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How to Install Carpet Panels

Host Paul Ryan shows how to install carpet panels in a basement.

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  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Moderate to Hard


Step 1: Measure the Room

Measure the room and make sure there isn't a sliver of carpet at the end of the room.

Step 2: Cut the Carpet Panels

To cut a panel, mark the cut line. Use a utility knife to cut the panels. It takes a few passes because you're cutting through pad, moisture barrier and the carpet.

cutting the carpet panels

Step 3: Make Sure Panels are Fitted Closely

In order to achieve a wall-to-wall look, make sure the panels are snug together and no fibers are trapped between the panels.

make sure panels fit together tightly

Step 4: Vacuum the Floor

Vacuum the floor when finished so the panels disappear.

vacuum floor when finished until panels disappear