Diy modern carpet from recycling of carpet remains

Introduction:

This low budget DIY project is about using new but leftover carpet tiles and transform them into a modern looking colourful rug for your home. 

A lot of stores that sell floor finishings and or do carpeting projects have a stack of cheap leftover carpet tiles laying around(or cheapest carpet market). These leftovers are often a large mix of all sorts and colors so they are not suitable for finishing a room anymore. Mostly these never used tiles end up in a dirty garage or shed, they get thrown away or get installed at some place where a super low budget floor finishing is needed and aesthetics is no big deal. In most cases it’s a downgrade of a functional product and that is just a sad thing. Therefore i came up with a simple solution; get rid of the limited pattern possibilities of the standard squares and cut them into different shapes, so the variety of color will become a big plus instead of a problem! 

Step 1 : Materials and Tools

 Materials: 

 8  leftover carpet tiles in bright and contrasting colours.
 1 large roll of duct tape or gaffer tape, (only use good quality stuff).  
 
 Tools: 
 
 1 cutting mat.
 1 stanley knife or anything similar + new blades.
 1 ruler with a good high cutting edge or use a straight metal profile with high edges. In best case, your ruler or profile has hand grips that make it more easy to put pressure on the tile and stay away from the knife. BE CAREFUL!
 1 thin white marker, (i used a Posca fine liner. You can also make a light mark with your knife, so you don’t need any marker).

Step 2 : print out the draw:

Take one of the remaining pieces of the carpet and draw on the back of the tiles using the marker pen in triangular shapes as shown in the pictures. The design drawing is due to the general taste of the user, perhaps someone wants to draw squares instead of triangular shapes, or prefer to overlap squares with triangular shapes (but this design is a bit difficult).
 

Step 3 : cut the tiles ( be very precise! )

After finishing the design we will cut this design using the knife, be more precise in the cutting process and pay careful attention to the edges of the cut pieces.
Try not to bring Boucle carpet tiles because once they are cut their edges are very rough and  often disturb the pattern lines ( creating ugly gaps ) Frieze carpet tiles work very good! 
 

Step 4 : puzzle on the floor 

Straighten the triangular pieces that you cut in front of you, then try the shape as you like until you finally reach the shape and design you prefer and gives you aesthetic and attractive design.
 

Step 5 : Assemble the pieces

Once you have settled on the shape and design of your carpet, it is time to assemble it and finish the work for use in your home.
  Use the tape to connect all the individual parts and flip your design over ( carefully ) and add long tape strips on all connections to make sure every part is well mounted.

Step 6 : Suggestion

Now that we have finished the carpet, I noticed that the method of pasting and assembling used in this process may not be suitable for some, as it is weak with the frequent use and movement. So I suggest that the tape be glued well, then turn the carpet on its face, and prepare a cloth with enough space to cover the entire carpet. Then, using a strong, flexible adhesive, we stick the cloth over the entire back of the carpet well, and then let it dry before using it.
 

Video

Tips

  • Use sharp blades since this will save a lot of your energy. The blades become blunt easily because of the strong backing of the tiles.  

Warnings

  • Think about your safety! Make sure you are good prepared and use good tools before you begin!
    Cutting the carpet tiles is a job that you must take serious, because it’s a tough and durable material and needs a lot of force to be cut. Only use rulers that have high edges ( to block the knife from leaving its direction and might hurt your hand ).
    Don’t do this project alone, for safety reasons.

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