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How to Fit Carpet Tiles

If you have an existing carpet and want to replace it, then your cheapest and easiest way to do that is to simply install carpet tiles. They are simple to install and can give you the same look that a regular carpet will, with half the effort.

This is your ultimate guide for how to install carpet tiles without glue. The trick is to get peel and stick carpet tiles and you won’t need any extra adhesive.

Want another reason to consider carpet tiles? Well, you don’t have to struggle with stretching and tacking them in. Regular carpets require plenty more effort and labor.

In fact, the most work will probably be just choosing what type of tiles you want! Luckily, we have a selection of the best carpet tiles right here.

The Best Place to Install Carpet Tiles

The best place to install carpet tiles is on a smooth surface. Carpet tiles have nylon on the top and a type of vinyl on the back. The best surfaces to use them on is on. A flat surface like tiling or concrete. Wooden surfaces are fine as well as long as the surface is flat.

You can use carpet tiles in a variety of different ways. Depending on the design, you can use it to cover just a small area or the entire surface floor of a room. One of the best things about carpet tiles is that you can figure out the amount that you need and only purchase that. You don’t need to waste money buying more than you will actually end up using.

Perhaps you just want to brighten up a room.

Simply purchase a few carpet tiles to use for a splash of color. The other great thing about carpet tiles is that they are flexible in use. Want to change it up? No problem, most carpet tiles can be removed with ease and reinstalled at a later stage.

If you use your garage as a workplace, carpet tiles are great to use as well. They can be easily removed, washed and reinstalled.

Now that you have purchased the best carpet tile for you and also figured out where you want to install them, all you need to do is to read on the find out to install carpet tiles without glue.

What you will need:

  • Level to ensure a smooth and flat surface for the carpet tiles
  • Chalk line
  • Razor sharp utility knife
  • Floor Roller
  • Trowel

What to do:

  1. How much do you need?

    Calculate how many or how much carpet tiles you will need. You can calculate the floor area by multiplying the length with the width together. Your answer will be your square area.

  2. Clean the Area

    I know this is probably the last thing that you want to do, but trust me, it is going to make a huge difference at the end of the day. Clean your surface floor properly! By doing so, you will remove any and all dirt, debris and dust that could give the peel and stick tiles problems from properly adhering to the surface floor.

  3. Find the Centre

    Use a chalk line to locate the exact midpoint of the room. How to do this? Measure the midpoint of the length as well as the width. Simply draw a line from the midpoint of the length of the room, and do so from the midpoint of the width as well. After you have done this, you will find that the two lines intersect at exactly the middle point of the room. This is going to be your starting point.

  4. Square up the intersection lines

    Using the 3-4-5 triangle, square the lines. Mark three ft from the midpoint on one line and four ft from the midpoint of another. Measure the distance between the points. If your lines are square then you will have measure five ft between them. Adjust the end if you require some alterations.

  5. Begin!

    Before you even think about peeling back the first tile, make sure that the pile is facing the direction that you want it to be. Once you have made sure of this, then you can begin sticking the tiles. Peel them slowly, one by one. Fit four tiles, around the center point of the room. Continue fitting the tiles around them making the square expand. Do this until you have covered the area that you want to be fitted with the tiles or until they reach the wall. Using your utility knife, trim any bits that may not be fitted well against the wall.

Note:

Some of the more commercial brands will need you to use a type of mastic for the fitting. If you are simply buying your carpet tiles for your home (the less heavy duty ones), then you won’t need to this at all.

If you are fitting the kind of commercial carpet tiles that need the mastic then here is the best way to do it:

Simply place each square of mastic underneath the corner of each individual tile. This will help in the removal if you need to remove them at a later stage.

How much will it cost me?

Carpet tiles are fairly inexpensive. You can find a range of simple carpet tiles here or even find heavy-duty carpet tiles for homes that see plenty of traffic or for commercial spaces.

You can purchase the carpet tiles individually if you just want to tile a smaller section or you can make it easy for yourself and buy a pack of twenty.

Carpet tiles are one of the best options when you are looking for a flooring option that offers you flexibility, comfort, and style. They are fairly easy to install and to maintain.

Alright, so now you have your carpet tiles on your floor, what next? Your work is not done just yet:

  • Use your floor roller to ensure that the tiles are firmly adhered and flush to the floor.
  • Allow the tiles to sit without any pressure or traffic for at least 48 hours.

