How To Install Carpet Transitions and Trim
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Carpet can be installed in a variety of special circumstance areas such as on stairs or around
Install on Stairs
You have two options when installing carpeting on stairs:
- Waterfall Method – One length of carpet is used to cover the entire stairway. This method is
somewhat easier and considered more modern.
- Cap and Band Method – Individual carpet pieces are used to cover one riser and tread. This
method is recommended for patterned carpets as you can better control where the pattern falls.
- Glue Down Method – Similar to the Cap and Band method, except you'll be gluing the carpet to the
padding as well as securing with the tackless strips.
When installing carpet on stairs, you'll use tackless strips and staples to secure the carpet to the subfloor.
For complete installation instructions and safety information, see the full Installing Carpet guide
Install Around Brickwork
Install your carpet around brickwork the same was as along walls.
Transitions and Trims
Install transitions and trim to put the finishing touches on your room.
Carpet transitions vary depending on the type of flooring you are transitioning to.
Carpet to vinyl/linoleum transitions include:
- Metal Transitions – Available in silver or gold. (Other materials and/or colors may be
available.) These transitions are screwed or glued to the subfloor. A clamp–down or nap–lock device holds the
carpet in place. This is the most common transition.
Carpet to other flooring transitions includes:
- Reducer Strip – Used to transition a higher profile flooring surface to a carpeted area.
- End Molding – Used to transition a similar height floor (tile, laminate or hardwood) to a
Install all quarter round to hide any gaps between the carpet and the wall base. Generally, quarter round molding looks
better with lower pile carpets. When
installing quarter round, always glue the trim to the wall and nail at an angle every 16". Use white or a matching color
caulk to fill any gaps between the quarter round and the wall base.
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