How to Carpet Ceiling? (When is it a Good Idea?)

Having carpets on the floor is considered usual, and we all know the reasons behind it. But there is also the option to cover the ceiling with carpet. I’ll disclose the step-by-step carpet ceiling and how it applies to RVs and Vans in this blog post.

Carpet ceiling is a decision many people make based on different reasons. To do it correctly, the right carpet is needed as well as some planning.

How to Carpet Ceiling

Why do carpet ceilings?

Carpet is oftenly thought of as an option only for flooring, but this is far from true. Carpet ceiling is also an option that you can adopt for functional or aesthetical reasons.

Whether in a home or RVs and Vans carpet ceiling is an option for aesthetical reasons, to help keep the heat inside and make the acoustic better.

If you choose to adopt a carpeted ceiling, maybe you think it’s pretty tricky to do the procedure, and perhaps you’re not sure that you can do it yourself. If that’s you, this blog post is here to prove to you that you’re wrong.

I wrote this blog post to give you all the steps you need to do carpet ceiling, RVs, and Vans carpet.

How to carpet the ceiling?

Step 1

Cut the carpet into tiles so you can carry it above your head. You can also buy [amazon link=”B01N5O4OSV” title=”carpet tiles”/] that are already of the perfect size and have a self-adhesive backing. You’ll find these tiles in different sizes. Usually, they come in size 18 inches by 18 inches, 19.7 inches by 19.7 inches, and 24 inches by 24 inches.

Step 2

Climb the ladder to start the installation, make the carpet corner meet the corner of the wall. Another option is to start the installation by the center and towards the corners.

If that’s the way you choose to do it, find the center of the wall and mark it using a piece of chalk.

Step 3

If you’re not using self-adhesive tiles to place the carpet in the ceiling, there’s the option to staple the carpet in the ceiling starting from the corners to the edges.

As I mentioned above, there are some different ways to fill out the ceiling. The first one is from the corner to the center, the second one is from the center towards the corners, and finally, you can fill the quadrants of the ceiling.

Step 4

If you’re not using self-adhesive tiles, you’ll need to use seaming tape on the edges of your stapled carpet.

Once the seamed tape is all placed, heat the seaming iron and place it on the tape for 30 seconds. Then, press the carpet to fix it to the ceiling.

If you’re using self-adhesive tiles, you’ll be able to move them around to make them fit perfectly to the ceiling since the glue isn’t so strong.


Since no one will be walking on the carpet, you don’t need to leave the padding

Tip: Plan the Layout on the Floor

It’s very different installing a carpet on the floor or the ceiling. It’s harder to deal with the tiles if they don’t have the proper size, and it is also harder to manage how the ceiling will look at the end.

Once the carpet is installed in the ceiling it is hard to remove it, and the result probably will be a damaged ceiling. To avoid this, it’s essential to plan how the tiles will be positioned on the ceiling even before starting the installation.

The easiest way to do this is by placing the layout you’d like to get as the final result on the floor. If your carpet has any pattern, arrange it most harmoniously.

You can also play with textures. For instance, if your carpet has a linear texture, you can make an interesting pattern from it by alternating the position of the lines.

Another idea is to create a checkerboard pattern. For this, all you need is to use tiles of two different colors. But, of course, you can also create your unique pattern by mixing as many colors – or textures – as you want.


When you’re done planning and are ready to start the procedure of carpet ceiling, take a picture of the pattern you decided to use so you can use it as a reference.

Carpet Ceiling in the RVs and Vans

Like at home, the carpeted ceiling in the RVs and Vans can help with the noise when driving and work as an excellent insulator.

To glue carpet on your RV or van, you’ll need a different technique than to apply it at your home ceiling.

Add glue to the ceiling panel and press the carpet to it. Once it gets a thin layer of adhesive, remove it and lay it down for 5 to 10 minutes (depending on the temperature).

Once the adhesive is already settled, you can start applying the carpet to the ceiling. You probably won’t face it moving around too much, but you’ll have to settle it down firmly to be as bubble-free as possible.


Having a bubble-free carpet as a result may take some practice. But to achieve it you can use once again the technique of making the carpet into tiles, so it’s easier to work with it.

Covering the Carpet

Once the RV or van is covered with carpet, it can get damaged. In this case, you can cover the damaged carpet by applying thin wood panels and then laying the new carpet above it.

Cleaning the Carpet

If your carpet has some spots that are limited to some areas and the most significant part of it is still looking good, you can try cleaning it before thinking about covering the carpet.

You can try using baking soda and peroxide mix or [amazon link=”B01CKID7FY” title=”carpet cleaning sprays”/]. Ensure that it’s completely dry, and then check if it’s blended to the rest of the carpet.


Doesn’t matter the reason why you choose to carpet the ceiling, you now have all it takes to apply it and enjoy all the benefits of having a carpeted ceiling. Just make sure you choose a carpet that fits your home and you’ll see how nice it is to have it on your ceiling.

Keep Reading

We are always looking for ways to make our homes cozier, this is why I started writing this blog in the first place. If you’re like me and would like to dive deeper, you may want to read this blog post about the tools you need to properly install your carpet.

Nancy Adams

I am a fan of home decor, I devote all my free time to this activity. One of the most important components of home comfort is carpets & rugs and at the same time, it is one of the poorly covered topics on the Internet. Therefore, I decided to share my experience and knowledge in this niche.

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