I’m so sorry to be doing this to you but I’m bringing you more about rugs and today it’s all about remnants.
Before I get into it I should apologize for talking about rugs…again. My only defense is that I’ve been fighting a cold for the last week — that or allergies. Either way, this means I’ve been laying about a lot, feeling sorry for myself and unable to finish the project that I had originally hoped to bring you. I promise once I’m back in fighting shape I will bring you posts about things other than rugs. Maybe I’ll talk about carpets…#crackmyselfup
If you walk into any flooring store and walk towards the back, you’ll probably find a section of rolled up carpets, usually bound in clear tape at crazy low prices. These rolls are the left overs of their larger rolls, which they then sell at reduced prices. This means you can get a large area rug for much less than normal.
There are limitations when you go this route. For example, if you want some pattern in your rug, you probably won’t find a remnant to suit your taste. Also, the color selection is limited. You’ll find a lot of warm, neutral colors and some crazy colors (imagine purple shag or low pile gold course green).
But if you’re looking for a solid, neutral colored rug then you should consider remnants. An added bonus is that you can customize the size and shape to suit your needs. I once needed an area rug for a basement that was prone to flooding so wall to wall was out of the question but I wanted it to look like wall-to-wall. The end result hugged the wall and wrapped around the room’s different architectural features — fireplace, door ways, etc.
One last thing to remember is that you will need to have the edges finished off. There are a few ways to do this: taped edging, serging and rolling over. The most standard way to finish off the edges is with tape but if the remnant doesn’t have a stiff backing you can also have them rolled or serged. These last two are the most expensive ways to finish off the edges but also the nicest (of course). You could also opt to DIY-it. If you do, you can find tons of YouTube videos showing you how to do this. I used this search “how to bind remnant rug”.
Now, here are the three rugs I’ve narrowed it down to. (Another hint: most places will cut off a small sample of the rugs you’re considering for free.)
They are all wool (which is my preference) and because the backing is stiff I will only be able to either tape or serge the edges.
I’m leaning (quite heavily) towards #3 because I like the texture and variations of gray. Here’s an alternate view.
Which is your favorite?
If you’re in the Bay Area, my favorite places to shop for remnants are The Floor Store and Tradeway Flooring. Hint: Don’t be afraid to negotiate at either of these two places or at any flooring store for that matter.