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Clever Ways on Reusing Old Rugs At Home

Aug 2nd, 2013 By

Redecorating a home calls for a change in the way a decor has been styled and arranged. This also means you may need to do away with certain decorative items, which over the time, either have worn out or become lackluster. One such item is area rugs.
Among the list of common accessories found in a home, rugs are an essential component used for decorative and utilitarian purpose. There comes a time when these require to be replaced with new ones due to damage, the ageing factor or simply because you are redecorating the interiors and want new rugs to go along with a chosen theme. Irrespective of the reason, purchasing new floor covers often account for the old ones being disposed. However, this need not be the case always, since old floor covers and runners can come handy in many aspects. How? Well, simply reuse them.

Old Rugs – Why re-purpose them?

Upgrading to new rugs does not mean that you require to get rid of the used ones. Though old rugs may have worn out, they can still be functional. These floor covers can prove as valuable additions in and around your home in several ways, simply by implementing them with a touch of creativity. So instead of throwing them away, repurpose them. Doing this will save you a good deal of money as well as let you utilize materials that are useful, which otherwise could end up in the trash. Here are some methods that will help you understand how to reuse old rugs indoors and outdoors, while adding the practicality quotient into your daily life.

 

Indoor Use

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1) Floors – A doormat at the entrance is important as it helps people to wipe off dirt and debris, avoiding any spread onto the floors, indoors. For this, take cuttings out of large old rugs, they will perfectly serve as mats in the entryway. If you are among the few who like to rearrange their furniture frequently, floors will be prone to be scratched or even damaged. To protect your floors, cut small pieces of a used rug, into shapes of square or circle and glue each piece to the bottom of the furniture. The thudding of a washing machine or dryer can be quite annoying at times, old rugs can be used to dampen or muffle such noise. Simply place large pieces of rug under each of the four corners of the machine and Voila!

2) Staircase Treads – Many of us at home have had accidents on the staircase. You may use rug cutouts to make staircase treads. These provide a safe and non-slip way to make it accident resistant, besides adding a touch of decoration to the staircase, which otherwise wears a bland look.

3) Porches – You may find old rugs that are no longer attractive for the living room, kitchen, or bathroom. In such case, move them to the porch, likely one that is enclosed. Use them outside underneath pots placed on covered patios. They may not look appealing, but they certainly help to trap moisture and dirt that come along with shoes, thereby, protecting the floors. Additionally, to provide ample absorbency, place them beneath new rugs.

4) Pets – Animal lovers, an old rug can be a boon if you have pets at home. Use one under the cat or dog food dish or a litter box. Giving a bath to your pet can be challenging at times, have a few rugs lined on the bathroom floor. They will prevent your pets from sliding around. In addition, rugs having thick bile with soft texture that make them perfect for being used as pet beds within the house. People having cats can repurpose old rugs having flexibility and thickness into scratching posts.

5) Exercise – One can carry out yoga and other forms of exercise in comfort on an old rug. If you have a large rug, cut it as long as your height and about 3 feet wide. In addition, it is easy to roll and store it away when not in use. You could practically take it anywhere around or out of your house and place it on different surfaces depending on its texture and thickness.

 

Outdoor Use

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1) Garage – Old rugs have several uses in a garage. Place a used rug next to a parked vehicle, it will provide a spot to wipe off dirty footwear of any dirt, grime, or water. They will not only keep dirt and moisture away out of your home but also the vehicle. One may use them while working underneath their vehicle. Protect the doors of your car from damage each time you enter or exit it. For that take a few strips of rags and attach them on the walls of your garage.

2) Vehicles – Floor mats can be expensive. Transform old rugs into car mats that you may use on the floor of your vehicle, especially during snow and rain. All you need to do is cut the rug to fit the floorboards of your car.

3) Garden/Yard – A garden or the yard is a perfect place for using old rugs in multiple roles. For example, if you are fond of gardening, regular maintenance is necessary. Cut out pieces of your old rugs as knee pads while working in the garden, no more stains on the knees. You may use them as a temporary form of seating too. Lay them on the walkway to transform them into a pleasant looking path; these will also help keep the paths weed free. You need not worry about their maintenance, as they will gradually deteriorate.

4) Animal Shelter – If you find that you do not need old rugs around your home or if they are some extras left, especially washable type. Why not donate them to animal shelters. Such old rugs can be used as beds for strays and homeless animals. These are better than blankets and towels, while will be appreciated.

5) Camping – All who love the outdoors will find good use of their old rugs. If you do not have any, buy it from others who may be selling them. Carry along few washable old rugs, you will find them very handy for use in the open or within your tent floor. Not only will they protect you and items from the ground, they also provide a space to kick back and relax at ease.

Do no throw away any of your old rugs now that you have come to know how useful they can be. Of course, if they are not in a condition, which you would not want to put them to use indoors, donate or sell them, rather than disposing them. Use the above ways to incorporate old rugs within your home that will not only save some money but also give a touch of practicality to your home.

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