What Is a Carpet Tack Strip?

Carpet Tack Strips
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A carpet tack strip is an essential material used for installing carpet. These are strips of Douglas fir wood, usually 4 feet long by 1 inch wide, with highly sharp tacks protruding through them at 60-degree angles.

Carpet tack strips run the entire perimeter of a room and hold wall-to-wall carpeting in place. Mostly, though, they serve to keep carpeting stretched out and wrinkle-free.


Install the strips before padding and carpeting.

  1. Perimeter of room is measured.
  2. Appropriate lengths of strips are cut.
  3. Tack strips are nailed around perimeter of room, nail-end up. The nails are not vertical, but leaning at a 60-degree angle. The "lean" should be towards the room's walls, not the center of the room.
  4. Carpeting is stretched out by means of a power stretcher and hooked onto the nails of the tack strips.

Where to Purchase

Tack strips are available even at stores that do not specialize in carpeting installation (i.e., Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowe's, etc.).

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