How to Glue Carpet to Wood

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Things You'll Need

  • Shop towel or rag

  • Spray adhesive or contact cement

  • Latex gloves

  • Nose mask

  • Utility knife

Use a spray adhesive to glue carpet to wood surfaces.

From covering wood floors to concrete, carpeting is durable, requires minimum maintenance and is available in a variety of colors. When gluing carpet to wood, it is important to measure and cut the carpet before applying the glue. Also work in a well-ventilated area since the type of glue used to complete the task has a strong odor. Once the task is complete, vacuum and maintain the carpeted surface regularly to keep it from becoming grimy.

Using Spray Adhesive

Step 1

Lay the piece of carpet upside-down on a flat surface so the back of the carpet is facing up.

Step 2

Wipe the carpet's backing with a shop towel or rag to remove any loose dust and dirt from the backing.

Step 3

Spray the piece of carpet with an even layer of spray adhesive. Wear latex gloves and a nose mask for protection.

Step 4

Place the piece of carpet adhesive side down onto the wood surface. Press or walk on the carpet to adhere it to the wood surface.

Step 5

Trim any excess carpet from the wood surface, if necessary, using a utility knife.

Using Contact Cement

Step 1

Lay the piece of carpet upside-down on a flat surface so the back of the carpet is facing up.

Step 2

Wipe the carpet's backing with a shop towel or rag to remove any loose dust and dirt from the backing.

Step 3

Apply an even layer of contact cement to the carpet's backing. Apply an even layer of contact cement to the wood's surface. Wear latex gloves and a nose mask. Let the contact cement dry for 15 minutes.

Step 4

Touch the cement. If the cement is sticky, the contact cement is not dry enough.

Step 5

Place the piece of carpet adhesive side down onto the wood surface. Press or walk on the carpet to adhere it to the wood surface. Use a utility knife to trim any excess carpet from the wood surface, if needed.

Tip

Use heavy-duty scissors to trim off any excess carpet from the wood surface if you are not comfortable using a utility knife or you have an excessive amount of carpet to trim.

Warning

Thin carpets adhere poorly with spray adhesive--always use contact cement.

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Nick Davis

Nick Davis is a freelance writer specializing in technical, travel and entertainment articles. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Memphis and an associate degree in computer information systems from the State Technical Institute at Memphis. His work has appeared in "Elite Memphis" and "The Daily Helmsman" in Memphis, Tenn. He is currently living in Albuquerque, N.M.