Carpet fitter

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Carpet fitters install floor coverings.
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What does a carpet fitter do?

As a domestic carpet fitter or floor layer, your work could range from fitting carpets, sheet or vinyl tiles to laying laminate or solid timber floors in people’s homes.

As a commercial floor fitter or floor layer, you would normally fit larger floor areas. You would use a range of materials including welded sheet or safety flooring, and you would work in places like shops, offices, hotels, pubs, schools and hospitals.

Each job depends on the size of the area and the type of floor covering required. 

Domestic

Your duties could include:

  • measuring up floor space and estimating the amount of material needed
  • working out how to make the best use of materials
  • clearing the work area of furniture and taking off doors
  • removing old flooring
  • cleaning, levelling and sealing the bare floor with compound if required
  • gluing or nailing floor coverings into place
  • stretching carpet over spiked gripper rods and taping / heat-sealing
  • spraying or waxing the floor covering to give it a protective coating
  • replacing furniture and trimming and re-hanging doors

Commercial

Your duties could include:

  • liaising with the main contractor and other trades on site
  • removing old flooring
  • cleaning, levelling and preparing the subfloor with smoothing compounds if required
  • gluing or nailing floor coverings into place
  • fully adhering carpet in large areas
  • using fast-track flooring systems
  • working with a wider team and contracts manager
  • using different products together at the same location to create walkways and features

You normally work as part of a small team of two or three people.


What do I need to do to become a carpet fitter?

Most carpet fitters start out by joining a company and training on the job. You may not need any qualifications, but employers will expect you to have practical skills and be good with numbers.

You may be able to start this career through an apprenticeship.

You could also take a college course, such as the Level 1 Award in Flooring Operations or Basic Construction Skills (with flooring options), which would give you some of the skills needed for the job.

You may need a driving licence to travel between jobs. 


Related skills

  • Customer service
  • Numeracy
  • Physical fitness

Vocational route

Apprenticeship
Relevant college course, such as Level 1 Award in Flooring Operations or Basic Construction Skills (with flooring options)

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Where could I be working?

You could be working at several different locations every week. The job is physically demanding, and you would spend much of your time kneeling down, lifting and carrying heavy flooring materials, and moving furniture.


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