Kluje guide, how to lay a carpet.

Installing your own wall to wall carpet isn't a job everybody wants to take on. It can be hard work and hard on both your knees and your back. If you don't get it right everybody will be able to see where you messed up. However, installing carpet isn't "rocket science," and by using some specialized tools and being prepared to take your time, installing a carpet is a job you can DIY. 

What you will need:
  • Tape measure
  • Carpet
  • Underlay
  • Knee-kicker carpet stretcher
  • Double-sided tape
  • Trimming knife
  • Griper strip
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Threshold strip
Lay foam-backed carpet on the floor
  1. Unroll the underlay across the room.
  2. Secure it either with double-sided tape or staples (for wood floors).
  3. Stick double-sided tape all around the perimeter of the room.
  4. Lay the carpet with one edge against the longest side of the wall.
  5. With the knee-kicker carpet stretcher, stretch the carpet from the centre towards the wall.
  6. Trim the carpet at a 45-degree angle, leaving about 80 mm (3 in) at the ends.
  7. Peel the backing of the double-sided tapes and press the edges of the carpet firmly.
Lay hessian-backed carpet on the floor
  1. Hammer in the gripper strips around the room. The strips will have to be 3 mm (1/8 in) away from skirting board. For concrete flooring, you'll have to glue the strips with a glue-gun.
  2. Cover your floor surface with underlay before you start laying the carpet. Trim it right up to the grippers and fix it to the floor either with double-sided tape or staples.
  3. Lay the carpet and trim it at a 45 degree angle to fit the room, leaving an extra 80 mm (3 in) for trimming.
  4. Trim the carpet to size and use a carpet bolster to tuck the edge between the gripper strip and skirting board.
  5. Stretch the carpet with a knee-kicker carpet stretcher onto the gripper pins.
  6. Trim and fit it.
  7. Secure the carpet beneath the threshold strip.

Not sure if you can do this and you need a flooring contractor?

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