Installing Carpet in a Doorway

  • 1-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 25-125
What You'll Need
Tape Measure
Transition Strip
Carpet Tacks
Hack Saw
Eye Protection

When you are installing carpet for the first time, things may seem to be pretty easy until you get to the doorway. Perhaps when you were purchasing your carpet and the other items that you would need, you did not think about the doorway issue. If this is the case, there is no need to worry. With a quick trip to the hardware store, you will be able to get the things that you need in no time to finish the project that you have started. This method is one that you can use over and over again, and it is simple and easy to do. By following these tips, you will find that your carpet will turn out beautiful and perfect.

1. Measurements

The first thing you want to do is measure the doorway width where your carpet is going to end. You will also want to measure the depth as well between the carpet and the material that it is going to meet. You will need to know what the difference is in the height, if there is any, so when you are putting down the transition strip, it will line up the right way or if you need to make adjustments.

2. Secure

Using carpet tacks, you will need to secure the carpet in your doorway. Be sure that the carpet meets the material that you have in the next room.

3. Cutting

The next is to get your transition strip to the correct measurements. To do this, you want to cut it to the width of the doorway using a hack saw. Make sure that you double check your measurements before you begin. It is also important to clean up the area from the moment that you make the cut. If you don’t, you risk having metal slivers scatter everywhere from the cutting that you have done.

4. Cover the Seam

You are now going to take the transition strip and place it over the seam where the carpet and material meet. If for some reason one side is higher than the other, be sure that the transition strip is over the matching floor material.

5. Secure the Strip

To keep the transition strip in place, you will use your nails or screws that were made available with the strip that you purchased. As you are putting in your nails, make sure to use caution so you do not dent the strip with your hammer.

6. Finish Up

The last of your installation is to tuck it in and make it neat. If there are any tufts that are showing from the corners of the doorway, you can gently tuck them in at the corners of the doorway. Once this is done, you will have a finished and completed project with a perfect carpeted doorway. You can use this same method for all of the doorways in your home to get a finished look.