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How to make your own car carpet

Updated November 21, 2016

Automotive carpet endures lots of wear and tear: pets, children, high foot traffic and home improvement projects can cause a laundry list of spills. Numerous companies sell carpeting by the yard if you are interested in fashioning your own replacement. Not only will this save you money, but you also can choose a different colour to change the look of the interior. In fact, a variety of automobile carpet retailers permit you to take carpet samples to help you see what the end result of your carpeting installation will look like.

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  1. Vacuum your old carpeting to minimise the amount of dust stirred up when it is removed. Unroll the new carpeting to allow the carpet fibres to flatten while you disassemble the car.

  2. Remove seats, seat belts, foot pedals, inside console and interior trimming by turning bolts counter clockwise with star bits or a pair of pliers that have a vice-like grip. Store all of the bolts in a safe area for reassembling the car's interior. Lift the old carpeting at one corner.

  3. Pull up on the carpeting around the outer perimeters of the car. Place the old carpeting on top of the new carpeting. Hold down the perimeters of the carpeting with bricks.

  4. Cut through the old carpeting to the new carpeting with an utility knife. Make incisions into the carpeting that line up with holes for the seat belts, bolts and seats.

  5. Lay the new carpeting inside of the car and centre it. Apply carpet adhesive around the perimeters of the car's interior. Press the carpeting down with your hand. Allow the carpeting to dry at least 24 hours.

  6. Twist the bolts for the seats, seat belts, interior trim, middle console and foot pedals with your star bit. Vacuum the carpeting to fluff up the carpet fibres.

  7. Tip

    If you are sensitive to the "new carpet smell," place it in a well-ventilated room for 24 hours.


    Wear gloves and a mask when removing old carpeting to avoid breathing in dust and carpet fibres.

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Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum
  • Star bit
  • Pliers
  • Utility knife
  • Bricks
  • Carpet adhesive
  • Gloves
  • Mask

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