Installing Your Own Carpet? Here's A Look At Three Of The Most Common Mistakes

Installing carpet is one of those home repair projects that it seems like almost everyone has attempted do themselves at some point. It seems easy enough, right? Rip up the old carpet and padding, nail down some new padding, and put the new carpet in place. While it seems easy, there's actually a whole lot more that goes into doing it well. If you're installing your own carpet, here's a look at some of the most common mistakes people make.

Mistake #1: Not Having the Right Tools Installing carpet seems like a fairly simple job. Do you need much more than a hammer, nails, and something to cut the carpet? To simply get the carpet to cover the floor, maybe not. But to do the job well, yes. A quick look at DIY instructions lists tools like a trowel, a power stretcher, and a knee kicker. If those tool names sound foreign, it's probably best you don't try this installation on your own. Initially purchasing these tools can get expensive, and it's easy to purchase the wrong sized tool for your job.  

Mistake #2: Trying to Install Patterned Carpet Like Solid Colored Carpet What difference would color make in how carpet is installed? If you're working with carpet that has a pattern on it, a lot. Carpet with a pattern actually requires a good bit more work, and a lot more material than solid colored carpet. Every single part of the pattern must be matched up when laying down this kind of carpet. There ends up being a lot of leftover material, especially if it's in the hands of someone who hasn't dealt with this before. Try to install carpet like this yourself, and you'll often end up spending more money than you counted on.

Mistake #3: Working Too Quickly

Most people who are attempting to install their own carpet are just looking to get the job done quickly. If you try to do this, you may find yourself in a situation where you've spread your glue and placed your carpet, only to find that it doesn't match up perfectly. And by this point, it's too late to move it into the correct position. Take your time, and measure often. Even a difference of just a few centimeters can lead to exposed floors, lumps, seams, or a carpet that's a tripping hazard.

Of course, even if you avoid these mistakes, installing your own carpet can be a tough task. That's why it's often best to just trust the professionals.  A carpet installation service has likely dealt with hundreds of people just like you, and they know how to make the process go smoothly. Instead of dealing with the hassle and stress of installing it yourself, just let the pros do their job.