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How to Lay Carpets On Your Own

Most people lay carpets by hiring professionals to do the work. If you want a professional-looking job, this is still your best option. However, if you are doing it yourself and don't care about the final appearance of the project, there are some steps that will make installation easier on you! In this blog post, we will discuss how to lay carpets on your own. We'll cover everything from cleaning before installation to laying down adhesive strips when finished!

Clean Your Floor Thoroughly Before You Start

It is important that the surface be as clean as possible, so either lay a new carpet over an old one or lay down plastic sheeting first to protect it from any dirt on the ground. If using an old carpet, shake off all of the soil and vacuum well with a commercial vacuum cleaner.

Measure for Carpet Length, Width, and Height

Take into consideration that there will be a slight variation in size if you're using an old piece of carpet instead of purchasing new material specifically made to lay down as floor coverings. If the room is square or rectangle-shaped, take measurements from opposing corners so that seams are not directly opposite one another on either side when finished laying it out onto the ground. The main thing here is to try to keep these seams at least two feet away from each other wherever possible, which should help reduce any tension created by their placement and make things easier on you during installation!

Start in a Corner With the Seams Going in Opposite Directions

This will help avoid creating extra stress on your carpet that can lead to premature wear and tear or even ripping. Measure the dimensions of your new piece, lay down cardboard or plastic sheeting (if using old carpet), add adhesive strips along all edges of the new carpet, and lift up one edge of the old carpet from one side before sliding under it while laying it down into place.

For best results when installing carpets yourself, lay them over an existing floor covering such as tile or wood rather than putting them straight onto concrete floors where there is no padding whatsoever beneath them to protect their undercarriage and provide some cushioning.

Lay Down a Layer for Cardboard or Plastic Sheeting

If you lay down a new piece of carpet over an old one, the underlayer will not be as durable and it may start to show wear more quickly than usual. Place either cardboard or plastic sheeting between these two layers so that your finished installation is protected from any sharp edges on the ground where they meet up against each other!

Keep the Newer one Above the Older

Carefully lift up one edge of the old carpet from one side to slide under the new piece. Again, avoid placing seams directly opposite each other and lay down in a corner where they will be more protected when finished with installation. If you lay at this seam toward the outer wall or away from any window so that it is at least two feet further away than if you placed it against another section of flooring instead! If necessary, cut sections out around doors (or wherever else there might be protruding features) to allow for easier movement before laying your new carpet into place; then use extra adhesive strips along these edges once everything is smooth and fitted together snugly.

Add Adhesive Strips Along All Edges of the New Carpet

This will help strengthen its bond with whatever surface you're laying it onto in addition to protecting every side from wearing through too soon. Be sure to follow manufacturer-specific instructions for this step before moving forward; some carpets require heat glue guns while others need specialized spray adhesives made specifically designed for their material composition and weight.


Lay your new carpet down in a corner where seams will be protected. If layering two pieces of old carpet, lay cardboard or plastic sheeting between them before laying the newer piece on top; this will help protect it from wear and tear over time if you're using an older floor covering!

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