How to cut a bathroom rug

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Customise your bathroom by choosing a rug that suits the style and size of your bathroom. Many cut-to-fit bathroom rugs are now available on the market, designed for easy trimming with a pair of sharp scissors. Carpet remnants may be also be utilised, but are subject to fraying and often not suitable for bathroom moisture conditions; they are also not machine washable. You may cut a rug to fit your bathroom out of a remnant or a cut-to-size rug of your choosing.

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Things you need

  • Typing or school paper
  • Tape
  • Black marker
  • Pencil
  • Coffee can
  • Rug or remnant
  • Sharp scissors
  • Carpet or X-acto knife

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    Make a rug template out of sheets of typing paper; tape them together to cover the length and width of the size of the bathroom area you plan to cover. Keep the edges straight when taping the paper together. Lay the template on the bathroom floor to ensure you have the right size for the area you plan to cover.

  2. 2

    Obtain rounded corners on your rug (if desired) by utilising the round portion of a large coffee can. Lay the can inside of one square corner of the template. When you are satisfied with the shape and size of the corner, trace it.

  3. 3

    Cut the rounded corner out of the paper to use as a template for the other three corners.

  4. 4

    Trace the other three corners of the template using the paper piece you cut from the first corner of the template. Line up the paper edges carefully for accuracy.

  5. 5

    Cut out the other three rounded corners on your template. Lay the template back down on the bathroom floor to ensure it properly fits the area you plan to cover.

  6. 6

    Purchase a cut-to-fit rug or use a carpet remnant that is 2 inches larger in both the length and width of the rug you plan to cut out.

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    Turn your cut-to-fit rug or remnant over so the underside faces up. Place your template on the underside of the rug, centring it in the middle.

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    Tape the template onto the rug or carpet remnant and trace the outline with a dark marker pen on the underside of the rug. Remove the template.

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    Use a carpet knife to cut out the outline. A sharp pair of scissors also works well for cut-to-fit rugs, as they are designed for easy cutting. Carpet remnants should be cut with a carpet knife.

Tips and warnings

  • Apply two layers of a nonskid coating to the back side of the rug with a paintbrush if the rug you purchased does not have a backing on it. Choose a coating that is machine washable, such as SAF-T-BAK, if you wish to be able to launder your rug in the future.

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