If you've ever had to scour the Internet for hours looking for the perfect rug, then you know what an uphill battle it can be. To find a rug that's the right color, style, price and size, well…it's a lot to ask for. When picking out a rug for our bedroom, I found some faux sheepskin rugs that I loved (and were majorly on sale), but there wasn't a size that was big enough to cover the area I needed. I was about to close the tab and walk away defeated when I remembered that you can easily morph two rugs into one larger one!
–single-sided carpet seaming tape
I placed the two rugs in the spot where I wanted the larger rug, overlapped them until I found the right overall measurement, and marked where they joined on the backing.
Then I took a long ruler and a marker and drew a straight line down both ends so I could cut the line with fabric scissors.
Once the lines were cut, I tucked the fluffy edges under, pushed the two halves together, and used the seaming tape to join the edges together. Some tape you need to iron to adhere to the backing, but this just needs a little downward pressure once applied (it's really sticky). Flip your new rug right side up, and if it's a shag rug, run your hands over the seam to fluff the fibers together.
Ahhh, so much better! This whole thing took about 15 minutes, so it was a pretty quick fix to my problem. I would say when it comes to hiding the joined seam, a shag or repeating pattern rug works best with this technique. You may not even have to cut the sides you want to join together if they already look seamless when side by side, but if you do need to cut the rug, make sure it's the kind where the fibers are individually attached to a backing rather than woven together. If it's a simple woven rug without a backing, it will quickly unravel once cut. Keep this tip in mind next time you need a rug larger or wider than what you can find! xo. Laura
Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.