When it comes to fitting your new floor, look to the team of professionals at Alexanders “The Carpet & Flooring Store”. Our highly skilled floor fitters in Skegness, Lincolnshire, have the expertise and experience required to bring you ahassle-free flooring installation that is carried out to the highest tandards.
We offer an easy process at every step
Whether you’re fitting carpet, laying vinyl, or installing laminate or engineered wood flooring, we offer expert advice to guide you through every step of the process. Packed full of information and tips from our professional flooring fitters, these easy-to-follow, step-by-step DIY fitting guides will help you to get your new flooring right the first time round.
Any mistakes made when you’re fitting flooring can be really expensive to put right. If you’re laying carpet or vinyl, an error could completely ruin your brand-new floor, wasting lots of time and money. The best way to avoid these dreaded DIY nightmares is to make sure that you do your research first. Feel free to download and print the relevant fitting guide so you can refer back to it as you complete each step.
Good preparation is vitally important when performing any DIY task, and even more so when tackling a job as big as installing new flooring in your home. That’s why our Floor Fitting Guides list all of the tools and materials you’ll need to complete the work, as well as tips on how to prepare the subfloor for the best results possible.
Floor fitting is a skill that can take time to properly master, so we’ve put our years of experience and knowledge into these handy guides so you have the advice and direction of a professional fitter at your fingertips if you choose to DIY. However, it would be even easier for you to use our recommended fitters who are backed by a wealth of expertise.
Whether you decide to use our professional Which? and FITA-approved flooring fitters, or want to take on the challenge of fitting your new carpet yourself, you can find everything you need in this fitting guide. We cover every step of the installation process, including:
1. Using Which? Approved Alexanders “The Carpet & Flooring Store” Fitters
2. Accurately Measuring a Room before Fitting
3. Having the Right Tools to Fit New Carpet
4. Preparing Your Subfloor and Removing Old Flooring
5. Fitting Underlay and Carpet Gripper
6. How to Fit Your New Carpet
7. Getting the Perfect Finish (Door Bars and Aftercare)
At Alexanders “The Carpet & Flooring Store”, we believe in making things easy for you at every step. We’re proud to offer a professional fitting service that is approved and trusted by industry experts, and only use fitters who are fully qualified and assessed by FITA. Our fitters have also all passed the rigorous assessment process set by Which? to become a recognised Which? Trusted Trader. This endorsement scheme acknowledges reputable traders to give you peace of mind.
Which? has been rigorously testing products and services for more than 50 years, giving consumers unbiased insight and enabling them to make an informed decision about making a purchase or using a service. Now Which? is doing the same for traders, and not just anyone can become endorsed. Only those who meet their incredibly high standards are credited with the Which? Trusted Trader status.
By choosing to have your new carpet fitted professionally by us, you are able to enjoy it without the hassle. Alongside our standard fitting service, we offer an uplift and disposal service that features our fitters taking up and disposing of your old flooring before they fit your new one for a small fee. It’s just one less thing for you to worry about.
As with all DIY jobs, preparation is everything when it comes to flooring and it’s of the utmost importance to ensure that the room measurements are correct. Firstly, we suggest that you draw a simple diagram of your home. The drawing doesn't have to be perfect, but the measurements do need to be accurate. Just a simple drawing with all the rooms shown is all you need.
If you have a 2-storey home, then complete 2 drawings: 1 for upper and 1 for lower. If your room is perfectly square or rectangular, the area can be calculated by multiplying the width by the height. For example, a room that is 5m x 2m will need 10m² of carpet.
If your room includes recesses or chimney breasts, you still need to measure the complete surface area without these as the carpet will be cut around them. Measure each individual area and write the measurement in the relevant space on the diagram. Then, break the room down into smaller rectangles that you can add together to get the total area of the room. You should then add an all-important 5% for waste.
Measure your lengths more than once to make absolutely sure that they’re right, and remember to measure to the back of any door frames or room trims. When it comes to stairs or steps, the process is similar. Measure the height and depth and of each stair to give you the length before multiplying by the width. This will give you the area of each step. Don’t forget to allow 10% for waste and to allow for any margin of error, as staircases can be tricky.
