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How to bind carpet edges at home

Want to Learn to Bind Carpet Edges?

Do you have a project that requires you to bind carpet edges at home?

In my home, I’m currently modifying the size of my existing carpet runners to be a smaller width. Because I decided to just trim the old binding off, I’ll need to re-finish the edges to complete the process. 

Can you bind carpet yourself?

Short answer: yes! There are a few solutions to finish carpet edges, but the simplest is DIY carpet binding. Believe it or not, you can actually bind carpet edges at home!

No longer do you have to send rugs away to a specialist to have them bound, which can be an expensive and lengthy process.

It may seem intimidating, but the process is actually quite simple and can leave you with beautiful, high-end results. The best part…it requires no sewing! 

Here, I’ll give you the tools and steps you need to confidently bind carpet edges at home – much more quickly, and for much cheaper, than a professional job. 

How to Bind Carpet Edges at Home

Tools Needed

  • Double-Sided Carpet Tape
  • Carpet Binding Strip
  • Carpet Cutter or Box Cutter
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Safety Gloves
  • Small Wood Block or Brick (Optional)
  • lighter

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How do you get a carpet runner to stay in place?

To simplify the process further, the carpet tape and carpet binding can be swapped out for a self-adhesive, two-in-one tape and binding. 

What is carpet binding tape?

Instabind help you bind carpet edges in even fewer steps! Instabind has a very clean looking rope edge, and at a cost of less than $65 for a 54-foot roll, it’s still much cheaper than having rugs professionally bound.

Preparing to Bind Carpet Edges

First, prepare the carpet’s edges for binding by ensuring that they are cut straight and free of fraying. Carefully use a box cutter or carpet cutter to neatly trim. To make sure the edges don’t fray, be sure to use a lighter on the edges.

Be sure to protect your workspace and hands when using a cutting tool! Once the lines are straight and even, you can begin attaching the binding strip to the edges of the rug. 

Attaching Double-Sided Tape to Binding Strips

If you opt not to use a self-adhesive binding strip such as Instabind, you’ll have to begin by attaching a strip of double-sided carpet tape along the edge of the entire length of carpet binding.

Place the tape tightly flush with the edge of the binding strip. Once the tape is attached, you will essentially have the same thing as a self-adhesive binding tape. 

Attaching Binding Strips To Carpet Edges

Begin by trimming the starting point of the binding strip to ensure that it’s unfrayed and straight. Once the entire binding strip is wrapped around the rug, the ends need to meet together cleanly.

If done properly, the meeting point will hardly be noticeable.   

How do you bind a carpet into a rug?

For a professional finish, always begin attaching carpet binding at the center of the edge of the rug, not at a corner or any random point.

This way, the meeting point – though minimally visible, because the end was carefully trimmed beforehand – will lie in a balanced position on the rug. 

How do you bind a rug without sewing?

Begin peeling the paper backing off of the adhesive strip and place the sticky section under the center of the rug’s edge, aligning the binder edge with the edge of the carpet.

Once the carpet and binder strip are aligned, continue to peel the paper backing and stick the adhesive to the back of the carpet, making sure to keep everything straight.

At this point, it will still be easy to un-peel and restick if necessary, so don’t stress! Take your time to ensure that the edges are lined up properly.

Once you reach the first corner, do not trim off the binding strip; instead, you will continue to wrap it around the corner to form one continuous line around each edge. 

As you reach each corner, cut a slit that aligns with the carpet edge into the tape portion of the binder strip, careful not to cut into the rope.

This way, as you turn the binder strip around the corner, the tape will overlap nicely in the corner instead of crumpling up.

You can either trim the extra piece of tape off or stick it to the carpet overlapping. Continue this process around all edges and at all corners. 

Once you have wrapped the binder around the entire piece of carpet, carefully cut the end of the strip, using the starting point as a reference. Align the endpoints, and seal them together with a small dot of hot glue. 

Sealing The Carpet Edges

Once the binding strip has adhered with tape around the entire rug, it’s time to seal the edges of the carpet to the rope edge of the binder. This final step will help to ensure that the rug does not unravel when being walked on or vacuumed. 

How do you seal the edges of a carpet remnant?

In six-inch sections, place a thin line of hot glue in the gap between the carpet edge and the rope edge. At this step, you can use a brick or block of wood to help press the seal shut.

To do this, hold the rug in place with your left hand, and use your right hand to apply pressure to the edge using the brick or block. You can also use just your hands!

Apply pressure for about 10-15 seconds before moving on to the next section. Continue around the edges until they are all sealed with hot glue. 

The final, optional step is to attach a grippy carpet pad to the underside of the rug. This will prevent your newly resized rug from moving out of place as it’s walked on!

I bet you never realized it could be so quick and easy to bind carpet edges!

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Thanks so much for reading along.

Much Love,

Kori ~ From The Farmhouse Life

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