Decorating Hack: How To Create A Large Area Rug On A Budget


My family room is large but the layout of the furniture makes it difficult to find a large area rug that fits the space correctly. The room is more narrow than it is long and the rug needs to accommodate a really long sofa. But since there are no off the shelf sizes that will work and a custom rug is not in my budget I had to get creative.

My solution to an inexpensive large area rug was quick and easy and it got me the results I was looking for. Let's see how I created an extra large area rug for my family room.

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Let’s take a minute to remember the old rug.

As I’ve taken on each area of our home, I’ve gotten to know my decorating style really well. And since my style is traditional modern it was time to say good-bye to our old brown-worn-out-stinky rug... you took it like a champ and held on to dog dander and milk spills like a pro and kept my kids from hitting the hard floor more than once and for that I thank you.

Now, say hello to this beauty! (Or should I say, these beauties?)

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When I saw this rug online I knew it was perfect and it set the stage for this family room refresh. The colors would fit into what I already had going on in the space, but add a ton of personality and a few more colors, which is exactly what this room needed. I wanted this space to feel way more casual and fun.

How To Create A Large Area Rug (From Smaller Rugs)

Since you can find such good deals on smaller rugs online, I got three 5 x 8 rugs and joined them together to create one large area rug that measures 15 x 8. Because of the way the triangle pattern goes, you can’t even tell unless you look really close.

Joining the area rugs together to make one large rug on a budget was so incredibly easy. All you need is your rugs and single sided carpet tape.

Step 1: Lay out the rugs side by side

Lay your area rugs out and make sure that the pattern lines up the way you want it to. Pull up the corners of each rug where there will be a seam and mark the same number on each of the rugs so that when you flip them over you will know which corners go together.

Step 2: Flip the area rugs over

Flip your rugs over and line them up according to the numbers you marked.

Place them as close together as possible, making sure that the carpet part stays below the seam.

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Step 3: Tape the seams to join two rugs together

Using single sided carpet tape, tape the seams of the area rugs together and press firmly.

You will want to make sure that you use single sided carpet tape because you only want the side that is joining the rugs to be sticky. It’s really easy to use, you just peel off the paper as you attach it to the seam.

Flip your rug back over! Now you’ll have an area rug that is big enough for an entire room!

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I love my new rug(s) and the color and pattern it adds to this room is soooo good! Rugs don’t even come in this size, so it is as close to custom as you can get without breaking the bank!

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