One thing that my wife and I both love to indulge in from time to time is a bit of decorating around the house. Everyone wants to feel like they're living in an aesthetically pleasing space, and the right decor can take a room from drab to fab. Of course, decorating requires a certain level of investment and commitment. If left to our own devices, we could probably run up a tab of several thousand dollars at a place like Pier 1 Imports but sadly, we don't have that kind of money.
Decorating on a budget has its challenges, but if you're creative enough, it can be done. There are all kinds of great DIY projects out there, several of them featured right here on our site. One of the things that can really pull a room together is a nice, big area rug. Adding a rug to a bare floor makes it feel a lot more warm and inviting, and a large area rug is also great for covering up any spots on your floors that you'd prefer to remain unseen.
Stephanie Herbert is a blogger who likes to document her DIY adventures on her blog, A Scoop of Sherbert. One of her best projects is this large DIY area rug that she made using inexpensive carpet squares and some carpet seaming tape from a local hardware store.
Here's the rug she made. Can you believe it was less than $30 for the whole thing?
She started out by laying her basic pattern down. She got the carpet squares off of Craigslist and local carpet stores for about $1-2 per square.
Initially, she tried to use duct tape (which is how she'd seen a friend do it back in college), but her rug was a little too large and it ended up a mess!
She did some research and opted for this carpet adhesive, which she got for just $4.
She cut it into strips prior to starting so that everything was ready to go.
Following the instructions on the package, she peeled the strips and attached the carpet squares.
She used squares that were relatively similar color tones and material, so that any gaps between the squares were barely noticeable.
The whole thing was finished off with some shelf liner from the Dollar Store to keep the rug from sliding around too much.
Voila! A beautiful area rug for less than $30!
In case you're inspired to try this yourself, Stephanie has some tips:
1. Call around to several places and ask if they sell carpet squares (most do) and what kind of selection they have.
2. Go to more than one store before you buy.
3. I don't think it would hurt to ask if they'd take $1/piece. They were asking $2 for large squares but I asked. I cut the cost of my project in half.
4. Chances are you won't find enough of the same color to make a monochromatic carpet. But, you should try to stick to one type of carpet to get a cohesive effect.
5. Buy a couple extra squares if you can so that you have more to work with to get a pattern you're satisfied with.