Monday, March 19, 2012

large area rug DIY for under $30

A few years ago, when I visited my friend Kyrie's dorm room, I was beyond impressed with her area rug. I remember my initial assumption was that she didn't spend a ton of money on it because she just wouldn't have. But I was puzzled because it was seriously the coolest.

I eventually (or probably 2 seconds after walking in the room) commented on it and asked where she got such an glamorous rug.

This might have been the moment I knew we'd be friends forever.

She made it....
with carpet squares and duct tape!
Genius.

It's been a few weeks in the making (trial and ERROR), but I finally have my own DIY area rug- and I L.O.V.E it!





So awesome, right!?!?


I happened to find my carpet squares (randomly) on Craigslist.
But here are a few tips for going through a carpet store. 
1. Call around to several places and ask if they sell carpet squares (most do) and what kind of selection they have. 
2. Go to more than one store before you buy. 
3. I don't think it would hurt to ask if they'd take $1/piece.
They were asking $2 for large squares but I asked. I cut the cost of my project in half.
4. Chances are you won't find enough of the same color to make a monochromatic carpet. But, you should try to stick to one type of carpet to get a cohesive effect. 
5. Buy a couple extra squares if you can so that you have more to work with to get a pattern you're satisfied with.

Ok. moving on:

This was attempt #1. I learned some hard lessons.




I kind of lost my patients...big time! I didn't take into consideration that Kyrie made a much smaller rug and the flipping over process probably went better for her than it did for me. 


But sometimes the best DIYs take some perseverance.


I did a little research, found an adhesive that's made specifically for carpet, and tried again. 


I started out by tossing the squares down on the floor and playing around with the arrangement. My first attempt would have actually left me with a completely different layout:




but the second time around I had somehow realized there was another way:




After switching squares around for a little while playing with the colors, I got to the real work. Surprisingly, it took less than an hour.


Here's the adhesive I used. You can find in the carpet department of your hardware store. I payed under $4 a box and used about one and a half rolls. 




I used a regular pair of scissors to cut strips. The length varied depending on which seam I was binding, but ultimately didn't really matter as long as you use enough to form a bond. 



You then peel off the white piece, lift the edge of the carpet square off the ground, and slide it under halfway. Then firmly press the square back down, take the second square and put it over the other half. 


You've got yourself a sturdy seal. Now, just do this until every seam is connected. 



There will be some places where the pieces don't quite come together and there is a gap. You can't really tell unless you look closely. I did learn from my experience that my first layout had many more of these gaps because of the number of times four corners came together. 


I had bought some colored squares with my purchase just in case. I honestly hadn't planned on using them. I thought about leaving the small squares open to the hardwood. I thought it looked kind of cool. I thought about matching a fabric to my new wall art (that I'll be sharing later) but passed on that idea too. When I realized that the four colored squares coincidently matched my new art perfectly, it was a no brainer. I used a regular pair of scissors (although, a carpet blade probably wouldn't have hurt my hand so dang much) to cut the squares down to the appropriate size. 


I also bought 4 rolls of shelf liner at the Dollar Store to use as a gripper. I haven't done this yet. The rug is heavy enough that it doesn't slide around. I might do it just to add some protection for my hardwood floors. 







There you have it! I am so happy with it. I love how it grounds the room, adding a coziness that was previously lacking. And, of course, I love that the entire project cost under $30! 

211 comments:

  1. EEEEEKKKK!!!!! I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE it!!! It turned out so AMAZING! I'm so glad you gave it another try. Stay Fashionable! Love,Candy

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    1. lol. Thanks. And thanks for being so encouraging. I really appreciate it.

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    2. Holly Cow...! I so love this idea...have been wanting a large area rug but the cost is high...I'm going to try this for sure! Thanks so much for the great idea.

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      Laurie Fleming

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    3. I did this years and years ago. I actually made it as my carpets threw out my house not a area rug. loved it

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    4. I was just thinking about doing a room

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    5. Looking every were for an area rug for my daughter. .sooo expensive LOVE this thank u

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    6. It is truly amazing and gorgeous! Thanks so much for the idea. We are broke from moving and the house is huge with no carpeting. :-( So it looks and feels so cold. This will be so much help and so much cheaper. Thanks again!

