How to Make an Area Rug Out of a Carpet Remnant

Area rugs add color, texture and warmth to tile and hardwood flooring. The issue many people face with area rugs is the cost. Large area rugs can easily command a price of more than a thousand dollars. Finding the right size can also be challenging, especially for hallways and entryways. Leftover carpet remnants from wall-to-wall carpeting give you an affordable solution to high priced rugs. Don't worry if you haven't installed any carpeting lately -- you can purchase discounted carpet remnants from carpet stores and home furnishing stores that sell carpeting. You'll also need some binding material to provide a finished look to the edges and to keep them from fraying.

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Measure the area where you want to put the rug to ensure you buy enough carpeting.

Step 1

Measure the area where you want to place the rug so you can purchase a carpet remnant big enough to make the rug.

Step 2

Unroll the carpet remnant face down. Use a black marker and straightedge to mark the carpet backing where it needs to be cut. Use the straightedge to guide your carpet knife as you cut the carpet, to ensure a clean, straight cut. Trim the carpet edges using a straightedge and carpet knife to make all the sides perfectly straight.

Step 3

Turn the carpet right side up. Trim the end of the binding strip with scissors, and peel back a long portion of the paper on the flat, adhesive part of the strip.

Step 4

Start in the middle of one of the carpet's sides, and place the back of the carpet on the flat binder adhesive, adhering the binding to the underside of the carpet, with about half the width sticking out to be folded around to the top side of the carpet. Unroll the binding strip as you go along the carpet's edge, peeling back the paper as needed. Fold the binding around the unfinished carpet edge as you go.

Step 5

Install the binding around the corner by making a cut in the flat part of the adhesive strip at the corner. Use the edge of the carpet to make a straight cut. Do not cut through the piping, just bend it around the corner and overlap the sticky side on the back of the carpet.

Step 6

Continue to install the binding around the perimeter of the carpet piece until you reach the beginning. Trim the binding with scissors so that the beginning and ending edges are touching.

Step 7

Seal the two binding edges with a spot of hot glue. Hold the two pieces together for several seconds until the glue sets.

Step 8

Use the long nozzle tip on the hot glue gun to add a 1/8-inch bead of glue between the piping on the binder and the carpet's edge. Hold the piping against the carpet's edge for several seconds while the glue sets.