Ayoub N&H Logo

Serving MD, DC & VA 301.615.4879


Share This Page

5 Ways to Use Old Area Rugs

dog with pillow covered in old rug
Put your old rugs to good use!

Do you have old area rugs that are ready for a new life? Your best-loved floor coverings don’t have to be sent to the landfill. They can be upcycled in a number of ways. Here are five ideas for turning your rugs around. Note: Be sure to start with a clean rug!
#1 Paint It
Are you tired of your bland beige rug? A flat loop rug (like faux sisal) can be used as a canvas and decorated with latex floor paint or a sharpie for a whole new look. Chevrons and other geometric patterns are easy designs even for the artistically challenged. Just use painters tape to cover the parts you want to remain plain.
#2 Wrap It
For thin, flexible rugs made of soft fibers, consider upcycling the rug as upholstery. You can create a throw pillow or even recover the seat cushion on a stool. Save an oriental rug that has damage to one section but still has enough good material for a smaller project.
#3 Scratch It
A highly textured rug made of jute or other sturdy fibers can be repurposed for your pet’s delight. Staple the rug to a post with a sturdy base. Train your feline friend to take out it’s aggression on this post instead of tearing up your new rugs.
#4 Plant It
What about an artificial fiber rug? Consider using this as a liner for a new flower bed to prevent weeds from growing. Cut the rug to size and cover it lightly with mulch. When it’s planting time, cut a hole in the rug to receive each seedling.
#5 Trim It
Do you have a large rug that you’d like to move into a smaller room? Get a professional rug care company to trim it down to a more manageable size and bind the edges so the fibers don’t unravel. This is a great way to reuse a rug that has frayed edges or damaged fringe.
Contact Ayoub N&H™ Carpet and Rugs to resize your rugs for a new life in another smaller room! Visit our Kensington or Rockville flooring gallery showroom for an amazing selection of new replacement rugs.

Special Offers


50% OFF

Rug Cleaning

With the refinishing of your Hardwood Floors

From Our Blog

  Like a new car or a freshly-painted room, newly installed carpeting has a distinct smell. It can be an unpleasant smell that some…

They cleaned some rugs that were in my basement that had been damaged from flooding… I thought that Ayoub N&H Carpet and Rugs did a fantastic job. They even smelled fresh and clean when they were done. I would definitely recommend their services to others. They are also very reasonable on their charges.

Silver Spring, MD

Contact Us

Have questions or need help? Don’t hesitate to contact us today!
(This form is for customer inquiry only. No unsolicited sales, please.)

Contact Us
Yes, I would like to receive tips, updates, and discounts in the Ayoub N&H email newsletter.

We do not sell your information. See our Privacy Policy for details.

On Friday, December 22nd our stores will be closing at 3:00 pm for our annual employee holiday party. We're sorry for any inconvenience.

On Friday, December 22nd our stores will be closing at 3:00 pm for our annual employee holiday party. We're sorry for any inconvenience.