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    7. OK ,so we just moved in june from center of wi, wausau to northern wi,Superior.. all hardwood flooring, an love this idea, Rugs i've had my eye on ,5x7 for 110.00 bucks very nice but i can say your idea hits the bulls eye will give it a try thanks,, debbie from wis,,where its 20 below or more rite now....will update you b fore winters over thanks

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    8. OMG i am doing this!! We moved from an apartment with wall to wall carpeting to an apartment without carpeting and tile floors. We live in Buffalo NY and it's -5° today. I've been trying to find something for my very large livingroom (17x14) and i cannot find anything i like or that is reasonably priced. This is such a great idea!!

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    9. Great tutorial. However, I hope you didn't actually lose your patients (are you a doctor?). I would hope that you only lost your patience.

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  2. You just solved a huge problem for me! I've wanted large rugs for my living and dining room but didn't want to pay hundreds of dollars, plus I like the clean lines rather than an oriental rug. Great idea, thank you so much for sharing!

    Visiting from Whimsically Homemade!

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    1. It's unreal how much a rug like this can cost. While some are absolutely beautiful, there's NO WAY I could ever justify the $$$. Be sure to share when you make yours- I'd love to see.

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    2. Can you vacuum this rug, with out it coming apart? I love this idea I WILL be doing this!

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    3. Can you vacuum this rug, with out it coming apart? I love this idea I WILL be doing this!

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    4. what did the dimentions of the rug end up been at the end.

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    5. I was wondering about the vacumning part also...it sure is a neat idea!!

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  4. I love this! I have been deciding what to do for my kid's play area, this might be it!
    Emily
    domesticdeadline.blogspot.com

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  5. You are so clever and creative! Love it!
    Aunt Marie

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  6. Love, Love, Love this!! Definitely doing this when I move into my new house!!

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  8. I am loving this project. I have wanted a rug in my living room since we built the house, but didn't want to pay the big bucks because our kids would just ruin it. This is PERFECT! AND....if a section gets spilled on past repair, you could just pull up that one square and lay a new one....YAY! I've got a ton of projects too...you should stop by Cook It Clean It Make It Fun!

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    1. Thanks Stefanie! I didn't even think about how easy it would be to switch out pieces if they get stained! so true. I'm on my way over! Thanks for the invite.

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  9. I never ever comment on blogs... But I just have to say this is fabulous. I have been looking for YEARS! on some way to make an area rug for a large room. There are very few... honestly this is the only one I have seen.... Absolutely, fabulous!

    My only question is what type of carpet did you purchase? Fluffy? :)

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    1. Thanks for commenting Danielle! So I honestly don't know the technical name for the carpet I used- I call it 'small shag.' It is kind of fluffy. In fact, I would imagine that the shaggier/fluffier the carpet, the better because it will help hide the seams. I think the most important thing is to be consistant with texture throughout.

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    2. Nice rug, but your spelling is atrocious!!!!

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    3. Really? You're a jerk. She shared a beautiful item she made and would help out many people and you have to be rude about spelling? Besides I saw no misspelled words only 1 word that the wrong ersion was used but the word that was used is spelled correctly. Yet another hateful negative person. Go away!

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  10. Hi; adding my voice to the love for this project. It looks terrific! Love the colors and the design, first-rate.

    ... One question, please: When I envision "carpet squares" I think of those 1 foot x 1 foot (or 18" x 18") carpet tiles with smooth foam/sometimes sticky backing. But the ones you used appear to be something different; they look like small pieces of standard "wall to wall" carpet with the woven backing, and seam binding around the edges. Are these sold at carpet stores as tiny remnants? I asked one guy at a small local store for "carpet squares" and he thought I meant the foam-backed carpet tiles, which he didnt' have, and we parted, mutually confused. I'm not sure what I'm looking for, here... Thanks a bunch for any help on this.

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    1. They may call them carpet SAMPLES. Tell him they have rug backing and look like smaller rugs :)

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    2. Thank you!
      I have heard them called samples before too. I went to a few different local stores and they all had them. Basically they are the ones that you flip through- or are displayed- on the sales floor. All the places I went to had extra piles of them to pick through. I ultimately went with some I found on a Craigslist ad for a store going out of business.
      Hope that's helpful.
      Sorry for the confusion!

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    3. Some big box stores sell packages of 2 for around $3. People use them for door mats and winter car floor protectors but this idea is the best!

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  11. Ive been looking for a perfect rug and couldn't find the colors I wanted. I'm definitely going to do this!

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  12. OMG! This is awesome! I need an area rug for our new cottage but funds are sort of limited due to the 'new' mortgage to go with said 'new cottage'! Now I think I may just be able to get one sooner than I thought AND my own design! Love how you did yours!

