Carpet Binding: Turn carpet remnants
into useful area rugs... or repair existing ones!!
Carpet binding is a trade in the flooring industry that involves modification
to the edges of a carpet with fabric, adhesives and/or stitching. In
protects the edge of the carpet from wear and from unraveling.
Aesthetically, binding can add not only function but style to match your decor!
If you look at any area rug in your home (with the exception of
indoor-outdoor and some rubber-backed bathroom carpets ), you'll notice the
binding around the perimeter. Area rugs almost
always have one of the above listed bindings (also known as "applications") on
the edges, while wall-to-wall carpeting typically has no binding on the edges,
due to the fact it is secured around the perimeter of the room with tack-strips
during installation so unraveling is unlikely. Wall to wall carpets are
not immune to unraveling. For example, a metal or wood strip is installed over any
carpet edge that is
subject to traffic, such as where carpet meets a wood or tile floor.
Understanding the carpet binding process...
With proper training, the right equipment and a bit of artistry, the carpet
binder can produce a functional and economical work of art! These are the
basic steps used to bind a carpet:
- Cut the piece to be bound square or into the desired shape.
It the binding is being done to repair an existing carpet, trimming will
need to be done so the carpet edge is smooth and straight.
- Determine whether the carpet requires power beveling. Power beveling tapers
the edge of the carpet prior to applying the binding so there is a smooth
transition to the relatively thin binding. Thick carpets always
require power beveling. Low grade commercial carpet does not.
- Choose the style of binding to be applied. Low-end goods typically have
a polyester binding, high-end goods may have cotton, serging or sisal/wide
border binding. The choice will be determined first by the type of
carpet (since all types of bind can't be applied to all carpets) and
secondly the aesthetic effect you wish to achieve... from simple to
- Apply desired binding style using the appropriate materials and
- Stabilize the corners to prevent unraveling. DWP uses hot glue for each
tab. Some carpet binders prefer to use staples instead of hot glue.
Staples are quicker to install, but hot glue is less likely to loosen or
cause problems later, especially if the carpet is exposed to moisture, such
as with entry rugs, which can cause the staples to rust and discolor the
carpet or even scratch the floor!
Some different binding types...
Here are photos of carpet binding applications.
From top to bottom: sisal binding (various widths available),
fringe (various lengths and styles), and serging with yarn (various colors)
See more examples at the
Basic power tools used in carpet binding...
Carpet binding can be done with either stationary or portable tools.
With stationary tools, the carpet is moved through the machine. Obviously,
binding a large carpet with a stationary tool requires a very large table and a
very large workspace. Enter the portable binding machine. With
portable machines, the machine is moved around the perimeter of the carpet.
Not only is a large workspace or table unnecessary, but many jobs can be done
on-site lowering the overall cost of the job. Portable
machines are relatively new and the best binding services, such as DWP, make
good use of them, even in the shop!
The first image (below) is a portable serging machine in action. You can see the
spool of yarn on the machine, stitching the yarn as it moves from left to right with the finished
edge showing on the left.
The next image (below) is a stationary binding
machine applying fabric to the edge of a custom carpet cove base. Some
businesses use carpet cove bases instead of traditional wood or rubber base moldings, the
advantage being (1) a perfect match to the carpet and (2) will not show any foot
scuffs or vacuum cleaner marks
from "overzealous" cleaning crews!!
When is carpet binding needed?
There are a number of circumstances where carpet binding is the best repair choice...
- Turn leftover carpet from a wall-to-wall installation into custom area
rugs to protect your new carpet in high-wear areas, such as in front of
couches, down halls or even under your dog or cat bed. In fact, ANY
carpet with raw edges can be fabricated with any binding application you
choose. Carpet remnants can great mats around the home, garage or basement,
so consider having your remnants bound.
QUICK TIP FROM NH: When you order your new
wall-to-wall carpet, be sure to order a few extra feet or yards
so you have plenty of carpet for matching area rugs!!
- Repair or resize area rugs you already own that have minor
damage or frayed edges to look like new again, simply by rebinding the exterior edges!
Or make a large area rug you love into smaller rugs.
- Have a favorite large area rug that has a permanent stain? Trim
off the stain and have the edge rebound, or divide the unstained sections
into smaller rugs.
- Attach existing rugs of different sizes and shapes, then add a
new binding for a simple and cheaper alternative to buying a brand new carpet.
How is the cost of carpet binding determined?
The cost of carpet binding services will vary,
but expect standard polyester binding (the least expensive) to cost at least $2
dollars per linear foot (measuring the perimeter of the carpet). Of course,
where you live and the local cost of living will be a major factor in the
price. The cost of carpet binding also increases depending on the style of
binding you choose for your carpet.
Other possible charges are cutting fees (usually per linear foot), power
beveling charge (cutting an angle into the edge of a heavy or thick carpet for a
longer lasting repair) or a latex charge (a latex adhesive is applied to the binding to
extend its useful life).
These extra charges are based on the type of carpet you are having
bound and how it is manufactured. If possible, bring a sample to the carpet binder for an accurate quote!
About DWP (Done With Precision) Carpet Binding...
Dan Padegimas, the owner of
DWP Carpet Binding in South Windsor, CT, has been in the binding
trade for over 15 years and in the flooring industry for over 25 years. Dan's
passion and knowledge of the flooring industry has helped him develop a family
operated, full-service carpet binding shop that is dedicated to using top quality
products and providing services that are unmatched in turn-around time &
customer satisfaction .
DWP Carpet Binding provides same-day service or prearranged
while-you-wait service, area rug repairs, specialty services (such as
sisal/wide-bordered binding) and extended services include custom carpets. All
this at fair & affordable pricing!