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Carpet Tiles Guide

One of the best things about carpet tiles is that you can install them yourself simply and easily. This means that when compared to other types of flooring the costs are much lower. You can also design your own floor by highlighting different areas to suit your needs. You are only limited by your own imagination.


Before cutting any carpet tiles please check that the style, colour and pattern are all correct. Do you have the correct quantity and are there any visual defects on the carpet tiles? Please contact, Carpets By Design if you are not entirely satisfied with your product within 48 hours and we will do our best to help you


Carpet tiles can be laid on any hard, smooth surface, like concrete, parquet, laminate or stone. Make sure the surface is clean, dry and free from dust and debris. It is important to do a little preparation in advance to see how the carpet tiles will look, especially if you are creating your own design. Carpet tiles can be laid in a few designs and have arrows on the back which indicate the direction of the pile. This helps to achieve a design pattern.

Installation Methods

  1. Utility knife with a new, sharp blade
  2. Eco LOC sticker or adhesive
  3. Metal ruler or a straight edge to cut along
  4. Chalk line/or maker pen


Strip off previous floor coverings and ensure that the subfloor is clean, dry and free from paint, oil and debris. Vacuum the subfloor to remove all dust and fix any lump or depressions. Make sure there are no proud nail heads.


1. Firstly find the center of the room by measuring the distance between the opposite corner to obtain the centre point. Mark with a chalk line.

Laying Carpet Tiles

2. Starting in the centre lay a row of tiles from the centre point to one of the opposite walls.

3. When you reach the opposite wall check to see if you are left with a narrow gap. A thin strip of carpet tile at the skirting will look unprofessional.

4. To avoid this change the start point by half a tile width. Repeat the laying from the start line in the opposite direction and then towards the other two walls.

5. Adjust the start line as necessary, until there is a reasonable gap of about half a tile all the way round the room.

6. Lay the tiles with the edges butted up tightly and squarely to the next tile. Make sure there is no trapped carpet pile between each tile.

7. Secure each tile together with a strip of double sided sticking tape. This prevents any movement. Position all tiles before cutting them.
Installation Methods


  1. Utility knife with a new, sharp blade
  2. Eco LOC sticker or adhesive
  3. Metal ruler or a straight edge to cut along
  4. Chalk line/or maker pen


Carpet tiles need to be cut to fit flat to the skirting, doorways and furniture.

1. Lift the last uncut tile nearest to the skirting. Replace it with the tile to be cut.

2. Place the last uncut tile on top of the tile to be cut, butting it up against the skirting. Using the top tile as a template, mark the cutting line with a pen on the bottom tile. (Flip it over to the reverse side to mark)

Cutting Carpet Tiles How To Cut Tiles

3. Using a sharp utility knife and a steel ruler, cut the back side of the carpet tile.

4. Replace the whole tile in its original position and fit the cut tile into place at the skirting.

5. Repeat this cutting process all the way around the room. Secure the carpet tiles with double sided sticking tape or adhesive.

6. Upon completion vacuum the floor, tap down any proud tiles and flatten any high pile.


To ensure general maintenance of the carpet tiles they can be vacuumed clean and spills should be wiped off with a clean damp cloth before they dry. Treat stains as soon as possible to avoid them penetrating the carpet. Stains can be removed by using a normal carpet cleaner following the manufacturer’s instructions. Damaged tiles can be replaced or moved to a less noticeable position.