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How To Install Carpet

If that bedroom carpeting is older than you are, switch out that '70s shag and give any room a much-needed facelift.


  • Step 1: Lay out carpet and seal seams
  • Step 2: Trim the edges and then attach the carpet to the tack strips using the knee kicker. The stair chisel can be used to force it onto the tack strips.
  • Step 3: Install transition molding across open doorways for a clean look. Then vacuum any debris and enjoy your new room.
  • FACT: Did you know? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are an estimated 34,000 carpet installers in the U.S., who make an average of $41,000 a year.
  • TIP: Measure and cut your carpet outdoors and then roll it up and bring it to the room.
  • Step 4: Working outside, measure and cut the carpet to size with the carpet knife, allowing for irregular wall placement or other stationary objects in the room.
  • TIP: Purchase slightly more carpeting than you need in case you make a mistake.
  • Step 5: Clean subfloor and remove doors
  • Step 6: Install tack strips around the room's perimeter using flooring nails and a hammer. Then use the adhesive to glue the padding to the floor – but don't cover the tack strips.
  • Step 7: Find the area of your room with the tape measure to determine how many square yards of carpet are needed. The area is the length multiplied by the width.

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