Carpet keeps drums from sliding around the stage.

How to Make Your Own Drum Rug

by Kathy Adams

A drum rug is one of the most important add-ons for your drum setup, as you may know if you've ever played without one. Playing without a rug on a hard surface means you'll be reaching farther and farther for those drums after a few songs, as the drum and cymbal stands slide across the floor. While rugs are made specifically for drums, these are often expensive and unnecessary. Make your own drum rug from a remnant or area rug for a fraction of the cost. Generally, a 4-by-5-foot rug suffices for a small stage or setup area, while a 5-by-7-foot rug is suitable for settings with ample space.

Measure the floor area of your drum kit with a tape measure to determine the approximate amount of space it takes up.

Visit a home improvement store or carpet retailer to find an indoor/outdoor remnant or runner slightly larger than the area you'll need, such as an extra foot wide and long. If not available, purchase a carpet runner twice as wide as you'll need, as you'll be cutting it in half and reassembling it.

Cover the work surface with corrugated cardboard to protect it from cuts. Place the carpet on the cardboard.

Mark the carpet at the desired dimensions, such as 4 feet long and 6 feet wide, using pieces of painter's tape. Slice the carpet along these measurements using a utility knife with a straightedge as a guide. If using two smaller pieces, such as from a runner, cut the pieces at 4 feet long, 3 feet wide, for example.

Create a finished edge by applying carpet binding tape to the cut edges. Set the rug on the floor, then unroll the carpet binding tape to the desired length, backing side up. Peel off the removable backing, then slide the sticky part of the binding material under the edge of the rug. Press and smooth the rug down. This step is optional: Some rugs with rubberized backing may not unravel and won't need the binding.

Bind two pieces of cut carpet together by flipping them face down and lining them up next to one another. Tape the two pieces together with carpet seaming tape, duct tape or gaffer's tape.

Items you will need

  • Tape measure
  • Indoor/outdoor carpet remnant or carpet runner
  • Large sheet or sheets of corrugated cardboard
  • Painter's tape
  • Straightedge
  • Utility knife
  • Stick-on carpet binding tape (optional)
  • Carpet seaming tape, duct tape or gaffer's tape


  • If you play your drums in more than one location, as is probably the case if you play in a band, consider the weight and rollability of the rug material before purchase, as lugging it around from gig to gig may get cumbersome.
  • Add bits of gaffer's tape to the top of the rug to note where drum and cymbal stands belong to make for a speedier setup.
  • Create a funky design such as zebra striping or your band's name on your rug by painting it with fabric paints.

About the Author

Kathy Adams is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer who traveled the world handling numerous duties for music artists. She writes travel and budgeting tips and destination guides for USA Today, Travelocity and ForRent, among others. She enjoys exploring foreign locales and hiking off the beaten path stateside, snapping pics of wildlife and nature instead of selfies.

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