How To Patch A Large Hole In Your Carpet

Sometimes these things just happen. Perhaps you experienced a flood in a certain area of your home -- or maybe your child or pet pulled up some of the carpeting. While there's a lot of information out there for patching small holes, it can be more difficult to find advice regarding larger holes. Worry not; patching a large hole can be done, but it will take some effort.

Get Together Your Tools

Patching a large hole requires nothing more than carpet tape, a carpet knife and a few hours. However, it's important to get the right tools for the job. You can't just get any tape and a box cutter. Carpet tape is special tape made out of fiberglass that is incredibly strong and essentially melds into the back of the carpet, creating a very strong bond. A carpet knife is angled so that it can cut carpeting quickly without damaging it.

Remove the Damaged Carpeting

Using a ruler, create a grid along the back of the damaged carpeting with a pencil, and cut along these lines. It's important that you cut the damaged carpeting out in a precisely measured, square patch -- even if you have to remove more than just the damaged material. The old advice about "measure twice, cut once" applies!

Cut a New Carpet Square

Using your new carpet material, you should cut a carpet square that precisely fits the damaged carpet's old location. But take care! Carpet has a specific direction it needs to run in. You will be able to tell by looking at the back of your carpet and your carpet square; there will be arrows pointing one way. You must cut the carpet square facing the direction that the rest of your carpet is in. Otherwise it will not look right!

Use Tape to Attach One Side

Attach your carpet tape to a single side of the carpet on the floor. It should be attached to the back, facing up. Once you have done this, slowly lower your carpet square onto the sticky side of the tape, taking care to make sure that the connection to the other carpet is very tight. Press down firmly. Wait at least one hour for this side to adhere.

Attach the Other Sides

Once the first side has adhered to the carpet, you can attach the other sides. Simply repeat the first process: attach the tape to the existing carpet first then slowly lower the patch onto it. You do one side first so that you can pull the other sides tightly; if you don't pull it tightly, you will begin to see the carpet loosen after wear. Your carpet patch should be entirely adhered to the rest of the carpet within 24 to 48 hours. During this time you should avoid vacuuming or otherwise disrupting it.

If you aren't altogether assured of your carpet installation skills, you might want to call professional carpet installers, such as They don't just lay down new carpet but also repair old carpet, too. The most important thing in this situation is that you have the same exact carpet that was damaged, so make sure to source that first.