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    1. Thanks Rona. Congratulations on the new cottage- so exciting! I'd love to see pics if you make a rug for the space.

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  13. My dad did this in the '70's and the rug was so cool that when we sold our house the people insisted that the rug come with it. When he made it, he ironed the duct tape so it molded better to the samples. Just make sure to lay a towel or cloth over the tape, don't iron directly on it.

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    1. That's so awesome! I love mine so much that I don't know if I could part with it. :)

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  14. You lost your patients??? OMG, where could they have gone?

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    1. As if it wasn't obvious that "patience" was meant.. Thanks for the spelling lesson.

      This is an awesome idea. Love it :)

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  15. This idea is so brilliant...thanks for sharing it!

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  16. This is such a great idea! I went to the local carpet store today to rent a carpet cleaning maching and remembered this post. I asked if they had carpet samples, and the owner led me into a back room piled high with samples and told me it was $1.00 for the "big" samples, but she usually just gave away the smaller ones. I picked out the two big ones and the rest small ones, then told the lady I had to pay something for the small ones - she said they would be 10 cents each. What a bargin!

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  17. I'm currently working on doing our entire basement this way! Hadn't thought of cutting the small squares to "hide" the holes, but that sounds great!!! I also paid only $1.00 for the large pieces & sometimes, I got a few free with my purchases. I'm using greys, blues & greens & am using many different styles of carpet for a real eclectic look. Can't wait to finish it!

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  18. What a fabulous idea!! I love love love it!!! Thank you:-)

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  19. If you haven't already put the shelf liner underneath I saw another pin that used strips of glue from a glue gun to prevent rugs from slipping.

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    1. Also caulking will do the trick (:

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    2. I have tried the hot glue trick and it did not work all that well.

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    3. I have put clear caulking on the under sides of my rugs and it works like a charm!

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  20. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've been going crazy trying to figure out a floor cover. I have an old farm house with weird angles and 3 dogs. They've destroyed the el cheapo carpet that was there when we moved in 5 years ago, and I didn't want to spend oodles on something that might not hold up to them. With this - if there's ever an accident or spill, I can always cut the seam tape and replace! Brilliant!

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  21. are the samples you got all seamed? how do you cover the little spots they leave when pieced together? I'm going to stop by our remnant place to see what they've got thanks!! :)

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  22. Such a great idea and tutorial. I commented and shared on fb.

    Maryann Matas
    http://maryannscreations.wordpress.com

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  23. idea, instead of shelf liner antislip, use plain silicone from caulk gun then go over with flat credit card to spread out, did this on kitchen rugs works great.

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  24. I need a rug for my craft room and like you don't want to spend a fortune on it. I love this idea and will definitely start looking for carpet squares!!

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  25. So, it's coming on a year now. How's it holding up? I love this idea!

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  26. Oh, wow! I have a stack of carpet samples almost 4 feet tall. I got them from Home Depot when they were changing out their display samples for less than $20. Up until now, I have been using them as door mats, but now I think I have a new project to try!!!!

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  27. This is amazing!!!! I need to do this because I hate the area rug in our records room. Thank you, thank you, thank you for persevering through the set backs!

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  28. Patients are at a doctors office. You lost your patience.

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    1. You just have to be "that" person don't you...

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    2. LOL! And he or she forgot the apostrophe in "doctor's"...and posted anonymously, of course.

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  29. What is the finished size of this rug? I'm sure it is on here but I was so excited by the idea that I read it really fast! LOL I have a larger plain rug in my living room, that I think I could just add the samples around to make it bigger!

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    1. You know what- I'm not sure. Probably 6x6. I'm sure you could add to a rug though. I cut up the smaller squares with just a regular pair of scissors to fit.

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  30. Can you tell me how you believe a table would do in the middle of the rug? I want to try this but I have a coffee table.

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    1. I have a large otomon on top of it now that I slide around. It's holding up perfectly. It's important to use the strong carpet bond though.

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  31. I have done something similar by hot gluing carpet samples together. So effective.

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  32. My first thought was bath mats.

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  33. Not sure if you realize this but "Sherbert" is spelled wrong unless that was your intention. The ice cream form is actually "Sherbet" (no "r")

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    1. Yup! My name is Stephanie Herbert = Sherbert. I have always wondered if people notice or think anything of it. Thanks for the feedback!

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    2. Who are you the Spell Check Police?

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  34. When I was in high school I did my entire bedroom floor this way. I glued all the rectangle carpet samples to a huge piece of burlap (Must have sewn it together.) Don't remember the type of glue I used, it was in the early 70's. I loved my bedroom floor.

