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18 February 2014 @ 03:22 pm
Carpet Binding  
Has anyone ever hand a chunk of carpet bound off to make an area rug?
Was it worth it? Was it a pain in the ass?

Just has my place recarpeted and a chunk of carpet was left over. We are moving and I was thinking of having the piece bound off instead of spending even more $$ on an area rug.

OR - good places for inexpensive LARGE area rugs (8x10?)
sarpo: pic#107203400sarpo on February 18th, 2014 09:43 pm (UTC)
I bought brown gaffer's tape and did it myself to make area rugs after we tore up carpet and put down hardwood floors. Not quite as nice as real, actual rugs, but functional, decent looking and nearly free.

Target.com and Overstock.com have large selections of area rugs at a huge range of prices.
juliecurieuse on February 19th, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
Seconding Overstock.com. Read the reviews - there's a wide variety of quality. They also have pretty good, affordable rug pads. Love that $3 shipping!
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lapenn: book teaselapenn on February 19th, 2014 01:08 am (UTC)
I agree with calling.

Not sure what inexpensive is to you, but Menard's (a midwestern tool supply place) sells big carpets in the $300ish range.
semiautosemiauto on February 19th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
We were told $1.20 per linear foot the place I called. So a 10x10 piece of carpet would be $48 to bind off if you already have the carpet piece. Then you need to buy a pad to go under it as well but that's not very expensive (it needs to be a carpet pad, not a rug pad).
demiraks_world: red shoedemiraks_world on February 19th, 2014 02:16 am (UTC)
Guy told us just that non skid rug stuff would be ok.
Might do it for the new place.
Nancie: Oliver Christmas 2013eicnan on February 19th, 2014 02:29 pm (UTC)
I've had good success with Overstock.com for rugs. They haven't arrived yet but I got a great deal on some rugs from rugsusa.com during a 70% off sale. If you end up going the new area rug route just sign up for both those companies to see when a sale hits, you should never have to pay full price for an area rug. If there aren't any reviews just google the rugs, someone else is bound to have a review of the same one on their site.
Kristina with a K: coriolanustanwen on February 19th, 2014 04:55 pm (UTC)
Don't know if you're in the US or not, but I've had good luck at Lowes of all places.
rhysande: Purplerhysande on February 19th, 2014 08:17 pm (UTC)
My parents used to get pieces of carpet bound for parts of their kitchen. I have no clue how expensive it was (they had several complex shapes), but the carpets were quite durable. They've had the last set for almost 20 years. When they need to clean their rugs they just take them outside and use rug shampoo and a hose, then throw the carpet over the deck rail to dry. No worries about getting too much water in the rug and damaging the floor beneath.

Lowe's, Home Depot, Costco, have
spaceprostitute: jingle bellsspaceprostitute on February 20th, 2014 01:31 am (UTC)
We had it done - it was under $75 total (I honestly don't remember the cost because it was five years ago - it may have been less, but I know for sure it wasn't more than $75 - but we also used a small local business vs. your big box chain store).

I think it was worth it. Plus, since it matched the carpet from another room, it was a nice way to tie the two rooms together and have common elements without being matchy-matchy since overall the paint/flooring/furniture of the two rooms had different, but complimentary, color schemes.
Kacey Jane: tank smokekaceyjane on February 20th, 2014 02:42 am (UTC)
(i live in TN) and old time pottery is amazing for rug prices.
Nawilla: H&Onawilla on February 22nd, 2014 02:09 am (UTC)
nawilla's suggestion:

Don't do anything to it, sell it to the new owners of the house for when their kid destroys part of the rug.

Don't pay to have it moved to your new location.

Purchase a rug at one of the places everyone else suggested in your new location.
kailen: Cellular Elliotkailen on February 27th, 2014 04:08 am (UTC)
I looked into that option when I bought a carpet remnant for an apartment that had to have rugs and it was too expensive for my (student) budget at the time, so I just used it without binding the edges. It's held up pretty well, for a $30 chunk of carpet, though it occasionally needs a "haircut" along the edges since it's not bound. I think it would have been between $45-70 at the carpet place, which is definitely better than buying a whole new rug.

FWIW, I've never used a rug pad underneath it. It doesn't have any furniture on it, but it's never slid out of place on me.