DIY: lay carpet (with a foam backing)
When you first start laying a carpet, it is best to start with a room that is not too large and not too thick or too expensive carpet. This carpet is unmanageable and difficult to install. An expensive carpet can be expensive if you make a mistake. The job is doable if the room is 4 by 4 meters or smaller and the carpet is of light or medium quality.
Remove old carpet
You do not need skills to remove an old carpet, but you do need brute force.
Sometimes carpets are stapled. You can easily remove this from the floor. In other cases, you will have to remove carpet battens that are attached to the floor along the walls. The carpet slats are intended to keep the carpet taut for a while. But removing it later is sometimes tricky. It is best to start in the corners where there is often slack. From here you can pull off the carpet. You can also use a carpet knife if you intend to dispose of the carpet anyway. If the underlay is still good, you can leave it. If you need to replace it, you can place a rebond underlay.
Install carpet battens
If the carpet slats are still good, you can use them again. If you need to use a new one, buy the pre-nailed version where you only need to drive the nails. In case of a cement substrate, glue or use a nail gun.
You need a pipe tensioner and a knee tensioner to lay carpet battens.
This will pull the carpet taut across the width of the room. Pull the pipe tensioner against the wall to which the carpet is already attached. Place the barbs of the pipe tensioner close to the opposite wall. Then pull the handle and the carpet will tighten. Finally, you will hook the carpet onto the carpet slats.
You can use this in places where you have less space (eg the hallway). You put the toothed head on the carpet where it should be tight and kick the pad with your knee. You can hook the stretched carpet over a carpet bar.
How do you lay the carpet?
Position the carpet so that it is up against all walls. Remove all bumps and folds. Stretch the carpet with a pipe tensioner or knee tensioner. Don’t skew it! A seam between two pieces of carpet can be sealed with welding tape that you must iron underneath.
Always cut the carpet larger than the dimensions of the room first. Then you can make an incision in the corners so that the carpet is smooth.
Laying carpet with foam backing
This is a cheap alternative to a regular carpet. The foam backing acts as a carpet underlay. It is easy to install for a novice carpet layer.
Roll out the carpet here too so that it lies up against all walls. To fix the carpet, use carpet glue or double-sided adhesive textile tape. To use glue, use a four-inch strip along the walls. This way you can easily remove it in the future. If necessary, use the knee tensioner to tighten the carpet. When the carpet is taut, cut it to size with a metal ruler and a carpet knife.