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  35. I want to do this for my kitchen, I think I will do it in a quilt type pattern to match my country decor.

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  36. You have a good eye for beautiful design! Could you say more about the carpet squares? Are they left over samples or are they sold as carpet squares? What are the dimensions? I would love to make one similar to this!

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  37. I don't know if you have ever heard of this or not but you can also use dots of hot glue on the bottom to make it not slide. Oh and I love this idea by the way. I must try it. Found it on pintrest thank you.

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  38. Love, love, love this! I have quite a few rooms that need area rugs and the thought of spending all that money was killing me. Now I know what to do! Thanks so much for a great idea!

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  39. Thank you so much for this lovely idea. My husband and I were looking for carpet today for our living room; now I know why we couldnt find anything that satisfied us both. Tomorrow I begin gathering carpet squares... Craigslist is a great place to start....And to all the spelling police out there....CHILL! Enjoy the creative experience.

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  40. I remember my Mom doing this when I was a kid(mid to late 70's). Instead of duct tape she had sewn them together with fishing line. At that time she got all her squares for free. I always loved it since it was free and was mulicolored. It didn't make it in their last move. Wore it out.

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  41. I'm starting this project in my home for everyone....I got an amazing deal on Craigslist also and found 200+ squares of all colors and types for $50!! But now I find the problem of different patterns for the squares. If anyone has more advice on different designs, I would greatly appreciate it!! THANK YOU! And the little one I started at my front door does look great already.

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    1. you could cut out circles for some of the carpet squares and then cut out like four of the surounding carpet squares' corners so they fit together like a puzzle and that would make different shapes throughout it..? Not sure if thats what you meant but I thought it might be cool if you know what I mean by this? I love this is idea I'm a college student and have been looking to make my dorm more homey, its such a great idea!!!

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  42. I also sewed the pieces together. I did not use carpet samples but the good scraps of carpet I had gathered. If you know someone who lays carpet, that would be a good place to start. I used all kinds so it had a patchwork look. You can rent a tool that uses an adhesive strip to glue large pieces together. I would guess that an iron would do the trick also. Very good idea for big rug and big space but small budget.

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  43. Fabulous job!!

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  44. my hubby did carpet for years. he taught me a few tricks before he went ahead to the angels. #1... you don't have to have "carpet squares"... remnants will work perfectly for the inside area. the squares are nice for the outside border, but inside, you will get cleaner lines if you do not have "binding" on the carpet. if you can lay your hands on carpet tape, you can turn literally any rementant into an area rug. just staple the tape to the top, hot glue it to the bottom, and smash the tape into it with a can of veggies. i have the supplies gathered to do a wall to wall carpet, using this method, and i haunted Lowe's, Menards, and Home Depot, until i had gathered enough bargains. 2' x 3' cuts. laid into a square, will need a 1' square for the center accent. skip the duct tape. it flakes apart quickly. they sell carpet seaming tape for 6.99 at most home improvement stores, 60' to the roll.... you just apply an old hot iron, and it is permanent. tis actually the way professionals seem your carpet.

    and ps... the carpet shown in pic is a "berber". that is actually what i have gathered.

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  45. On the pieces you cut, ( the blue), how are they holding up? I would think that since there is no binding on the edges, it would lose fibers a lot. Are you having this trouble?

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  46. My mom made the carpet in both mine and my brothers rooms when we were growing up. She and her friend next door actually did the "dumpster diving thing" to find carpet remnants. My room was lime green, yellow and orange and my brothers was red, white and blue. I wish I had pictures, because they were beautiful. This certainly brings back wonderful memories! She also ended up doing a patchwork carpet for our converted garage made into a den. And someone asked if they would hold up? MANY years, many of my brothers football player friends rough-housing in the floor, several dogs, much carpet shampooing and just lots of life later....when my parents sold their house, the buyers wanted those carpets left there...they LOVED them!

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  47. SO AWESOME!!! I blog over at http://www.2crafty4myskirt.blogspot.com/ Every Friday I feature a fellow crafter. I would love to feature you and this project in an upcoming Friday. If you are interested please let me know toocraftyformyskirt@hotmail.com

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  48. Hi, I am 52, my mom did this in my room as a little girl with many different colors and shags etc, the result was my memories , my Barbie dolls had so many different rooms in their house!!!

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  49. Wow! I would like to have that kind of rugs. Because it looks beautiful in our home right? I hope someday I can buy this one. So keep on sharing of different designs of your rugs. Anyway Not convinced? Find out more Orley Shabahang here.

