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How to Use Curved Carpet Transition Strips

Updated February 21, 2017

Bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms are often areas where tile or linoleum is installed. Transitioning from these types of flooring to carpeting requires a transition strip that hides the seams between the two flooring types. Curved transition strips are visible between the two rooms and bind the edge of the carpet, keeping it from unravelling along the cut. The strip can also protect bare feet from coming into contact with carpet tacks.

Measure and cut the gripper edge transition strip to fit in the doorway or the length of the opening between rooms. Use a hacksaw to cut the gripper edge transition strip to size.

Position the gripper edge strip across the doorway or between two rooms.

Nail the gripper edge transition strip to the subfloor, using concrete or wood nails and a hammer.

Stretch the carpet over the teeth of the gripper edge transition strip. Use a rubber mallet to hammer the curved edge of the gripper strip over the carpet, or lay a small block of wood over the curved side of the strip and strike the wood with a hammer.

Stretch the carpet until it catches the carpet tacks at the doorway or the transition between two flooring types in different rooms.

Measure the length of the openings between the rooms or the width of the doorway. Use a hacksaw to cut the curved seam binder transition strip to length.

Lay the seam binder transition strip across the doorway or between the two rooms.

Nail down the curved seam binder with wood or concrete nails, depending on the surface of the subfloor.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Hacksaw
  • Concrete or wood nails
  • Hammer
  • Rubber mallet
  • Block of wood
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About the Author

Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.