How to lay carpet and the carpet laying tools you'll need for a pro finish

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Learning how to lay carpet isn't as difficult as you might think and it means you could have a new carpet adorning your home in just a few hours. 

No waiting for a carpet fitter to come and do the job for you. All you need is a few tools and some DIY know-how, which you can find in this guide.

The hard part is choosing the best carpet for your living room, hallway, stairs, or wherever you want to carpet. And don’t forget your underlay as we always recommend that you don’t skimp on underlay. A good quality underlay is almost as important as the carpet and will help ensure a great finish.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.