How to Join Ceramic Tiles to Carpet

Updated July 20, 2017

Make the floors that connect to ceramic tile look professional when you follow these directions on how to attach ceramic tile to carpet. You can even repair existing mishaps when the carpet comes away from the tile. You'll end up with a professional transition from carpet to tile.

Install a piece of tack strip 1/4-inch in front of the tile where the carpet is to be attached. Be sure that the nails are facing toward the tile. Cut back the padding under the carpet to allow a 1/4-inch demarcation in front of the tack strip.

Using the carpet kicker, kick the carpet to attach it to the tack strip. This type of kick is called a set kick. Using the utility knife cut the carpet, leaving the carpet 1/4-inch long over the tile.

Tuck the trimmed carpet with the stair tool and the transition is complete. The transition is now smooth and looks great. Repair the carpet the same way and your floors look great .


Be sure not to trim the carpet too far from the tile.

Things You'll Need

  • Tack strip
  • Carpet tools
  • Kicker
  • Carpet utility knife
  • Stair tool
  • Hammer
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