Carpet Tile Buying Guide
Searching for the ultimate guide to carpet tile? We’ve got it right here for you! Carpet tile is a great
choice for your home or commercial space. Let’s get started!
If you haven’t yet,
go read our
Carpet Buying Guide for the lowdown on all carpet-related vocabulary you might see here.
If you’re already a carpet expert, let’s get started on your carpet quiz:
If your answer was carpet tile, then congratulations - you get an A+
What carpet is the easiest to install?
What carpet is the easiest to replace?
What carpet lets you express your creativity the most?
for your carpet knowledge! If
you didn’t, well let this teacher help you brush up on all things carpet tile so you can ace any carpet questions
thrown your way.
What are Carpet Tiles?
You might have seen carpet tiles around town. They’re not exactly the new kid on the block when it comes to commercial spaces.
you can find carpet tiles just about anywhere, including your best friend’s home. But what are they?
Well, carpet tiles are exactly what the name suggests,
carpet that comes in tile form instead of broadloom rolls.
Also, carpet tile often has backing and padding attached, so you don’t need to invest in any extra products
Just simply peel and stick, glue, tape or lock your carpet tiles down and go.
In fact, you can completely tile a room in luxurious carpet in only a few hours. Very quickly, you’re ready
for your next carpet angel on brand new carpet.
Pros of Carpet Tile
At this point, maybe you’re wondering why you would choose carpet tile over broadloom.
The fact is, carpet tile is more versatile than broadloom
, and you might find it better suited for
your comfy space. If you’re a messy person (like me), it might be the best option.
Let’s look at the pros of carpet tile:
Carpet tiles are easy to install and can be done in a matter of hours. Since backing
and sometimes adhesive are included in the tile, there are no extra hidden costs. Save your money
for the decorations.
Create custom patterns and textures using different colors or simply rotating the tile.
Play Picasso, if you wish.
Carpet tile is also super easy to replace. Just lift out the badly damaged tile and replace
it with a new one. Good as new. This is perfect for those of us who have cats known to knock over
glasses, (I’m looking at you Cece.)
Easily create custom area rugs for your space. No more buying the same rug as everyone else.
You can be unique.
Carpet tiles produce less waste than installing broadloom carpet. That’s because tile comes
in different sizes, so you end up cutting less to fit the space.
Cons of Carpet Tile
Like with every product, you should know the ins and outs of what you’re buying. Though carpet tiles are ah-mazing, they
still have their limitations.
Carpet tiles lack the softness of broadloom because they aren’t as thick.
Carpet tiles also are mostly found in loop piles. Because it began as a commercial trend,
you’ll probably find fewer options that feature plush-cut piles. Loop carpet, however, is more durable
and hides dirt and wear and tear better.
Carpet tiles are more expensive than broadloom carpet up front, but you’ll probably save
some money being able to install it yourself. And waste a lot less too.
Carpet Tile Installation
Maybe you have question marks floating above your head at the words “peel and stick,” “glue” or “interlocking tiles.” Well,
you’re in luck - I’ve got the answers for you.
All of these terms are types of installation for carpet tiles.
You can install carpet tiles in 1 of 3 ways: interlocking, peel
and stick or glue-free.
First, you need a few tools to install, but you don’t have to be a cyborg to get it done. All you need is
a T-square, sticky tabs, a knife and double-sided carpet tape. Easy peasy.
Here's another tip: Allow the carpet to acclimate to the room you’re installing in. Now, let’s look at the 3 ways to install carpet tiles.
Interlocking Carpet Tiles
Interlocking carpet tiles looks like one of two ways:
like a giant puzzle piece, or with plastic attachments on the sides to click into one another.
Tiles that interlock using a puzzle-like pattern are carefully laid out and joined together as if you’re
putting together a puzzle. You can cut these tiles to have a finished edge, or they sometimes come with a
If the tile has a plastic backing, just click them together using the locking mechanisms on the side.
Peel and Stick Carpet Tiles
If you want easy, peel and stick carpet tiles are the easiest to install.
The adhesive is already applied to each tile and all you have to do is pull back the plastic sheet to expose
Simply place the peel and stick carpet tile on the floor, and press down to adhere it to the floor. That’s
all there is to it!
Some adhesives leave a residue on the subfloor but some do not. However, there's an easy way to test! Place
your hand on the adhesive; if your hand is sticky after, it will leave a residue that is easily cleaned up
Glue-Free Carpet Tiles
There are many glue-free carpet tile options.
To install, simply purchase double-sided carpet tape or a pressure adhesive for a more permanent hold.
If you secure tiles using the tape method, you can make a custom-made area rug.
For a room with high traffic, you’ll need a pressure-sensitive adhesive or glue to keep the tiles in place.
With the taping method, you can finish a room in record time.
Carpet Tile Uses
I’ve got some secret carpet tile information for you. Did you know carpet tiles can be used in ways other than wall-to-wall
As it turns out, carpet tiles are quite versatile and can be used in creative and unexpected ways.
Maybe you’ve never thought about using carpet outdoors, or as gym flooring.
It’s time to think about it now.
If you’re a creative type (me!) you can play Picasso and make a custom-made area rug. It can be difficult
to find the perfect area rug in the perfect size for your space.
Using carpet tiles, you don’t have to search forever.
Just pick out the tiles in the colors or patterns you want, and fit each square together until you reach
your desired size. It’s as simple as that! Plus, because you built it, the rug will look exactly
how you like.
In case you’re wondering, yes, you can have carpet outside! Indoor/outdoor carpet has special properties
that keep it
mold- and mildew-free, as well as fade-free..
You can easily place it on a patio, in a sunroom or on a balcony. If there's a level floor, you can place
Interlocking carpet tiles make great gym flooring! Maybe you want something you can put together and take
apart to do stretching, yoga and light exercises.
You can also install carpet tile in a whole room for a durable gym floor for exercise equipment and light
You wouldn’t want to drop a barbell on it, but it's great for the average exerciser.
Home Theater Carpet
If you have a home theater but are missing carpet, you’re missing out. We have home theater carpet tiles
perfect for soaking up that sweet surround sound.
The truth is, hard surfaces bounce sound around the room.
Carpet absorbs sound making it loud and clear for you.
You can even use carpet tiles on your home theater walls to give your sound a boost.
Why Choose Carpet Tile?
Carpet tile is the modern version of wall-to-wall carpet. The fact that you no longer have to call a
professional to install your next carpet roll is an added bonus.
Also, you can replace any damaged tile with a brand new tile. That’s something you can’t do with traditional
Everyone needs a little simplicity in their life (I know I do!), and carpet tiles are simple. There’s something nice about getting a whole room the way you like it within a day.
No stress, no strangers, just you and your new floor.
Alright, I think you’re ready to ace the next carpet tile quiz I throw your way.
If you’re really ready to dive into the world of carpet tile, start shopping. You’re sure to find
carpet for every purpose.