If you're desperate for a new look but think you're limited by your tile flooring, fear not. You can successfully install carpet over tiles by following these tips:
Preparation is Key
The most important factor dictating the whole process of installation is preparation. If you don't manage this correctly then you're setting yourself up for failure. Carpet fitting requires specialist tools which can be purchased quite easily or borrowed. You're going to need a carpet knife, carpet tape, concrete tack strips, carpet seam roller, large weight, trowel and trimmer, power stretcher (these can be expensive so you might want to hire one) or knee kicker, staple, duct tape, hammer, and bonding iron.
- Choose the Right Carpet
- A thicker carpet will ensure you won't feel the separation between the tiles after it is laid.
- Fitting the Carpet
- Meticulously clean and dry tiles
- Cut and remove perimeter tiles so there's 2 inches space left around the carpet strip
- Measure room, cut strips to fit and position around room with tacks facing upwards
- Hammer the strips into place using masonry nails
- Add nails into joints in corners of the room
- Cut and lay under-padding by stapling, then seal overlaps with duct tape. Trim excess
- Cut carpet so it has an overhang of around 4 inches longer and lay it into room. Make a chalk line at the overhang and cut accordingly
- Hook carpets over strips and use the knee kicker to push teeth into carpet
- Use the power stretcher and attach the carpet to the strips, starting in one corner and repeating across all sides.
- Trim excess and push carpet into edges between walls and carpet. Re-install trim.
If all Else Fails – Use a Professional!
This isn't the easiest job to do, so it can make your life a lot easier to use a professional. They can ensure the carpet is fitted correctly so you don't have any issues down the line.