Having to rip up carpet and learn how to put new carpet in can be a scary thought but when we needed to do the playroom I went looking and found an awesome alternative to your traditional carpet. Carpet Squares! If you are wondering how to install carpet Tiles I am going to show you! It really is easy, and you do not need to have tools like you do for installing traditional carpet. I also like that if the kids spill something I can remove the one square and put a new one down instead of having to redo the carpet all over again or stare at a stain forever.
How to Install Carpet Tiles
- Select the carpet tile that is right for you. There are so many out there, you want to make sure that it fits what you are looking for. Check out HomeDepot.com and Lowes.com for them, and you can also find great deals on them too. When you are shopping for your carpet tile choose if you want the adhesive already on the back of the tiles or you want to put it on yourself. We had the self adhesive and that is what I recommend.
- Clean the floor that the carpet tile will be installed. Sweep and mop the floor if needed. Carpet tile can be installed on almost any floor surface including concrete, wood and tile.
- Take a chalk line and measure out from the center of the room to the wall. Divide the room into 4 equal parts or as close to equal as you can.
- Take one carpet tile and remove the backing, most carpet tiles these days have self adhesive on the back. Some still require you to buy an adhesive an apply it to the floor so check and make sure which one you have. We had the self adhesive and that is what I recommend.
- Lay the first tile in the center of the room. This will make it so the room has a uniform look to it when you get done putting the carpet down.
- Start laying tiles towards the wall in a straight line from the center tile.
- When you get to the wall, you may realize that you have to cut the carpet tile to fit. To do this measure where the tile needs to be cut and use a permanent marker to mark the cut. Take a utility knife and make the cut. You should only have to go over it once (maybe twice) to fully cut the tile. Super easy!!
- Repeat steps 6-7 above for the remainder of the room.
- Make sure you press down on the tile to make sure the tile adhesive sticks. Do this for every tile.
- Once the room is complete, vacuum the entire floor to remove any lose fibers or debris.
- Depending on room size, this takes about 3-8 hours to complete. Your time may vary from the given times depending on skill level etc.
- Enjoy your newly carpeted room!!!