How to Lay Carpet Paving

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How to Lay Carpet Paving
Carpet paving allows you to create complicated patterns in a fraction of the time it would take to lay each individual stone. (paving stones image by david harding from

Carpet paving or carpet stones as they are otherwise called are a quick fix way of creating a beautiful geometric patio space without spending hours fitting together lots of small paving pieces. Each carpet stone comes with a pattern of stones already fixed to a rope base, making it possible to lay out a complicated design across a large area in a day rather than weeks. Carpet stones now come in as many styles as traditional paving, from sandstone to cobbles, and when laid look just as good as the real thing at a fraction of the effort.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • Carpet paving
  • Building sand
  • Cement
  • Broom
  • Rubber mallet
  • Spirit level
  • Flat-edged piece of wood
  • Knife

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  1. 1

    Dig a 1-inch-deep pit where you wish your patio to be laid. The depth is important as, according to patio stone manufacturers Mayers Group, this allows just enough depth for the thickness of the stones and cement. Use a spirit level to ensure the space is level.

  2. 2

    Dig a slight incline, known as a fall away, around any buildings so that any water can run away to a convenient place and not damage the wall.

  3. 3

    Spread a semidry foundation mix on the area and compact it down using the side of a small plank of wood. Mayers Group recommends using a mix of 6 parts sharp sand and 1 part cement to a depth of 1/4 inch.

  4. 4

    Lay the carpet stones on the sand mix. If you are using a random geometric pattern, it should be simple to see what works and what doesn't. Make sure that the joints are evenly spaced by using dividers and paving supplier Simply Paving recommends using a rubber mallet to bed the stones in. When you are finished, look down upon your work from as high a vantage point as possible (for example, from a ladder or bedroom window) to ensure no two blocks look out of place.

  5. 5

    Cut around any drains or other areas that need to be left exposed by cutting the rope that binds the blocks together.

  6. 6

    Brush a dry mix around the stones after 24 hours, covering the joints and rope. Mayers Group recommends a mix of 4 parts sharp sand and 1 part cement; the mix should be dry enough not to leave stains on the stones, but strong enough to secure them in place. Leave your stones for another day and your stone paving is complete.

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