Carpet remnants are a starting point for making custom area rugs.

How to Make a Carpet Remnant Look Like a Rug

by D Ann Kross

Carpet remnants are available through a variety of resources, including retail flooring stores, carpet-binding workshops and home centers. Create a custom area rug from remnants for an economical, yet creative, solution for the spaces in your home that could benefit from the warmth, comfort and color impact that an area rug provides. Depending on the rug style desired, there are several methods that utilize remnants as the starting point to a beautiful finish.

1. Style Choices

Carpet remnants require finishing on raw edges to ensure safety and attractive appearance. Research carpet seam binding tape choices for color and width options. Textured carpets, such as berbers, sometimes feature extra-wide seam tape to create a visual frame around a remnant. Create a custom tape with a double-sided border of upholstery-grade fabric along the edges of a remnant for endless design possibilities. Attach it with a hot glue gun after measuring, cutting, folding and ironing the selected fabric to the desired width. Incorporate the same fabric on throw pillows or other accents to extend a unified pattern within a space. Patchwork carpet designs incorporate a mix of remnants or carpet samples to create a one-of-a-kind rug style and shape. Apply carpet seam binding to the backing to connect two or more remnants together. Finish edges with seam binding tape for added safety and durability.

2. Rag to Rug

Clip loose fibers and use a tape measure and carpet shears to eliminate uneven edges on the carpet remnant. Miter carpet seam tape at the corners for a professional-looking finish, and attach it using manufacturer's instructions, as product specifications vary. Determine the expected life cycle of your rug based on its location and the carpet remnant quality. Consult a professional seam-binding service to compare costs of labor and materials. Complicated rug designs with pattern insets and borders may be good candidates for professional binding services, which will extend the life of your rug beyond those finished using DIY kits and products.

3. Rug Sizes

Determine the finished size for an area rug by measuring the applicable floor space. Check for obstructions, such as furniture legs, that may interfere with rug clearance, especially in high traffic areas. Seam binding tape comes in a variety of widths and will extend the finished size of a rug by a few inches on all sides. Runners are good candidates for remnants because of their oblong shape, which can be matched with 12-foot-wide carpet roll remnants. A 3-foot-by-12-foot roll-end remnant can accommodate several carpet runners when cut to specific lengths. Large area rugs are harder to create based on the size limitations of remnants. Opt for a small-to-medium area rug, such as 4 feet by 6 feet, for a greater variety of remnant choices.

4. Designer Tips

Carpet-binding workrooms have seam-binding supplies and are a good resource to finish your rug remnant edges professionally, or for seaming several remnants together. Opt for a unique look on your remnant area rug to reflect your style. Experiment with a variety of seam tapes and upholstery fabrics to discover unusual color combinations. Consider creating an interesting design with several small pieces, such as a checkerboard or diagonal multicolor stripe, to make use of remnants that have odd shapes and sizes. Mix it up with a variety of styles, such as a woven commercial-grade carpet remnant that is inset with a velvet plush grade in several complementary colors.

About the Author

As an allied ASID member, D'Ann Kross co-owned and managed an Interior design business serving the greater New Orleans area for 20 years, and has been the lead designer for a major home furnishings franchise. She has published several articles as a contributing editor for "Gulf Coast Woman Magazine."

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