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Carpet tiles require no adhesive or fasteners to secure them in place.

We first noticed carpet tiles in offices because they can be replaced where heavy foot traffic makes an obvious worn pattern, so it’s no surprise carpet tiles have made their way into the home furnishings market.

It’s a lot easier and cheaper to replace a section of carpeting rather than wall-to-wall carpeting when only a section has worn away or is damaged with an unsightly pet stain. For a new floorcovering in an odd-sized space you can create a custom design carpet. They require no adhesive or fasteners to secure them in place creating an almost instant makeover in a room minus the additional step and mess.

We found interlocking carpet tiles sold in sizes ranging from 12- to 36-inch squares and 9-by-36-inch planks with edging systems that lock together; and available in an array of trendy colors and patterns sold online and at home and flooring centers.

A good installation hinges on the condition of the floor; it should be sound, level, dry and dust-free. If possible, remove all or most of the furniture from the room; otherwise work on one side or section of an empty room to install the tiles. Then move furniture back to finish other sections of the room. Before you begin installing the tiles, you’ll need a vacuum with a crevice tool, a damp mop and a pry bar to remove molding or tack strips. To install the tiles, you’ll need a utility or carpet knife with extra blades, a straight edge, measuring tape, chalk line and knee pads.

A carpet installer will charge $1,270 to lay moderately priced carpet tiles in a 12-by-15-foot room, or with some waste, about 200 square feet. You can buy them and do it yourself for $555, saving 56%.

To help you plan using carpet tiles in a room has a handy Rug Size Guide

To find more DIY and contractor project costs and to post comments and questions, visit

Pro Cost — DIY Cost — Pro time — DIY Time — DIY Savings — Percent Saved

$1,270 — $555 — 6.0 — 7.0 — $715 — 56%

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