Most homeowners know the feeling of having a home improvement "to do" list a mile long. When will you find time to do it? What should you tackle first? Should you call a professional?
One project that you can do yourself and can make a big difference is carpet replacement. It won't take months to complete, won't cost a fortune and (most likely) won't get you in over your head. According to the DIY Network, laying carpet can be done in about a day and will cost around $1000-$2500. New carpet can give your home a bright new look— and an excuse to redecorate. Just make sure you're prepared to take on the task.
Tools and Prep
What you'll need:
- Tackless strips
- Carpet Stapler
- Regular hammer
- Measuring tape
- A carpet steam roller (usually can be rented affordably)
- Knee pads
- Carpet stretcher
- Seam cutter
- Seam iron and tape
- Wall trimmer
- Strip cutter
After you remove the old carpet and before you start installing, you'll want to:
- Lay the tackless strips around the perimeter and overlap them with the carpet underpad.
- Let the carpet "rest" in the room for about 24 hours. The carpet will shrink or expand, so don't install it until it has adapted to the room.
- Over-measure the carpet. When you are laying it, leave a few inches around the edges. It can always be trimmed to fit, but you can't add on to it if it is too short.
Tricks of the Trade to Replace Your Carpet
When taking on this project, be honest about your ability and don't get in over your head. If you need to call in a professional, it will be a lot cheaper in the long run than making serious errors that damage your home. However, if you're a skilled handyman and have experience in home improvement projects, you can probably complete this task on your own with a few friends to help. The pros still may be able to teach you a thing or two, though. Here are some helpful tips, thanks to the DIY Network:
- Use the factory edge of the carpet as a guide to lay it. Place it along the longest wall in the room so you do not have to cut as much of the extra carpet away from the piece you are trying to place.
- Use a pair of scissors to trim the hard-to-reach carpet pieces. An every day pair of scissors are great to cut the pieces that you cannot reach with the knife.
- Seams are difficult and should be done with care. Lay a piece of wood under the pieces to be put together and overlap the carpet one inch on each side of the cut zone. Use a ruler as a guide to cut the straightest line you can and then use carpet tape and the putty knife to snug the pieces together.
- Cut corners and doorways first. A doorway or a corner will help hold the carpet in place while you trim the rest of the side pieces.
How to Choose the Decor
Once you have a beautiful new carpet, you'll want some new decor to match.
- Match your colors using a color wheel. A color wheel helps determine what colors go well with each other.
- Choose stylish accents, like modern aluminum blinds, that compliment the theme that you are trying to build.
- Shop online for decor pieces that you may not be able to find at your local store.
- Shop with your spouse so both of you have a say in what is chosen.
- Don't forget the importance of illumination. The Tolomeo Mega floor lamp by Artemide can provide an elegant touch to any home. One benefit of new carpeting is that you can make your new carpet stand out and shine.