So…my score of the week: a 12’x15′ roll of remnant carpet from a local carpet store in Summerville, SC. For a mere $50, I got a commercial grade piece of carpet large enough for:
- a dining room rug,
- kitchen entryway mat,
- shelf liners on a 6′ x 3′ x 1.25′ shelving unit with 5 shelves,
- and a hallway runner,
with a big, 12’x7′ piece left over for hubby’s garage!
Seriously, remnants are a great way to cover the floor on the cheap, especially since the patterned remnants seem to go unwanted and unloved (and unbought), compared to their solid brethren. The carpet store cut me a price break since they’d been stuck holding onto that roll for a while.
Any carpet store will have remnants — just have to ask. Remember, the remnants are excesses, discards, from the carpet store’s perspective. So haggle. (The more remnants that the store’s holding on to, the longer they’ve held onto the roll in question, the better the deal they’ll cut.)
Cutting the roll into the desired pieces was the work of a few hours. I used a sharpie marker, a long level (any straight edge tool will work), a tape measure, a utility knife, and a pair of regular, 89 cent scissors.
Measure (with tape measure), mark (with level and sharpie), cut (with utility knife), and then trim off edge bits (with scissors). Rinse & repeat. The straighter and cleaner the cut edges are, the more rug-like (and less remnant-like) it’ll look.The carpet didn’t seem particularly prone to unraveling, so I didn’t bother binding the edges.