How to make an area rug?

With the popularity of hardwood floors as well as tile flooring in beach areas, area rugs are a great way to soften the space while also providing comfort, sound-dampening, and decor while maintaining the ease of cleaning and the ability to easily change things out.  Now, when many of us think about area rugs, intricate designs come to mind.  Formal scrolls, antique patterns, and maybe even some bold contemporary designs, but what if you're seeking something simple.  Something that's not to become the center of attention, but instead serving as a base for your other decor.  A solid color or very subtle pattern.  Those are not always as easy to find.  In face, I'll go as far as to say they can be very difficult to find if you have specific needs.  Great news though... there's a solution!

While there are some area rugs made for just that purpose and have specific manufacturing methods and materials, others are more along the lines of the carpet you would install in your home.  With that being the case, why not just use it to cover some of the space (i.e. area rug) instead of an entire room as in the case of permanent installation?  Well, you can!  There's no rule that you have to cover an entire room with carpet.   Here are some steps or suggestions:

  • Determine the size of area rug you would like to produce.
  • Visit your local carpet supplier or home improvement store to make some carpet selections.  If you think about an area rug compared to carpet, the area rug is often a lower pile... meaning it's thinner, so you may keep that in mind as you look at carpet types.
  • Select a color and pattern that coordinates with the room's decor, wall/ceiling colors, and will stand up to the traffic it'll encounter.
  • Finish the edges.  This can be done in a number of ways with binding and serging being the most popular.  Binding uses a strip of fabric folded and sewn over the carpet's edge.  Serging is a special process that uses a coordinating color to "wrap" the edge with thread.  Local service companies can do this, and your carpet supplier may also offer the service or have it done by a third party for you.
  • Backing.  This provides a softer back to the carpet so it doesn't destroy your floor's finish.  Backing comes in several types, so select the one that works best for your specific floor type and needs.
  • Transport.  If you are picking up your carpet, do not fold it.  Most carpets need to be rolled to prevent damage.  There are few exceptions, but rolling is the safest way to go.

Once this option is known, the options become endless, and it's fairly easy to have an area rug that matches your specific room's needs.How to make an area rug from carpet

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