• In this video, This Old House host Kevin O'Connor explains how to install wall-to-wall carpet, including how to handle seams.


    1 Remove old carpet and padding from room; vacuum the subfloor clean.
    2 Nail down an extra tack strip alongside the original tack strips.
    3 Spread padding adhesive onto floor along the walls and at all seams.
    4 Set padding down on subfloor and secure seams with duct tape.
    5 Roll carpeting across the room.
    6 Cut carpeting to fit around wall corners.
    7 When seaming two pieces of carpeting, use a cushion-back cutter to trim the carpeting edges.
    8 Apply latex seam sealer to carpet edges, let dry.
    9 Align the seams between carpeting pieces, then slip piece of seam tape underneath.
    10 Activate the adhesive tape with a seaming iron.
    11 Use knee kicker to hook edge of carpeting onto the tack strips.
    12 Force carpeting down onto tack strip with stair chisel.
    13 Trim excess carpeting along wall with double-blade wall trimmer.
    14 Use knee kicker and stair chisel to force rough-cut carpet edge into space between tack strip and baseb
    15 Employ a power stretcher to pull carpet tight across floor; stretch carpeting toward each wall.
    16 Secure the carpeting at doorways with transition molding.
    • Difficulty: Moderate to hard
      Requires experience and several specialty tools

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      Tools List

      • hammer
      • carpet knife
        Carpet knife
      • cushion back cutter
        Cushion-back cutter,
        used to trim carpeting for seaming
      • knee kicker
        Knee kicker,
        used to help attach carpet edges to tack strips
      • chisel
        Stair chisel,
        for final fitting of carpet along walls
      • edge trimmer
        Double-blade wall trimmer,
        used to trim carpet at walls
      • carpet stretcher
        Power stretcher,
        for stretching carpet tight across floor

      Shopping List

      1. Carpet tack strips

      2. Carpet padding

      3. Carpeting

      4. Carpet padding adhesive

      5. Latex seam sealer

      6. Carpet sealing tape

      7. Duct tape,
      used to seal seams in carpet padding