DIY or Buy: Layer, Stitch & Scatter Area Rugs to Cover Ugly Floors

Renters Solutions

A room with ugly flooring, whether it's stained carpet or worn wood, can seem like a daunting challenge – especially for a renter. Take a tip from Riki & Allen's Texas-Modern Remodel and layer mismatched area rugs to cover a large room. After the jump, we'll point you in the direction of a few affordable rugs and offer tips for putting it all together…

DIY:
• To create the bohemian look of layered rugs as we see in Riki & Allen's dining area, look for inexpensive rugs in coordinating colors. In a very large room it may make the most sense to buy a few large rugs, even if it means shopping for remnants or picking up vintage rugs from flea markets. Use the large rugs to cover wide swaths of the room and fill in with smaller rugs.

• In this Home Hack from 2010 — How To Create a Quick, Cheap Rug — we see how to create one big rug out a number of low-cost rag rugs, like the one from Kmart below. By using cotton yarn and a large needle, we can sew the rugs together ... and in the process create a cute design with the stitches. Stitching together ten 20" x 40" rugs would give you a rug that's more than 8' x 16"!

• You can use the incredibly affordable ERSLEV rug from IKEA (only $40!), along with the post showing you How to Make a Striped Rug, to create affordable one-of-a-kind rug..

Buy:
• 4' x 6' Natural/Rust Reversible Printed Rug from World Market, $59.99

• 4'11" x 6'7" ERSLEV Flatwoven Rug from IKEA, $39.99

• 20" x 40" Essential Home Multi-Colored Rag Rug from K-Mart, $3.99

• 2' x 3' Yacht Stripe Navy Woven Cotton Rug from Dash & Albert, $30

• 4' x 6' Ikat Rug from Urban Outfitters, $59.00

Images: 1. Riki & Allen's Texas-Modern Remodel; All others as credited above

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