Carpet fitter


Carpet fitters lay rolls of carpet as a floor covering. They cut the carpet to size, prepare the surface, and put the carpet in place.

Carpet fitters typically do the following:

  • measure floor space and estimate the amount of materials needed
  • clear away furniture and take off doors
  • remove old flooring
  • clean, level and seal the work area
  • glue or nail underlay and floor coverings
  • stretch carpet over spiked gripper rods and taping
  • heat-seal joins and edges on vinyl flooring
  • spray or wax floor coverings to give them a protective coating
  • use fast-track flooring systems
  • put furniture back and trim and re-hang doors.

Working conditions

Carpet fitters work at a client’s home or at a client’s business. Their working environment is physically demanding. They often need to wear protective clothing.

Other titles

The following job titles also refer to carpet fitter:

carpet layer
commercial carpet fitter
domestic carpet layer
commercial carpet layer
industrial carpet fitter
domestic carpet fitter
industrial carpet layer
industrial and commercial carpet layer
commercial and industrial carpet fitter

Minimum qualifications

High school diploma is generally required to work as carpet fitter. However, this requirement may differ in some countries.

ISCO skill level

ISCO skill level is defined as a function of the complexity and range of tasks and duties to be performed in an occupation. It is measured on a scale from 1 to 4, with 1 the lowest level and 4 the highest, by considering:

  • the nature of the work performed in an occupation in relation to the characteristic tasks and duties
  • the level of formal education required for competent performance of the tasks and duties involved and
  • the amount of informal on-the-job training and/or previous experience in a related occupation required for competent performance of these tasks and duties.

Carpet fitter is a Skill level 2 occupation.

Carpet fitter career path

Similar occupations

These occupations, although different, require a lot of knowledge and skills similar to carpet fitter.

resilient floor layer
terrazzo setter
door installer
insulation worker

Long term prospects

These occupations require some skills and knowledge of carpet fitter. They also require other skills and knowledge, but at a higher ISCO skill level, meaning these occupations are accessible from a position of carpet fitter with a significant experience and/or extensive training.

insulation supervisor
plastering supervisor
tiling supervisor
terrazzo setter supervisor
construction painting supervisor

Essential knowledge and skills

Essential knowledge

This knowledge should be acquired through learning to fulfill the role of carpet fitter.

  • Types of carpet: Different types of carpet based on materials, production method, backing, fitting techniques, cost, durability, aesthetics and other criteria.

Essential skills and competences

These skills are necessary for the role of carpet fitter.

  • Work ergonomically: Apply ergonomy principles in the organisation of the workplace while manually handling equipment and materials.
  • Place carpet: Lay the carpet in the right location and remove wrinkles. Cut surplus carpet at the corners to facilitate handling.
  • Apply floor adhesive: Apply a suitable adhesive to a floor or underlay to keep a floor covering, such as carpet or linoleum, in place. Spread the adhesive evenly and wait the appropriate time for the adhesive to get tacky, but not dry out before laying the covering.
  • Transport construction supplies: Bring construction materials, tools and equipment to the construction site and store them properly taking various aspects into account such as the workers’ safety and protection from deterioration.
  • Inspect construction supplies: Check construction supplies for damage, moisture, loss or other problems before using the material.
  • Fit carpet seams: Securely attach two pieces of carpet at the edges. Use a carpet iron to heat seaming tape and press the carpet onto the tape to fuse the seam.
  • Prepare floor for underlayment: Make sure the floor is free of dust, protrusions, moisture and mould. Remove any traces of previous floor coverings.
  • Follow health and safety procedures in construction: Apply the relevant health and safety procedures in construction in order to prevent accidents, pollution and other risks.
  • Finish carpet edges: Finish carpet edges cleanly and securely. Tuck the carpet into the space between the grippers and the wall or skirting, or obtain a clean edge by other techniques.
  • Cut carpet: Cut the carpet with a sharp knife according to the cutting plan. Make straight cuts and avoid causing damage to the carpet or surroundings.
  • Interpret 3D plans: Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in three dimensions.
  • Use measurement instruments: Use different measurement instruments depending on the property to be measured. Utilise various instruments to measure length, area, volume, speed, energy, force, and others.
  • Interpret 2D plans: Interpret and understand plans and drawings in manufacturing processes which include representations in two dimensions.
  • Lay underlayment: Lay an underlayment or pad on the surface before placing the top surface covering in order to protect the carpet from damage and wear. Tape or staple the underlayment to the floor and attach the edges to each other to prevent intrusion of water or other contaminants.

Optional knowledge and skills

Optional knowledge

This knowledge is sometimes, but not always, required for the role of carpet fitter. However, mastering this knowledge allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Aesthetics: Set of principles based on which something is appealing and beautiful.

Optional skills and competences

These skills and competences are sometimes, but not always, required for the role of carpet fitter. However, mastering these skills and competences allows you to have more opportunities for career development.

  • Advise on construction materials: Provide advice on and test a wide range of construction materials.
  • Create floor plan template: Lay out the floor plan of the area to be covered on a suitable medium, such as strong paper. Follow any shapes, nooks and crannies of the floor.
  • Apply proofing membranes: Apply specialised membranes to prevent penetration of a structure by dampness or water. Securely seal any perforation to preserve the damp-proof or waterproof properties of the membrane. Make sure any membranes overlap top over bottom to prevent water from seeping in. Check the compatibility of multiple membranes used together.
  • Answer requests for quotation: Make up prices and documents for the products that customers may purchase.
  • Use sander: Use different types of drywall sanders, automatic or manual, handheld or on an extension, to sand surfaces to a smooth finish or to rough them up for better adhesion.
  • Monitor stock level: Evaluate how much stock is used and determine what should be ordered.
  • Work in a construction team: Work as part of a team in a construction project. Communicate efficiently, sharing information with team members and reporting to supervisors. Follow instructions and adapt to changes in a flexible manner.
  • Calculate needs for construction supplies: Take measurements on site and estimate the amount of materials required for the construction or restoration project.
  • Install insulation material: Place insulation material, often shaped into rolls, in order to insulate a structure from thermical or acoustic influences and to prevent fire. Attach the material using face staples, inset staples, or rely on friction to keep the material in place.
  • Keep personal administration: File and organise personal administration documents comprehensively.
  • Order construction supplies: Order required materials for the construction project, taking care to purchase the most suitable material for a good price.
  • Process incoming construction supplies: Receive incoming construction supplies, handle the transaction and enter the supplies into any internal administration system.
  • Install carpet gripper adhesive: Nail carpet grippers at regular intervals into the surface, or use adhesive if the floor is too hard for nailing. Leave space between the equipment and the wall or skirting to tuck the carpet into.
  • Plan carpet cutting: Plan the cuts to be made to minimise the number of seams and the amount of waste materials. Leave a safe surplus around the edges to accommodate fitting.
  • Use safety equipment in construction: Use elements of protective clothing such as steel-tipped shoes, and gear such as protective goggles, in order to minimise risk of accidents in construction and to mitigate any injury if an accident does occur.
  • Keep records of work progress: Maintain records of the progress of the work including time, defects, malfunctions, etc.
  • Demonstrate products’ features: Demonstrate how to use a product in a correct and safe manner, provide customers with information on the product’s main features and benefits, explain operation, correct use and maintenance. Persuade potential customers to purchase items.

ISCO group and title

7122 – Floor layers and tile setters

  1. Carpet fitter – ESCO
  2. Carpet fitter and floor layer | Explore careers – National Careers Service
Last updated on August 27, 2022

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