A carpet installer must be able to read floor sketches, take accurate measurements, follow standard safety procedures and operate power tools. Carpet installers must also know how to sew carpet seams, join carpet seams with tape and heated glue, install carpet padding and use hand tools in a safe manner.
Good time-management skills are essential for carpet installers, especially those expected to complete several jobs per week. A carpet installer in a supervisory position must be able to coordinate the schedules of other installers and ensure all jobs are completed on time.
Carpet installers also need to have basic math skills to do their jobs effectively. An installer must be able to take measurements and determine if a piece of carpet fits a particular space. Math is also necessary for creating invoices and making change when customers pay in cash. Because carpet installers need to carry heavy carpets into homes of varying sizes, some critical-thinking skills are required. A carpet installer must be able to figure out how to maneuver a large piece of carpet into a small entryway or move the carpet from one room to another without damaging the customer's belongings.
A carpet installer must be able to replace soiled carpet with new swatches, roll out and cut a piece of carpet to size, stretch carpet to fit a room and remove excess material or frayed edges from carpeting.