When it comes to laying carpet, one of the most challenging aspects is creating flawless seams.
Before you start to lay carpet in your home, you should take a few minutes to learn about the various techniques that you can use to keep your seams flat, smooth, and practically invisible.
While different types of carpeting require different seaming methods, there are some basic guidelines that you should always follow. Here are some tips that you can use to get the best possible results:
1. Minimise Peaking at the Seams
Peaking is a common problem when laying a carpet.
To help prevent this problem, you should make sure that the carpeting is stretched as tight as possible in the direction of the seam. At the same time, you should also reduce the level of stretching that is used in the direction that runs opposite from the seam.
This helps minimise the amount of pressure that is applied to the seam itself, reducing problems with peaking in the process. Using high-quality double sided tape (strong) that’s designed for the type of carpeting you are laying can also help eliminate this problem.
2. Lay The Carpet In The Right Direction To Keep The Seams From Splitting
The last thing that you want is for your carpet seams to split apart.
You can reduce the risk of splitting by installing your carpet so that the seams lie in out-of-the-way areas.
Additionally, make sure that they run in the same direction that most people would walk. This will help reduce the amount of strain that is put on the seams by foot traffic.
Using the right carpet pad can also make a difference. Most experts recommend opting for a high-density underlay to reduce the movement of the carpet.
3. Cut Carefully To Keep The Edges Of The Carpet from Unravelling
When cutting carpet, always check to make sure that you are cutting in between the carpet tufts, avoiding cutting into the tufts themselves. This will help reduce the risk of fraying or unravelling. Using a file cutter can also make a difference since these tools help minimise problems with fraying.
4. Don’t Apply Too Much Heat To The Seams
If the seam iron that you use is too hot, it could wind up discolouring the carpet.
5. Lay Each Piece Of Carpet In The Same Direction
Before installing the carpet, draw arrows on the back that indicate the direction of the nap. That way, you can make sure that every piece of carpeting that you install is facing the same direction.
This will help any seams blend in, creating a smooth, even surface.
6. Create Tight Seams By Overlapping The Edges Of The Carpet
When cutting carpet seams, begin by overlapping the two pieces of carpeting that are being joined by approximately 2 inches. Using a piece of chalk, make a line on the top piece of carpeting that is about 1 1/2 inches from the outer edge of the carpet.
Use a sharp knife to cut along this line, keeping the line as straight as possible.
Next, create a cutting guide on the bottom piece by creating short 1-2 inch cuts every few feet that line up with the edge of the top piece. Use these cuts as a guide when cutting the bottom piece.
7. Finish Up With Seam Adhesive
The final step is to join the two pieces of carpet together. This is typically accomplished through the use of seam adhesive.
Position the carpet carefully when joining it, making sure that the pieces line up perfectly. Once it is installed, the seam between the two pieces should be practically invisible.