What if you do not have peel and stick tiles? Well, if you have carpet tiles that require adhesive then this is what you have to do:

  • If you are using commercial carpet tiles then the chances are they will not be a simple peel and stick variety. They will need you to use mastic.
  • Use your trowel to apply the adhesive to the floor. Look out for the specific instructions (such as notch size) on the packaging.
  • When you are using mastic to apply carpet tiles, you will need to fit the tiles in quadrants. You can use the same layout lines, just follow the quadrants instead of working outwards from the center.
  • First, apply the adhesive in one of the quadrants. Starting from the wall and working your way towards the center, apply the mastic.
  • Follow the particular instructions and it should indicate how long to allow it to dry.

Now that you know how to install carpet tiles without glue and with glue, you are all set to begin your DIY carpet tile installation project! To make it even easier for you, here is where you will be able to find a great selection of different carpet tiles. And here is where you will be able to find the tools that you may need for the project. Now, don’t forget to keep your carpet well maintained! If you take regular care of your carpet tiles, you will prolong their lifespan. Here is a list of all the carpet cleaning materials you may need! We have gathered the best carpet tiles, tools and maintenance materials from Amazon so that you don’t have to spend hours looking for it.

Isn’t that great? You’re welcome. Now go out and get carpeting!

Carpet Tile Installation Methods

Now that you have decided on carpet tiles for your new interior, you just need to install them.[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Want a carpet but want the flexibility that other flooring options offer too? Well, carpet tiles are your best option. Carpet tiles offer you affordability as well as flexibility and you can install them easily too. All you need to do is to discover the different carpet tile installation methods

Now that you have decided on carpet tiles for your new interior, you just need to install them. Not only have we laid out a guide for you but we have all the best carpet tiles for you to choose from as well. You can choose from a variety of different styles and you can even find all the tools you will need right here on our store as well. There is more than one way to install them so here is your guide on carpet tile installation methods. Pick your best option and get to work! 

Follow these simple steps and you will be on your way to having your dream home. 

First things first- preparation!

How to prepare for your carpet tile fitting: 

1. Scrub Your Subfloor

There are a few things that you need to do before you can start to lay your carpet tiles. You need to make certain that your subfloor is well prepared. This means that you are going to give it a good solid clean. Make sure that you have gotten rid of any dust or debris. The subfloor needs to be clean and dry. 

Before you begin your carpet tile installation, there is another way that you can prepare for the project. Once you have all your carpet tiles ready for the installation, unpack them and lay them out on the floor. This helps you to make sure that you do actually have all your tiles and you won’t run into any mistakes after you have already begun. It can also check each individual carpet tile.

2. Get Your Toolkit Ready

Okay, so now that your floor is ready and you are sure that you have all your carpet tiles ready- it is time to make sure you have all the tools that you will need! 

Use this list to make sure that you are ready:

3. Time to relax

Okay, this one might sound a little bit strange. Once your tiles are unpacked, lay them out across the floor just as you will fit them permanently. Let them stay like this, in the room where you will fit them, for 48 hours. Sounds weird, right? Think of it as a kind of ‘climatizing’. Just do it- you may not understand why but just trust the process.

4. Switch off any heating

If you are using adhesive or tactile then switch off your underfloor. The tiles should be fitted on a floor that has a temperature below 27 degrees Celsius. Additionally, you should avoid laying carpet tiles on a cement base if it has been treated with chemicals that have an oil base. 

So now that you are all prepped and your floor is ready and waiting for your carpet tiles, let’s look at the different installation methods: 

There are a few different installation patterns to consider when you are installing your carpet tiles:

1. Non-directional

Are you a rebel at heart? Well, then this is the one for you. 

Th non-directional pattern is basically not a pattern at all. This one is for those that don’t want to follow a pattern and want to just use spontaneous creativity. However, some carpet tiles come with specific instructions so you won’t actually be able to use this method. 

2. Monolithic

This is by far the simplest patterns to use. Perhaps for this reason, the monolithic pattern is the most popular. Because of the simplicity that the pattern offers, people who like a more elegant look use this one the most. Fit the carpet pattern according to the pattern and grain- bearing in mind the direction you want the grain to go. This will have an impact on the final visual. 

