram, allowing an additional 5% excess for overrun carpet. Refer back to the measurements and ensure they are correct – once you’ve ordered the carpet to fit the size, it needs to cover the entire area.

Measuring stairs is slightly different; obtain the measurements for the height and width of each step and multiply by its width. Stairs typically need a higher excess for overlay, which is usually around 10%. It is important to note the stairs may not all be identical, so it’s imperative that you get the dimensions for each separately.

Prepare for the job

Before making any drastic changes, you’ll want to make sure that you have access to the right tools for the job, otherwise, this could make the task much more difficult and lead to a poor end result. Most tools you’ll probably already own, like a hammer, nails, gloves and vacuum cleaner. You’ll also want to equip yourself with a sharp utility knife to produce smooth cuts in the carpet, without any frayed edges. It would be very beneficial to get yourself a cable and pipe detector as well, so you can be sure not to damage any of the existing structures in the home. Once you’ve gathered your set of tools, it’s time to get the floor prepared. This is an important step if you want an even fit without any underlying complications.

The existing floor and underlay must be removed, with care being taken to not damage the foundations of the floor – this will provide the blank canvas to start fitting the carpet. Pay attention to any dirt and grit, hoovering or sweeping away the rubble. Clear away any nails that could lead to imperfections when laying down the carpet. Damaged or broken flooring, including if smoothing compounds are pulled up from concrete flooring, can be corrected using either groove floorboards or floor screeds. Now is the time to check for cables and pipes before any new nails are added to the flooring. You can then add your carpet tack strips along every wall bar the doorways of each room.

Fitting the carpet

Before fitting the carpet, decide if you want to add underlay. The secret to a comfortable carpet lies in its underlay, which can also improve insulation and reduce your energy bills. To ease the process of fitting the carpet, particularly if you don’t have any assistance, you may want to invest in a carpet stretcher. This allows you to push the carpet into the desired place and flatten the material with minimal effort.

Lay the carpet loosely over the floor, working the edges to the wall and other crevices. Trim the carpet upwards and fold into place. When cutting the edges of the carpet, take time and make sure you are being precise, then you can stretch the carpet and tuck the excess under your skirting boards. Finish the job by fastening the carpet by the door, using a bar and aligning with the opposite flooring.

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