Carpet Laying Yourself

Laying carpets is a job within the capability of many do-it-yourselfers equipped with the right tools and a certain amount of patience. The most difficult part is tensioning the carpet correctly across the room, and for this reason it is probably best to lay your first carpet in a small room free of too many … Read more

Flooring Improvement Ideas

Flooring is one of the most expensive decorative items, so you can’t afford to make mistakes. Be practical first, then make decisions about colour, pattern and texture. Being practical involves thinking about various different aspects of your floor covering. What is it going to cover? – (it’s not usually a good idea to put ceramic … Read more

Carpeting a Stairway

Measure the total length of stair carpet required by adding the height of a riser (the upright portion of a step) to the front-to-back width of a tread (the horizontal portion that is trodden on). Multiply by the number of risers and then add the height of one more riser. Now add about half a … Read more

Floor Covering Types – Advantages And Disadvantages

Choosing your floor covering You can cover floors with paint, wood blocks, matting, carpets or plastic sheets. The traditional linoleum is still widely used, though its place is being taken over by the more modern and hardwearing vinyl. Paint has more value than you might imagine. There are varnish stains for plank or other wood … Read more

DIY Carpet Laying

Some types of carpet (e.g. some makes of carpet tile) are recommended for do-it-yourself laying. Foam-backed tufted carpets are also fairly simple for the amateur to lay. But unbacked woven carpets (e.g. Axminsters and Wiltons) are difficult to lay, as they need to be stretched by professional techniques. Certain types of cord carpeting (e.g. sisals … Read more

Types Of Carpet

By nature of their composition and construction, designed to produce an appealing soft surface, carpets are more vulnerable to wear than other floor coverings. It is therefore essential to choose a quality suitable for the room or area where the carpet is to be laid. The carpet in the living room, for instance, must withstand … Read more

Floors and Floor Coverings

Floors in the home must withstand weight and wear. Durability, ease of cleaning and attractive appearance, depending on the room and the “traffic” in it, are the factors to take into account when selecting floor surfaces or coverings. Basic constructions Hollow floors have timber floorboards laid across joists with space below, which should be clean, … Read more

How To Lay Hardwood flooring

how to lay a hardwood floor

Hardwood flooring is firm underfoot, good looking and hard wearing. What’s more, it costs less than a quality fitted carpet, and actually improves with age. Ordinary sanded and sealed floorboards are effective in a simple scheme of decoration — in a playroom or a bedroom with pine fur- nishings for instance. But if you want … Read more