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Topic: Carpet square rug...the poor girl's floor covering!  (Read 6448 times)
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« on: August 14, 2010 11:51:06 AM »

When I moved into my own apartment I needed something to cover up the awful apartment carpeting I was stuck with.  CL didn't turn up much other than a lot of old-fashioned floral numbers, and even though it was easy to find some beautiful rugs in the store, they were just too expensive.
With a working girl's budget in mind, (which for most of us DIYers means "as little scratch as possible") I looked all over the internet for ideas.  I found those classy carpet squares that fit together, but the price tag was terrifying.  After looking at a few tutorials here and there, I ventured out to my local carpet store.  

I used:
  • carpet squares (mine were just $1 each)
  • Box cutter
  • Carpet binding tape
  • Carpet edging tape
  • Scissors

I laid out my squares the way I wanted them, and flipped them all over.  I used a pattern made of cardboard and cut around the edges with my box cutter.

Heads up, your rug gets much smaller as you do this!

I used carpet binding tape to join the edges.  This stuff gets a little pricey, I stopped using it (i.e. ran out) about halfway through and just bound the rest of the edges with white glue.  Meh, who cares.  Its your damn rug, right?

Its easy to make and pretty to look at, but you want to know the best part?  Last week I spilled something on it and I didn't feel bad at all.  I love affordable projects.

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« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2010 12:18:40 PM »

That's so awesome! What a great idea. Funny thing is, people probably pay like $500 at Pottery Barn for a rug that looks like that. Suckers!

Great work!  Cheesy

« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2010 01:47:58 PM »

This is awesome because if you spill on one, you can replace just that part if you want to!

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« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2010 02:08:50 PM »

I love the rug, it looks fantastic. But I think my favorite part of the post is how you describe/explain/justify things. Gotta love a post with a sense of humor!

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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2010 08:56:43 PM »

I bow to you, my new hero!!! I have nasty, kid trampled carpet in my apartment and have been looking for over a year at rugs for the living room. This is BRILLIANT!!!! I am going to totally steal your idea! I promise to take some pics and share them with ya, tho!  It will probably be a couple months (budget permitting) but OMG I am so excited to do this!!!
« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2010 03:52:55 AM »

On an old episode of 'Design on a Dime,' or some such show, they made a rug like this.  They used a hot glue gun and sticky mesh drywall tape to adhere the pieces to one another.  It works pretty well! 

Great job on this project!  I imagine the shaggy pieces are the best to step on with bare toes! Smiley
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2010 07:44:21 AM »

Great idea, and the result is lovely. (And I, too, love your humor  Grin)

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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2010 11:45:22 AM »

This reminds me so much of the flooring we had in dorms. Cheapskate caretakers used to cut holes out of the fitted carpet and stick new squares in. The only thing is, I think they held competitions to see who could find the worst carpet samples ever!

It gave you a headache just looking at it... Undecided

So when I saw the title of this post, I was worried.


Now I'm just hoping carpet sample are as cheap in France! Cheesy

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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2010 02:23:36 PM »

Oh my,  that brings back memories.  I did my daughter's bedroom floor in the same fashion 35 years ago.  I think the carpet samples were the same price then.  Great job  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2010 02:27:09 PM »

I love the patchwork look. It looks like you bought it that way. Great job!

« Reply #10 on: September 10, 2010 08:58:07 PM »

I am so making one of these! thanks for the info!

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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2010 03:28:52 AM »

omg this would look cool in my livingroom!!! thanks for the idea!
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2010 12:44:51 PM »

totally cool idea!
you did a great job

what was the total cost?

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« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2010 06:29:47 PM »

Wow, so many nice responses!  Thanks guys!   Roll Eyes

The total cost:
$23 for the carpet squares ($1 each, he threw in a few for free)
$12 for the tape that went on the back--I know they sell this sort of stuff at HD and Lowes, but I bought it on sale at the same carpet store

I only used one roll of the fancy binding tape that is supposed to go around the edge.  One roll of 6 feet was something like $5, it just didn't really matter too much to me since the edges were shaggy and the raw edges have never been a problem.  You could use hot glue or even packing tape.

Since this picture, I've actually cut the rug into two pieces!  One large rug into two small ones looks a lot better in my small studio apartment.

Best of luck, I'd love to see pictures of other crafter's improvements!

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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2010 09:43:31 AM »

You are my knight in shining armor right now!!  I have a white rug in my living room that just drags the entire room down because of all the "oopsies" we've had with drinks and such.  Can't get a new carpet because that'd be way too expensive, but I hadn't found a rug that I liked enough to put down in there till now!  I'll definately be making this.

Would white glue or packing tape be strong enough to use to hold the carpet squares together?

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« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2010 09:34:51 AM »

Oh yeah! This is the kinda thing that's right my alley. Your rug looks really cool!

Right after graduating college a few years ago, I lived in a older house with cool wooden floors.  "Cool" in that they looked cool ... and also felt cool all the time.

I got tired of waking up and having to walk across the cold floor with my bare feet ... but I was too broke for a rug. All the awesome looking rugs I liked were way too pricey.

Well, in school, I was influenced by what I call the "Lowe's Aesthetic" ... or "Hardware Chic" might be a nicer way to put it.


I found this old dumpy hardware store in town that had all kinds of oddball stuff. (Always smelled funny in there too ... haha) Anyway, they had a pile of carpet squares like you found, plus they also had a pile of high-traffic "industrial" style carpet squares in all kind of weird colors/patterns.

They measured 19" square (well, roughly ... they're all off just a bit) and they cost $1.18 a piece.

It was like eye candy to me. They were so ugly, but super cool when I put them together. I was so excited, I purposely hid all the cool ones on the bottom of the pile until I had enough money to buy them.   Grin

I finally bought them, and they worked out well. I was too broke to buy tape, so I just layed them on the wood floors with some of that rubberized shelf lining stuff you can get at the Dollar Tree underneath.  They worked awesome and I always loved how they looked.

Now I'm married and we live in a small apartment with "blah" carpet ... so there's just not quite enough room to put them out, plus they clash with the carpet, so I keep them waiting in the closet, hopefully to use in a future house sometime.  I took some pics of a few of them laid out real quick to show you what they look like ... so hopefully they show up.  Cool


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« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2010 06:29:37 AM »

That's so awesome! What a great idea. Funny thing is, people probably pay like $500 at Pottery Barn for a rug that looks like that. Suckers!

Great work!  Cheesy

Yeah, and they have them at Big Lots for (I think) $30!  Roll Eyes Silly people, dropping $500 on a rug like that.. Geesh.. Lol

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