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  50. How does the carpet hold up to vacuuming? Thank you for sharing this, I'm going to do it in our playroom and dinning room.

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  51. i did this!!! i want to show you a picture but i can't seem to find an area to do that !! its looks great though, thank you so much!!!!

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  52. I am so thankful I found this blog!!! I have been searching and searching the internet for an inexpensive idea for area rugs, finding NOTHING even remotely cheap or if it is cheap....it was way too small! We are moving into a rental house March 1 and just recently found out that our Dear 5 (almost 6) year old Lab has hip dysplasia...this news tore me up! Since this home has all wood floors (except the bedrooms are carpeted) we really need to get some rugs for our dogs sake. This brilliant idea has just taken a HUGE weight off my shoulders!!! Thank you SOOOOOOOO much!

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  53. i have totally finished the "great room" of our house with wall to wall carpeting of this type. hot ironed true carpet tape to all joints, and used a knee kicker to attack to tack strips, the old fashioned way... hubby would be proud. it looks glorious... and I wish there was a way to share a pic on here. you can find a pic of it on my Facebook publicly shared at https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4513759717476&set=a.1827379479649.2094057.1095174098&type=3&theater

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  54. I also want to know about vacuuming and how the edges are holding up? Loooove the idea so much, can't wait to see what my local carper store has to offer!

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  55. If you don't want to add extra weight, why don't you use a hot glue gun or a chalking gun and just put a few strips through out.

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  56. Someone may have mentioned this already, but when cutting the carpet squares to size, you'll see less gaps if you use a faux fur cutting trick and comb the fibers away from your cut. That way, when you ruffle the fibers back up and look at it again, there will be some overhang to cover the gaps. :)

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  57. Dollar Tree sells carpet squares. $1 each. Found some colorful ones to do my girls room with

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  58. Very nice, absolute genius! I look forward to this doing this...hopefully real soon! Thank you for sharing! :)

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  59. Found this on pinterest a few months back and finished putting my rug together a couple weeks ago. It looks amazing, that tape works wonderful. Cost me about 29 bucks total. Only paid for nine of the squares, a dollar each, and the rest were all free! Saved me a ton of money, didnt want to spend a fortune. I would share a pic, but not sure how to do it. Thanks for sharing this project!

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  60. I LOVE this idea, but how does the carpet hold up to vacuuming? And i see that the squares are "shag" style...is this preferable vs others when doing this?? Thanks!

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  61. is what you're calling duct tape the carpet adhesive tape? Unclear on this step. How could you do an abstract look..any ideas. I have several area rugs & this will save alot of money as I need new one for my bedroom when I remodel...Love the idea & ty for sharing it

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  62. Wow thanks for posting this. I was wondering if any one would know where I can find area rugs in Edmonton? If you know where I can find one please let me know. Thanks for any help.

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  63. I was planning to spend several hundred dollars this weekend on an area rug to replace my old, enormous area rug. I am so thrilled to have found this; thanks so much!

    I think that I will hot glue or otherwise attach some thick fabric piping around the edges to help it not fray.

    Also, another alternative to the shelf liners to prevent slippage is to use silicone caulk. Squeeze fairly thick lines all the way down the back of the rug, about 4-6 inches apart and let it dry.

    Anonymous, I think that she said a friend made a small version of this in her dorm room using duct tape, but when she made her first attempt on her rug and used duct tape when she flipped it over it fell apart. She did use the carpet adhesive tape for the actual end product. Also, If you did find enough samples of one color rug you could use Rit dye or something like that to "paint" or stencil a pattern. Of course, if you found enough samples in light colors, even if they were different colors, you could dye them all one, darker color and go from there with patterns/stencils/etc.

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  64. My parents did this in the 70's with shag carpet squares...when people saw it they wanted to know where they bought such a gorgeous rug! It was very colorful and looked fabulous.

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  65. I absolutely love your rug. You are such a creative genius.

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  66. wow great. glad to come by your post. I learn a lot from you. Very quite often, dealers who sell these floor coverings have their possess restoration team that are highly qualified and also have in depth know-how about computers the material and weave that have been used to build the rug.

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  67. I LOVE this, its so clever! I can't believe this is the first time I've ever heard of something like this! I can't wait to give this a try. My sister rand I just moved into this new apartment and we've spent hours looking forarea rugs in Edmonton that would work, we might as well just make the one we want!

