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How to carpet a ply panel

Updated: Apr 29

Welcome to Combe Valley Campers panel carpeting guide. This 5 step guide will give you all the information you need to cover a ply panel in the four-way stretch carpet.


You will need


  • a ply panel

  • scissors

  • Stanely blade

  • High-temperature contact adhesive

  • 4-way stretch carpet

  • A workbench




Step one- Preparation


Like many jobs preparation is key, the surface needs to be well-prepped before you can start. If the panel is in a very bad condition then you might want to start again, you can buy pre-cut panels on sites such as eBay, custom shop designs or you can make one yourself. If you are going to remake the panel the easiest way is to place your old panel on the new piece of plywood, trace the panel then cut out the new.


If you are reusing the old panel then grab your self some sandpaper and work out any imperfections.


Helpful Hint-  When removing ply panels write ‘Front’ on the side that will need carpeting and ‘back’ on the reverse side. This will remove any confusion with what side to carpet.


Step Two – Cutting The Carpet To Fit


If you have an off cut of carpet from any other projects then, by all means, use it! If you are buying carpet then be sure to measure out the panel first, measure the two furthest points on both the height and the width. When ordering round the size up as although the carpet does stretch its best to have too much than not enough.

If you have an off cut of carpet from any other projects then, by all means, use it! If you are buying carpet then be sure to measure out the panel first, measure the two furthest points on both the height and the width. When ordering round the size up as although the carpet does stretch its best to have too much than not enough.


Helpful hint- Do not just cut around the shape of the panel as you will not have enough carpet to tuck over later. You want to be able to tuck the carpet over so you have a nice finish around the edge of the panel. 


Step Three- Glue Application