How to become a Carpet Fitter

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What does a Carpet Fitter do?

Carpet fitters and floor layers lay floor coverings in homes and commercial premises such as shops, bars, restaurants and offices. They work with a variety of materials including carpeting, carpet tiles, wood, laminates, lino, rubber and cork sheeting. The job involves visiting customers on site to measure up floor space and estimate how much material is needed. Before a job gets underway, the fitter will draw up a plan that makes the most efficient use of materials and to ensure any patterned cuts/blocks match.

Every job is different and depends on the size and shape of each room and the type of floor covering required, but most jobs involve:

  • clearing the work area of furniture and sometimes removing doors
  • removing old carpet or flooring
  • preparing the surface by cleaning, levelling and sealing with compound if required
  • cutting and fitting underlay where required
  • fixing flooring materials by one of several methods such as stretching over spiked grippers, stitching, taping, heat-sealing or gluing
  • once fitted, the floor covering may be sprayed with a protective coating, then furniture is put back into place and doors re-hung.

Fitters may complete several jobs a day and usually work in a team of two or three people.

What's the working environment like working as a Carpet Fitter?

Most carpet fitters/floor layers work a basic 39-hour week, Monday to Friday. On commercial premises, evenings, nights and weekend work is often required to minimise disruption to clients' businesses.

The work can be physically demanding, with a lot of kneeling and bending, as well as carrying heavy flooring materials and moving furniture. Fitters come into contact with dust and chemical sprays, which may affect people with breathing difficulties or dust allergies.

Many jobs involve travel to sites within a large radius, so a driving licence is often required.

What does it take to become a Carpet Fitter?

To be a carpet fitter/floor layer you need:

  • good practical skills
  • good numeracy skills to work out measurements and costs
  • to be physically fit
  • a polite and pleasant manner for dealing with customers
  • the ability to work quickly and accurately
  • to be aware of health and safety issues.

Carpet Fitter Career Opportunities

Carpet fitters and floor layers are employed by retail carpet shops, department stores, specialist flooring firms, interior designers, carpet showrooms and carpet manufacturers throughout the UK.

It is possible to specialise in fitting carpets in domestic properties, commercial properties or in fitting other types of floor coverings such as vinyl, slate tiles, and hardwoods. If working for a company, there are opportunities for promotion to supervisor, products sales and contracts manager. Many carpet fitters and floor layers are self-employed, completing jobs on a contract basis.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Carpet Fitter that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Bircham Newton
King's Lynn
PE31 6RH
Tel: 01485 577577

Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)
Tel: 0870 417 8777

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