Berber carpet is a popular type of floor covering because it is available in so many different tones and colors. Because the carpet hides dirt and marks, it almost always looks clean.
It's more difficult to hide the seams when you fit Berber carpet. This is why Berber carpet is available in wider widths (to minimize the number of seams required to fit the carpet). This article will guide you through the process of fitting Berber carpet.
Step 1 - Plan the Layout
First plan the layout of your carpet. You want to design the layout with as few seems as possible. Because every seam creates a weakness, you should try to keep the seams located in areas of low traffic.
Join the carpet in seams which run the opposite way to windows. Then seams will be less visible when light shines through the window.
Step 2 - Nail Down the Tackless Strips
Nail the tackless strips around the outside of your room. Leav about a 1/2-inch gap between the wall and the strip. You may use a saw or a strip cutter to cut the strips to size. If your floor is concrete, use masonry nails to secure the strips.
Step 3 - Lay the Padding or Underlay
Lay the carpet padding or underlay between the gripper strips. Choosing good carpet padding will make your Berber carpet more comfortable and also make it last longer. Join the seams of the pad with tape or a stapler. Secure the underlay to the floor with staples.
Step 4 - Cutting the Carpet
Cut the Berber carpet to the right size so that it fits perfectly in the room. If your carpet contains any patterns, you will need to make sure that the pattern matches up. Any seams should be joined together with seaming tape on the reverse side.
Step 5 - Fitting the Carpet
Use the knee kicker and power stretcher to stretch the carpet to the tackless strips. When dealing with carpets which have seams, you need to make sure that the pattern still lines up properly before you fix it to the tackless strips.
Stretching the carpet properly can be hard work, but a sloppy fitting results in carpet which isn't fitted properly and will wear too quickly.
Step 6 - Finishing Touches
Check the quality of all the seams. Make sure they all hold strong and look fine. Trim off any excess carpet around the edge of the room to complete the look of your Berber carpet.