Home Flooring Ideas

Home Flooring Ideas

Rubber-backed carpet.

This is a cheaper type of carpet than woven-backed carpet; it has a rubber backing bonded to the carpet, which renders a separate underlay unnecessary. Felt paper is laid over the floor instead to stop the rubber sticking to the surface when the carpet is subsequently replaced. The main advantage of rubber-backed carpet is that it does not have to be stretched over gripper strips to fit. Having simply cut it to size, rather like laying sheet material ( 170-173), it can just be taped into position, although you can turn the edges under and tack it down.

Lay the paper underlay and apply doublesided tape down the longest, straightest wall.

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Keep the tape’s backing paper in place, butt the carpet up to the wall, and trim it if necessary. Remove the backing paper from the tape and stick down this edge of the carpet. Stretch the carpet across the room to the opposite wall, fitting carefully at corners with release cuts, as necessary. Walk the carpet flat and trim this opposite edge to fit, before securing on a strip of double-sided masking tape as before. Finally, walk and stretch the carpet flat to the other sides of the room, and trim and fix these edges in position with tape.

Use a bolster chisel to press the carpet into the base of the skirting, and score a line along this junction. Turn back the carpet and cut along this line against a metal straight edge on a board. To make a seam, bed one edge onto a length of carpet tape and then butt up the first edge of the second strip. Press down the edges firmly with a seam roller.

If you prefer, tacks or staples can be used to fix the carpet edges. Having cut the carpet oversize, turn under excess and tack through the double thickness of carpet.

1 Mark the direction of the pile, place tile face down over the gap and mark the overlap by making slight nicks.

2 Cut tile, as marked, with a sharp knife on a board. Border tiles should be secured with double-sided tape.

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