Similarly to measuring, getting the right kit to fit your carpet is another important consideration. Many of the tools you may already have in your toolbox, and most DIY outlets sell everything else. The tools you may need include:
Before you start fitting your new carpet, you must prepare your subfloor. If the subfloor is not properly prepared, it will affect the way that your carpet lies and potentially run the overall finish. Below, we discuss the key things that you should consider when preparing your subfloor for carpet.
To protect your knees and also experience ultimate comfort, you should always wear knee pads when working on flooring. If lots of your floorboards are damaged, it’s less costly and much easier to pull them all up and start again. Use fit tongue-and-groove chipboard flooring panels that will give you a great base for your final flooring.
3mm hardboard sheets are best to use to level your boarded floor, plus they help to reduce any draughts coming from below. Always make sure that the boards have been conditioned beforehand by spraying them with water over the textured side and then stacking in the room in where they are going to be used back to back. Leave them for at least 48 hours and as they dry, they’ll retract back. This reduces the risk of the boards expanding after they’ve been fitted.
Prepare your boards by ensuring that no nails are sticking out above the surface and also nailing down any boards that are loose. You can sand down any boards that are at a higher level than the rest to level it up. Make sure you use nails that are not too long as there is a risk of piercing through the floorboard into pipes or cables. 19mm nails should be about right.
Space the nails about 150mm apart around the edges yet 225mm apart in the centre. It’s a good idea to start in the centre of 1 edge and work across the board to the other side.
Lay the hardboard sheets texture-side up as you’ll need something for any adhesive to stick to. Start in a corner of the room and set the nails about 13mm in from the edges of the sheet in a pyramid pattern. It’s a good idea to use something as a spacer like a piece of wood.
Push the sheets together and nail the edges where the sheets meet first. When you finish the first row of boards, the last one will need to be cut to size.
Use this off-cut from the last sheet in the first row to start the second row and carry on in the same way. It also helps to ensure that the joints are staggered. Overall, this reduces waste.
Before fitting your new carpet, it is likely that you will need to remove your old flooring alongside preparing the subfloor underneath. At Alexanders “The Carpet & Flooring Store”, we make fitting a new floor easy at every step. Alongside our professional Which? approved fitting service, we can also uplift your old flooring and dispose of it for you to ensure that your installation is a hassle-free experience.
Available in lengths of 1.52m, carpet gripper comes pre-nailed to provide a firm grip on your floors and prevent new carpets losing tension once laid. These gripper rods are thick and rigid to provide an ultra-strong grip and keep the carpet taut so you won’t get any lumps and bumps. Simple to use, carpet gripper can be cut to size if needed, which can sometimes speed up installation, and can be used on either concrete or wooden floors.
Before you start, it is important to locate any hidden wires or pipes by using a pipe and wire detector. If you find a pipe or wire, mark the spot in these areas and use gripper adhesive instead of nails. Make sure that you wear gloves when handling gripper as the pins are very sharp. Gripper should be fitted all around the edge of your room except across door thresholds. Measure between the door frame and then cut the trim with a hacksaw.
1. Use 10mm Nails or Screws
2. Place the Gripper Rods 2/3 of the Carpet Thickness Away from the Skirting Boards, with Pins Pointing towards the Skirting Boards
3. Use a Hacksaw to Cut the Gripper to Size
4. Carpet Gripper Comes with Nails or Screws Already in Situ so Hammer in the Nails or Screw in the Screws
• If the Floor is Concreted, Use Gripfill™ and Leave to Dry
• Follow the Instructions Above, However Use a Bead of Gripfill under the Gripper Rods (Helps to Maintain the Integrity of the Grippers if the Nails Work Loose over Time
For areas that are harder to reach, like for example, under radiators, it is best to move the nails. Reposition the nails closer to the edge of the gripper and hold them in place with a long bar. As you can hit this with your hammer further back, you won't risk damaging your radiator.
