When you install carpet for the first time, you will remember to buy tack strips for the wall edges, but you usually forget about doorways. You're left scratching your head wondering how to solve this dilemma.
It is important to lay carpet along doorways correctly to prevent buckling and unraveling. A special strip helps you install the carpet on doorways. Lay carpet in doorways correctly by following these steps.
Prepare to Install the Carpet
To install the carpet in doorways, gather:
- work gloves
- safety goggles
- chalk or marker
- tape measure
- utility knife or carpet knife
- duct tape
- hammer (optional)
- seam tape and seam iron (optional)
- screws or nails
- carpet padding and carpet staples (optional)
- knee kicker
- drill with suitable drill bit
- transition strip
Remove the door to make installation easier. Measure the length of the doorway, and include any height difference in the measurement. Buy a transition strip of the correct size for the type of flooring.
Install the Carpet in the Doorway
To lay the carpet, nail tack strips the length of each wall in place at the edge. Leave an eighth-inch gap between the wall and carpet. Trim the padding into enough strips to reach the tack strips, and staple or glue them down with the waffle side up every six inches. Secure the seams with duct tape.
Center your carpet at the doorway, and cut it to room size with a utility knife or carpet knife, leaving four to six inches on each side. Cut the carpet to form a two-inch overlap on each side of the seam in the center of the doorway.
Install the Transition Strip
Seam tape works well on brick or concrete surfaces. Preheat the seam iron, and cut the tape to fit the length of the seam. Run the iron across the tape, and push the adjacent carpet on it.
If you prefer, mark the doorway length on the strip, and trim it to size with the saw. Lay the strip at the doorway, and mark the position for screws or nail holes at the ends. Attach a drill bit to your drill that is suited for the surface and drill the holes.
Fasten the strip in place with screws or nails, or press it on the tape. Use the knee kicker to pull the carpet to the strip, if needed. Keep the knee kicker about an inch from the wall with the cushion part facing forward to attach the carpet to the strip.
Tuck in protruding edges, and reinstall the door. If it won't shut properly, mark the length you need to cut and trim it to fit. Secure a gripper edge to the doorway to prevent the carpet from pulling as you open or shut the door.
For professional help with carpet installation, contact a professional company like Parker Floor Covering.