Installing Track Strip For Carpet

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  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 20-400
What You'll Need
Measuring tape
Miter saw
1-inch nails leather
Work gloves
Eye protection

Tack strips are designed to grab hold of the edge of a carpet and hold it to the floor around the perimeter of the room. This means you don't have to tack the carpet directly to the floor, and it helps tuck the carpet under the wall edge.

Follow this quick guide to install tack strips for your next carpet project.

Always make sure to wear adequate eye protection when working with a miter saw. Pieces of wood or debris can fly out of the wood fence and into your eyes. Standard construction site safety glasses provide adequate protection for this type of work.


Measure the perimeter of the room and deduct for the doorways. Tack strip is usually sold in 3-foot lengths. To determine how many strips you need, divide your total area by three. In addition, add two or three extra strips for cutting waste.

Place the Tack Strips

Place your first step of tack at ¼-inch away from the wall. Starting in a corner, be sure to leave a ¼-inch gap between the end of the tack strip and the connecting wall.

Make sure that the arrows on the tack strip point directly toward the wall. If you can't see the arrows, then the tacks will usually slant or angle slightly toward the wall.

Nail the Tack Strips

Nail the tack strips to the floor. Tack strips generally have three or four nails that run in a direction opposite of the tacks themselves. If you have a strip that is missing nails, make sure that you use at least two nails per piece.

Continue Around the Room

Continue working your way around the entire room. While doing so, ensure that the tack strips are nailed ¼-inch from the wall and that the ends and corners are butted together tightly.

Make sure that the nailed tack strips are never put in front of the doorways. Instead, place a piece of tack strip up to the end of the door opening and then continue on the opposite side of the door.

When nailing tack strips along the wall, it may be a good idea to use a ¼-inch wide piece of cardboard as a template to ensure that the material does not get too close to the wall.