30.3.12

rug problem solved

Remember the {rug dilemma} I've been experiencing?  After 6 weeks of racking my brain and trying to talk myself into spending $650 on a wool and jute rug from Pottery Barn, one of our readers sent a very helpful email to my personal in box.  She kindly expressed her feelings about the same rug she had purchased 5 years earlier, and began to explain how much she DETESTS it.  Aside from it shedding like a St. Bernard, it started unraveling in less than a year and was now horribly disheveled.  Because she spent so much money on it, she didn't feel justified replacing it.  Phew!  Glad I didn't pull that trigger.

Jilly to the rescue.  A few weeks ago she was walking down the aisles of Ikea, and the {Tarnby Rug} caught her eye.  She thought it would be a great option for me and called immediately.  Then she told me it came in approx 6ft by 9ft for $150.  Back to the biggest problem, great rug, great price, too small for my space. 

That night I hatched a plan. 


After doing some Google research and reading customer reviews,  I bought two rugs and yep, I hot glued them together.  I know, it seems a tad crazy and perhaps even a little ghetto, but guess what? It looks AMAZING!  I thought about hand sewing them together per my husband's recommendation and then I thought about the hours that might take. Nope.  I was leaving at 5am the next morning for three days and my OCD was presenting it's self in rare form.  Besides, hot glue has never let me down and when something is right, you don't fight it.
 
Just so you don't feel like you need to report this incident to the design police, let me assure you that there is absolutely no trace of a seam or hot glue in any way, shape, or form.  In fact the two rugs fit together magically like a puzzle.  I've had it in my home for 2 weeks and I'm getting rave reviews.  It's so much lighter and cleaner than my last rug and it makes our family room feel much bigger.  It's also reversible and very durable.  I love that it has a lot of variation, from wheat colored tans to light and dark grays.  The rug doesn't shift on the tile nor have I had problems with shedding.  I will say it's not as comfy as our last rug, but not uncomfortable at all.  If you have wood flooring, you'll definitely want to use a rug pad (per reviews), but it's great on our tile. 

So there you have it.  A 10 x 13ft jute rug for $300. 


Let me know if you need to borrow a glue stick.

19 comments:

  1. When I worked for a Home Furnishings place, we did quite a few custom rugs from the carpet we sold. There is actually tape that is used on the back side of regular carpet to hold it together, but of course, it would not be reversble and is intended for carpet with a jute backing. The custom designs looked amazing though!

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  2. Totally resourceful, Mia! And just goes to show that we all need friends!

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  3. Did you butt the edges or overlap them? It seems like if the edges were butted together, there might be little places where there were holesas the edges of this type of rug aren't totally even. Also, seems like if you butted the edges, there wouldn't be very much surface to glue...? If it was overlapped there would be a bump, so I guess that wouldn't work. Tell us more about the details as some of us want to try this.

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  4. This is amazing! I second Sheila's comment above - could you give a little more detail on how you did this? Did you buy (2) 6x9 rugs or different sizes? (I ask since you said it turned out to be 10x13 when you were finished.)

    Thanks!
    -Lindsey

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  5. Well done well done!!

    Mallory @ Classy Clutter

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  6. Hi girls! The two rugs were each 6'7" X 9'10" and together they make approx a 10 X 13 rug (give or take two inches). They are butted up together just like puzzle pieces. The two rugs I got are exactly the same size so they fit together and didn't overlap at all. You honestly would never know they were two different rugs.

    Hope this helps!
    Mia

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  7. Love it!! Looks great! Love Ikea - I was there today :) (in Atlanta) and I believe in hot glue - just sayin'
    Marcie

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  8. it turned out great!


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  9. Hey Mia! I featured this on my blog today! Thanks for sharing!

    House on Rene

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  10. Hi there,

    Going to combine two of these rugs in a bedroom... Can you tell me if the glue has worked well long-term?

    Also, I think I have the same round coffee table pictured above... did you refinish it? I searched your blog but cannot find info on it. The one I have has a marred top, so I'd love to refinish.

    Thanks, and love your decor!

    Carey

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  11. Looks great. I have read that the run can damage wood and laminate floors. Has there been any damage to the tile? I want to put rug down on tile.

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    1. Hey! I've had this rug on my tile for over 8 months with no damage. Tile is pretty indestructible!

      Thank for asking!
      Mia

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  12. The rug does look great! It certainly doesn’t look like two rugs glued together. By the way, it’s good that the hot glue didn’t affect the texture of the rug. What was the rug made of? Extreme heat can damage a rug. If you want, you can sew the rugs together. That way, you’d make the bond stronger.

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  13. How much do you get a price on this service of cleaning a Orienal rug? I saw this site when I am searching for cleaning a Oriental rug because I want to know more tips about on how to clean its cloth.


    North Vancouver Rug Cleaning

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  15. For bulky staining, such as food spills, scrape up the excess with a blunt knife or spatula, then blot.
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  16. Hi! Im looking to do the same thing- just bought 2 ikea tarnby jute rugs and am dreading the idea of sewing them together- hows the hot glue holding up? should i go for it? You just literally hot glued them together on the edges?

    I would think there would be some holes or at least a few months later it might come apart, no?

    Hope its working well for you, id love to do the same!

    Ali

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    1. Hey Ali,
      The hot glue is holding up amazingly well. It's been 18 months and still in love. Yes, I just hot glued the two rugs together right down the middle and you'd honestly never know it. I've had to glue down a few loose random fibers every now and again but totally worth it for the size and money I spent.
      thanks for your comment!
      Mia

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