How Can I Bind Two Rugs Together?

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A large rug can be made by binding two rugs together.
A large rug can be made by binding two rugs together. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

People have loved the comfort and warmth of an area rug for hundreds of years. Today they are widely used as the main flooring of a room or as a decorative accent piece. Rugs come in a variety of shapes and colors, and they are made of a many different types of material. A large rug can be made by binding two rugs together. This is very easy to do when using adhesive carpet tape.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 rugs
  • Utility knife
  • Straight edge ("L"-shaped ruler, yard stick or long piece of lumber)
  • Adhesive carpet tape, one-sided (the length of the seam where the two rugs meet)
  • Rolling pin

Cut the bound edges off the two rugs where they will be taped together. There may or may not be bound edges. If there are bound edges, they will be bound, surged or fringed. Use a straight edge and a utility knife and cut up to where the bound edge ends and the rug begins.

Use a straight edge and a utility knife to cut the edges.
Use a straight edge and a utility knife to cut the edges. (Image: Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Turn both rugs upside down and place them so the two edges meet up against each other. Align them so they will be exactly in the places you want them for binding.

Align the two rugs that are laying face down.
Align the two rugs that are laying face down. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Place the adhesive carpet tape, adhesive/sticky side down. Use a rolling pin to roll over the area a few times.

Use a rolling pin to secure the tape to the rug.
Use a rolling pin to secure the tape to the rug. (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Flip over the new, larger rug. Use it as intended.

The two rugs form to make one larger rug.
The two rugs form to make one larger rug. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Tips & Warnings

  • There are three kinds of bound edges: rug binding, which is a narrow piece of fabric covering the edge; rug surging, which is yarn woven to cover the edge; and fringe, which is a loose border protruding 1 inch to 4 inches.
  • When using a utility knife, go slowly and concentrate. This type of knife is very sharp.

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