Choosing to install carpet tiles over traditional carpeting can be a great way of adding some personality to your room while still enjoying the many benefits of carpet flooring. While installing these pattern based floors may seem complex, the truth is, the installation of these floors is really quite simple once you know what you are doing. In fact, simply following the three easy steps below will allow you to successfully complete this installation on your own.
What You Will Need
- Self adhesive carpet tiles (feel free to choose as many colors as you like)
- Painter's tape
- Pencil or piece of chalk
- Measuring tape
- Utility knife
Step 1: Center Your First Tile
This is arguably the most important step in the process since a failure to properly center your first tile will result in your entire pattern being off center. In order to effectively find the exact center of your room, begin by measuring each wall and using a pencil or piece of chalk to mark the halfway mark. Next, measure your carpet tile and divide the total length in half. On the back of your tile, use your pencil or chalk to mark the halfway point. Now, line up the marks on your tile and your wall. Without moving your tile, mark both edges of the tile. Repeat this process on each of your walls.
After marking these locations on each wall, use a piece of painter's tape to connect each mark with the corresponding mark on the wall opposite it. After repeating this process on each wall, you will be left with a square in the middle of the room that is the exact same size as your carpet tiles. This is where your first tile should be placed.
Step #2: Finalize Your Pattern
Without removing the backing on your tiles, begin laying each tile down to form the pattern you want. The tiles will not be attached to the floor at this point, so feel free to change the pattern as many times as you like until you find the perfect one for you. Once you are absolutely sure of the pattern in which your tiles will be attached, use your utility knife to cut the tiles around the edge of the room so that they are flush with the wall. If you mess up a little bit and the tiles are not completely flush with the wall, don't worry—the baseboard will hide this minor mistake.
Step #3: Install Tiles
You are now ready to begin installing your tiles beginning with the center tile. In order to complete this task, begin in the left hand corner of your tile and slowly remove the backing in order to expose the adhesive. As you pull the backing down further, apply pressure to the tile in order to ensure it adheres properly to the subfloor. Continue this process working your way outwards, using the tile previous tile as a guide to ensure each tile is installed straight.
Contact a carpet company like Stafford's Discount Carpets today for more information or questions.