What you need to know about carpet tiles: Simply Seamless DIY carpet installation

September 13, 2014 1 By EngineerMommy

Are you interested in learning more about carpet tiles: installation, tips, tricks and a review? Then stick around…

We currently live in a condo on the second floor, and the HOA has required that all flooring be covered with padding and carpeting. We had been planning on selling our condo and buying a nice single family house (predominantly for a big yard for the kids), so rather than fight the HOA on this matter, we are simply acquiescing to be in compliance and to sell our condo. So after pricing various carpet options on the market, we decided we liked the flexibility of carpet tiles.

The benefits of carpet tiles are numerous:

  • They are available in a wide variety of colors, textures, paddings, etc.
  • They are readily available at many home improvement stores and online.
  • You don’t need to empty the whole space to install carpet tiles (as you do with the installation of wall-to-wall carpeting). You can simply move all the furniture to one side of the room, install the tiles and then move the furniture back.
  • Installation is fairly quick and easy. Simply peel and stick!
  • Biggest motivator: If a stubborn stain affects one area of the carpeting, you don’t need to re-do the whole room. You can simply remove the affected carpet tile and replace it with a new one. This is a huge bonus for our family- mealtimes with two young kids can get messy!

What you need to know about carpet tiles: Simply Seamless installation

What you need to know about carpet tiles: Simply Seamless installation

What you need to know about carpet tiles

We selected a brand of carpet tile that is readily available at Home Depot, called Simply Seamless. It is manufactured in a way that creates a uniform carpet look after installation. The seams are supposed to disappear.

The tips/tricks for installation are as follows:

  1. All arrows printed at the bottom of each tile must point in the same direction. We decided all arrows will point toward the window in our room, so it was a fixed direction and we never needed to pull up a prior tile to check the proper direction of the next tile.
  2. Place tiles as close together as possible. Make sure you pull any carpet fibers out from in between the tiles. If they get trapped between tiles, they will contribute to the seams being more visible. This is a time-consuming step, because the fibers tend to stick to the sides of the tiles.

I was surprised by how many carpet fibers came loose upon cutting the tiles. We were covered in these little fibers at various points during the installation – we kept having to sweep them away. It took us about six hours to do 400 square feet, but our space had a bunch of doorways, closets and awkward corners.

So, how do we like the finished product? Overall it looks nice. Some areas of the room look perfectly seamless, while other areas show the seams. Here is a picture showing an area where you can see the seams!

Carpet tile seams

Carpet tile seams

We didn’t change our installation technique, so it’s a bit frustrating to see varying levels of seamlessness throughout the room. However, even in the areas where the seams show, it’s subtle and not at all too obvious.

Would I use this product again? Maybe, but only in a room where I wouldn’t mind the seams showing. In other words, I wouldn’t use this product if my expectation is that the final product must look like a single piece of carpeting.

How about you? Have you ever used carpet tiles? Would you?

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