Tips For Installing Carpet On Concrete

There are a few reasons why you might want to install carpet on concrete. Whether it's because the room is too cold or you want to make it more comfortable, this is a great home improvement project. In order to minimize the potential for errors and other setbacks, you should understand the fundamentals of this process. Here are some tips to guide you through your carpet installation project.

Inspect The Floor's Surface

Before you do anything, you need to make sure that your concrete floor is in good condition and that there isn't an abundance of moisture. Since it's possible for cracks to form on concrete floors, you should check for these or any other anomalies that could bring moisture in. If you find anything, you should seal the cracks or take whatever steps necessary to fix the problem. Otherwise, you could run into problems later on after the carpet is installed.

Clean The Floor

You will also need to thoroughly clean off the floor's surface before laying the carpet down. You can start by sweeping it off completely and then use bleach and water to get any other debris up. Then allow the floor to dry completely before proceeding.


To get the correct dimensions of carpet, you must take accurate measurements of the floor's surface. In the case of a square or rectangular room, this should be relatively easy. If the surface has rounded or irregular areas, then this may be a bit more difficult. Nonetheless, make sure you know the exact dimensions. 

Get A Tackless Gripper Strip 
Prior to laying the carpet down, it's best to place a tackless gripper strip down across the length of one wall. This will help to keep it in place while you're working.  
Lay Down Padding 
After this, you should place your carpet padding on the floor and glue it in place. It's usually best to consult your local home improvement store to find the best adhesive for this. You should then trim off any excess padding with a Bosch multi tool blade or a utility knife.

Cut Your Carpet 
Finally, you will need to cut your carpet to the appropriate length and width. Generally speaking, you should leave approximately six inches of excess carpet around the edges. You should then use a power stretcher to cover the entire length of your floor and smooth it out. The last step is to cut off any extra carpeting so that it fits the room perfectly. If you want, you can also attach baseboards around the perimeter of the room.  
Author Resource 
The author has experience with numerous DIY projects and likes helping others with home improvement. One of his favorite tools is his Bosch multi tool that he found online for a great price.

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