Fitting a wall to wall carpet is not an easy job for everyone to take on. It can be a tedious and tasking job for both your back and knees, especially if you are not a professional carpet fitter. However, it’s possible to do it yourself. By using some specialised tools and grit to do the job, you can install a carpet on your own with our easy to follow guide.

1. Remove the Old Carpet
The first step to install the carpet perfectly is to get rid of the old one. Before taking it out, give it a good vacuuming to remove excessive dust and then make use of the knife to cut the carpet into a number of strips. Start at one end and roll up the carpet in sections.

2. Keep the Floor Clean and Dry
After rolling the old carpet and taking it out, do not remove the tacks strips. Also, check out the subfloor and fasten any loose floorboards, so it does not squeak under the new carpet. Keep the floor clean and dry. Install new tacks strip, if the construction is new.

3. Carpet Underlay
Underlay provides a good cushioning beneath the carpet, thus making it more comfortable to stand on. It also helps to trap heat under the floor reducing energy bills significantly. Put the underlay in the room, with the rubber side facing down. Trim out the excessive underlay along the inside of the tackless strip and seal it with duct tape.

4. Laying the Carpet
Lay the carpet loosely inside the room. Start from one corner with a foot underneath the carpet and smooth it out with the other foot. Leave around 60-75 mm extra on each edge. You can cut out the excessive part vertically over the corners.

5. Fitting the Carpet
Begin fitting the carpet from the longest wall and work backwards. Make use of carpet tucker to provide a firm crease along the skirting board. Now cut along the edges with a sharp knife.

6. Use Carpet Stretcher
Now make use of the carpet stretcher and place it 25mm from the skirting with teeth facing down. Firmly push the padded end with your knees, such that the carpet hooks onto the gripper on both sides of the corner.

7. Use Carpet Tucker
By using carpet tucker, put the excessive carpet down between the gripper and the skirting. Repeat the steps until the first wall is completed and then move to the two adjacent walls and lastly onto the opposite wall.

8. Carpet across Doorway
Cut the carpet in such a way that it is in line with the flooring in the next room. Also make use of the door bar, so that the carpet edge is firmly in place beneath it.

Tools Required
1. Masking Tape
2. Hammer and Nail Gun
3. Gloves and Knee Pads
4. Pencil 8. Carpet Tape
5. Carpet Stretcher
6. Carpet Tucker
7. Vacuum Cleaner

For professional carpet fitting, see Kildare Carpets And Flooring for more details.