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How to Glue Carpet Binding Tape to a Rug

Updated February 21, 2017

Many attractive styles and patterns of carpet runner is available by the foot from many big box home improvement retailers. This carpet runner material can be used as stair runner if it is cut in a long, continuous length, or it can be cut into short, small pieces to be used as small area rugs. Over time, and with the effects of regular traffic, the unfinished edged of these runners will begin to fray, warp and look ugly. Finishing these edges with a decorative carpet binding tape will prevent the rugs from ageing prematurely.

Plug a hot glue gun in so it will begin to warm up. While the glue gun is warming up, continue with Steps 2 and 3.

Trim the edges of the rug with a pair of sharp scissors so they will be free of random threads of yarn and rug backing along the trimmed edge.

Flip the rug over on the floor so the bottom side is up. Peel the backing off of a piece of carpet binding tape. Do not cut the length of the carpet binding tape to match the width of the rug. Stick one edge of the carpet binding tape to the back side of the rug. Flip the rug over again so the top of the rug is up.

Apply a bead of hot glue along the cut edge of the carpet where the carpet and the carpet binding tape meet. Immediately wrap the carpet binding tape over the edge of the carpet while the glue is still hot to get the best bond.

Wrap the remaining length of carpet binding tape around the back of the rug to finish the rug corner.

Things You'll Need

  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Decorative carpet binding tape
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About the Author

Kelly Nuttall is a student at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah. She is set to graduate in the spring of 2011 with her bachelor's degree in technical communications. She has been writing for various websites since March of 2009.