Basic instruction for laying carpet tiles

Things You'll Need
  • Carpet tiles (enough to cover your room)
  • Carpet or Stanley type knife
  • Metal straight edge
  • Tape measure
  • Chalk line
  • Spray Adhesive

Please Note: Manufactures actual instructions will vary:
Before Installation: Carpet tiles should only be fitted on hard floors such as concrete, ceramic, bitumen or wood, never lay on top of carpet, even very thin carpet. Ensure the floor is completely clean and dry prior to installing the tiles. It is normally recommended that your remove the carpet tiles for 24 hours prior to installing to allow the tiles to adjust to the surrounding temperature and humidity.

"There are arrows on the back of each tile to help you with the laying direction. It is recommended that the tiles laid checkerboard stile with each tile at right angles to its neighbour."

1: Take some time to plan the job by laying out the tile to take in the length and width of the room. Whenever possible plan your installation to have full tile in the doorway and ensuring that you are not left with small cuts under 10cm.

"Never start the installation from a wall, you will find that walls are rarely straight".

2: Chalk a line two full tiles from the doorway recess and start to lay two rows of tiles each side of the chalk line. Once you are happy with the positioning of the tiles use some spray adhesive just to hold them in place. Work from the rows to build up the main section of the room first and leaving all cuts until last. When installing large areas it is advised to stick every 5 to 7 rows using a spray adhesive.

3: Once that you a satisfied that all tiles are tight and square you can then start the cutting. Cutting the tile accurately is easy... simply remove the tile from the last (uncut) row and place the tile you wish to cut in its place. Now place the tile you have just removed hard against the wall or skirting board and on top of the tile you wish to cut, this acts as a template. Position your metal straight-edge against the tile edge, then remove the tile. Now take a Stanley type knife and carefully cut the tile, remove the waste section of the tile and slide the cut section towards the wall. Once you reposition the original tile and you should have a perfect fit. Repeat the process around the perimeter of the room
"Remember... the waste section of the tile still has three straight edges and may be used in other areas of the installation."

4: Where the installation meets other floor coverings in doorways etc, finish with the appropriate edgings.