It is worth investing in a good underlay as it’s really an integral element that shapes how flooring feels, wears, and looks and ensures your carpet has a long life. Underlay adds a level of cushioning underneath your carpet, making it more comfortable underfoot. It can also help to significantly reduce your energy bills as it insulates the room by trapping heat under your floor.
1. Lay the Underlay Loosely in the Space, Ensuring the Rubber Side Is Facing Down
2. Using a Craft or Stanley Knife Cut It so that the Underlay is at the Same Level as The Grippers
3. Butt the Edges Together and Join Them with Tape, Ensuring that the Edges Do Not Overlap and that the Underlay Is Flat And Level
How you store your carpet prior to fitting is really important. It needs to remain in a roll as this makes it easier when it comes to laying it flat and stretching it. Also, please bear in mind that carpet is very heavy, so unless you are carpeting a small area, it is a good idea to have someone assisting you with carrying and positioning it.
Use a carpet stretcher, which is sometimes called a knee kicker, to stretch carpet onto the gripper. This tool has a flat plate with teeth at one end and a padded cushion at the other. The teeth grip the carpet while whoever fits the carpet pushes the padded end with their knee.
1. Lay your carpet loosely in position then stand in one corner with a foot underneath the carpet. Use the other foot to smooth the carpet into place and, leaving around 50-75mm excess on every edge, cut the carpet to size (if necessary).
2. Cut this excess vertically above the corners and trim the overlapping triangles.
3. Starting from the longest wall and working your way backwards, begin fitting the carpet. Use a carpet tucker to make a firm crease in the carpet along the skirting board. This will give you a fold line.
4. Cut along the edge, around 5mm higher than the carpet surface, with a sharp knife. Hold the carpet flat to the floor while you cut. Take the carpet stretcher and place it around 25mm from the skirting, teeth facing down. Push the padded end firmly with your knee so the carpet hooks onto the gripper on either side of the corner. Using the carpet tucker, push the excess carpet down between the skirting and the gripper. Repeat this process until the first wall is complete, then work along the two adjacent walls and finally the opposite one.
5. To fit carpet around tricky shapes such as door frames, cut down the edge vertically in several places, then trim it so it’s flush. For a pipe, cut straight from the carpet edge to the centre of the pipe then press the carpet around it. Trim it by running the knife round the base at a 45 degrees angle until the carpet lies flat.
6. For fitting carpet across a doorway, cut it so it is in line with the next room’s flooring. You will need to then fit a door bar, making sure the carpet edge is firmly in place underneath it.
Door bars serve to join different flooring types across door thresholds neatly. Firstly, make sure that you have the right door bar as there are various choices, depending on your flooring types and heights.
You may find that your carpets sheds some fibres, which is perfectly normal. Regular vacuuming, daily if possible during the first few weeks, will solve this issue. A vacuum cleaner fitted with a beater bar and/or brushes is recommended for cut pile carpets and one without a beater bar or brushes is best for loop pile carpets.
Once the carpet is fitted, there may be a slight odour that may be caused by the carpet or the underlay. Ideally, the room should be ventilated by opening windows and doors and the odour should disappear within a few days.
Which? has been rigorously testing products and services for more than 50 years, giving consumers unbiased insight and enabling them to make an informed decision about making a purchase or using a service. Now Which? is doing the same for traders, and not just anyone can become endorsed. Only those who meet their high standards are credited with Which? Trusted trader status. Their tough endorsement checks include:
1. A Financial Health Check
3. Interview and Assessment
4. Code of Conduct Agreement
Just like the Which? Best Buy awards, as Which? Trusted Traders, we can proudly use the icon to highlight that our fitters have been endorsed. For more information on the Which? Trusted Trader scheme, visit their website.
As a reputable business that you can trust, we guarantee that you receive the perfect flooring finish without any hassle, so you can simply sit back and relax while we take care of everything. By choosing to have your new flooring fitted professionally by us, you'll be able to enjoy it all the more without any stress. You can upgrade your fitting service for a small fee and our fitters will also: