Curbly Recession Busters: Make Your Own Modern Area Rug

created on: 12/18/08

If you're in a pinch for a fresh, modern looking area rug, and are feeling frustrated by your choices at the local home improvement outlets, just make your own and and save $$$...

What you need:

  • 2 pieces of 3 ft. wide carpet runner with no sewn or bound edging edges


These are sold by the foot on a roll with limited choices but look for color and/or texture, like a ribbed heather.

  • utility knife
  • level
  • straight edge
  • duct tape

created on: 12/18/08

2.  Unroll the runners and, make sure the long edges are straight. Firmly tape them together with duct tape right down the middle. Add tapes across the center taped seam at 12" intervals.  

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3. Using a level, straight edge and utility knife, mark how long you want your area rug. Run the utility knife along the straight edge, cutting off excess to make the top and bottom of the rug straight and "square".  Now add a piece of duct tape across the top and bottom of the rug edges to hold the ends in place.

created on: 12/18/08

A simple, inexpensive answer to your rug dilemma.

created on: 12/18/08

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ModHomeEcTeacher on Dec 19, 2008:

It's a quick fix. I've vacuumed it with no problem. We'll see how it holds up. It's not forever. Plus you could cut sections in different directions to get a ribbed design, duct tape a bunch together and cut out whatever design you want. The challenge is getting a color that is halfway interesting.

dewonangus on Dec 19, 2008:

Great idea and it would work well in customizing for any size area!  How is that type of carpeting for vacuuming and cleaning?

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