Stretching Carpet Like A Professional

Installing carpet is not like hanging architectural pieces or bedroom wall art, where just a hammer and nails will do the trick. In order to stretch carpet the professional way, you must use the tools that contractors use. You may already own many of the tools that are needed in order to stretch carpet, while you may need to buy, borrow or rent some of them. You can rent expensive professional tools that you need only on this occasion, like an automated carpet stretcher, from your local home improvement store or DIY shop. The proper tools used properly will give you a professional finish.


To stretch carpeting, you will need the following: a vacuum cleaner, knee pads, installed tack strips, knee kicker carpet installation tool, carpet stretcher, utility blade or wall trimmer, stair tool, and metal doorway strips.

Carpet size

Before you start, make sure that the carpet is the right size for the area where you wish to install it; this means that the carpet should cover the entire area with at least an excess of an inch of carpeting along the borders or walls of the space to be safe. Roll out the carpet over the floor, covering the entire perimeter.

Using the knee kicker tool

The knee pads will work to protect your knees as you will be putting a lot of force and pressure on the knees when you use the knee kicker tool. If you have a knee problem, it is not advisable to do this on your own. Start at a corner section of the room, attaching the corner of the carpet to the tack strip. The toothed end of the knee kicker tool should be positioned in front of the tack strip about three inches from the wall. To drive the carpet forward, drive your knee on the padded end of the knee kicker tool. This should firmly attach the carpet to the teeth of the tack strip. To check if the carpet is indeed firmly attached to the tack strips, tug at it gently.

Using the carpet stretcher

To install the opposing side of the carpeting, you will need to use the automated carpet stretcher. One end of the carpet stretcher should be placed against the wall where the carpet was attached with the knee kicker. The teeth of the stretcher should be placed about six inches from the wall right across from the carpet section that has already been attached. To reach across the floor, adjust the extension tubes as needed. Once you have positioned the stretcher correctly, push the lever in order to push and stretch the carpet over the tack strips on the other side. Utilizing the knee kicker, attach another section of the carpet and then use the carpet stretcher to attach the opposite end. Once all sections are attached, you are ready to trim the carpet.

Trimming the carpet

Using a wall trimmer or utility knife, trim the excess carpet. Unsightly remains can be disguised behind the tack strip using a stair tool hidden by a baseboard trim. To secure the carpet on doorways, install metal strips. Once done, clean up the area with your vacuum and admire your professionally stretched carpet.

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on September 6, 2010

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