A beginner’s guide on how to patch a carpet (with pictures)

Posted in Home Improvement on June 17, 2018

Food, mud, pets, ink, kids, burns, coffee, bubble gum, nail polish — let me count the ways we have of ruining our carpets. Many stains can be removed with spot removers, shampoos or rinses (and surely, the sooner you deal with a stain, the better your chances of removing it)

But when those methods fail, your choices are to live with the damage, move the couch on top of it. Replace the whole carpet — or patch it.


All it takes to patch a carpet is a carpenter's square, sharp utility knife and double-faced tape (all available at home centers) and about a half hour of your time.

Cut your replacement patch from a spare piece of carpet or from an inconspicuous spot, like the back of a closet as in the pictures below.

How to patch a carpet

  1. Cut out and remove the damaged section of the carpet. Before cutting, separate the threads or "nap" of the carpet (as shown in the inset photo) so you can cut through the carpet backing without cutting off a lot of threads along the edge. The more threads that remain intact along the edge, the easier it will be to blend the finished patch.

  1. Cut a replacement patch using the damaged piece you just removed as a pattern. Cut this from a spare piece of carpet or from an inconspicuous place such as the back of a closet as shown in the picture. Patch this hole with the damaged piece of carpet.

  1. Apply double-faced carpet tape around the perimeter of the hole. Press the tape into position on the floor, then peel back and remove the special backing on the top of the tape.

  1. Press the new patch in place. Use a rolling pin or weigh it down with heavy items for a few hours. Finally, use your hand to brush the na along the seam to help blend the patch.

Final tips

If your carpet has a pattern or special weave to it, try to match it when you cut your patch.

This repair works well for rubber-backed carpet, indoor-outdoor carpet, or any carpet without a separate pad beneath.

You can patch a carpet with a separate pad in much the same way, but you need a different type of tape and a special iron to melt the glue on the tape — it’s a task you may want to consider hiring a professional to do.