Normally, the hardest part of buying a new carpet is deciding which colour and style you want. The rest is pretty easy, as you sit back and watch a professional measure up and install it for you. That’s not to say you can’t install the carpet yourself and save some money in the process. If you’re considering laying a carpet, here are five mistakes to avoid when installing carpets.
Not Having the Proper Tools
A bad workman always blames his tools. That’s probably because he didn’t have the right tools for the job in the first place. If you’re going to install a carpet, you need to make sure you have all the tools necessary to get the job done. You’ll need a suitable knife, carpet tape, trowel and trimmer, power stretcher and bonding iron. The irony is that all these tools will probably cost the same if not more than leaving it to a professional to install.
Fail to Measure Room
Many DIY carpet installers fail to take into account the shape and size of their room. All floors have different dimensions that require accurate measurement before a carpet is installed. Measuring up properly will also save you the headache of buying the wrong size of carpet.
Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail
In the rush to get the carpet down, you might overlook the need to properly clean the subfloor to get rid of any dirt or dust. This is particularly an issue if you’re laying carpet tiles. A poorly prepared floor will make it harder for your tiles to stick to the adhesive and could cause them to pop up in the future. Installing carpet tiles yourself is easier than laying traditional carpet – for inspiration try ukflooringdirect.co.uk.
Laying Down Glue Too Quickly
Put down the glue only when you’re sure the carpet will fit properly. Don’t use the glue too early, as this can lead to lumps, bumps, ugly seams and exposed floors.
Treating Pattern Carpet and Solid Carpet the Same
Installing patterned carpet requires a different technique to a solid carpet. Patterned carpet always requires a lot more material than regular carpet, as each part of the pattern must be matched up when laying it on your floor. Many DIY carpet installers don’t realise patterned carpets require more material, time and money.