How to Install Aluminum Bar Carpet Edging

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How to Install Aluminum Bar Carpet Edging
Carpet edging hides unsightly carpet seams. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

The edges of carpet around a room are hidden by baseboard trim, but when the carpet meets with another flooring material in a walkway, aluminium bar carpet edging needs to be installed. The edging hides the seam between the carpet and the adjacent flooring for two reasons. It improves the aesthetic looks of the intersection, and it also keeps people from tripping over two uneven flooring materials. Aluminium bar carpet edging comes in a variety of lengths and polished finishes to help you match your flooring decor.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Aluminium bar carpet edging kit
  • Hacksaw
  • Screws (included with kit)
  • Electric screw gun

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure the length of the seam you are trying to edge, using a tape measure. Measure from wall to wall along the surface of the flooring.

  2. 2

    Cut the aluminium bar carpet edging to the length of the distance between the two walls. Use a hacksaw to cut it to length.

  3. 3

    Lay the carpet edging over the seam between the two flooring materials. Center the screws in the aluminium bar edging directly over the seam all the way along the seam's length.

  4. 4

    Place a screw in the predrilled holes at each end of the edging with your fingers. Drive these screws into the floor with an electric screw gun. Don't over-tighten the screws, or you'll strip the subfloor, and the aluminium edging won't get tight. Once the two end screws have been installed, install screws in all the holes in between them.

Tips and warnings

  • Some aluminium bar carpet edging comes in precut standard lengths for standard walkway widths. You won't have to cut these.
  • Avoid cutting your fingers on the sharp edges of the edging you cut with the hacksaw.

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