Temporary flooring over carpet

Temporary flooring over carpet. If you want to lay a temporary floor over a carpet, then it’s a great idea for your home to get a new look without spending too much money. If you are thinking that it is going to be a tough job, then relax and take a deep breath.

Because it’s an easy task that you don’t even need to be an expert or there is no need to hire a professional. You can easily install a floor over a carpet with a complete process.

Installing a temporary carpet is beneficial. Because the temporary floor doesn’t require removing the existed carpet for installation. You can easily change the flooring style according to your taste.

Most importantly, If the condition of your carpet is bad you can easily cover it with a new floor without wasting your current carpet. So, it simple is that you can install a temporary floor over a carpet for any kind of purpose.

Temporary flooring over carpet

Follow the below instruction:

Types of Carpet Pile

Before starting anything, first, take a look at your carpet’s pile length. Don’t confuse yourself, we are here to explain everything to make things easy for you.

So, we want to inform you that, there are two types of carpet piles. While planning about installing a floor over carpet, carpet pile length affects installing a floor.

Let’s discuss the types of carpet piles and what kind of role they play in the installment of flooring.

  • Short carpet Pile
  • Long Carpet pile

Short Carpet Pile

You need to know that the solidity and secureness of the flooring depend on the thickness or slimness of the carpet pile. If your carpet pile is low with no padding then you can directly apply the floor planks to the carpet.

It is more suitable if you use thick planks because using a thick plank with a low carpet pile is the best combination. You may choose a chunky plank with a stretch quality. It may give you satisfactory results.

Long Carpet Pile

If your carpet is having high carpet pile, then you cant apply flooring planks directly to the carpet. Having padding on the carpet is beneficial, as it looks cool and provides a better grip while walking.

But it is not more convenient for the installment of the temporary flooring. Because the flooring boards can slip and lose their grip with the long carpet pile.

Don’t worry as we also have a great solution for this condition, that’ll help you to accomplish your tasks easily. The only required is plywood. Plywood is specially made to give you a hard surface in the middle of your carpet and floor plank.

Types of Temporary FloorsTypes of Temporary Floors

As you know that floor is an important part of your house. It can increase or decrease of your house.

So, installing a temporary floor on the carpet also may cause attraction to your house. It may become a cause of a big transition for your house.

Here, we would like to tell you different types of temporary floors. So that you can easily choose a floor type according to your taste. Let’s begin the show.

Damp-Proof Vinyl Planks

Vinyl planks are most commonly used in the installation of temporary flooring. It is easy to install and doesn’t require a lot of complexity. It resembles a wooden board and offers your home an appealing appearance.

One more benefit is that it is damp-proof and also easy to clean. You may vacuum it on the daily basis without any hesitation of damage or crushing floor plank.

One more thing that you need to be considered is that, before laying the floor on your carpet, kindly check the carpet’s pile type, either it is long or it has a low carpet pile.

Because as we discussed already that in case your carpet added padding then you cant install the floor directly on the carpet. Because it may cause unlocked planks.

So if you have a short carpet pile, then install the piles directly. But if you have a long carpet pile then you are required plywood to gain a hard surface above the carpet.

Laminate PlanksLaminate Planks

Laminated plank is another type of temporary floor. Laminated floors are made of MDF. MDF stands for “Medium Density Fiberboard”. It also has a layer of melamine wood, which make it water-proof and also scratch-proof.

 It’s so hard to guess at first whether it’s a real wooden floor or just a laminated plank with a real wooden design.

If you are thinking about t its installments process then don’t think a lot, because it is also very easy to patch with your carpet. But don’t forget the process of the plywood in case of high carpet piles.

One more thing is that it’s essential to patch plywood on the whole area above your existed carpet. It is also very easy to clean, you can use anything to clean your floor like vacuum cleaning or use of mop or broom for cleaning your laminated planks.

Process of Lay Temporary Floors

Let’s start the process of installing your temporary floors on the carpet. If you are still with us then you can blindly trust our words that you can surely attach your floor to the carpet.

Let’s see what type of tools and equipment we are going to use for your beautiful synthetic floor installation.

Tools & Material

  • Spacer
  • chalk or pencil
  • Ruler
  • Cutter
  • Tap for Measurement
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Taping block
  • Plywood


Follow these steps to install your flooring practically. Be attentive and prudent while using tools and applying planks to the carpet.

  • First of all, spend some time reading the descriptions that are mentioned on your temporary flooring plank. It may helpful for you while cutting and locking them on the carpet. As every floor may be a little different from the others.
  • Measure the boards and the area, then mark them with a chalk or a pencil. Cut them from the marked areas with a cutter or any available material that is useful in cutting planks.
  • Remove objects from the carpet. e.g furniture or decorative items etc. Then start cleaning the carpet with a broom or vacuum.
  • Insert the spacers in the middle of your wall and floorboards. Make sure to put 4 spacers in the length of 1 foot.
  • Don’t start a lot of rows at one time. Make sure to complete 1 row first and then start the next one. Use the connectors to patch them strongly. Also called tough and groove connectors.
  • Use a tapping block and rubber mallet to connect the flooring boards. Don’t work so fastly, make sure that all flooring planks are straight and lineup.
  • Complete the whole area row by row and interconnect the planks using connectors that are specially manufactured for interlocking planks.
  • Finally, Your synthetic floor is installed successfully.

Use of Plywood

While installing your temporary floor on a lengthy carpet pile, you need to patch plywood sheets after vacuuming the carpet. Use contrasting order by tapping them together if you are installing more than two sheets of plywood.

Temporary flooring over carpet

Final Thoughts

We hope that these instructions are going to be very helpful for you. You can easily install a temporary floor over a carpet. As we already discussed properly. This guidance may be able to make your task easier. But, if are a bit nervous or have a lack of confidence, then we suggest you contact a skilled person.

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