Installing Carpet Tiles: A Step By Step Guide
One of the fastest and most affordable ways to dress up a room is to install a unique pattern of carpet tiles. Best of all, this simple remodeling task can often be completed on a do-it-yourself basis. In order to complete this project in your home, simply follow the steps outlined below.
Supplies You Will Need
- measuring tape
- utility knife
- painter's tape
- self adhesive carpet tiles (as many different colors as you like)
Step 1: Center The First Tile
The most important part of creating a flattering carpet pattern is to ensure that the first tile is centered in the middle of the room. This will ensure that your pattern is well balanced and that the focal point of the room remains in the center of the room rather than drawing your eye to the edges of your carpet.
In order to find the center of your room, begin by measuring each wall and dividing the total length in half. Use a pencil to market the center of each wall. Next, find the center of your tile by measuring the edge of the tile and dividing the length in half. Mark the center of the tile using a pencil on the back of the tile. Line up the center mark of your tile with the center mark on your wall. Now, simply mark where both edges of the tile are on your wall.
Using painters tape, create crosshairs in the middle of your room by connecting the tile lines on each of your walls with the wall directly across from it. After connecting these lines, you should be left with a square in the middle of the room that is the exact size of your carpet tile. Simply place your first tile in this square without removing the adhesive backing.
Step 2: Arrange Your Tiles
Working your way out from the center tile, use your different colored tiles to create a pattern that matches your decor and personal style. Remember not to remove the adhesive backing quite yet. This will allow you to change the pattern as many times as you like until you get it just the way you want it.
In order to get a better idea of what your room will look like once it is done, step out of the room and take a photograph of the carpet pattern from several feet away. This will allow you to see what the carpet will look like once all of the seams are flush.
Once you have the pattern just right, use a utility knife to cut the tiles around the outer edge of the room so that they will fit snugly against the wall. If the cut is less than perfect, don't worry. Uneven edges will not be visible once your molding is put in place.
Step 3: Install Tiles And Molding
Starting from the center of the room, begin removing the adhesive backing on each of your tiles. Working from the top of the tile and moving your way down, slowly apply pressure to the tile until it is completely smooth.
After all of the tiles are in place, simply install the bottom molding and enjoy the beauty of your work. For help, contact a carpet company like Aesthetic Flooring & Hard Surfaces.