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The many ways to finish off an area rug, hall runner or stair runner

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The many ways to finish off an area rug, hall runner or stair runner

Introduction

There are no set guidelines when looking to finish off your home’s area rug, hall or stair runner. It simply comes down to personal preference. The advantage of creating a custom piece is you have options of material and how it’s done. Here are some of your best options.

For a higher end finish, often used is a cotton or linen binding complete with mitered corners and blind-stitched to give it a more tailored look. Suede, leather and fabric are also options that can be used.

linen binding for area rug, hall runner or stair runner

A linen binding with mitered corners creates a higher end finish.

Another very popular finish is a serged edge. A serged edge looks like a thick fibre that is continuously wrapped around the edge of the carpet, resembling a hand-sewn, textured look that draws your eye to the outside of the carpet. The colour of a serged edge generally matches close to the field colour of the carpet.

wool serged edge for area rug, stair runner or hall runner

This wool serged edge looks like a thick fibre that is continuously wrapped around the edge of the carpet.

Other options include a ¾” cotton tape or cotton overlay that is top stitched, or a 1 ¼” cotton tape that is blind-stitched or top-stitched.

cotton blind stitched finish for stair runner, hall runner or area rug

A cotton blind-stitch overlay.

The least expensive method of finishing a carpet edge is using a nylon tape. The colour is matched close to the field colour of the carpet, so the edge is not noticeable.

Nylon tape overlay for area rug, hall runner or stair runner

The least expensive method of finishing a carpet edge is nylon tape.

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