3. Duolithic

This is a great way to spice up your aesthetic but still retain a sense of simplicity. The duolithic pattern is pretty much the opposite of the monolithic. In the duolithic pattern, the tiles are fitted facing reverse ways.

You can use this type of carpet tile installation to create an interesting pattern on your floor. 

4. Brick

This carpet tile pattern is the same as laying bricks. Basically, you lay the carpet tiles on the floor all facing the same direction as the one beginning the next row displaced by half a tile. 

5. Ashlar

This pattern works in exactly the same way as the above Brick pattern however it is done in a portrait rather than a landscape.

6. Quarter-turn/ Tessellated/ Chequerboard

This is when a neighboring tile is placed at a 90-degree angle. Save this pattern for the tiles with the more simple designs. 

This type of pattern is great for creating visual interest and dimension for your floor. Avoid using this installation when you have multi-colored carpet tiles or carpet tiles with existing patterns.

The above patterns are the main installations patterns, and you can choose whichever one you like. When you are purchasing your carpet tiles just make sure of the instructions. Some carpet tiles specify which installation pattern to use on. 

Have you already got your carpet tiles and decided what pattern to use? You are almost ready to begin fitting! But first, read on for some handy tips for the best flooring.

Top Tips 

        Unpack the carpet tiles once they have arrived at your home. They would have been packed tightly into their container for quite some time so allow them to ‘breath’ inter new home. They will expand accordingly and you can then accurately lay the carpet tiles. Even better is to lay them out on the floor in the way that you will be installing them. That way you can see if you have any overlays or other mistakes before you even begin! 

        As we went over in the preparation guidelines, make absolutely sure that the floor you want to fit the new carpet tiles on is one hundred percent clean. Not only clean but also dry. Because the tiles use adhesive to fit onto the floor, any debris, dust or moisture will prohibit the tiles from sticking efficiently to the surface floor. Make sure that there is no dust that will prohibit the adherence of the carpet tiles to the floor. Not only is this good preparation for the installation, but doing this also helps the future lifespan of the carpet in the long term.

        In order to get the most secure fitting, use a good adhesive or TacTiles. Use a small amount to ensure ultimate security during the fitting process.

        Calculate how many carpet tiles you will need, or the square meter, and then add an additional 5%. Why? Well, this is to account for any errors. Even if you wholeheartedly believe in your calculations even the smallest of mistakes or errors can be costly. Just imagine coming so close to finishing only to realize that a tiny error is going to cost you days in waiting and hours of frustration. Having that extra little bit handy will help.

        And lastly, start tiling from the middle of the room working your way towards to walls. This is the best way to install a professional looking fitting.

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How To Fit Artificial Grass

If you are ready to install your new artificial lawn, then read our guide for the best tips! We will cover everything from choosing your lawn to the basics on how to fit artificial grass.

DIY has never been easier, with our complete, step-step guide showing you the way. You’re just one guide away from a new, professional looking lawn. The best part? You can have the satisfaction knowing that you did it by yourself.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, let’s examine a list of the things and the tools that you will need before you know how to fit artificial grass:

  • Hammer

  • Leaf Blower

  • Stiff Brush

  • Spades

  • 4 Inch Nails

  • Wheelbarrow

  • Mastic Gun

  • Turf Cutter (or Stanley Knife)

Now that you have all your tools handy, let’s get down to the basic steps:

1. Planning

The number one mistake people make when they are installing their artificial lawns? Not planning their project. You can know all the basic steps for how to fit artificial grass, but if you don’t plan then you could run into some hurdles.

By setting out a plan and knowing exactly where and what you are doing, you can easily follow the steps.

Plan out the area you want covered by the artificial lawn. One very important thing to remember is that you need to make sure that any pipes or cables that you have are buried deep enough. You don’t want to be digging and then accidentally burst a pipe.   

  • If you are laying the artificial lawn on existing natural grass, then dig the existing ground to a depth of approximately 2 inches. You can use a turf cutter, or even a spade. Make sure that you take away any large stones that could interfere get in the way.

  • Also, keep in mind that the artificial lawns are manufactured in 4x25m size. So it helps if, when you are measuring and planning your area, you measure grids for 2 or 4 metres.

  • Here’s a question to ask yourself: does the place where you are laying the new lawn have issues with drainage? If so, then it is advisable to lay down a Type 1 stone.

