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Installing Wall-to-Wall Carpet

The DIY to the Rescue crew shows how to install wall-to-wall carpet in any room.

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Step 1: Sweep the Floor

Sweep the floor, making sure it's dry and debris-free.

Step 2: Nail the Tackless Strip

Nail the tackless strip to the floor about a 1/4" away from the wall.

nail tackless strip to floor

Step 3: Measure the Room

Measure the length and width of room, including any entryways or thresholds. Add at least 2" to the dimensions to allow for trimming.

measure length and width of room

Step 4: Lay the Padding

Lay and cut the padding to sit just inside the tackless strip.

Step 5: Apply the Adhesive

Once cut, pull a portion back and pour a thin bead of carpet adhesive onto the floor. Roll the padding back over the adhesive.

Step 6: Tape the Seams

Once the padding is secured, tape the seams with masking tape.

Step 7: Measure the Carpet

Roll the carpet onto a flat surface for cutting. Transfer the room measurements to the carpet.

roll carpet onto flat surface for cutting

Step 8: Create a Straight Line

Use a row finder to run the length of the measurements and create a straight line through the carpet's pile.

Step 9: Use the Loop Cutter

Follow the line with a loop cutter for a straight, clean cut.

Step 10: Place the Carpet

Place the carpet in room, fitting the factory-cut edge against the first wall and fitting the other sides from there.

Step 11: Cut Around Irregular Corners

Use a carpet knife to cut around any irregular corners of protruding walls.

Step 12: Hook the Carpet to the Strip

Use a knee kicker to force the edges of the carpet onto the tackless strip. Hook the carpet to the tackless strip starting in one of the corners. Dig the teeth of the knee kicker into the carpet about 1" from the wall. Swiftly kick the cushioned end of the knee kicker with your knee to hook the carpet to the tackless strip.

hook carpet to tackless strip