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How to Bind A Carpet: 3 Easy Steps to Bind Carpet at Home

You’re moving into a new but smaller house. And you want to reuse your old carpet but it’s too big.

You want to trim it, but you don’t know how to bind the edges. 

I understand how confusing that is for you.

How to bind a carpet?

To bind carpets by yourself, first, you can do so in 3 easy steps. But you have to prepare the carpet edges first. Then, attach the adhesive side of the binding strip to the carpet edges. Next, attach the binding strips to the carpet’s edges. Lastly, seal the edge of the carpets.

But, you need the details to take on this project. If you’ve got time to spare, jump right in-

3 Easy Steps to Binding A Carpet

You don’t know your 10×12 room carpeting cost but you have your huge old carpets. With a little trimming and shaping, it would be the perfect fit. This way you can also save your money.

Now, cutting them up is the easy part. But fixing the edges? That might get your head in a twist.

With so many specialists in the market and a limited budget, there’s only one way. It’s – Do it yourself. But don’t worry. I’ll share my tips with you.

For executing this task, you’ll need the following:

  • Carpet cutter
  • Double-sided carpet tape
  • Carpet binding strip
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Safety gloves

Binding a carpet is certainly easier than getting slime out of it. Here’s how to bind a carpet by yourself in 3 steps-

Step 1: Preparing Carpet & Attaching Adhesive Tape

First, take the carpet cutter and trim the edges of your carpet. Ensure that no frayed edges are remaining. You can use a lighter to burn off the frays.

Caution: Check for creases in the rug to remove before attaching the binding strip.

Next, take the adhesive side of your binding strip. Take off the paper. Take the adhesive side and place it under the edge of your rug. 

The rug edge should be placed such that it’s at the middle of the strip. This will give a professional touch to your work.

Step 2: Placement and Trimming the Binding

Keep pressing your binding towards the rug/carpet’s edge. Until you reach the corner. But don’t cut the binding there!

Instead, cut its paper piece. Bring the binding along the corner or around it. Now, around the edge, the binding needs to be pressed into the corner.

Once you’ve covered all the edges, return to the original point, cut off excess binding. Trim bindings such that it matches both pieces. 

Step 3: Sealing

Use hot glue to fuse both ends of the trimmed binding together. Do this step carefully without damaging your tiles while covering it with the carpet.

Between the rug edge and binding, take the glue gun. Run a line of hot glue. The binding has to be pressed firmly against the edge. Keep doing so until the glue has dried.

Each section has to be held in place for 30 seconds. Entire the entire carpet edges to the binding in this way.

If you’re wise with money, you’d want to invest in a good glue gun. It’s hard to tell which is worth the bucks when there are too many options.

Here are some of my favorites:

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Personally, to me, gluing the binding is the most essential part. It is best to invest in a device that won’t disappoint. Mistakes in gluing will cost you both bindings and a rug.

Things to Consider Before DIY-ing

There are endless DIY tutorials on the internet. And each tutorial can have logical to absurd suggestions.

Before you pick a DIY solution, here are 3 factors to keep in mind –

  1. Time

DIYs are going to take you a long time. Why? Because it’s being done by you, a novice. And that’s perfectly alright too.

Because good things take time. A lot of people may give up because of this. But when it comes to gluing bindings, invest as much as time possible.

Impatience or regret can ruin your progress.

Remember, professionals will do the job in less time. Because they have the machinery to do so. 

  1. Price

This is the most important reason behind DIY concepts. DIY solutions are targeted to provide methods that cost less.

But the cost of binding carpets is subjective. It depends on the size of your carpet.

Binding your carpet with tapes can cost you anywhere from $50 to $60. It may vary depending on which DIY method you use.

On the other hand, if you go to a professional, it will cost more. Suppose, your rug is 5×7 feet, it may cost you around 24 to 96 dollars.

  1. Durability

If taken proper care of, your carpets can last a long time. But glues can hold up to so long. 

It won’t provide the same longevity as a carpet binding machine.

Other Ways to Bind A Carpet

This section is for those who are experienced in sewing and similar activities. Or those with a bigger budget.

 As mentioned before, glues can last only for so long. Luckily, there are other ways to fix your carpet’s edges.

Here are 2 other common ways to complete carpets:

  1. Surging

This gives your carpet a hand-sewn look. It is also known as the overlock stitch.

This process is done by a special machine. Hence, it is more expensive than binding. It gives a higher-end look to your rugs.

It appears as if a thick fiber has enclosed the carpet edge. This is mostly seen on manufactured rugs.

  1. Fringing

This is a common finishing in hand-knotted rugs. In those types of rugs, fringing is the backbone fiber.

But its purpose is only visual and not practical, in machine-made carpets. It is more expensive than binding and serging.

A lot of people find fringing aesthetically pleasing. But I should warn you, it can be a nuisance while vacuuming. Because the ends tend to get sucked in or tangled.

Also, fringes get easily soiled and are hard to clean.


DIYs should be done ensuring your own safety. Although you’re dealing with cheap materials, care should be taken to avoid accidents.

Take the following precautions while binding your carpet:

  • Wear gloves to avoid getting glue on the skin.
  • Be careful when lining with hot glue. 
  • Use a brick or wooden block to hold the binding in place.

If you can get coffee stains out of your carpet, then binding it is easy for you.


What kind of glue to use for carpets?

Answer: Any kind of adhesive will work. Such as – latex paint, PVA glue, carpet glue, etc. The most popular glue is Instabind.

How to make rugs stay put?

Answer: If your area rugs are easily movable, it can be a safety hazard. The simplest solutions for this include – gripper tapes, rug backings, and rug pads.

How to bind two rugs together?

Answer: Just like you trim rugs, you might need to enlarge a rug as well. It’s easy to bind two rugs together. You can use adhesive carpet tapes for this.


That’s all I have. I hope I was able to teach you how to bind a carpet.

Carpets and rugs add comfort and character to your homes. With proper care, you can get the most use out of them.

And I have another tip for you. Do not put your carpets in the washing machine. It can ruin the glue attachments.

See you next time!