Handy Tip:

Always make sure that your artificial grass is installed in the same direction. This may seem obvious, but many people make this mistake because of simple oversight!

2.  Preparing

This one is for those of you who are installing their artificial lawn on earth.

Before you start to lay your new lawn, you need to make some preparations to the ground so that you have a quality, long lasting lawn.

  • For ground that is hard, it is best to soak the earth in water before you begin. Do this one day before, preferably at night, and begin work the next morning.

  • Again, ensure that any and all pipes, irrigation or cables are well out of the ‘danger zone’.

  • As mentioned in step 1, dig down about 2-4 inches. Make sure that there are no loose pebbles or leftover weeds. This is best done with a spade or any other appropriate gardening tool.

  • This is an important one: make sure that the soil is level!

3. Give your lawn an edge

Lay an edge. If your artificial grass has nothing up against it (eg, a wall) then it is advisable that you put in an edge.

This is called an ‘edging system’.

We have a range of different edging systems to choose from. You can choose a self-adhesive wood edging for indoor artificial grass or a aluminium edging system to withstand the outdoor elements. There are also wooden edges that are great for outdoor use as well. We have all types of edging for all types of needs.

If you are installing the artificial grass outside, then now it is time to grab your hammer.

  • Hammer the edging into the earth.

  • Allow approximately 3 cm to remain above the ground.

  • Looking for something that looks a little more natural? Then use your carpentry skills and chamfer the outer perimeters.

  • Allow it to have a drop of approximately 4 cm from the edging’s height.

4. Base Time

  • Lay a road base or MOT type stone. This ensures that you will not have any pesky weeds from growing. Use water over this base to ensure it becomes more compact. The more compact your base is, the better your drainage will be. It may make the base more difficult to work with, but if you live in a place that has a heavy rainy season then it is well worth it.

  • Also, you can use a base made up of granite dust. Even sharp sand will do the trick. Make sure that the base is approximately 2 cm.

Handy Tip:

Make sure that your base is level. This is easier if the dug-out, prepared soil area is levelled perfectly.  

5. Lay Your Weed Mesh

Put your mesh weed fabric down over the prepared area. Do this only once your base is perfectly compact. The weed membrane mesh is your key to stopping weeds from pushing through and damaging your artificial lawn. If you have any leftovers peeking up over the edge then trim these waste edges off.

6. Laying the Artificial grass

 

  • If you haven’t already, now is definitely the time to select your artificial grass.

  • Assuming you have your grass already (which is advisable otherwise all your preparations could be wasted), unroll your chosen grass. Unroll the grass in the direction that you want to lay it.

  • Top tip: For the nicest window view, lay your artificial lawn with the grass facing towards your home. Naturally, you will have excess that lays over the edging. Trim these.

  • When cutting off excess grass, makes sure that your knife is razor sharp. This avoids messy cuttings. You can find spare blades on our site. You can also use a professional cutter that is sure to give a clean edge.

  • Use a good adhesive when laying your grass. This ensures that your grass will stay put.

7. Finishing off

Once you have finished laying you new artificial grass, then it is advisable to put in some extra effort. These finishing touches will help create a more natural and also more professional finish.

  • Apply a kiln dried sand over the artificial grass. Kiln dried sand is a type of sand that has been processed to remove all moisture. It is very fine and is also normally used in between paving. The kiln dried sand helps to soften fake lawn’s look and helps to make your new artificial lawn look natural.

How much kiln sand should i use?

  • Use approximately 6-8 kgs per sq m.

  • Apply the kiln sand the same day that you install your new lawn.

Extra tip: How to Fit a Join

Chances are, you will need to join a couple times throughout the process. This means that two differet squares of artificial grass will  need to be joined, or you may even need a join when you are fitting your weed mesh.

Follow these quick tips on fitting a join:

  • Fold back each side that needs to be joined, about 30-40 cm.

  • Then, trim each edge by about 2 or 3 cm.

  • Unroll your join tape. Make sure that the shiny side is face down. Unroll the tape along the join length. Use the adhesive along the edge of the backing. Fold the sides of the artificial grass onto the join tape one by one. Do this slowly and carefully, allowing a slight gap of about 2 mm. Place a weight on the new join and let it stand for about 3 hours.

Good luck with your new project, and let us know if you have any questions for how to fit artificial grass.