How to make a carpet runner

Updated March 23, 2017

Carpet runners come in a variety of sizes. Most of the time, they are rectangular in shape and come in several lengths. A great way to have something different is to create your own carpet runner. Making a carpet runner can be done by using left over carpet from a previous wall to wall carpet purchase or by purchasing an inexpensive carpet remnant.

Here you will find step by step instructions on how to create a carpet runner that is unique and one of a kind.

Gather a left over piece of carpet from a previous carpet installation, or purchase an inexpensive carpet remnant.

Measure the length and width of the area that is to be covered with a carpet runner.

Using a safe surface such as the garage floor or driveway, turn the carpet upside down so that the backing is facing up. Measure the length and width that is needed, and place a mark at each point with the black marker.

Draw the design that is desired with the marker. It can be straight lines creating a rectangular runner. It can also be a free hand design with curves along the sides and rounded at the edges.

Using the carpet knife, cut along the design that has been made with the marker. Make sure to cut through the backing and into the carpet fibres. The blade in the carpet knife may have to be changed several times while completing this. When cutting is complete, discard excess carpet.

With the back still facing up,start at one end. Run a bead of hot glue along the edge of the rug, placing the binding over it as you go along. Continue with small sections until the binding is glued to the edge of the entire back of rug. Turn over the rug.

Follow Step 6 for the front of the rug. Pull the binding over the edge towards the front of the rug. Place the hot glue down, and press binding into place. Work with small sections at a time. When the front edge is completed, the carpet runner is ready for use.


Creating a free hand design makes an unusual carpet runner. Matching upholstery material can be used in place of binding.


Use caution when using hot glue. You can get burnt if you aren't careful!

Things You'll Need

  • Carpet Remnant
  • Black Marker
  • Carpet Knife
  • Binding
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Measuring Tape
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Based in Florida, Rosemary Rugnetta has been a freelance writer since 2007 specializing in home and garden topics and real estate/mortgage. She is a former property manager and mortgage underwriter who writes for eHow and Answerbag as well as private clients. She has completed continuing education courses in writing, construction management and design.