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Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

The closet renovation is coming along nicely, even though I’ve only been able to work on it in fits and starts. After I added a new light switch for the closet, I added any missing insulation. Then I filled any and all gaps with Great Stuff. This closet had always been very cold in the winter or super hot in the summer. I decided to climate control the closet as best as I could while the walls were open. Then I closed up the walls with sheet rock and painted the small closet. You would not believe how well sheet rock (aka drywall or wall board) insulates! When I added the last piece, it made a huge difference in the climate control in the room. Who knew?!

Every room we renovate, we like to leave little messages in the wall or on the floor. The boys and I had fun drawing before adding the carpeting.

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

The closet dimensions are just under 5′ x 8′ which is perfect for an area rug. I wanted the closet to be as comfy and inviting as possible for the boys, so I settled on a super soft chenille shag rug.

I also purchased enough carpet padding from Lowe’s to line the closet floor. In the interest of climate control, I bought the thickest padding and opted for the Stainmaster brand to resist spills from seeping through to the subfloor.

Ready to get started Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug?

Materials:

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

  • Utility knife
  • Scissors
  • Metal ruler or straight edge
  • Sharpie
  • Staple gun and staples (1/2″ – 5/8″)
  • Area rug large enough for your space
  • Carpet padding

Instructions:

Lay the carpet padding on the floor. Line up two edges and fold the other edges up against the wall.

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

Use a pen to draw along the corner where the wall meets the floor.

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

Cut the carpet pad to size.

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

Staple the carpet padding around the perimeter. Add a few staples in the center of the pad to keep it from shifting.

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

The pad should look like this. (Note the stain resistant sheet side is facing up.)

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

Lay your area rug into the space. Fold up the edges at the corners.

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

Mark where the rug meets the wall on the back side of the rug.

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

Make a few marks and connect them with your straight edge or ruler.

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

Use the utility knife to cut through the carpet back. Make sure you have a sharp blade.

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

Test fit your rug.

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

To secure the rug, dig through the rug fibers until you find the bottom of the rug.

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

Slip your staple gun inside and staple the rug to the floor.

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

No sooner was that last staple installed that the boys had set up a game of monopoly in the closet.

Faking Wall-to-Wall Carpet with an Area Rug | Pretty Handy Girl

This little hideaway library will be a great place for the boys to play and plot ways to fool Mom.

Do you have a little closet or spot that could add Fake Wall-to-Wall carpeting with an area rug?

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