Mounting Carpet on Concrete Walls

Carpet provides a fast wall covering for unfinished concrete walls, like the ones found in a basement. The carpet provides some noise dampening while also blocking the cold and moist that will seep through the concrete. Loop pile carpets, occasionally called Berber, work well as a wall covering because of their durability, ease of maintenance and stain resistance. It requires two individuals to successfully set up wall carpeting — one to support the carpeting’s weight while another does the setup.

Unroll the carpet so it is flat and upside down. Allow the carpet to relax for at least one hour before proceeding with installation.

Measure the width and length of the wall. Add 6 inches onto these measurements and transfer them to the carpet with chalk. Cut the carpet across the chalk lines with a carpet knife.

Remove switch plates and outlet covers from the wall. Set these aside.

Spread a bead of carpet adhesive along the upper edge of the wall. Smooth the glue flat with a putty knife so that the glue isn’t any more than 1/4 inch thick.

Press the top edge of the carpet onto the adhesive. Begin at the centre and work out toward the corners.

Apply more glue to the wall and spread it out with all the putty knife. Press the carpet in place. Function downhill as you apply glue, covering no more than a 6- to 8-inch broad swath of wall mounted on every application.

Reduce the overhanging edges of the carpet flush with all the corners of the wall, utilizing the carpet knife.

Feel along the wall for the open outlet and switch holes. Cut out the carpet with the knife to show the outlets.

Reattach the outlet and switch covers. The cover plates protect the raw edge of the carpet around the holes.

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