Asked on Jul 23, 2012

"Stick on" carpet tiles on my new vinyl plank flooring? would it work?

TcsBernice HWoodbridge Environmental


I am still having difficulty in finding a runner for the hallway to help with covering the vinyl planking we just put down. Do you think putting down stick on carpet tiles would work?
The runners I have seen and tried are not very pretty and some are very expensive or very cheap. The hard hall way floor is noticeably hard on my back compared to the carpet that was there.And winter is comng. I am still in search of....
9 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 23, 2012

    Stick on carpet is pretty thin...most regular carpet is set over a pad of some type so you get 2 cushion layers working for you. The trouble with stick on is that the glue residue my permanently ruin your vinyl flooring. Since this flooring (vinyl) is new it would be a shame to ruin it. One of the best options for fatigue and comfort is a decent pair of shoes...Anti-fatigue mats are used in numerous commercial and industrial settings but a first line of defense is quality footwear. If the runners you find attractive are a bit thin you may be able to find some under rug padding. I would fee better about something like the link above...this could be lightly secured to the new vinyl with some double sided carpet tape to prevents slippage or movement.

  • Bernice H
    on Jul 23, 2012

    Thanks Kevin, I didnt think about how thin they are, and now that I do think about it, they ARE very thin. Do you think a "rubber" backed runner would leave any marks? I need about 20 feet, so this is why it has become a quest! I can do several throw rugs linked together, or one long runner. But the ones I have tried are too busy or look dirty being a weird beige. If ?rubber? backed would not leave marks on the vinyl, maqybe i could get a piece cut off a regular 12 ft roll by about 24-26 inches? I am calling it rubber backed, but I think you know what I mean. 20+ feet of carpet runner is a challenge! I have checked out the tape to finish unbound carpet,, about 5 bucks for just maybe 3 feet. hmmm No, we dont wear shoes in the house. Usually. Thanks, I appreciate the input, and I do like my vinyl planking, thanks again for steering me this way.

  • I agree with KMS on this Bernice, any glue based backing on carpet tiles will cause issues with vinyl. If it was tile it would be a different story, even wood. But the chemicals used to make the adhesive on the carpet backing may react with the vinyl causing it to stain or mess up the surface in other ways. Rubber backed runners or using a rubber backed pad for runners may be your best bet. I would suggest that you contact the manufacture of the flooring you have, most have a hot line, and ask them what you can do to put a runner down and prevent it from sliding. They may even have a product that they would suggest using. Otherwise you may risk loosing your warranty on the finish if what ever you use is not approved by the flooring manufacture itself.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jul 24, 2012

    Not sure what your budget is but there are lots out there that are not biege.

  • Bernice H
    on Jul 28, 2012

    Thanks Kevin , I checked out the site..they look nice, but I need 20 feet...yikes! I am sure eventually i will find something that works before winter, I may need to get several same type area carpets and just place them end to end. I did that already but they were a very busy pattern when on the floor , we didnt like it. But we'll keep looking.

  • Ahh, Just glue the carpet tiles to your slippers. lol. Then you have carpet where ever you walk. :-)

  • Bernice H
    on Jul 29, 2012

    Well! My out loud for the day! My hubs would say the same thing! :) good idea bob! I will consider it! haha

  • Bernice H
    on Sep 21, 2012

    Update..costco has some nice beige throw carpets for 14 each. Heavy and very nice quality. 5 of them do very well down the hall! Solved for now.

  • Tcs
    on Jan 5, 2016

    If you find these don't work consider going to a carpet store an asking for remnants. They can cut and bind the edges for you

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