Think that throw rug is only for the floor? Think again! There are so many ways to use beautifully designed rugs around the home, it’s a shame to let them languish on the floor. Here are some of the most inspired ways we’ve found to use your favorite rugs.
- Soften stairs with a runner
Runners don’t have to be saved for hallways. They’re a perfect solution to soften a staircase. Take it a step further by choosing a strong geometrical pattern that’ll amp up your style.
- Make a stylish pillow
Small rugs are the perfect size to transform into statement-piece pillows for your couch or bed. Simply fold in half, insert a pillow and stitch it shut. Don’t have sewing skills? You can glue them together with fabric glue. Done!
- Instant wall art
If you’ve got a big, blank wall staring you in the face, why not ditch several small, framed pieces for one large bold piece? So many rugs are designed with beautiful colors and patterns it’s a shame not to treat them like the art they really are. Go ahead and fill a wall with a graphic rug you really love.
- Upholster a chair or headboard
Decorative rugs are the perfect weight to use as upholstery fabric, so why not turn a chair or ottoman into a statement piece? The same goes for headboards. Fabric headboards have become hugely popular, so use a pretty rug to make it both soft and beautiful.
- Use it as a throw
Lightweight rugs can be just the perfect size to use as a throw on your bed or couch.
- Trade up your yoga mat
Who wants a plain old spongy yoga mat when you can have a more comfortable and stylish one? Be the envy of your class by using a soft runner with a rubber back for your next yoga session.
- Dress up a table
Pretty blankets have become a popular alternative to tablecloths. Why can’t rugs be, too? A lightweight rug makes the perfect topper for your next dinner party. If you have smaller area rugs, you can also turn them into placemats.
- Soundproof doors
Why settle for plain white interior doors? Go a step further and dress them up with a decorative rug. As a bonus, it’s the perfect way to add extra soundproofing to a bedroom or office.
- Make a pet bed
Don’t limit the fun to just the humans. If you’ve got a rug you love that has seen better days, why not turn it into a pet bed for your dog or cat? Rugs can stand up to the abuse a pet can dish out. Simple fold your rug in half, fill with stuffing and stitch, or stitch two complementary rugs together to add variety.
- Turn your world upside down
Ever feel like dancing on the ceiling? Think how much easier it will be if you attach a rug! Seriously, though, ceilings can be so boring, wouldn’t it be fun to attach one of your favorite rugs? This can work especially well over a bed, so you’re always sure to enjoy it. It can also add soundproofing should there be another room over yours.
Don’t be afraid to step outside the box when it comes to your favorite rugs! Whether you use them as upholstery, art or something else, let your imagination be your guide.