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Measuring & Fitting Your New Carpet

Once you’ve chosen the carpet type you want, you’ll need to measure your space to ensure that you have the correction dimensions - here’s some advice on how to measure and, once your new carpet is delivered, how to correctly fit it. Do be aware that we offer a fitting service in the East Midlands area, which you can find out about under the Our Services section, or if you prefer you can call or e-mail us. Alternatively, if you live outside the East Midlands, you can find accredited fitters on the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers website.

1. How do I measure my room/stairs?

You can download our measuring guide for all the basic information and if you require any further assistance feel free to e-mail us your floor plan and we may be able to advise you further.

2. Does it matter which way around I lay my carpet?

If you are using your carpet on stairs, then there will be certain considerations, described below, which will affect your decision. Otherwise it will be down to personal preference, however striped and patterned carpet will of course need to be fitted in a certain way to ensure it looks its best.

3. What kind of carpet can I use on stairs?

Most carpets are suitable for stairs but we would recommend something hardwearing, such as a woven carpet, because stairs will see a lot of foot-traffic. Also, we would advise against using seagrass on stairs as it is a smooth, low-friction material which can cause slips and trips. There are also additional concerns when fitting carpet on stairs, described below.

4. How do I fit carpet on stairs?

Carpet has a specific ‘pile direction’ (i.e. the direction in which the fibres of the carpet ‘lean’) - when fitting a carpet on stairs, this pile direction must run from the top of the stairs to the bottom (length ways). You can usually tell the pile direction by looking at a cross section of the carpet, of running your hand along it to check for resistance. Also, if you drop a coin onto the carpet it will bounce if the direction of the pile - try this several times and you’ll notice the pattern! Please note that with striped carpets, the stripe will usually follow the pile direction.

5. On average how much carpet do I need for stairs?

Based on a straight set of stairs with 12 steps you’d roughly need 6m x 90cm (19.7’ x 3’). However this does not budget for winding stairs or ‘bullnoses’ on the individual steps. This can be made up from multiple pieces or one wider piece - if you’d like further advice or information, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

6. I’ve made a floorplan but I can’t work out how much carpet I need, can you take a look at my plan and work out how much carpet I need?

Yes, we would be more than happy to assist you. Please email the floorplan to info@designer-carpet.co.uk

7. How do I fit natural carpet?

Fitting natural carpet like sisal is often quite complicated; for example it can grow and shrink depending on temperature and so special provisions have to be made to ensure it remains in the correct position. That being the case, we would highly recommend having it done by an accredited fitter - if you are in the East Midlands are we can recommend one or you can find one on the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers website.

8. How do I work out how much underlay I require?

Our underlay rolls cover 15.07 square metres; simply multiply your length by your width (to get the total square meters), and divide it by 15.07 and you will know how many rolls of underlay you will need.

9. Should I do anything before the carpet arrives?

It is always best to clear your room/s of any furniture, not only so the carpet can be fitted but so it can be stored -carpet rolls are quite bulky so if your fitter is not coming on the same day as the carpet is being delivered, this is an important consideration. Also be aware that most couriers cannot given specific times for delivery, so ensure someone is in the property all day on the arranged delivery date.

10 What is acclimatising and why do I need to do it?

Like all materials, the size of a carpet changes very slightly according to temperature - acclimatising a carpet is simply laying it in the area where it will be fitted, so that it reaches the correct size when it comes to securing it. Most carpet is stored in a warehouse before delivery - this will be colder on average than a house so the carpet will be fractionally smaller. If it is fitted without being acclimatised, then the carpet will ‘buckle’ and may even split when it expands.

11. How do I acclimatise my carpet?

We advise laying your carpet flat at least 24 hours prior to fitting, and 48 hours if possible. Natural materials such as sisal, seagrass and jute may need longer - in these cases we would recommend 48 hours at minimum.

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