How to Cut Carpet

Quality carpets are built with a solid backing that must be carefully cut using a steady hand and the right equipment. Although this isn’t a difficult project, it does require a little research and preparation if you want to complete the job correctly. Need some help? Be sure to read the tips and tricks we’ve compiled below if you want to learn how to cut carpet properly. Then, grab a straightedge ruler, a marker, and a utility knife, and let’s get started!

How to Cut Carpet

How to Cut Carpet

Gather Your Supplies:

  • Sharp utility knife
  • Straightedge ruler
  • Marker

This isn’t a job for kitchen scissors! Instead, use a sharp utility knife to make a clean cut, and be prepared to change the blade several times if you’re completing a large remodeling project. You will also need a long straightedge ruler and a marker.

Turn It Over.

Cutting through the flat, hard backing of carpeting is undoubtedly easier than battling fluffy carpet fibers with your utility knife. So before you start cutting, flip over the carpet. Because you can draw your guideline on the back, it will be much easier to see where you’re going and create a straight line. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the carpet fibers pushing your knife off-course.

Create Your Guideline. 

Don’t attempt to freehand the cut if this is a serious project (as opposed to a casual craft project, for example). Lay the straightedge on the back of the carpet and draw a line with the marker to indicate where you will need to cut. If you aren’t absolutely sure that the measurement is correct, make it slightly larger than you originally planned. Remember that you can always trim away excess carpet, but you can’t tack it back on if you make a mistake. Finally, use a dark marker to ensure that the line is clearly visible.

Cut Slowly on Curves and Unusual Shapes.

If you’re cutting carpet for a craft project, a patterned rug, or an unusually-shaped room, you may need to cut out shapes as well. Follow the tips above and be sure to draw your shape’s guideline carefully. Then, slice along the guideline with your utility life using slow, small cuts. This is especially important if your shape includes a lot of turns and angles. It will take longer, yes, but you won’t have to worry about making a slapdash mistake.

Cutting Along a Wall or Door? Use a Double-Blade Wall Trimmer.

If you’re cutting along a wall or door, a utility knife will be difficult to maneuver. Instead, purchase a double-blade wall trimmer, which is specifically built for this purpose. Simply press the trimmer into the wall or door and slide it along. You’ll cut the carpet smoothly, straightly, and easily.

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Not up for the challenge of installing your own carpet? Don’t be afraid to call in the pros. If you’re remodeling your floors or building a new home and you live in the southwest Missouri area, please give Adam Cowherd Construction a call at 417-268-7199 or click here for a free quote. We would love to help you build the home of your dreams!