A few weeks ago I posted about my efforts to find an area rug to hide the dated dining room tiles. Problem: all the rugs in the necessary size (10x14 feet) were way over my price range- I could almost replace the floors with the cost of the area rug!
So I improvised and created this rug:
Not perfect but not too bad either. In person, it really does the trick- distracts from the busy floor and allows the eye to focus on other features of the room.
So here is how I made this rug:
Step 1: I purchased a thick fabric in the desired color and size. In my case I needed 8 meters.
Step 2: The fabric was cut in half, into two four meter strips, and sewn together. I also passed the over-lock around all the edges to keep it intact when it has to be washed.
Step 3: I then purchased enough thick and sturdy back-pack strap to trim all the edges of the rug and glued it using fabric glue.
Tip 1: Make sure the fabric glue can be machine washed.
Tip 2: When gluing the strap, place as many heavy objects on it as possible. Encyclopedias are perfect for this!
Step 4: To keep the rug in place I used two-way carpet tape. The tape was first stuck to the fabric and then to the floor. I stretched the rug out as much as possible as I did this. I did not add a carpet backing to the fabric but you can if you'd like it to have a softer and more cushiony feel.
Once again, here is the result:
To date, no one has noticed that it isn't a real rug. So I guess it worked:)