Sunday, July 18, 2010

Laying carpet...

So, in this new place we decided that with one VERY rambunctious boy and HOPEFULLY more children at some point, we'd better get some nice carpet to withstand the fury which shall be released upon it.

But...I'm too cheap to pay big bucks for, I decided to go it alone. First things first...I waited until my local big box store discontinued some nice carpet...I was able to get it for .79 cents per square foot, and it came with a really nice pad already attached.

A lot of people are scared to lay carpet...especially when there is a seam involved, but fortunately for me, my sister worked in a carpet store for awhile so I knew she'd be able to guide me in the right direction. The hardest part of the whole process was figuring out how much I'd need. The carpet only comes in 12' rolls and BOTH my rooms were 13'. She started to explain about how the nap had to go in the same direction when you cut the seam pieces, etc, and when she could tell I was thoroughly confused, she decided to draw me a diagram. Once I saw the picture, it made total sense!!!!!! So, I am carpeting 2 rooms. 1 is 13X24, the other, is 13X16. And here is how it needs to be pieced:

Easy peasy right?!?!?! So, I bought my carpet tape and got going. It went a lot easier than I thought, and in the end I couldn't be happier. We went from this:

To this:

SOOOOOOOOOOOO worth the work! :)


  1. A little determination sure paid off. What a great change.

  2. Wow Nikki great job!!! I'm impressed and it looks great!

  3. Looks great!

    Did you use a power stretcher to stretch it into the room?

  4. OH wow, that's awesome! You've inspired me to get some more renovating done around my place too. I've taken off the whole week to get some things done around here.

  5. @Rachel...actually, the beauty of buying carpet with the pad already attached is that it can't be if you're planning on doing your own install that is DEFINITELY the way to go! :)

  6. Wow, what a great transformation! I love the new look!

  7. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!