How to cut a roll of carpet

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How to cut a roll of carpet
Purchase carpet in rolls to save on costs. (woollen carpet texture image by Tolbxela from

Purchasing carpet by the roll can mean a large savings, especially if you have a large area to cover and plan to buy directly from the mill. The biggest problem a homeowner encounters with this project is learning how to cut a roll of carpet. Since standard carpet comes in 12- or 15-foot widths and a roll weighs several hundred pounds, it must be cut to fit each room in which it is to be installed. Luckily, cutting a roll of carpet requires only a few basic tools.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Utility knife

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  1. 1

    Measure the area where the carpet will be installed and add 1 foot to the length. The extra foot will give you 6 inches of installation scrap edge on either end in case the beginning edge of the roll of carpet is not uniform.

  2. 2

    Unroll the carpet in a large open area, measuring the length you need for your installation.

  3. 3

    Pull the piece of carpet over the roll so the back side of the carpet is exposed.

  4. 4

    Cut the length of the carpet even with the edge of the roll, using a utility knife and taking care to cut away from your body and hands.

Tips and warnings

  • Roll the cut piece of carpet in reverse of the direction it was on the original roll, so the backing is exposed. This will give the carpet a chance to "relax" and will facilitate installation.
  • Always wear gloves when using a utility knife.

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