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A Simple Guide to Carpet Installation Patterns

Posted on Jan 16, 2018, by Michael Eckert

One of the main benefits of modular carpet tiles is the design flexibility they offer. Not only are carpet tiles available in a much wider range of patterns, colors and designs than other flooring types; they can also be installed in a variety of different patterns and layouts, to add an additional design flair to even a subtle choice of carpet tile.

We're looking at several different installation pattern options, for both modular carpet squares and carpet planks - as different shapes of carpet tiles offer different installation patterning opportunities.

Carpet Tile Squares

The installation options for square carpet tiles are fairly limited, but offer the opportunity to create patterns and designs that can't be achieved with broadloom carpet. Essentially, you can either rotate tiles or offset them to create patterns.

Monolithic.jpg1) Monolithic

This is the simplest carpet tile installation pattern: all of your carpet tile squares are installed in the same orientation, in neat rows and columns.

Brick.jpg2) Brick

The rows of your carpet tile squares are off-set by half a tile's width, creating a brick-like pattern.

Ashlar.jpg3) Ashlar

This is similar to the brick layout, but rather than off-setting each row by half a tile's width, it's each column that's off-set by half a tile, creating a vertical brick-like pattern.

Quarter Turn.jpg4) Quarter-Turn

In this layout, carpet tiles are installed in neat rows and columns, but each tile is rotated 90-degrees compared with the tile before it. This is a popular installation choice for plain colored tiles, as it adds a subtle - but still noticeable - pattern.

5) Random

Your carpet tile squares are laid with no consideration for orientation or direction of tile patterns. If your tiles have an abstract, organic pattern this can work well, but is less suited to tiles with a more rigid, geometric design.

Carpet Planks

With rectangular carpet planks you can recreate several of the installation patterns that can be created with square tiles, such as monolithic, ashlar and brick layouts. However, the rectangular plank shape adds greater patterning possibilities. The following layouts can't be recreated with square carpet tiles.

Herringbone.jpg6) Herringbone

Pairs of carpet tiles are installed at right-angles, to create the instantly-recognizable herringbone arrowhead. This is a popular installation choice for carpet planks, as it creates a distinctive pattern.

Basketweave.jpg7) Basketweave

Carpet tile planks are installed in interlocking groups of four, so that the pattern resembles a woven pattern. Like herringbone, it creates a very distinctive pattern on the floor, making it a popular choice as a way to add design flair.

Additional Carpet Installation Pattern Options

As well as laying carpet tiles in different patterns, there are other ways to introduce creativity into your flooring layout.

8) Accent Tiles

Mixing in carpet tiles in a contrasting color or pattern at random throughout your floorplan is a great way to add color and interest into your flooring design in small bursts. You may opt for a neutral color for the majority of your carpet tiles, but use accent tiles to add in a bit of branding or personality to the installation.

9) Mix-and-Match

Alternatively, you could choose two different - co-ordinating or contrasting - carpet tile designs, and mix-and-match across your floorplan. This will strengthen the visual impact of your flooring, and deliver even greater creative freedom.

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Michael Eckert

Written by Michael Eckert