5 Ways to Use Old Area Rugs

dog with pillow covered in old rug
Put your old rugs to good use!

Do you have old area rugs that are ready for a new life? Your best-loved floor coverings don’t have to be sent to the landfill. They can be upcycled in a number of ways. Here are five ideas for turning your rugs around. Note: Be sure to start with a clean rug!

#1 Paint It

Are you tired of your bland beige rug? A flat loop rug (like faux sisal) can be used as a canvas and decorated with latex floor paint or a sharpie for a whole new look. Chevrons and other geometric patterns are easy designs even for the artistically challenged. Just use painters tape to cover the parts you want to remain plain.

#2 Wrap It

For thin, flexible rugs made of soft fibers, consider upcycling the rug as upholstery. You can create a throw pillow or even recover the seat cushion on a stool. Save an oriental rug that has damage to one section but still has enough good material for a smaller project.

#3 Scratch It

A highly textured rug made of jute or other sturdy fibers can be repurposed for your pet’s delight. Staple the rug to a post with a sturdy base. Train your feline friend to take out it’s aggression on this post instead of tearing up your new rugs.

#4 Plant It

What about an artificial fiber rug? Consider using this as a liner for a new flower bed to prevent weeds from growing. Cut the rug to size and cover it lightly with mulch. When it’s planting time, cut a hole in the rug to receive each seedling.

#5 Trim It

Do you have a large rug that you’d like to move into a smaller room? Get a professional rug care company to trim it down to a more manageable size and bind the edges so the fibers don’t unravel. This is a great way to reuse a rug that has frayed edges or damaged fringe.

Contact Ayoub N&H™ Carpet and Rugs to resize your rugs for a new life in another smaller room! Visit our Kensington flooring gallery showroom for an amazing selection of new replacement rugs.