If you are someone who prefers carpet flooring, you know it is not the easiest task to install it yourself. Today we will be discussing some essential carpet fitting tools required to install carpets in DIY fashion. While most people let the professionals do their work by calling a flooring company to install their carpets, there are those who like a challenging home task. Besides, it’s useful information if you ever buy a carpet and also, if you are currently unable to afford a carpet fitting service, you will have a good idea of the tools you need to get.
In this blog, we will classify the main carpet fitting tools separately from the supporting items aka accessories. Though all items mentioned are important in carpet floor installations.
Carpet Fitting Accessories plus the Essentials
It goes without saying that having a good quality carpet is a much better investment than settling for average one. The former lasts longer and doesn’t present as many problems.
Make sure to buy carpet flooring underpads that enhance your carpet experience and not undermine it. Quality of the product means everything in this regard.
Adhesives attach the underpads to the base floor so that they don’t move under the carpet. They also prevent fraying of carpets along the edges.
Nails keep the sections of underpads or gripper strips (they keep carpets fixed on wood base floors) nailed down to the lowest layer of floor.
Also known as seeming tape, it is used to seamlessly join two separate pieces of rug. It is applied along the edges and under the carpet and is later pressed down using a special iron.
Important Carpet Fitting Tools You Need For Installation
A reliable knife or cutter saves you a lot of headache by being extremely useful. Cut and slice carpets with it and use it to tuck carpets in along the walls or stairs. Use a linoleum knife or a wall trimmer for tasks that don’t require large-scale cutting. Get a large scissor if you have to cut quite a few pieces.
Power Stretcher/Knee Kicker
These two tools stretch the carpet to its limit. Stretching doesn’t allow any air or object to remain under the carpet and offers an even spread of the carpet. You can stretch your carpet to the corners without having to physically pull it yourself. The added benefit is that there won’t be any loose areas or bulges.
Seaming Roller & Iron
A seaming iron acts on the seaming tape and joins separate pieces of carpet together without leaving any hint about them not being one and all. The heat from the iron melts the tape under the carpet and fills the spaces in between. The Seam roller is then pressed down hard and rolled on the carpet which connects the carpet permanently and leaves no trace.
This is one of those carpet fitting tools that serve a dual purpose. One on hand it is a weight you can use to press down on the carpet during the installation phase so that it is properly fixed in its place and has an even surface. On the other hand, you can collect nails, staples or other metal objects with it since it is also a magnet.
Gripper rods are long strips of wood that have lots of nails on them, all facing the wall. You can use them during the installation of carpets underneath the main carpet floor along with underpads. They keep the underpads in place in the middle of the room. You need to fix them to the subfloor using adhesives.
Along with adhesives and nails, you can also use staplers to pin down the second layer, aka underpads, to the subfloor. Some people don’t use this tool and that is fine but it is always a good option.
A notched trowel is useful in a sense that it allows you to spread the adhesive evenly throughout the room. Without it, you may find some difficulty in dealing with the very first step in the installation of carpets.
Some More Carpet Removal & Installation Tools
You will be in a good position if you start your carpet fitting project with access to the aforementioned tools. However, there are some more useful items that may prove of use in certain cases. Carpet Clampers can pull up carpets without you having to resort to manual labour. Tack hammers are useful in pinning down tiny nails on the grippers. Stair tool chisel is used to fix and place the carpet along the stairs by driving it into the crotch of stair steps.