Beautiful Area Carpets on a Budget

by Debbie
3 Materials
2 Hours
I wanted some new area rugs for my bedroom, but since my whole house was a total gut job I couldn’t afford new.
This is what I did
I went to a couple of local carpet stores looking for remnants. I found one that was just the exact color I want for my bedroom. It was actually big enough to cut into two pieces
Picture shows one of the carpet pieces after cutting. Pretty easy to cut. Turn it over and mark with a black felt pen and cut with utility razor knife
Carpet salesman said he was going to throw it out but I could have for $20. Well I only had $17 in cash and he didn’t want to use my card so he let me have it for $17.
I asked him how much to bind the carpet and he said $145 to bind 2 rugs.
I didnt want to spend that much money. So I searched on the internet to see if you could bind a rug DIY. There were a couple ideas. But this is what I came up with.
I decided to use braided trim that you can find in a fabric store. This is only an example of what I used but in a different color. Mine is powder blue.
I was very lucky and found the exact color I wanted on clearance for $1 yard. I bought 17 yards for $17. Joann Fabricd carries it and you could wait until you have a 50% coupon.
All I did was hot glue the braid on the edge of the carpet. Was a little tricky with the hot glue. Burned my fingers a little. But managed to hot glue all the way around. Hot glue around the end of braid before you cut it where it will meet the beginning of the braid, so it doesn’t unravel. It’s almost unnoticeable where the two ends meet.
This is a close up of finished carpet with the braided edge. It looks great. Way better that when carpet company binds a rugs
Finished large carpet. I did put an old queen sheet underneath to keep the back of the carpet from scratching the floor. I don’t like the rubberized carpet mat because leaves a rubber residue on the floor
Picture of both carpets in the room.
Once when I was vacuuming I caught a little piece of the braid but was able to just reglue it right back on. Can’t even tell.
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  • Erica Erica on May 26, 2019

    Is there a difference in the braided trim and just using a rope??

  • Joy Joy on May 28, 2019

    love love love the bed & bedspread

  • Deb Deb on Aug 05, 2021

    Doesn’t the sheet underneath make the rug slip and slide around?

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