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  69. Thanks for the review. I've always hesitated using a natural rug because they are so scratchy. Will keep the blended material in mind. I also have three under 7 so the eating dirt part is crucial. :)

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    1. Thank You! Thank You! Thank You, for posting this creative idea! I have been looking for a new 4X6 area rug for my small entry way, for several years now, without any success. The selection has been very limited and when I have found a rug that I love, the pile has been so thick that I can't close my front door or the coat closet door over it. I actually had a salesperson suggest that I cut off part of my front door and closet door to accommodate the rug??????? ( And let the cold or hot air in? ) This project gives me many more options. Thanks Again!

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  70. THIS IS TOTALLY AWESOME... Would love to do this, but being disabled I don't think I can physically do it..... BUT... I have a 14 year old grand-daughter that I might just be able to talk into helping me out... LOL! Thanks for sharing this awesome project. You did a great job.

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  71. 2 things, 1 I can make a matching runner any length. 2 I can replace/wash a soiled piece as needed!

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  72. If you don't mind "dumpster diving", you might be able to get your squares free. We did this in our house in the 1970s, only we stapled the scraps to the floor with an industrial staple gun. Not smart, I know...I was a teen at the time, and did my bedroom with scraps from remnants, rather than squares.
    How does this hold up to a cleaning? Not that we ever cleaned our patchwork floor, but I certainly need to be able to clean any rugs on our floors, since we have animals.

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  73. Sweet Rug better than Home Depot or Lowes


    have ya thought about keeping the pattern and pattern it to a carpet distributor or manufacture... i would buy this one


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  74. OMG, amazing. I think I might have to try this. I have been searching for a rug to go under my kitchen table. Now I can just make one that meets my requirements and not spend a huge amount of money. THANK YOU

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  75. I have been researching how to do something similar for my classroom, with a low pile carpet. Have been looking at the carpet tiles, but don't want to use the adhesive. I'm going to check into local carpet companies now, and see what they have that will work. I had thought of using duct tape, and was actually googling how to attach and it brought up your blog. Thank you for sharing, and if I succeed, I'll let you know! Classroom rugs are $350 and up! No can do.

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  76. This is seriously AWESOME!!! I have been looking for a new area rug for our living room. This is just what I needed. Thank you so much!!

    Tracey
    www.TwoSouthernSweeties.com

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  77. DO NOT USE THAT CABINET LINER UNDER The CARPET. It wil start "melting " and desttoy hour floor. Use an actual carpet gripper for wood floors

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  78. I've been looking for area rugs in Edmonton but maybe I'll do this. I like the hardwood floor but I still want somethings soft for the kids to play on.

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  79. I like these ideas. Thank you for sharing.

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  80. Great post ,i like this post very much,thanks for sharing...

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  81. great ideal, I am going to carpet stores this weekend looking for samples. Thank for the tips.

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  82. I do want to try this, it is GENIUS! However, I don''t know HOW MUCH RUG SQUARES to look for to complete this project, I like the size that is shown on the picture, how do I know how much will be enough? Kimberly

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  83. Brilliant! I can never find an area rug that I absolutely love within my price range. I will definitely be doing this! Yours is beautiful...love the colors.

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  85. My husband is a carpet Sales Rep and they are Samples that come on a board. He uses them when he goes to carpet stores to show them new products. The ones in your illustration actually look to me like Mohawk or Shaw samples and a regular carpet. Larger piece is on once side and the smaller colored ones are on the flip side of the sample board. You can walk into any carpet showroom and ask if they have any old sample boards they want to get rid of and many times they will give them to you for free. He used to have regular people off the street that would drop by and ask for the old samples and it saved them from having to trash them. The products change CONSTANTLY...especially right now, they are having some shipping issues with carpet coming in a timely manner getting here from China, so a lot of manufactures are ordering product from Germany instead. So people that are interested in doing this project it would be a great time to do it. If anyone could come up with a creative idea to use wood and laminate flooring, that would be a great time too to ask for old samples of that..wood deliveries are having major issues. Im thinking of using his old wood samples that he has to throw out to trim out my flower bed after paiting them and distressing them and hammering each piece into the ground along the hedge...just a thought. who knows???? BTW Oxy Clean for laundry works great to get pet stains out of your carpet or get a new dog, if you cant get it trained by 6 months its never going to get it.

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  86. I love this. My house is all tile and I want rugs but I have 4 dogs. When they poop, pee or throw up in the house even with all the tile they always seem to go to what small rugs I have in the house. You can only clean these to many times. I can do this and change out sections when needed. Thanks for the great idea.

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