What is DIY carpet tile installation? Essentially, carpet tiles are adhesive tiles that you lay on the floor, similarly to ceramic tiles – but instead, they’re made of carpet. The benefit of using carpet tiles over a regular carpet roll is that you can easily install the tiles yourself – saving the cost of carpet installation – and if the carpet is ever stained, you can easily replace one or two tiles without spending the money to replace the entire floor!
1) Before you start installing carpet tiles, presumably you’ve already thought about the kind of pattern you want to create in the room you’re re-carpeting. With that in mind, you first need to find the center of the room, which is where you’ll lay your first tile. Measure each wall, and divide the width by two to find the center. Mark on the base of the wall or on the floor where this is, and you’ll have your center.
2) You also need to know the center of each tile. Measure the width of a tile, divide it by two, and make a note on the edge or base of the carpet tile.
3) Center the middle of the tile flush with the middle of the wall, so that the two marks you just made are meeting. Have someone hold this in place while you mark on the wall at either end of the tile – repeat this process for the opposite wall, and then do it again for the two remaining walls.
4) With a measuring tape, chalk line, or string – whatever you choose – stretch the line across the room from one wall marking to the other, and place a strip of tape down over the line. Do this for all walls – you should end up with four taped lines on the floor, creating a square box in the floor’s center.
5) Do not remove the adhesive backing yet, but place the first tile on the floor in the center of the crosshair. Place the rest of the tiles down, fanning out from the center – laying them down first will allow you to change the pattern or the order of the tiles before making a final decision about placement.
Installing the Tiles
6) When you are absolutely certain the tiles are where you want them to be, remove the backing from two of the adhesive dots – found on the back of the tile – and smooth the tile down into place. Why use only two? The benefit of this is that if you ever move houses, or decide to switch the carpet into another room when remodeling, you can easily pull up the carpet tiles and reuse them! That means that your carpet tiles will have a longer lifespan than regular carpet, since you can take it with you.
7) Finally, the last tiles will need to be cut to fit against the wall. With the back of the tile facing up toward you, set the tile flush against the wall and make a line at either end where the carpet tiles overlap.
8) With a utility knife and carpenter’s square, make a clean and straight cut with the back of the carpet still facing you. Then you can place the edge that you just cut against the wall baseboard – don’t worry if the cut is a little bit off, since you’ll have about a quarter inch to work with, where the molding will cover the tile edge.
And you’re done.