Most people probably have never heard of carpet stretching nor have any idea exactly what it means. Likely they assume it is physically pulling carpet for some reason, and this would be correct. Carpet stretching is often necessary when spots of carpet begin to show lumps, wrinkles and bunching in the carpet floor. It can be caused by a multitude of reasons but mostly boils down to three: age, installation and wear.
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Some foam-back carpets simply lie on the floor, but most standard jute-back carpets are laid over a separate pad and are stretched and attached to the floor along the perimeter. The key material for this traditional method is the carpet tack strip. Tack strips are lengths of wood, usually Douglas fir, about 4 feet long and 1 inch wide.