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4 Tips To Consider When Installing Carpet On Your Own

If you are thinking about installing carpet in your home on your own, then you want to be sure that you know how to do this in the best way possible in order to achieve professional quality in the end. Here are four tips to consider when it comes to installing carpet on your own:

  1. Rent the Special Tools You Need: First off, you are going to need tools and, most likely, you aren't going to be installing carpet in your home very often. This means that you will only need to use these tools once, so it's best to consider renting them from your local hardware store instead of wasting the money on purchasing them. Some special tools that you will need include a seam iron to ensure that the seams can be ironed down instead of sticking out after installation and a knee kicker to protect your knees while also being able to hold down the carpet effectively. 
  2. Don't Do Without a Carpet Stretcher: Many people think that using a carpet stretcher is just unnecessary because they can stretch the carpet with their own two hands. However, trying to stretch a carpet on your own takes a great deal of effort and strength. Without a carpet stretcher, you have a much higher chance of ending up with lumps in the carpet after installation. If you don't want to spend the money on a carpet stretcher, it will be much more useful to hire professionals who can provide a high quality installation because of their access to this tool. 
  3. Always Consider Pile Direction: The direction in which the carpet piles is always important to consider. If you have to cut the carpet at any point and install another smaller or larger piece, you want to be sure that you install this new piece with the same pile up direction. Otherwise, you will be able to see where they are separated, which can be unappealing since it appears to be unprofessionally done.
  4. Buy Extra Carpet if Patterned: When it comes to installing patterned carpet, you must be sure that you purchase extra. This is because there is going to be a great deal of waste when you have to cut the carpet because you are going to want the pattern to match up together. This typically creates much more waste than you would otherwise think in order to achieve professional results. 

By considering these four tips when installing carpet for your home, you can be sure that you end with high quality results.