How to Fold Carpet When Laying Next to Ceramic Tile Flooring

Transitioning carpets to other flooring surfaces ensures that the carpet will not lift up as people walk over it.

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One important carpet transition is from carpet to tile. There is often a small space between these two flooring types, as it is difficult to install tack strips right next to ceramic tile flooring. A better transition piece is a Z-bar, which allows you to fold the carpet and hammer it into a secure metal transition piece.

Lift the carpet and pull it away from the ceramic tile for a few inches.

Hammer the Z-bar transition as close to the ceramic tile as possible. Use the provided nails to attach the Z-bar to the subfloor.

Trim the carpet, using a utility knife. Leave 1 inch of carpet that extends past the Z-bar transition.

Fold back the excess carpet and place it into the Z-bar transition.

Hammer the Z-bar transition closed, sealing the carpet into the Z-bar.

Things You Will Need

  • Hammer
  • Z-bar transition
  • Utility knife
  • Work gloves

Tip

  • Wear gloves to help prevent injury from the spikes on the Z-bar transition.

About the Author

Daniella Lauren has worked with eHow and various new media sites as a freelance writer since 2009. Her work covers topics in education, business, and home and garden. Daniella holds a Master of Science in elementary education and a Bachelor of Arts in history from Pensacola Christian College.