Interior experts have revealed a simple method that will discourage dust from settling and smooth out any wrinkles appearing on your floor. And whether you’re looking for a way to accentuate your entryway, bedroom, or living room carpet ideas, the process remains the same.  Knowing how to stretch a carpet doesn’t need to feel like a chore with the right tips and tools. To follow this method, you will need:

How to stretch a carpet – simple steps to a wrinkle-free carpet

The secret to seamless decorating ideas begins from the bottom, upwards. Here’s what you need to know for a wrinkle-free scheme.  Utility knife: Similar to this one (opens in new tab) – if you don’t own the tool already  Steam iron: This one (opens in new tab) should remove all wrinkles effortlessly

1. Score the carpet

Interiors expert and CEO of Inyouths (opens in new tab) David Lee suggests that the process begins by scoring your glued-down carpet with a utility knife along the perimeter of your room. ‘This will help you create a clean edge when trimming later on in the process,’ he says.

2. Stretch your carpet edges

3. Trim the excess

After you have repeated the stretching process for all four corners, the expert recommends using your utility knife to trim off any excess carpet. In this step, it is important to stay parallel with the floor to avoid your carpet looking misbalanced or unprofessionally cut.  

4. Reduce any creases with a steam iron 

Knowing how to stretch a carpet should minimize most wrinkles, but you can reduce any remaining creases with your steam iron.  ‘If you want to get rid of wrinkles or creases on your carpet, you’ll need to use a steam iron. Set the iron to its lowest setting and slowly run it over the affected area until the wrinkle disappears,’ David says. After finishing ironing, the process of stretching a glued-down carpet is complete. Whichever room you are decorating, it’s worth making a fuss of the floor. And, while wooden flooring isn’t going anywhere, carpet is making a comeback in a big – and very stylish – way. ‘Carpet is a fantastic way of introducing color or pattern into the home,’ says creative designer at Brintons, Jodie Hatton. ‘The floor is no longer an afterthought. The entire room can be styled working from the floor up.’  Not only will a carpet ground the room but it can serve as the starting point from which to build the scheme. It’s a worthwhile investment to keep it looking its best, and your feet will thank you come winter.