A recent trend with decorators, designers and flooring enthusiasts is to create unique, custom area rugs using carpet tiles and squares that are multi colored and multi patterned. This has even become a mainstream design that has been featured on many popular cable TV shows. Many consumers like the idea of being able to create their own rug, unique rug, but aren’t sure where to start or how to design and make the actual rug. It’s really quite simple. Just using a few simple principles and knowing how to connect the tiles is all you need to know to make your own carpet tile rug.
How to get started:
1. Decide what size area you want to cover with a rug. Take a measurement of the area using a tape measure to get the length and width of the area.
2. Then you need to decide on your colors. The sky is the limit. You can stay basic with one color, but why? Two and three colors rugs really make a room stand out. Live on the edge!
3. Draw on a sheet of grid paper your area rug size. Carpet tiles typically come in sizes either 24″ x 24″ or 19″ x 19″. Using the each grid as either 19″ or 24″, see which size works out the closest for your length and width requirements. Then outline each line within the grid you have drawn. It should look similar to a checkerboard. By counting the total grids squares, you should now know how many overall tiles you will need.
4. You will now have to decide on a design using the colors you want. You can create a checkerboard layout using 2 colors, a style with one color on the outside as a border and another on the inside, or a contemporary with a random mix of color.
5. Label each individual grid with what color you are going to use for that square. For even better idea, you can use colored pens or crayons to color in the grids. When you are done, you will have the total count for each color of tiles you need to make the rug.
1. You can shop online or locally. Your best deals by far will be online. If you can find an online flooring store that sells seconds, promotional or odd lots, you will pay much less than if you purchase anywhere else. If you look hard enough, you can find carpet tiles as cheap as $.89 per foot or maybe even better.
How do you put the Carpet Tiles together?
1. Many consumers struggle with this part and actually it is the easiest part! You obviously can’t loose lay the carpet tiles as they will separate. One side note, this concept only works if the floor you are putting the rug on is a hard surface floor, such as hardwood, ceramic, slate, or laminate. To assemble the rug, you will need a special adhesive pad made for connecting carpet tiles, a popular version of these is called a Mr. Stickee pad. These adhesive pads have adhesive on only one side of the pad so the flooring underneath remains unscratched and unharmed. The adhesive area on a Mr. Stickee is about 3″ by 3″.
You use the pad underneath the point where 4 tiles join together. With all 4 tiles connected by the Mr. Stickee at the corners, you now work the outside joints where 2 tiles butt up together. You again use the Mr. Stickee pad underneath where the 2 tiles meet. You do this with all of the connections on the outside perimeter of the rug. Congratulations! You’re done! Your rug will stay together and look amazing for years to come.