Give New Life To Old Carpet

Okay, so you’ve torn up all of your old carpets and put in beautiful new hardwood floors – now what do you do with all of that old carpet?  Don’t throw it out!!!!!  While carpet is cheaper than some other flooring options like hardwood floors it can still be pretty costly to purchase, so leftover carpet that is in decent shape can actually come in pretty handy.

Here are two great uses for your leftover carpet:

1.  Bind it up.  If you’ve ever looked into buying a rug, particularly a big one like an 8 x 10, then you know that they can be really (and I mean really) expensive.  So why not save yourself a little cash and have your leftover carpet bound into a few ridiculously cheap area rugs?  You can have pieces of rug bound for about $1 per linear foot – that’s less than $40 for an 8 x 10 rug, compared to almost $200 for a similar rug from Home Depot.  If you’re in the mood for a DIY project, this company even sells a product that helps you bind your own carpet.

We had tons of leftover carpet from our house after we put in hardwood floors, and the carpet was in perfect condition (seriously, the seller must have recarpeted the entire house about 5 seconds before she moved out!!).  Now, instead of being wasted, some of that leftover carpet from our house is living the good life as an area rug in my brother’s living room.  Pretty cool, right??

If you don’t have leftover carpet of your own to bind into an area rug, you can easily find carpet remnants at any store that sells carpet – at a great discount.  This is a great way to get a new area rug on the cheap.

2.  Fork it over.  Even if you don’t have a use for your leftover carpet, someone else probably does!!    Why not save a friend some money and help them give a room in their house an instant makeover?  In just a few hours, their old, dingy carpet can be removed and replaced with your awesome leftover carpet.    Everybody wins!!  And if you don’t know anyone that wants the carpet, you will have no problem selling it on Craigslist to someone who does.

TIP:  When the carpet is being removed from your home, remove it in pieces that are as big as possible – preferably avoiding making any cuts in the carpet.  That way, you will have nice big pieces of carpet to either reinstall or have bound into a rug.

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  1. Jen Lilly says:

    Imagine how much carpet ends up in landfills every year?? And it is all covered with chemicals! It makes me crazy to see huge mounds of it in people’s yard for big trash day. I like your reuse/recycle suggestions a lot :)

    • Liz says:

      Jen, thanks so much for pointing out that reusing your carpet remnants is not only great for your wallet but it’s great for the environment as well!

  2. Emma says:

    Great blog will read more when I have time! xx

  3. Emily says:

    Love the tips for reusing carpet. I recently cleaned out my garage and was able to find a place in the area to recycle a great deal of it. I also found some 1970s shag that was in great condition no water damage, stains, and good coloring. I cut it into 8×10 area pieces to use in a new room i am decorating. The carpet is a vivid green and the walls are teal with white furniture so it looks very cool. Only problem is the carpet smells a little, not like mildew or anything i recognize but kind of stale. There is no visible water or mold damage or anything i can put my finger on but it seems the backing is giving off a yellow dust like maybe the binding is disintegrating. Any resources that you can pass along for care of vintage carpets? Wondering if i am going to have to abandon my attempts or if there is something i can do. Any information would be appreciated.

    • Tom says:

      You would be very lucky to get carpet bound for $1.00 per linear foot. In my area they charge $2.50 to $4.50 per linear foot. I bought a large remnant but don’t want to spend that much for binding. I looking at a glue gun and strips of either burlap or actual carpet binding material (also with the glue gun).