A Budget Friendly DIY Rug Runner

2 Materials
1 Hour

I love rugs as much as I love hardwood floors. It’s the best of both worlds, really, because they go together hand in hand. It’s almost like floor teamwork. Rugs warm up a room, absorb sound so rooms don’t echo, provide a little cushion under the feet, and they’re pretty. Although I don’t care much for big rugs in the kitchen, I do like to have a small one in front of the sink, and I also prefer to have rug runner in front of the stove. Since we installed a new floor in the kitchen, I’ve been on the quest for the perfect runner that was within budget (not much $$) and that complimented the farmhouse kitchen. Since I wasn’t finding exactly what I had in mind for a runner, I decided to make my own. Today, I’m going to share with you how to make a DIY budget friendly rug runner.

In my quest for a rug runner I did find some beauties, but they were either too elaborate for the space, or too pricey. I made my way to IKEA to have a look and I came across the perfect rug design for the sink area. I liked it so much, I wanted a runner in the same striped design and looked all over for one.


So, I decided to make one. How hard could it be, and for the low price of $3.99 per rug, I couldn’t go wrong. I bought three; one for the sink area, and two to make the runner. No need to sew the rugs together, all that’s needed is some rug seam tape. I bought this roll.

First, cut the fringe (if there is any) on the side of the rugs that will be joined together.

Cut a piece of seam tape the length of the rug edge to be joined. Carefully adhere one rug to tape, only going halfway down on the tape, leaving the other half for the second rug. Adhere the second rug, carefully lining up the stripes and/or pattern, and making sure that the rugs are completely lined up and no seam tape shows. Press down on the rugs down the seam for the seam tape to completely adhere. That’s it. Easy peasy.

This project can be done to make larger rugs, too. Combine patterns and colors. Have at it! This is an easy and budget friendly way to make rugs and runners.

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  • Kelly Schork Kelly Schork on Jun 20, 2022

    Where did you buy the rugs at that price? Can you put a link up?

  • Mrs8351902 Mrs8351902 on Jun 21, 2022

    Will they stay attached after being washed?

  • Lori Lori on Jun 21, 2022

    Are they washer and dryer safe? Even if I put no slip tape on them?

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  • Heather Ruiz Heather Ruiz on Jun 28, 2022

    Love this idea. I often find rugs in smaller sizes that I want in bigger size. And you can put rug grippers underneath to keep from falling. Tyfs

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Jul 13, 2022

    Yes, rug gripper can be purchased by length off the bolt.

    This can be put under the carpet (in addition to the double faced tape) to help secure the rug down. The degree to which it still may be a slip hazard though will depend on the type of flooring that is in the room to begin with.