Early in your life as a DIYer, you learn that having the right tool can make the job much easier. However, sometimes you don’t want to go buy a new tool for a project that you’re only going to do once, maybe twice.
Laying carpet is one such job in my opinion. Likely–hopefully–you’re not laying carpet every year. However, if you do want to tackle installing carpet yourself, there are a few things that can help you get a nice finish on your floor and make the end product look more professional. One of those things is a carpet kick.
Unless you’re a professional carpet installer, a carpet kick is not likely a tool that you’ll use very often. If you’re a professional carpet installer, I expect that you will go buy your own professionally made kick. However, for a DIYer you can easily make your own carpet kick out of scrap wood.
- 2×4 approximately 14 inches long
- 2×6 5 inches long (you’ll cut it to a 5×5-inch square)
- 3/4-inch plywood (also cut to a 5×5-inch square)
- Two 3-inch screws
- Two 1 1/2-inch screws
- Eighteen 1 5/8-inch drywall screws (or other screws with a coarse thread)
- Scrap piece of carpet (about 12×12 inches)
Cut each piece of wood according to the plan. Screw the wood together using the 3 inch and 1 1/2 inch screws.
If desired, paint your kick–I recommend a stylish baby blue.
Once paint is dry, wrap the butt end of the kick in the scrap carpet and staple in place. You’ll likely have to trim the carpet to make it fit. This is like wrapping a really awkward present.
Screw the drywall screws part-way through the kick plate so that they poke out the bottom. These “teeth” are what will grip the carpet and stretch it over the tackstrip.
And that’s all there is to it. Now you’re ready to install your carpet.