A DIY area rug from placemats is an easy how-to, and is an impressive custom look for not a custom price. The sky’s the limit when choosing placemats to make a rug.
There are two decor items that are a must-have when I’m designing a space: lamps and rugs. My rule of thumb is that every sitting area, whether it’s a couple of chairs, or even just a couch alone, requires a lamp or two. Lighting is important. It adds warmth to a space, and let’s state the obvious, lamps help you see.
Now, rugs don’t help you see, but they do absorb sound, eliminating an echo in the room. As you know, I’m a firm believer in layers, and pattern on pattern and all that. They too add warmth, and really just complete a space. This is why lamps and rugs are must-haves in my book.
When I was staging my garden house for the reveal, setting up the seating area, I realized that a rug needed to be under the chairs. The rug thoughts were swirling around in the back of my head, but I didn’t put in the time to shop around and store / save with the rest of the garden house decor. Too many things on my mind, I suppose. And although I put a lot of time into the herringbone floor, the sitting area seemed a little bare. It needed a rug to complete the space.
So I started shopping. My usual places in our area that I look to for rugs were a bust. I had a specific jute-sisal-type-rug in mind and no one had one that wasn’t really expensive. Let’s keep in mind that I’m looking for a rug for the garden house, not my house, house, so the decor budget wasn’t a steep one.
The rest of the story is brought to you by the tableware aisle at Walmart. There, out of the corner of my eye was a stack of placemats that had the exact look that I wanted for the rug, and I couldn’t beat the price. I started laying out the placemats on the floor, designing a pattern, and telling everyone that walked by, my idea and handing out my cards for them to subscribe to my blog. It was quite the production, but whatevs, this idea was working, and looking amazing. With the help of this one sided carpet seam tape, I was in business.
Here’s How To Create A Custom DIY Area Rug From Placemats
Custom DIY Area Rug From Placemats
- 24 (14 inch square) placemats
- 2 rolls single-sided carpet tape
- Choose placemats you'd like to use for a rug, and if there is room, lay them out on the floor of the aisle to gauge design.
- To seam the placemats together, use single sided carpet tape.
- Remove all tags from placemats and lay out rug pattern on a flat surface, such as your floor.
- Measure the edge of the placemat that will be joined to another edge, and cut tape to size.
- Remove backing from tape, and place the mat halfway onto the tape, saving the other half for the next mat.
- Join next placemat to the first, pressing down on the seam to secure.
- Repeat step with another placemat. The placemats making the circumference edge of the rug will be joined on 3 sides to other mats. The center mats will be joined on all 4 sides.
- Press the seams together to create a tight fit.
- Continue steps until rug is completed.
For a DIY project that takes less than an hour to complete, and has big impact, is the goal. This is a great way to create a custom rug for those spaces where typically-sized rugs just won’t do. A custom look at a fraction of the price.
I’ll buy that.
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