DIY Area Rug For Less Than $5

I am so very excited to share this project with you guys! It could have been excitement, it could have been pregnancy, either way I had been up all night, trying to decide how I was going to cover the ugly floor in the baby’s room. I considered all kinds of DIY area rug solutions and nothing was quite right. It was either too expensive, or not big enough, or didn’t go with the room. Thought about just putting carpet down, but again that was too expensive and didn’t appeal to my creativity. But while at the carpet store I asked them what they did with all their leftover carpet samples. This is when my best idea ever was born!

I know I’m not the first person to create a rug this way, don’t worry I’m not that self absorbed. But seriously this was the best possible solution for my little guy’s space. The nicest salesman around offered to let me browse through the outdated carpet samples and said I could have as many as I wanted! I was more than thrilled, where hubby was less than thrilled. He would much preferred I just stick a crowbar in my wallet and paid for a new rug. But as I had to remind him many times that really wasn’t the point.

Once I picked out my favorites, hubby and I stopped by the hardware store and snagged a few rolls of carpet tape and headed home. There was much debate over the pattern we would create. First it was lightest to darkest, then it was a random pattern (I use the word random very loosely as my brain does not care for “random”). Then I suggested cutting some of the pieces into smaller sections and really doing something creative, but he wasn’t having that at all. So We ended up with this sort of checkerboard pattern and turns out I love it. As simple as it is, I love it still.

And it was SO EASY!!

I cannot overemphasize the simplicity of this project, that makes such an impact in this room. It’s nuts.

DIY are rug All you need is carpet samples, a roll of one sided carpet tape and a pair of scissors.

First we laid out the samples until they were to our liking. The samples we got are 18”x27”, and we got 20 of them. After talking to a few other carpet stores the size will vary but not by much. Most other stores’ samples were 24”x36”. We ended up making a square rug with 5 samples across the top and four down the side, the finished dimensions are 90”x108”.

We debated for a while, what the best taping strategy would be, and after doing a lot of research we found the best way was to place a 4” peice of tape where any four corners met and a 2” peice of tape around the outside where there were only two corners touching.

Then we danced around on each junction for a while to make sure it was secure.

And that’s All! From the moment I spoke to the carpet salesman to the moment we finished the project (not including the making and eating of dinner) was probably an hour and a half.

And one of the best things about this whole project is the price. I paid less than $5 for the entire project. Let me break it down for you.

Carpet samples Free

Carpet tape $4.97

The annoyed look on my husbands face when I asked him to rearrange the samples for the third time… priceless.

Pro Tips:

  1. Call around to several carpet centers. The chain stores charge around $2 for their samples, where the little mom and pop shops will likely just give them away.
  2. Make sure the pile is the same on all the samples. I found an abundance of short shag samples, which was perfect for my project.

It’s just that simple, and I am head over heels in love with it!


9 thoughts on “DIY Area Rug For Less Than $5”

  1. You are so creative! I love this idea and it turned out looking great after. So many DIY projects I love to see this one is one of my favs

  2. Ugh! I wish i was as creative. I feel like I’d save so much money if I didn’t just run out and buy everything all the time LOL love what you did here.

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