How to Restretch a Carpet

Fit, trim and restretch your carpet in one afternoon.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Cold chisel
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Stapler
  • Pry bar
  • Rubber mallet
  • Utility knife
  • Tin snips

Power stretcher, Knee kicker, Carpet cutter, Screwdriver (flat tip)

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Carpet
  • Carpet pad
  • Tack strips
  • 5/16-in. staples