Many types of carpeting are simple to install yourself and you can do so without spending lots of money.
There are many options to consider when thinking about the types of carpet you can get on a tight budget. For instance, carpet samples can create a very colorful and dramatic design for a child’s room, a family room, TV/media room, playroom, basement or porch.
Carpet samples or carpet squares can also be used very effectively and inexpensively in trailers or mobile homes. You might, however want to think carefully about using this option if you intend to sell your mid- or higher-priced home in the near future. Unless you make the samples very easy to remove, they could affect the value and selling price of your home.
Types of Carpet
When money is tight, we have to be more creative in what we use for the solutions to flooring problems. Carpet samples can work out well, especially if you can manage to get similar types of carpet samples in the quantity you need.
Samples usually cost around 25¢ each but you’ll probably have to find somewhere that is having a closeout sale or a DIY store or carpet shop that are selling off samples which are no longer current. The one drawback is that samples may be of all sorts of different types, styles and heights of carpeting so putting them together is like doing a life-size puzzle.
A better answer might be to use carpet squares, they are inexpensive and if one, or several squares are damaged you won’t have to take up the whole carpet. Depending on the quality, these can cost from $1 upwards.
Installing the Carpet
Usually, the only fixings you need to put down either samples or carpet squares on wooden floors are staples, carpet tape or heavy duty glue. If putting them down on cement floors such as in basements or on porches, glue would be the better way to fix them down. You might also need a carpet knife or Stanley knife to make the squares fit around heating sources, doors, stairs, etc.
Five-eights inch staples should do the trick when put along each side. Be sure to get the head of the stapler down between the fibers so the staples are well hidden. If you want to use padding as well, fixing the carpet squares or samples may be a bit more challenging.
Before beginning your carpet laying project, measure the area you intend to cover and estimate how many pieces you’ll need. Source the carpet squares or samples, try to get the same size squares if possible. This will make life far easier as you fix them to the floor. You may want to lay all the pieces out on the floor before fixing them, just to make sure the colors fit together nicely.
Then start in the middle of the floor, never from an edge. The reason for this is that if your room isn’t perfectly square, you may have to cut every square to a different size as you get closer to the edges of the room. You won’t really want to see all these cuts in the middle of the room.
Inexpensive carpeting can look good in the right situation, especially if you’ve done a bit of design work by matching colors and styles. It gives you the best carpet value.