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How to create a carpet to tile transition with different heights

Easyshims are a great invention. They solve the common issue of how to create a neat carpet to tile transition in a doorway when the finished flooring levels are different heights. Easyshims slip under your carpet and underlay and create a gentle slope up to your higher floor. Once flat with each other, simply join your flooring with nice, smart door thresholds, such as the Premier Z or Premier Posh.

carpet to tile transition with different heights
Easyshims create an invisible slope to raise a carpet up to adjoining tiles or other hard floorcoverings

Not just carpet to tile transition but wood, laminate and stone too

If your carpet lies at a lower level than the hard floor covering you want to join it to then you’ll need some sort of a ramp. This allows the door threshold strips  to lie nice and flat. Easyshims are pre-made, tapered ramps, which you slip under a carpet and underlay to pack it up.

So, no trip hazards nor carpet suspended in mid-air…just a smooth transition.

They work in a number of situations, such as:

  • When a bathroom is re-tiled on top of the old tiles. This inevitably causes the tiled flooring to be thicker and therefore creates an uneven transition to a carpeted landing
  • Likewise, if a new stone floor is installed in a kitchen on a screed, it sometime will end up slightly higher in level than the hall
  • When underfloor heating causes the hard floorcovering to be higher than the the adjoining carpeted floor
  • Similarly, when an extension doesn’t quite end up the same floor level as the existing building

The Easyshims are tapered wood shims, which are made in MDF. They come in a choice of thicknesses: 6mm, 9mm, 12mm or 15mm.  You can DIY fit them; otherwise, ask an NICF trained fitter to install Easyshims for you and make the necessary calculations as to which size you require. It’s worth the effort. When fitted well, they can turn an ugly join into a beautiful, smooth transition.

How to fit Easyshims

The following video from the manufacturer Stairrods UK explains how they work.

Alternative ramp options

You may also like to take a look at the Premier Compression Ramp. Similarly, it is a door threshold for joining a carpet to a tiled, wood or stone floor that is at a different level to your carpet.

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