DIY Auto Carpet Replacement

DIY projects have always been something I rarely shy away from; at least a lot less when I was younger and had more energy. Admittedly, thinking about auto carpet replacement for myself is a challenging thought to say the very least. To put it in the simplest terms, I wouldn’t have prepared nearly as much as I should have to make the whole auto carpet replacement a smooth activity. Now you can learn from the most common mistakes so you won’t have to make them.

At this point, I should mention that:

1. Some knowledge of a car’s anatomy is essential to know what goes where.

2. For flawless results, march the replacement carpet’s colour with the original one and make sure that you get the right one for your particular car’s model.

3. Remove the replacement car carpet carefully from its box so as to both ensure you don’t damage the carpet itself or damage the box in case you need to return the carpet.

4. Unplug your car battery so it doesn’t get drained as you work. Remember, your car doors will be open during the entire auto carpet replacement process.


Plastic bags/boxes  (e.g. screws)

A sharp utility knife

An ice pick/awl

Basic tool box

Torx Drivers/Allen Wench

Mechanic’s mat/old piece of cardboard

How to

1. Removing the seats

Unbolt the front seats from under your car then push a pin located somewhere under the seats to release them.  Repeat for the back seats. Remember to keep the bolts, nuts and any small parts in the paper bags/small boxes we mentioned earlier to keep anything from getting lost.

2. Removing the seat belts

The bolts that secure the seat belts should be exposed once the seats are out. Use a Torx driver or Allen wench to unfasten these depending on which type your car uses.

3. Removing the interior trim panels, the kick panels and the sill plates

The door sill plate should come off once you unscrew it and pry it loose with a wide blade or flat screw driver. The same goes for the kick panel and for all cases, don’t force anything. Gently work your way through all the panels to ensure you don’t damage anything.

4. Removing the console, floor shifter and old carpet

If your car has a centre console, you need to check under the trim caps to find the fasteners. Check around the car’s edges for any kind of fasteners to ensure the old carpet is left completely exposed so you can then roll it off the floor of the car.

5. Preparation and laying out of the new carpet

This is the whole point to your auto carpet replacement. Lay out the new carpet in the car’s floor with the heel pad under the pedal/gas breaks. Cut all the required holes in the carpet to accommodate fasteners and the rest of the car’s parts. Remember to trim the excess parts that are usually made to overflow over the car’s perimeter.

6. Reinstall panels

This is all about putting everything back in the reverse order of how you removed it. And voila! You’re done! Although it may sound or appear quite complicated, the process of installing replacement auto carpet is pretty straight forward. Maybe more so for the seasoned tool handler but it’s never too late to start learning.

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