How to Flatten an Area Rug That Has Been Rolled Up

When you get ready to display an area rug, you might be displeased to find that it just won't lay flat after being stored rolled up for a long period of time. Flattening an area rug might seem like an impossible task, but it is actually quite simple to get your area rug to lay flat without spending a lot of time or money. Consider a few methods you can try to flatten your area rug to get rid of those annoying turned-up corners.

Things You'll Need

  • Twine

  • Heavy books

  • Steamer

Step 1

Place your area rug on the floor upside down. Tightly roll up the rug, and secure it with a piece of twine. Leave the rug rolled up for about an hour, and unroll it to see if the rug will lay flat. Rolling your rug in the opposite direction sometimes helps get rid of curls and allows the rug to lay flat.

Step 2

Lay your area rug on the floor and place heavy items, like a stack of books, on each corner of the rug. Leave the heavy items on the rug for a few days, and remove them to see if the rug lays flat on its own. You can also place the corners of your rug under large pieces of furniture to achieve the same result.

Step 3

Use a handheld steamer on the front and back of the rug to remove any kinks and allow the rug to lay flat. This option usually works best on less dense area rugs.