Easy DIY: Repurposed Roller-Blind Rug

Easy DIY: Repurposed Roller-Blind Rug

MaryAnne Petrella
Mar 30, 2011

In recent years, attractive woven vinyl mats have appeared on the market—their über wipe-ability along with a slim profile has made them an ideal choice in many design scenarios. When I saw a pile of roller blinds at a second hand shop I quickly realized I could easily create my own version with nothing but a pair of scissors.

The blind I selected had a similar woven texture and a very contemporary feel. The neutral color makes the mat versatile, and the fact that I can get a clean cut without the worry of fraying ends means I can get multiples from the same blind if desired.

What I love about this re-use is how simple and inexpensive it is to get a fresh look. It's the perfect solution to cover outdated or damaged floors, or just offer up some definition to a space. Because of the material, you can even use the mat outdoors to liven up a balcony or front porch.

If you end up with smaller remnants after you cut-a-rug, consider making custom placemats or coasters from the excess!

note: apply beads of silicon caulking to the underside to prevent bunching in high-traffic areas

(Image: MaryAnne Petrella)

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