Now that you’ve received your shipment from iCarpetiles.com, it’s time to gather the necessary tools and prep the area to begin installation. After your floor space is thoroughly cleaned (swept, vacuumed, or mopped), begin by finding the center point of the room. This can be done with a chalk line or a tape measure.
If installing with double sided carpet tape, you can lay the tape in either a spoke pattern or a grid. Only expose a small area of tape to install three or four carpet tiles at a time. This will keep you from getting your hands and shoes stuck to the tape. The corner of the first tile will align with one of the four corners of the center point. You can then start filling in each quadrant until the entire room is covered. When using pressure sensitive adhesive for a more permanent solution, we recommend working in smaller sections. Apply the adhesive very thin with a paint roller or trowel. Then allow the adhesive to become tacky before installing the tiles.
Cutting tiles can be the most time consuming aspect of the process if you are a beginner. Just remember to measure twice, cut once. Flip the tile over to the back side and mark the length for the cut. Lay a straight edge on the tile and light score it. Then you will be able to make the cut with your utility knife. Flip the tile back over and insert it into position. There will be some waste when making cuts and occasionally mistakes may happen. This is why we recommend 10-15% additional square footage added to complete your project and have some spare tiles for replacements.
Depending on your application, there are various ways to finish out the job. Often times, you may be able to tuck the tiles under the existing base board for a finished look. Some may prefer the appearance of a quarter round trim in addition to base. Some commercial applications use vinyl cove base for a polished look. Finally, don’t forget your transition strip when switching from carpet tile in one space to a different type of flooring in the next room.
There are many options for installation methods for carpet tiles. Carpet tiles have arrows on the back to show which direction they should be pointing. One of the most common installation techniques is the quarter turn. This is very useful for tiles with a linear pattern. Each tile will be shifted 90 degrees to create a basket weave appearance. Some tiles will be run all the same direction for a blended, seamless look. One of the hottest, designer tiles are rectangular planks. These come in various sizes and are often installed in a herringbone or chevron pattern. This pattern is very simple to follow and creates a very luxurious look in any space. Please visit our photo gallery for ideas for your project!
Now that your carpet tiles are installed and look great, it’s time to kick off those shoes and admire your handy work. Be sure to brag to all your friends about how easy it was and how much money you saved by installing the flooring by yourself! Thanks again for visiting our website and stay tuned for more tips, trends, and discounts.