How to Easily Install Carpeting Around Difficult, Immovable Objects
Installing carpet around immovable objects can be a daunting task, but it’s well worth the effort. Taking the proper precautions and measurements before you start, can make the process much simpler. Follow the steps below and you’ll be able to install beautiful new carpets in around no time.
Begin by ensuring the floor is free of any dirt and debris. Now you’ll want to walk around the area and measure out the exact measurements of the room, skipping the parts with immovable objects. You’ll need to take the measurements with you when you purchase the carpet and padding. Once you have the measurements in hand you’re ready to begin.
Starting from the perimeter of the room, begin to tack down the carpet tacking. Leave a half-inch gap between the walls and the tack. Do not tack in the doorways. Once you have the tack down proceed to laying down the padding. Do not overlap any of the padding and use a stapler to secure it.
If you’re using more than one piece of carpet you’ll need to apply the seaming tape to the two pieces. This will bond them together and allow you to treat them as one. Using your seam iron, “melt” the adhesive onto the two pieces. Set something heavy onto the seam until it’s completely dry.
Now you’re ready to lay down the carpet. It’s best to work in a larger room such as a garage, as you’ll have plenty of space to move around. With a knee kicker you’ll attach the carpet to the tacks around the room. Once the entire perimeter is secured, you’ll now need to stretch the rug. Using a power stretcher, attach the carpet to the tacks and continue stretching until you’re too far away from the tacks for the power stretcher to reach.
Finally, add the final touches to the room such as vents, windows, and base molding. When dealing with immovable objects, you can either add base molding around them or install door tracks for a more seamless look.
By following the steps above, you’ll be able to successfully install carpets around any immovable objects. Take your time and double check your measurements and tacks, and you’ll be done in no time. The efforts you put into it will be worth it, as you can enjoy your newly installed carpet and be proud of a job well done.