Things to Remember while Stretching Berber carpet

Planning on making your interiors decorated with beautiful and colorful carpets? Have you decided on what kind of a carpet you have to choose? Here is an amazing option. These carpets are named for the traditional Berber people living in North Africa who made hand-woven carpets of the.These carpets though from a traditional practice of weaving carpets are modernized to meet the demands of today’s market and are distinguished by a unique style of construction called the loop pile construction, which maintains the traditional look as well as gives a modern touch to these carpets. It gives a similar appearance to the distinct knot of traditionally woven Berber carpets.

The modern carpets usually are made of small flecks of dark and lighter shades of background colors resembling natural non-dyed traditional carpets.  Thus, selecting Berber Carpet to your décor needs is one of the best options.

Go flawless on these Carpets!

This is important when installing this type of a carpet, but it can become important in the future, too. Installing a Berber Carpet in your home can be quite a big investment. Ensuring that it is installed correctly can help the carpet to last as long as possible and can help keep it looking great. A professional installer can help ensure that your carpet is stretched correctly so that it does not cause you problems in the future, something few DIY-ers can do.


Keep ripples away!

Ripples or buckling can appear in the carpeting due to a variety of reasons, including improper stretching of the Berber carpet. You will be able to see these ripples very easily and if they are especially bad then they can cause you to even trip over the carpeting. This problem may be worsened by increased humidity or moving furniture, as well as normal traffic wears on the improperly installed carpeting. It is normal for carpeting to stretch 1-2% due to normal wear, but if it is stretched properly when it is installed then you will find that it will not be a big problem in most cases. Improper installation of these carpets will lead to unwantedly removing the Berber carpet and reinstalling them all over again.

What does proper stretching of your carpeting involve?

Your carpet installer should use a power stretcher for installing the Berber carpet, rather than a knee kicker. The knee kicker is used to pull and move the carpet rather than stretching it. The power stretcher gives a better installation. You will see your carpet installer using the knee kicker to pull the carpet to the tacking strips, but you should also notice that they use the power stretcher to pull and stretch the carpeting in the corners and to take up any slack in the carpeting. Both tools should be used for proper carpet installation. Only when both these tools are used it will result in perfect stretching of these carpets and thus we will be able to achieve the flawless look that we often see in Magazines and home décor stores.

How to use these tools?

Both of these tools have tiny teeth that grab onto the carpeting to help pull, move, and stretch it. The knee kicker uses knee power to move the carpeting around, while the power stretcher uses the stretcher’s design to stretch and tug on the carpeting.The base of the power stretcher is placed against the wall and then the teeth are inserted into the carpet about six inches from the wall. The power stretcher then works to stretch the carpet as much as possible to the wall, which helps keep the carpeting flat and tight? This design allows the carpet installer to stretch the carpeting to help prevent any problems down the road that may come from humidity or normal wear and tearwhile installing the Berber carpet.


Choosing the right carpet installer is just as important as choosing the right carpet. Ask questions about their installation practices. Learn how to install carpet by looking online so that you can ask them knowledgeable questions to determine their expertise in laying carpet. Ask them how they stretch the carpet to determine if they use a power stretcher or if they rely on a knee kicker. Learning more about the process will help you to determine whether the installer in question is the right one for you. These are the things we must remember while stretching andinstalling Berber Carpets.

6 thoughts on “Things to Remember while Stretching Berber carpet”

  1. Can you over stretch Berber carpet? I have a person that came in to fix our carpet after water damage and when he was stretch and set the carpet the tack strip busted and came off the concrete floor. Also will over stretching reduce the life time of the carpet?

  2. You can and should stretch Berber carpet. Stretching increases the wear of carpet.
    It’s my guess the wood of the tack strip was weakened with the water that caused the need to restretch the carpet. It snapped from the damage. If my guess is correct, new tack strips need to be installed so the carpet can be stretched yet again.

  3. the installer for our new carpet did not trim the one edge that has a different pattern. He apparently thought it wouldn’t show beneath the baseboard, but you can see a funny pattern up against the baseboard.
    We had the retailer come and look at it and his solution was to have the installer stretch the carpet some more to try and hide it.
    It is better, but still shows and we are also worried about whether this second stretching will harm the carpet in some way.
    Are we being too picky?

  4. Hi there Ed!
    Being too picky about carpeting you paid for to beautify your home, being to picky about the expert installation you paid for, but wasn’t done right? Nope! Look, you paid for the carpet & the installation and you got shoddy workmanship. Yeah, they tried to make it right, but it didn’t work. You should be completely satisfied!
    It appears that the installer and retailer are hoping to get by with the least effort and expense on their part. Don’t let them get by with it!
    One solution that may or may not work with is to put quarter-round (stained or painted to go with their woodwork) at the bottom of the baseboard, extending it’s base depth. It would be a bit of work and expense, but maybe the retailer would be glad to do that rather than re-carpet.
    If it were me, I’d be pitching a royal hissy-fit and wouldn’t be happy until I got new carpeting and it is installed correctly. I am picky that way. ;~) I want what I paid for.
    Best of luck and drop in again to let us know how it goes!

  5. To Ed,
    No, stretching the carpet is not going to do do anything to the life of the carpet except extend it.
    Chances are, it was not even stretched properly since the guy did not even bother making sure the salvage edge was up the wall far enough to cut off.
    A good installer can STILL come to your house and stretch that out of there, we are only talking about a 1/2 inch for goodness sakes.
    Throw your fit, but you don’t need new carpet, you need a properly finished installation.

  6. Thank you for another view – hopefully Ed’s carpet can be stretched far enough to where the selvedge can be hidden. The carpet was already stretched twice and still not right, my concern is there may not be enough give to stretch it a 3rd time. I wouldn’t be too happy if it were laid and didn’t look done well, tried again and still not happy with the result. You have to admit that after two tries and it still doesn’t look right, that’s pretty shoddy workmanship.


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