Carpet-to-Tile Doorway Transitions

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Carpet-to-Tile Doorway Transitions
Carpet-to-tile doorway transitions require some guidelines. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

When remodelling a home or just adding new flooring, tile and carpeting often adjoin at doorways. For instance, carpeted hallways lead to bathrooms with tile floors; this creates a meeting point for the two flooring materials -- a carpet-to-doorway transition.

The Right Look

In a carpet-to-tile transition, tile and carpet should adjoin at the middle of the doorway, called the doorjamb. This way, when the door is closed, only one of each respective material is visible. For instance, in a carpeted room after a correct carpet-to-tile transition is created and the door is closed, only carpet is visible at the doorjamb area. At a tile hall connecting the same room, with the door closed, only the tile is visible.


Tile must be installed first in a carpet-to-tile transition at the centre of the doorjamb. Tile thickness cannot exceed the combined thickness of the carpet and padding. Ideally, the tile should be at least 3/8-inch thinner than the combined thickness of carpet and padding.


Carpeting tack strip (the nail-covered wood piece nailed into the floor that carpet adheres to) must be installed away from the tile enough to attach the carpet so that the carpet can be rolled over and tucked in next to the tile. Thicker carpets require more space between the tile; thinner carpets, less.

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