How to Join Carpet to Tile

The area where carpet joins to tile on the floor is typically called a transition. You will need to join the carpet with the tile so the transition can be seamless for a finished floor. Joining carpet to tile can be done by using a tool called a "z" bar. A carpet "z" bar will provide a clean or finished edge for the carpet where it meets the tile.

  • Tape measure
  • Carpet "z" bar
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Rubber mallet
Measure the width of the transition with a tape measure to determine how long the "z" bar will need to be.

Set the "z" bar on the floor so that it is between 1/4 and 3/8 inch from the edge of the tile.

Place a tack strip over the "z" bar, and hammer the tack strip to the floor with nails.

Place a second tack strip on the floor next to the first strip, and secure it to the floor.

Measure the section of carpet with a tape measure so that the carpet overlaps the tile by 1/2 inch.

Tuck the carpet under the "z" bar.

Secure the carpet to the "z" bar by using a rubber mallet to pound the carpet. This will lock the carpet to the "z" bar and to the nails on the tack strip.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use a wood block when pounding the carpet with the rubber mallet.

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