Installing Carpet Tile

Recently I added a post about using carpet tile in your home. Here is the follow-up on installing it yourself.

Installing carpet tiles is a much easier do-it-yourself job than stretch-in installation, as long as you follow the correct procedure. This type of carpet is installed piece by piece, so finding the starting point is perhaps the most difficult part. Once you get started, this job will go by very quickly and you will have your new carpet ready to use in no time at all.

Find the Center of the Room

Use a chalk-box to snap a line at the midpoint of the opposing walls in the room. You will begin the installation at the center of the room and then work towards the outside. Once you find the midpoint between both sets of walls, the lines will intersect in the center of the room.

Square Your Lines

Before you begin the installation, make sure that the lines are squared. Measure four feet out from the center point on one line and three feet out on the other line. The two marks should be five feet apart for your lines to be squared. If they are not, make the necessary adjustments.

Equal the Edges

Make sure that the tile closest to the wall will be at least half a tile wide. Do this by laying out tiles towards the wall and then stopping when you cannot fit an entire tile between the last tile and the wall. You can then adjust the tiles so that you have room for half a tile on each side. This ensures that both sides are even.

Start Laying Tiles

Begin by laying the center tiles. Put one tile in each quadrant of the center of the room. You will then build out from the square that you have formed. Once the first square has been completed, you can move onto the second and third squares. Continue forming squares until you get close to the wall.

Trim the Tiles to Fit

The tiles that border the walls will have to be trimmed, unless your room is perfectly shaped for these tiles. Measure the area between the last tile and the wall and draw a matching line on the back of the tile. Continue this process until every space has been filled.

Roll Your Floor

Use a 75-pound roller to press the adhesive down and keep the tiles in place permanently.

A Case for Carpet Tile

With so much to choose from in carpet tiles, there’s absolutely no reason that you can’t redo your entire home’s carpeting using tiles and have it look exactly as you’ve always wanted. In fact, they’re becoming increasingly commonly used by interior designers for exactly this reason.

Our friends at Best Carpet Value (, who sell a ton of carpet tile, gave us some great reasons to use carpet tile.

Conventional wall to wall carpeting can get rather expensive, especially if you’d like to have more than one room done. However, carpet tiles are a good fit for virtually any budget: they’re often as little as a fourth of the price of standard carpeting. Carpet tiles allow you to beautify your home at a low cost without looking cheap.

Essentially, you can carpet your entire home for the cost of having wall to wall carpet put in just one or two rooms – it’s just one more reason that you’ll find more and more homeowners reading carpet tile reviews to learn more about this affordable, flexible and attractive flooring option.

One thing you’ll read about a lot in carpet tile reviews is that these are remarkably durable compared to traditional carpeting. They’re built to stand up to a lot of wear and tear – and if there’s a stain, you can simply replace the area at a very low cost rather than replacing the carpeting in the entire room.

Flooring is an important decision. Before you make your choice, it’s a good idea to read some customer reviews of carpet tiles on the websites of manufacturers and retailers to find out what other people think as well as learning more about what kind of options are out there for your home.