Atypical carpet pitfalls?
January 5, 2013 9:00 AM Subscribe
Can I semi-permanently install carpet this way?
posted by werkzeuger to Home & Garden (20 answers total)
I have a modest living room I would like to partially finish with wall-to-wall carpet. The carpet would be a simple 12x11 foot rectangle with no seams. I'd like it to be a semi-permanent installation, where I'd just lay down pad and carpet, carefully cut to the room. Three edges abut walls; the fourth I would finish with a screwed-down transition molding (this is over oak strip flooring). There is a shoe molding on the walls I would consider removing and reinstalling over the carpet once it's in. The perimeter of the carpet would be covered by large furniture.
I realize this is not how carpet is typically installed, i.e. no tack strips, no stretching. However I have already done a smaller (8x12) piece this way over concrete and it has worked great. So what problems, if any, would I have? My goal would be to have this carpet last about three to five years.