How to Transition From Curved Carpet to Tile


Flooring sets the tone for every room, and a curved carpeted floor will add flair and accent focal points and traffic patterns. If you're installing a curved carpet floor that will butt up to tile, you may be confused when it comes to making the transition. There's a standard procedure for this process, and it will assure a smooth transition in your flooring materials and give your finished project a professional appearance.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Tack strips, lineal feet to equal length of curve
  • Heavy snips
  • 1/2-inch tacks
  • Hammer
  • Stair tool
  • Utility knife
  • Fold back the carpet and pad to expose the curved edge where it is to be installed. Do not trim the carpet at this time.

  • Cut the carpet tack strip into three inch pieces to fit the arc of the curved area 3/8-inch from the edge of the tile. Note that the edges of the tack strip pieces will not meet flush when installed.

  • Nail the strips into place along the curve, taking care to maintain the 3/8-inch gap between the edge of each tack strip piece and the tile. Use 1/2-inch tacks to secure the strips, taking care to use two tacks per piece.

  • Unfold the carpet and pad so it overhangs the installed tack strip and lays flat on the tile.

  • Hold the carpet up while trimming the pad to the inside edge of the tack strip, away from the tile edge.

  • Cut the carpet 1/2-inch beyond the edge of the tack strips, using a sharp utility knife and taking care to cut away from your hands and body.

  • Tuck the cut edge of the carpet into the gap between the tack strip and tile, using a carpet stair tool to press the edge tightly into the crevice.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the curved area is over three feet the carpet should be stretched into place, as per normal installation procedure.
  • A narrow putty knife or stiff spatula may be used in place of a stair tool.
  • If the tile is more than 1/16-inch higher than the height of the carpet and pad, shims may be used to raise the finished level of the tack strips and carpet.

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