I’ve been on the hunt for an area rug for my dining room. It’s been a little tricky, because I use that room to do a lot of food prep and craft projects, so I knew I didn’t want a rug that was too precious, because spills would definitely be happening. Crumbs would be falling, Jello would be splattering, hot glue would be dripping… you get the picture.
My two main plans were to get some Flor tiles or to have a piece of basic carpet cut and bound from a carpet seller. (I also needed a hallway runner and was planning to probably have one made from the same carpet as the dining room.) So anyway, as I shopped around, I found that it was going to be hard to find anything, even something basic and “cheap” for less than $500. Just as I was resigning myself to saving up for a carpet that I would probably end up ruining anyway, I found this at Home Depot:
Industrial-type runner carpet on a roll, meant to be used in hallways and lobbies of buildings I guess. You know, the really ugly stuff. My eyes usually gloss right over this but somehow this time I stopped to look at it, and I realized it was really quite nice in a way–the perfect shade of grey with a texture that was reminiscent of wool felt. It made me think of these patterns from Flor:
Once home, I simply cut the carpet to the lengths I needed, which was very easy to do using a straight edge and a box cutter, with a piece of masking tape to mark the correct spot to cut. (And of course, something underneath the carpet–in my case, my fabric-cutting mat–to protect the floors.) The carpet cut very easily and neatly. It has a rubber backing so it cuts in a very clean line that doesn’t even really need a binding or edging.
How about that?? It probably took 20 minutes to assemble, and now I have a nice little area rug that, surprisingly, I really love. The joins between the strips are somewhat visible, but I’m thinking they may flatten after the rug gets walked on for a while, or I may come up with a crafty treatment to embellish and/or hide the joins, or I may decide that I just don’t care.
Because this rug was so cheap, I really don’t mind that it’s not perfect–and I love that I can feel free to spill melted chocolate all over it with impunity. Grand total was $70 for both this area rug in the dining room and a runner for the hallway. I think that’s a great bargain! Rugs are expensive out there!
And, I don’t know, I just think it looks so much prettier than I would have expected. The lines make a nice thick-and-thin stripe pattern that’s very modern, I think. Also, this would be so easy to customize or craft-i-tize in a million ways. I can imagine putting a binding or border around the edges with anything from fabric to duck tape. (Neon pink duck tape perhaps?! I just might have to try that!) I could also imagine cutting these carpet strips into smaller pieces, like squares or even triangles, and piecing them back together with the carpet’s texture going in different directions. Or cutting the carpet into narrow strips and weaving them together. I bet you could paint or stencil this stuff too. So many possibilities!
I’m still kind of amazed how a random stroll through Home Depot, industrial carpet strips, and duck tape could add up to something so pleasing. The dining room is really starting to come together… curtains are up next!