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Friday, October 08, 2010

Repurposing Carpet Samples | Family Economics

By Cathe

Years ago, when my son played T-ball, the little players were limited to grassy play areas with no dug-outs or benches. The team mom would bring stacks of carpet flooring samples and place them along the edge of the field. Each player had his or her own comfy pad to sit on so they didn’t stain their uniforms from sitting on the ground, which was often moist from the sprinklers. I always thought that was one ingenious mom! She got me thinking of all the different and fun ways to repurpose simple carpet samples.

Most flooring stores and showrooms switch out their carpet swatches often enough to have samples remaining for sale or for free. If you find a store willing to give some up, just consider the possibilities:

• Create indoor hopscotch squares (to break the cabin fever of those winter months)
• Make family room rug mosaic
• Use as mud room rugs
• Tack to a board for propping up and gift to your cat for scratching
• Set out for winter boots and shoes
• Create small pet beds
• Use as a bathroom mat
• Place in the floorboard of your car to keep the carpet clean
• Keep several in your trunk to protect against soiled cargo
• Hang on a teenager’s wall as a bulletin board (use straight pins for tacking up items)
• Use as a designated area for furniture pillows and throws not in use
• Make a scratching board for your cat by tacking one to a piece of wood and leaning along the wall
• Stencil words or graphics onto carpet to create unique welcome mats
• Cut out sections to fit into the bottom of your tote bag to create stability (with a utility knife)
• Cut out rectangles for softening bleacher seats at your children’s sporting events
• Add double-stick foam tape to the back side of small cut sections and stick to the bottom of large furniture legs to protect wood floors

What are your ideas for repurposing carpet samples? I’d love to read about it!

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On Thursday, December 16, 2010, Nata zay wrote

Thanks for the information!

On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, gebrichi from ottawa wrote

You can always make a 'quilt' carpet using coordinating carpet samples.

On Tuesday, October 19, 2010, Rachael wrote

My problem is I am a craft supply hoarder--I have a small stack of sample squares just waiting for the "right" project or idea!!

On Thursday, October 14, 2010, smuhlen wrote

When I was a kid my mom recarpeted me and my brother's room with free carpet scraps. She didn't use the carpet sample squares, but used the free leftover scraps that were in all different shapes. It looked like a crazy quilt rug! We thought it was really cool and our friends wanted to know where they could get such a carpet! My mom must have been the first repurposer!!

On Monday, October 11, 2010, TB in So Cal wrote

Any similarly great ideas for upholstery fabric samples?? I've seen the 'evening bag,' but it's not my style. Hate to see those things go in the trash bin!

On Monday, October 11, 2010, stephljones wrote

Bullet point #4: Tack to a board for propping up and gift to your cat for scratching Is this what you wanted to say? Or could you clarity? I'm not sure I get this one!!! Thanks!

On Sunday, October 10, 2010, suesue from louisiana wrote

This brought back some old memories. In college I duck-taped carpet squares together to make a rug and did a speech on the project. I used my rug for ages and my brother had his kids' room done the same way. Such a fun, cool idea!

On Sunday, October 10, 2010, lisa leonard wrote

brilliant! we got a sample before we recarpeted our home. we use it as an area rug in the boys' bathroom.

On Saturday, October 09, 2010, GMG wrote

We made lap boards for my son's hospital stay by carpet-taping these samples to oversized clip boards. It is more comfy for the child in bed and creates a non-slip backing.

On Saturday, October 09, 2010, J. wrote

They are great for 'bases' for kickball outdoors!

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