Here at Tapi, we could talk all day long about carpets and how amazing they are – it is the perfect fit for every home, from modern to contemporary, and we talk so much more about the amazing benefits of carpet in our ‘what is carpet' guide. But by the looks of things, you’re here because you’ve already bought a carpet, or at least are considering it, and need some more info on how to fit your carpet yourself.
We always recommend that you get one of our recommended fitting partners to lay your carpet for you when you buy from Tapi, but if you’re keen to give this a hand yourself, then here are some of our top tips, a step-by-step guide to laying carpet and dealing with carpet grippers. And, if you find yourself left with excess carpet, have a read of our handy guide on how to upcycle your offcuts!
First things first, you need to get the measurements of the room that you’ll be laying carpet in – check out our guide to measuring a room for an in-depth guide to ensure that you’ve got all corners covered. You can also find some helpful information on how to measure your stairs if you plan to extend your carpet onto your staircase and to the upper levels of your home.
Once you have your measurements, you’ll know exactly how much carpet you need, and you’ll be able to plan exactly how you want to tackle laying the carpet.
And there you have it! By repeating this process around the room, you’ll have your sheet of measured carpet down before you know it.
Getting to grips with carpet grippers might seem daunting with all those pointy edges, but it’s a simple process that becomes easier the more grippers you lay (and when you wear a good pair of gloves!). Carpet grippers tend to come in large strips, which you can trip with a hacksaw or circular saw to fit the corners and shape of your room.
Ensure that you mark any areas where pipes or wires run underneath the subfloor, as you won’t want any of the nails from the carpet grippers piercing these! For these areas, you’ll need to use carpet gripper glue instead of the nails, so marking them out on the floor means you can easily find them again.
First of all, start by placing your carpet grippers 7mm distance from all skirting boards, or about three-quarters of the width of your carpet. One edge of the grippers should be angled, and this is the side that should face the skirting board, as your excess carpet will tuck underneath this angle. Hammer or glue the carpet grippers onto the subfloor, ensuring you don’t damage the skirting board in the process.
If you’re wondering how to remove carpet grippers, either when you’re removing the carpet or moving them around, you’ll need to use pincers or the prong end of a hammerhead to pull up the nails. If you’ve glued down the grippers, you’ll need to be prepared to replace them as they may snap when you pry them up from the subfloor.
If you follow our steps carefully, laying a carpet should be an easy-peasy job! Check out our Ideas Hub for more helpful flooring advice, including how to lay commercial carpet, how to pull up a carpet, and other kinds of flooring. Alternatively, find the carpet of your dreams from our amazing range of carpets if you’re left feeling inspired to try this process yourself!