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How to Install Carpet Tiling

Installing carpet tiles is easy to do and requires minimal tools.

More in Floors

Colorful floor tiles
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $500 - $1,000

  • Difficulty

    Easy

Highlights:

Step 1: Measure and Mark the Floor

Most rooms are not exactly square. Make sure you account for this when ordering. Measure and mark the floor so that there are no cut pieces smaller than six inches.

Step 2: Pick a Starting Point

A straight wall can be a good starting point. If you do not have a straight wall, a straight chalk line should be used. When in doubt, lay out the critical tiles before cutting. Don't forget to account for doorways, hallways, fireplaces, etc. If you are doing borders or inlays, chalk line their exact location.


Step 3: Clean the Area

Prior to laying every tile, brush any yarn up that has fallen over the panel edge. Start by sweeping the concrete floor so the carpet squares will have no problem sticking.

Step 4: Snap a Chalk Line

Use a chalk line to make a registration mark where you will line up the edge of the carpet.

Step 5: Apply the Carpet Tiles

Start at the rooms edge, peel off the carpet tape tags off the back of the tiles and begin applying them to the floor. Use the different color tiles to define different areas and add dimension.

position tiles on floor in desired pattern

Step 6: Fit the Tiles

It is easiest to transfer measurements to the back of the tile and cut from the back. You can also scribe cut from the top using a 24" template.


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