In my endless search for reasonably priced floor coverings, I have come to a conclusion: no such thing exists.
But then I walked (somewhat tentatively) into Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. If you haven’t been there, go. It’s somewhat overwhelming and slightly frightening, and there’s no such thing as customer service there. BUT there are really great deals, which makes it all worth it.
And there I found it.
The perfect carpet. $80. The impossible has finally happened, I found a white 12 x 9.5′ rug for an amount that I wouldn’t lose sleep over! The only problem was that it was a carpet remnant, so the edges were unfinished. Determined to make this happen, I put it on hold and began to research.
Turns out that you have two options for an unfinished carpet remnant: you can (A) have it bound at a rug shop or (B) bind it yourself. I chose option B and today I’m going to show you how to bind a carpet remnant!
What You’ll Need
- Hot glue
- Carpet remnant
- Instabind (Home Depot, online only)
How to Bind Carpet Yourself
You are about to be dazzled. This is the most simple solution for anything—ever! Start by laying your carpet out so that you can get to all the edges. If your edges aren’t straight, flip it over and cut straight lines with a utility knife and box cutter (be sure to protect your floors!)
Peel off a section of adhesive and slide under the rug until the binding meets the edge of the rug. Continue all the way around the rug.
At each corner cut a line to match the edge of the rug (right to where the fabric changes) and bend around the corner.
Pull the rug back far enough to turn the corner over and trim the excess adhesive.
Once you reach the end, cut the binding to fit right against your starting point.
Now it’s time for hot glue. Put a small dab on the end and press to the starting point until they dry.
Next, run a small bead along the unfinished edge of the carpet and press firmly to the binding (I did this in small, 6″ sections). Continue this all the way around the carpet.
If you want a little more squish, grab some Carpet Pad and slide it under, leaving about 2″ to the edge of the rug. You can easily cut the foam to size with scissors.
That’s it! I promise! It’s the best product and I’m so pleased with my area rug. Rather than spending $500–$1,000 on a rug, I spent a little less than $200 (Carpet—$80, Instabind—$50, Carpet Pad(s)—$60) and made my own area rug! I’d love to see your finished carpets and questions in the comments below!