You may think that carpet always means traditional wall-to-wall, but if you choose to lay carpet in your home you should understand all of the options available to you. It is important to take into account where you are laying your carpet, whether you own or rent your home, how likely you are to change your mind, and many other factors. There are also ways of laying carpet that allow you to do the work yourself, rather than paying hundreds of pounds to an expert. Research all the ways to lay carpet before making a final decision about which is right for you.
Traditional Wall-to-Wall - Laying traditional wall-to-wall carpeting requires preparing the sub-flooring, laying the required padding, sizing and stretching the carpet, and installing the carpet using special tools and masonry nails. Most people prefer to leave this type of carpet installation to the professionals.
Directly Adhered to the Subfloor - This method of laying carpet is best suited to indoor-outdoor carpeting, sunroom or mudroom carpeting, and other thin, durable types of carpet for heavy-duty traffic areas. these types of carpets are applied directly to the sub-flooring using an industrial adhesive. You may wish to install trim to cover the cut edges of the carpeting.
Carpet Tiles - Carpet tiles are becoming increasingly popular, mostly thanks to their ease of use. These peel-and-stick tiles can be applied directly to a subfloor or to areas with vinyl or other flat, smooth flooring. They require no nails or adhesive; simply remove the paper backing, carefully lay the tile into place, and press down to adhere it. You can mix-and-match different carpet tiles to create custom designs.
Area Rugs - If you are prone to changing your mind, carpeted area rugs may be the correct choice for you. They can be custom-ordered large enough to cover the entire -- or nearly the entire -- floor to give the appearance of wall-to-wall carpet. If you grow bored with them, or change the decor of the room, simple roll up the rug for storage and lay another in its place. Best of all, this type of carpeting requires no expertise whatsoever.