How To Resize A Rug

It’s not a secret that rugs add comfort to your room and shows off your taste and designer’s eye. Sometimes, people shy away from a rug they loved at first sight because of the rug’s size was not a perfect match for a space. 

Such a wrong approach! 

Resizing a rug is a simple solution that will make your rug have the size and shape that complements your room the best. Experts from Pettyjohn’s Cleaning know how to resize a rug in a way that will make you feel like the rug has been custom made to your needs. Call us now and make the most of your purchase.

Why Resize a Rug

There are two major reasons for resizing a rug: design and stability. Wrong rugs sizes ruin the proportions and distort the general view. Too big of a rug may spoil the look of your room making the accents you add less visible and appealing.

The second issue you face when the rug is too big for the space, is the need to place furniture and decor on the rug. This makes the decor less stable and causes rugs to decay under the weight of the furniture. When a rug has an unsuitable size or shape, you also risk tripping over the fabric.

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DIY carpet cutting

DIY Custom Rug Size

There are several DIY (Do It Yourself) methods for cutting your rug to the needed size and shape. The main difference between professional and DIY rug resizing will be in binding and preserving the rug’s pattern. Often, to achieve the best possible pattern, professionals cut rugs at all sides and make sure the ends have absolutely the same edges. A DIY approach is more about making minimal changes, which might work well for resizing a small bedroom or bathroom rug, but not for an expensive handmade rug from your living room. If you choose the DIY process for rug resizing, these are the steps you should follow: 


Measure the area and the rug several times to avoid any mistakes. Remember, cutting cannot be reversed, so a rug should never be resized in a hurry. It’s best to fold the sides first and put the rug in the place for a few days to make sure it is what you want.  


Use a pencil and a ruler to draw a straight line. If you want to shape the rug, better create a template first and then draw along its edges. Double-check the marking before cutting the rug.   


Place the rug upside down on the sturdy surface that you don’t mind to be scratched. If the rug is thin, you may easily cut it with a carpeting knife using the marking line you have drawn. Otherwise, score the dimensions with a carpeting knife and then cut with shears.

Taking Care of the Edges

There are several ways to prevent edges from fraying. First, you may paint the edges with a transparent glue. Second, you may fold the edges and use the Duct Tape to secure the seam on the bottom of the rug (remember to include the folded material into your measurements!). Cutting rugs with mesh bottoms may not require any additional steps, as you will normally have nice clean edges right away. 

If you need your rug resized, call Pettyjohn’s Cleaning rug specialists. We will quickly give you a quote and provide the best possible service to the highest industry standards.