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Tips and techniques on how to install carpet tiles

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Measuring

Determine the number of tiles that you will be needing by measuring the length(L) and width(W) of the room to be carpeted (as shown in Figure 1).  Multiply the width times the length to get the square footage of the room.
 
For rooms that are not rectangular, break the room up into smaller rectangles (as shown in Figure 2.).  Multiply the width times the height for each of the smaller rectangles separately and add up all the results to arrive at the overall square footage.
Room measurement for carpeting
To use the Carpetile Calculator, select whether you are measuring in "feet" or "inches", then enter your room measurements (Width and Length) in the first row.  Typical tile sizes and box quantities are pre-selected.  Carpeting area (in either square feet or square yards depending on your selection) and minimum boxes required as well as suggested rolls of tape will display when button is clicked.

 Carpetile Calculator 
Enter lengths & widths for up to 3 rooms or zones below.
Measurements may be taken in feet or inches.
Feet   Inches   
Room#1:   x W  
Room#2:   x W   Sq. Feet   Sq. Yards 
Room#3:   x W   Total Room Area  
Select tile/box size below. Select tape roll size below.
   Tape Rolls Needed  
Use TacTiles instead of tape or glue for a floating floor or area rug. Tac Tiles Needed  
 

Tools Needed

Carpet tile installation tools
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Tools needed:

 • Straight edge

 • Sharp utility knife

 • Double-sided tape

 • Chalk line
These tools can be found at your local home improvement store. You can also purchase double-sided tape from iCarpetiles.com.
 

Prepare The Floor

Sweep area to be tiled.
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Preparation:

 • Start by removing any old floor coverings.

 • Then sweep the entire floor surface of any dust & dirt.

 • If the floor has been wet cleaned, allow it to dry completely.
Carpet tiles from iCarpetiles.com can be installed over any smooth surface including hardwood, plywood sub floors, concrete, ceramic tile, laminate or vinyl flooring.

It's important to allow your carpet tiles to acclimate to room temperature prior to installation, which could take 24- 48 hours.
 

Locate Room Center

Snapping chalk line.
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It's important to get a straight & square starting point.
Locate the center of the room and chalk off a horizontal and vertical line.
Start the installation in the middle of the room and work your way towards the walls.
 

Laying the tape

Peel of adhesive tape protective strip.
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Affix the double-sided tape along the chalk lines. This forms four quadrants.
From each corner, bring double-sided tape to the center of room forming a spoke pattern. Stop in the middle of the room so the tape won't overlap.
It's OK to install additional tape if needed.
Starting from the center of the room peel off the top layer of tape as you're installing carpet tiles.
 

Installing the Carpet Tiles

Align first tile to center.
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Starting from the center of the room, working in one quadrant at a time, place the carpet tiles in rows along both lines of tape.
Continue placing tiles, row by row, always starting from the center and moving toward the wall.
After you have placed all the tiles in each of the four quadrants, the perimeter tiles must be accurately marked and cut to fit snug against the wall.
 

Cutting and Fitting the Perimeter Carpet Tiles

Measure for perimeter tile cut.
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Measure the distance from the wall to the last tile laid.
Take the tile to be placed and flip it upside down.
Mark your measurement on the back of the tile with your utility knife.
Line your straight edge to your marks on the tile.
Cut along the straight edge.
Flip over the tile and place it flush with the wall.
 

Be Creative!

Four quarter turned carpet tiles.
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Direction arrows on back of carpet tile.
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Our carpet tiles are designed with directional arrows on the back of each tile.
These arrows make it easy to determine how your tiles can be installed. Some tiles will be installed with the arrows facing in the same direction. Others can be installed in a basket weave pattern by turning each tile 90 degrees.
 

Installation of Carpetiles on Steps

Materials needed:
(May be obtained at most hardware stores)
Sharp Carpet or Utility Knife
Metal or Wood Straight Edge
Double Sided Tape
Commercial Staple Gun or Carpet Tacks
Metal or Vinyl Stair Nosing

First sweep steps thoroughly to remove any dust or construction debris.  Make sure surface is smooth and free from any drywall mud, etc.  Place rows of Double Sided Tape Strips running both horizontally and vertically on both the step (flat surface) as well as the riser (vertical surface).

Install carpet tiles on stairs: figure A
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Now you're ready to cut the tiles down to cover both surfaces.  First, using the straight edge as a guide, deeply score the back side of the Carpetile with a sharp Carpet or Utility Knife.  Fold tile inward so the pile faces touch in order to further open up the scored backing.  Place the tile on it's side, and cut from the back.  Typical steps have a 9" flat surface as well as a 9" vertical surface.  This works well with an 18" x 18" tile, which can then be cut in half to form the two 9" components.  Two tiles should cover most steps.  For steps wider than 36", a third tile will be required.  Next remove the top protective covering from the tape strips, then firmly press the tiles on to the tape.

Install carpet tiles on stairs: figure A
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Now you're ready to cut the tiles down to cover both surfaces.  First, using the straight edge as a guide, deeply score the back side of the Carpetile with a sharp Carpet or Utility Knife.  Fold tile inward so the pile faces touch in order to further open up the scored backing.  Place the tile on it's side, and cut from the back.  Typical steps have a 9" flat surface as well as a 9" vertical surface.  This works well with an 18" x 18" tile, which can then be cut in half to form the two 9" components.  Two tiles should cover most steps.  For steps wider than 36", a third tile will be required.

Install carpet tiles on stairs: figure C
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Place small tacks or commercial staples on the four corners of all tiles on both the step as well as the riser to secure permanently.  Then, nail in place a metal or vinyl stair nosing over the edge of the step where the vertical and tile surfaces meet.  This will conceal the exposed edges of the tiles.

Install carpet tiles on stairs: figure D
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Installation of Soft Step Carpetiles

Materials needed:
(May be obtained at most hardware stores)
Sharp Carpet or Utility Knife
Metal or Wood Straight Edge
Tape Measure
Chalk Line (recommended)

Remove any old floor coverings and sweep away any remaining dust and dirt. See "Prepare The Floor" section above.

Installation of Soft Step carpet tiles: Step 1
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Follow the "Locate Room Center" instructions in the section above to determine the starting point to lay carpetiles.

Next, peel off the self-stick backing and check to see which direction to install the tiles based on the directional arrows on back.

Installation of Soft Step carpet tiles: Step 2
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Then press the tile onto the floor, starting at the center of the room, and continue this process until you get to the perimeter of the room.

Installation of Soft Step carpet tiles: Step 3
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Measure the distance from the wall to the last tile laid.

Installation of Soft Step carpet tiles: Step 4
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Take the tile to be placed and flip it upside down.

Mark your measurement on the back of the tile with your utility knife.

Line your straight edge to your marks on the tile.

Cut along the straight edge.

Installation of Soft Step carpet tiles: Step 5
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Flip over the tile, peel off the backing, and place it flush with the wall. It’s that easy.

Installation of Soft Step carpet tiles: Step 6
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Please watch the video below to see installation in action:

 
 

Tac-Tile Area Rug Diagrams

Tac-Tiles installation diagram for (3 x 3) 9 carpet tile area rug.
 
 
Tac-Tiles installation diagram for (4 x 3) 12 carpet tile area rug.
 

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