Carpet is laid down in strips across the floor, and unless care is taken, the seams of the carpet may be obvious. While there will likely not be many carpet seams visible in a room, it is important to plan out how to hide them when they do occur. When hiding carpet seams, choose techniques that reflect your home and your decorating choices. There are methods that you can use before and after laying your carpet to hide the seams.
Install the carpet using as few strips as possible. Speak with the carpet layer, if you hired one, about the absolute minimum number of strips that are necessary. This will also save you money on how much carpet you need.
Place the seams under a natural lighting source, like a skylight or a window. The seams are less visible when they are placed under a strong natural light source.
Place the seams away from main traffic areas. The main traffic areas are typically the open areas in a room, where the eye naturally falls. Instead, place the seams underneath furniture or close to the edges of the room. The main traffic area should have a broad swath of complete carpet, if at all possible.
Roll the seam with a rolling pin. A rolling pin works to flatten the seam and to blend the fibres. A professional carpet layer uses a carpet roller or a carpet tractor for this purpose. You can purchase these devices at a hardware store, but a rolling pin performs a similar purpose.
Do not place your carpet seams directly over your carpet pad seams. Instead, have the seams run perpendicular to each other.
Tips and warnings
- Do not place your carpet seams directly over your carpet pad seams. Instead, have the seams run perpendicular to each other.