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Installing residential carpet tile

Installing residential carpet tile

Carpet tile is defined as to cut the sizes and shapes of carpet in advance during manufacturing with applied supports.

Since the shapes and sizes of the carpet might vary so here are some recommendations from the manufacturers of Residential carpet tile.


The carpet needs to be cut according to the seaming diagram, thereby allowing at least 3 inches along each wall for cutting and sufficient material to spunk patterns when applicable. In order to guarantee straight-square installations, you must apply at least 2 perpendicular chalk lines on the surface lining (at an angle of 90 degree). These lines should expand the entire length and breadth of the area to be enclosed. You can also use laser line for this purpose. The intersection point of the lines should be determined to accomplish the design intent.

Floor-Applied Adhesive Application

Normally, a thin layer of pressure-sensitive sticky substance is applied and allowed to dry completely. The sticky substance is manufactured to prevent side movement of residential carpet tiles and for easy replacement. The sticky substance recommendations might differ due to varying carpet tile support.

Pre-Applied Adhesive Application (peel-and-stick)

Pressure-sensitive sticky substances are sometimes applied to attached-cushion support during manufacturing. Supports of this type have some special requirements for floor preparation. You should consult the manufacturer of the carpet for recommended installation procedures.

Tile Joints

The tile should be tight in the completed installation but not flattened. In order to ensure proper spacing while installing residential carpet tile, you need to measure the distance covered by ten tiles established on the floor with no visible peaks, gaps or overlaps. The measurement must be equal to ten times the size of the tile +/- 1/4 inches unless otherwise declared in the manufacturer recommendations. This measurement will indicate the correct placement of tiles in order to prevent gaping between tiles or compression.


Rolling, if necessary, should be performed in order to press the tile deep into the sticky substance. Rolling must be performed with a lightest roller in order to cause the adhesive line pattern to transfer to the back of the carpet and still leaving the sticky substance bonded to the floor. Don’t go beyond 75 lbs. unless stated in the manufacturer specifications. Roll the carpet at both length and breadth direction.

Post Installation

Post installation covers the error-free procedures after the installation of carpet has been finished.