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The CFI installation guidelines are a valuable tool. The CFI Installation Resource Manual provides detailed information concerning measuring patterns, pattern repeats and determining an accurate pattern count. An overview is included in this article. The Patterned Carpet Resource Guide and the accompanying video are available from CFI.

The third in a series of patterns - a beautiful patterned carpet installation

1. Measure patterns across the width

A. Determining pattern count across the width is critical prior for the installation of patterned goods.

B. This can affect the finished look if there is not sufficient carpet to properly complete installation.

2. Figure Pattern Repeat

A. Refer to manufacturer's listed pattern repeat prior both in width and length, prior to installation.

Ex: A carpet with a pattern repeat of 18.3750 inches equals 18 3/8 inches

Table of fractional values and their decimal equivalents:

3. Figure accurate pattern count

A. Check manufacturer's stated pattern size.

B. Measure width of carpet from selvage to selvage and record the distance in inches.

C. Check actual pattern for ample carpet to trim for a match.

D. Divide stated pattern repeat size into the inches recorded.

E. If the total of inches is more than the exact number of the pattern count, this allows for trimming of the selvage. The pattern count is correct.

Correct example:

• Breadth of carpet, 12-feet wide = 144-inches

• Pattern repeat = 18-inches

• 144 ÷ by 18 = 8 repeats across 12-feet width

A. If after dividing and checking the count, there are not enough inches to trim, it is necessary to cut in one full pattern.

B. The overall width of the carpet is now diminished by one full pattern. This could create a shortage of carpet to complete the installation. Contact the manufacturer.

Incorrect Example:

• Breadth of carpet, 12 feet wide = 142 inches

• Pattern repeat = 18 inches

• 142 ÷ by 18 = 7 patterns plus 16 inches

Carpet repeat is 7 patterns plus 16 inches of waste. The working merchandise is approximately 10 feet 6 inches.


Patterned carpet installation requires communication and preparation. The installation contractor must be qualified to work with patterned goods. It is understood that the professional expertise, which results in a quality installation will increase the cost. However, if customer satisfaction is the ultimate goal, decisions made by the retailer, architect, general contractor, owner or responsible party, will have a direct impact on the finished product received by the client.

All parties must realize that the installation requires additional time, cost and expertise to provide our clients with the finest of installations. To achieve this, consider the following:

• The patterned carpet specialist is a proficient, well-known flooring installation artist whose reputation includes painting a picture with a ptterned carpet in the client's environment. If everything is in order, the effect is long-lasting and beautiful.

• The salesperson must discuss characteristics with the client and only promise what can be accomplished. If it does not start right, it will not finish right.

• Even if the material is within manufacturing tolerances, all parties need to be aware that standard installation methods will not always bring patterns to an acceptable level for the client.

• Whereas, when above and beyond installation techniques and time are required to satisfy the end user, all must under stand that the installation contractor cannot be the sole party carrying the burden of time, expertise and cost.

• Cutting corners or accepting the lowest bid is never acceptable or wise. Price cannot be the issue. When all of the above are considered, our client receives what was expected at the time of the purchase.