Carpet Binding How it Works and Things to Consider

Carpet Binding - How it Works, and Things to Consider.

Carpet binding is done to keep the edges of your carpet from unraveling or fraying and create a finished look.  It is a process that takes the raw edges of carpet and applies binding tape, or thread.  This is done by hand or using a machine.

Why bind carpets?  Purchasing large or custom-size rugs can be expensive and sometimes you cannot find the style or colors you want.  However, by purchasing carpet, you can specify the exact sizes you need for your next rug or runner.  You can also use carpet remnants left over from an installation.

There are two primary ways of binding carpets.

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1. Serging (Overlocking):

  • Typically done with handmade or oriental rugs.
  • In serging, the carpet edges are wrapped in yarn or thread.

2. Machine Binding:

  • Typically done with fabric or synthetic materials.
  • A binding tape (made of fabric or synthetic materials), is applied to the edges.

Here are the steps:

1. Selecting Materials

a. Picking your carpet color and type.
b. Deciding on biding colors and style.
c. Gather misc materials such as scissors, binding tape or yarn/thread, etc.

2. Prep the Carpet
a. Measure and mark the size of the carpet.
b. Determine all areas where binding is needed.

3. Binding
a. Set up the binding machine.
b. Cut or binding tape or set up yarn/thread in the machine.
c. Attach binding to the carpet along the raw edges and miter corners (cut corners) at 45 degrees.
d. Trim excess binding tape or yarn/thread.

4. Finishing touches
a. Check everything is properly secured.
b. Trim any loose threads and clean off additional fibers.

Things to Consider for Carpet Binding:

  1. What size of rug are you looking for?
  2. What materials your carpet is made of?
  3. What color of binding do you want?

Come see us or call and request pricing for your carpet binding project today.