How to install metal pieces between carpet and linoleum

Updated February 21, 2017

If you're at the end of your first flooring project, you may be at a loss when it comes to finishing the doorways and other trim areas. Typically, you encounter the area where carpet meets linoleum or vinyl is finished with a metal strip called a transition piece. The type of transition piece you buy depends on whether the two floors are the same height, as well as the pile of the carpet itself. You'll be relieved to learn installing a transition piece is a basic process than can be accomplished in minutes.

Measure the distance in the doorway where your carpet meets the linoleum; also measure the height difference if the floors do not meet evenly. Make a faint mark on the door frame where the transition piece will be installed.

Cut the transition piece the length of your measurement, using a hacksaw and taking care to wear eye and hand protection.

Hook the carpet edge onto the toothed surface of the metal transition piece, taking care to engage the entire raw edge of carpeting onto the teeth.

Position the transition piece in the doorway, making sure the edge of the linoleum is covered evenly and you have matched the marks on the wall.

Install the metal piece, using the screws or nails that came packaged with the transition. Your raw edges will now be covered.


Take the measurements with you to buy the transaction piece; this is especially important if there is a difference in flooring height as you will need a reducer edge on one side.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Hacksaw
  • Screwdriver
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