Carpet tiles: Over 10 advantages and installation instructions in 3 steps

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When looking for a suitable floor covering for your four walls at home, you quickly come across laminate, parquet flooring, etc. And carpets are also popular, especially for the design of bedrooms or children’s rooms, because they are pleasant to the touch and special provides a homely atmosphere. But the carpeting also has disadvantages. These are particularly important when it comes to the renovation process and laying.

Carpet tiles remedy this: In a modular form, they also offer the pleasant properties of a carpet. Carpet tiles also absorb walking noise, absorb room noise and provide warmth. In contrast to yard goods, the carpet tiles are much easier to lay and are less complicated to handle. Most manufacturers offer carpet tiles in self-laying or self-adhesive form that do not require full-surface gluing. In addition, carpet tiles offer the opportunity to combine different colors, create exciting patterns and can be easily exchanged and reused if necessary.

1. Carpet and carpet tiles in comparison

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Carpet tiles are a simple and straightforward way to lay carpeting.

Basically, carpeting and carpet tiles have similar properties. In particular in terms of living comfort and room atmosphere Both textile floor coverings are in almost no way inferior. Because textile floor coverings ensure pleasant room acoustics, these are ideal for the bedroom and children’s room. In the children’s room, the noise can be reduced a little while romping around wildly, and carpeting and tiles in the bedroom contribute to a harmonious and relaxed atmosphere. But especially when it comes to designing a child’s room, the carpet tiles can score points. Because if stubborn sap or paint stains cannot be removed, the tile is simply replaced with a new one.

The specific properties as well as advantages and disadvantages of carpet tiles vs. carpets by the meter can be found in the following overview:

Textile flooring properties
Carpet by the meter pleasant feel

homely, comfortable ambience

Swallow sound

Provide warmth

x Difficult to lay when renovating

x Cutting has to be done very precisely

x Exchange only possible as a whole

Carpet tiles pleasant feel

homely, comfortable ambience

Swallow sound

Provide warmth

easy to lay

individual tiles can be replaced if they are dirty or damaged

Also suitable as a partial floor covering, several colors can be combined

x Tile look can be seen

2. Benefit from the easy handling of carpet tiles in the renovation process: 4 advantages of carpet tiles

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Self-laying carpet tiles manage completely without carpet adhesive.

At the latest when it comes to the renovation and laying of the textile floor coverings, the differences between carpeting and carpet tiles become visible. The classic carpeting is usually available as roll goods in a roll width of two to five meters. Blends are not uncommon here. Carpet tiles not only offer a practical, but also an ecological solution. Thanks to precise order quantities and practical tile formats, there is no significant waste when laying carpet tiles.

In terms of flexibility, carpeting cannot keep up with carpet tiles: Self-laying carpet tiles can easily be reused when moving. But the biggest advantage is of course in the laying itself. Thanks to their increased weight, self-laying carpet tiles can be laid quickly and easily and without the use of adhesives. The laborious transport of long carpeted rolls through narrow stairwells is also no longer necessary.

The advantages for your wallet and the environment can be found here by the editorial team in a nutshell:

Self-laying tiles can also be reused when moving / renovating
Carpet glue is not absolutely necessary & therefore protects the environment
The compact pack size makes it easy to transport in the car, there is no need to borrow a van
Thanks to custom-fit orders, there are no unnecessary leftovers / offcuts

We at therefore definitely recommend self-laying carpet tiles, as you can save yourself the purchase and work with carpet adhesive.

3. Choose particularly robust fibers for the durable carpet tile flooring

Basically, the product structure of carpet tiles hardly differs from that of a carpet. While natural fibers such as new wool or sisal are sometimes used in carpets, Carpet tiles mostly made use of synthetic fibers. These are mostly convincing

  • particularly easy-care properties,
  • high robustness
  • and are generally allergy-friendly.

Good to know: Modern brands such as SCHATEX also use ECONYL yarn, for example, which is obtained from recycled fishing nets from our oceans.

As with other floor coverings, it is decisive the wear layer or the so-called pole layer on the respective robustness and suitability for the individual areas. Since carpet tiles are increasingly used for contract areas such as hotels or offices due to their sometimes very high durability and at the same time increasing comfort, carpet tiles can be found in numerous collections that are designed for particularly high loads and correspondingly show designs for professional interiors.

But manufacturers also offer an appealing range of colors and various surface structures and qualities for the living area. the SCHATEX carpet tiles for example, can be found in collections that are well tailored in terms of design and function to the individual areas of application. For the harmonious design of the bedroom, for example, self-laying carpet tiles made of velor, which have a very soft and pleasant texture, are ideal. Those who like it a little more comfortable will get their money’s worth with ruffled velor or Saxony velor. The thick layer of yarn creates a particularly fluffy and cozy effect. Lively accents, on the other hand, can be set with Shaggy carpet tiles, which have a particularly high pile height but are more difficult to clean above.

Tip: Basically, the usage classes provide information about the respective suitability of the carpet tiles. If you value ease of care, you should rather use short-pile carpet tiles. Robust materials such as polypropylene are usually easy to clean and also impress with their good lightfastness and durability.

4. Design or separate rooms individually with carpet tiles


When laying carpet tiles, you can get creative and design a colorful play area for your children, for example.

Another advantage of carpet tiles is the possibility of creative room design. Carpet tiles like those from SCHATEX are usually offered in a uniform format of 50 x 50 cm and are available within the collections in coordinated color ranges. This offers the possibility of choosing several colors and designing exciting patterns.

In addition to checkerboard patterns or single-color designs, individual areas of the interior can also be individually set in scene with carpet tiles. For example, the dining room table or sofa can be delimited or framed with carpet tiles of different colors. Depending on the use and color selection, you can guide through the individual interior, focus on certain furnishings or separate individual areas from one another.

5. Laying carpet tiles: instructions in 3 steps

5.1. The preparation

Note the manufacturer’s instructions

Basically, you should consult the manufacturer’s installation instructions, which should be made available for each product and differ depending on the manufacturer. For example, you should make sure that the carpet tiles you choose are also suitable for laying on underfloor heating. Some carpet tiles such as those from SCHATEX can be easily laid on hard floor coverings such as wooden or concrete floors. Laying on textile coverings is generally not recommended.

As with almost all other floor coverings, the preparation of the subfloor is essential when laying carpet tiles. In order to ensure an ideal hold, the subfloor should therefore be as good as possible

  • clean,
  • dry
  • and just be.

In order to avoid nasty surprises, the carpet tiles should also be stored for about 24 hours in the room that is to be equipped with them later. This allows the carpet tiles to acclimate and adjust to the room temperature.

5.2. The embarrassment

A very small arsenal of tools is required for the actual installation. It is important to use measuring equipment and a carpet knife to cut the edge pieces. For installation in heavily used areas, it may also be advisable to fix it with a double-sided adhesive tape. Before laying, you should definitely think about the laying direction, as this affects the appearance and thus the effect of the room.

How to proceed when laying:

  1. The center of the room should be chosen as the starting point for laying. Auxiliary lines can be helpful in determining the starting point.
  2. Ideally, however, edge pieces should not be narrower than half the tile. Corresponding markings can often be found on the back of the carpet tiles for the installation direction recommended by the manufacturer or the classic installation direction.
  3. Basically, the carpet tiles should be laid end to end. Ideally, the arrangement is checked over and over again.

A special bonus of the self-laying carpet tiles is that you can correct mistakes in the arrangement again and again without damaging the floor.

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