DIY Cheap Fake Turf

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New artificial turf products are often cut longer for realism.
New artificial turf products are often cut longer for realism. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Artificial turf, also called indoor-outdoor carpet or AstroTurf, is a durable floor covering that is generally used in outdoor spaces, like porches or patios or in transitional rooms like mud rooms or finished garages. It is also well-known for carpeting the grounds of indoor sports arenas to give them the appearance of having grass. Though green was once the most popular color for turf, due to its realism, this inexpensive material is now available in a variety of hues.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Turf carpet
  • Utility knife
  • Broom
  • Adhesive
  • Paint roller

Measure the length and width of the area to be covered with turf. Cut a piece of turf carpet to these measurements using a utility knife. Discard the extra turf and roll up the piece you will be applying, so that the backside faces out.

Sweep the floor well with a broom. Dust or dirt may prevent the turf from adhering well.

Apply the turf adhesive to the area with a paint roller. Roll the adhesive in long, straight lines. Cover the entire surface, as the turf will not adhere where there is no adhesive.

Align the outer edge of the turf carpet with one edge of the area. Slowly unroll the turf and press each new length to the adhesive as you unroll it. Step on large pieces with your feet to stick the turf down well.

Cover large areas, one section at a time. Cut the turf into smaller pieces and apply the adhesive to the area in equally-sized sections. Add more adhesive to the edges of the area, if they are loose and let the turf dry 12 to 24 hours before walking on it.

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