In this article, we will take a look at the preparation side of fitting a carpet and will look at things you should consider before you begin to lay your carpet.
When it comes to laying carpets it’s not just about convenience and cost. You have to think about appearance. The carpet you choose should compliment the style of your home. It’s also important that the color of your carpet fits in with the rest of the decor. You may not be able to change things around too much if you buy a carpet that doesn’t go with the color scheme of the room. If you find a good quality flooring fitting service they will be able to take these factors into account.
Some things to consider when choosing your carpets or flooring is whether you want a tight fit or a looser fit. If you live in an old house, it can be worth avoiding the loose, somewhat baggy carpets as this will show more dust than a tight fit. For high traffic areas you should opt for the tight fit carpets because loose ones can get caught up in door frames, radiators, or equipment and cause damage. You can also find a looser carpet if you shop in the right areas. High traffic areas may be better suited to a carpet that has been pre-made by a carpet fitting company as these are fitted with glue and heat.
When you’re measuring for a carpet, it is important to make sure you don’t cut any corners as the edges of your floor or wall can be easily cut. Take note of any cuts that may be required to fit the carpet to the edge of the wall or door. Measure diagonally from the edge of the wall or door to where the carpet should be and compare this with the edge on the floor where the carpet should be. You can then make any necessary adjustments.
In terms of the skirting you need to measure the perimeter of the room. Remember to allow for ventilation. Once you’ve measured carefully you can move on to the next stage of carpet fitting, the underlayment. Most carpet carpets come with an underlayment but it’s wise to measure and cut your own to make sure you get a perfect fit.
Once you’ve got the measurements right, it’s time to actually get down to the actual carpet fitting. Start by drawing out your layout on graph paper. Make sure you mark in where you plan to put your windows and doors. Then you want to mark in where the edges of your floor will be so you can properly fit your underlayment. It’s also a good idea to mark in the height at which the carpet will be when it is fitted, this will make sure the piece of underlayment that you get will fit right into the gap. Also, check the floor for any loose or creaking wooden floorboards, loose nails or other uneven surface areas. Make sure your underlayment is completely even, as well as wide enough to cover the entire floor space.
With the piece of underlayment ready you can now fit the carpet gripper to the edge of the opening. It’s important to make sure you use the same width as your door or window. With the carpet gripper positioned correctly you can then pull the carpet through the door or window. You must be very careful when pulling up the carpet, as you don’t want to rip any of it. Just be gentle and use a steady hand and you should be fine.
That is how you carry out your carpet fitting preparation.