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How to Keep Your Area Rugs From Buckling

Last week I shared the first of several peeks into my home office reveal. I showed you how I organize by color, and how I utilized a china hutch for my chalk paint supplies. I also shared a tutorial for creating a giant dry-erase, magnetic memo board from an old picture.

Today I want to share a simple tip with you. Have you ever tried to use an area rug over carpet, and been frustrated because it bunches up and buckles where heavy items sit?

I found an inexpensive solution to the common problem of a buckling area rug and it's worked like magic in my home! To find out more, please visit diy beautify!


That was the problem I was having in my office space. The carpet in that room is a neutral (read 'boring') beige. I wanted to use a black and white check area rug that I bought from IKEA several years ago.

It was a great size for my small office space, underneath my desk.

However, it never lay flat. My heavy desk on top caused the area rug to bunch and buckle and make these weird, lumpy waves. It was driving me crazy!

I found an inexpensive solution to the common problem of a buckling area rug and it's worked like magic in my home! To find out more, please visit diy beautify!

I was constantly trying to pull and straighten the rug to make it lay flat.

I spent some time online researching this problem, and it seemed like the common solution for this rug buckling problem was the use of a rug pad. I was all set to fork over the $50+ dollars to fix my problem, when I found another product that cost much less...and made my buckling rug a non-issue!

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The $12.99 solution I found was...carpet tape!

I found an inexpensive solution to the common problem of a buckling area rug and it's worked like magic in my home! To find out more, please visit diy beautify!

Have you heard of it? Maybe I've been living under a rock, but I never knew about this product! I ordered it from Amazon, hoping that spending only $12.99 was going to solve my problem!

When it arrived, I removed all the furniture that had been sitting on the rug, and flipped it over.

I ran the tape along the perimeter of the rug, and I put a big X in the middle.

I found an inexpensive solution to the common problem of a buckling area rug and it's worked like magic in my home! To find out more, please visit diy beautify!

The tape is double-sided, so after you have it positioned where you want, you simply peel off the paper that is protecting the sticky side that will be against your carpet.

I flipped the rug back over and it was seriously like magic!

I found an inexpensive solution to the common problem of a buckling area rug and it's worked like magic in my home! To find out more, please visit diy beautify!

The bunching and buckling was gone. My rug lies flat and smooth, even with heavy furniture on top. It simply does not move!

I've had the taped rug in place now for a couple months, and never had to fix it. I'm sure that over time, the tape may need to be replaced...but that's okay because I have most of this large roll left!

I also used the carpet tape on some small area rugs that are in front of my doors (again, over carpet) and it has kept them from moving and shifting around!

I am ecstatic that this problem was solved without having to spend a lot of money! That's my favorite kind of 'fix'!

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I found an inexpensive solution to the common problem of a buckling area rug and it's worked like magic in my home! To find out more, please visit diy beautify!

I hope this tip for keeping your area rugs from buckling makes your life a little easier too!

Later on this week, I'll be sharing a favorite dessert recipe that has been in my family for decades...homemade apple pie! If you've never made an apple pie from scratch before, you are going to be ecstatic when I show you just how easy it is!


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12 comments:

  1. I bought an Oriental Rug runner for our hall way. Out kitten likes to run and jump on the end and make it slide. All I every do is straighten this run. I thought of removing it but I bought it at an Estate Sale and it is beautiful!!! I will order this today. Thank you so much for telling us.

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    1. I am so glad my tip means you'll get to keep your beautiful rug...and LOVE it again! So happy you visited!

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  2. I have always used rug pads, which I love, but there are spaces like my kitchen where I don't want a rug pad but I also want to keep my rug in place so this would be a good solution to my problem. I'm going to have to try it out! .....love your black and white rug by the way! :)

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    1. Thanks so much Jennifer! You will LOVE this easy, affordable solution and the best part is the roll is so large, you'll have enough for years of rugs ;)

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  3. This is a great idea for my living room. The carpet is always getting bunsched up somehow near the couch and TV funiture.

    Iris
    The Blue Birdhouse - DIY Blog

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    1. I hear you Iris, that was happening to me too! This tape is like a little miracle that smooths and straightens! Thanks for visiting :)

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  4. Brilliant idea Cindy! I didn't even know that made this stuff! Pinning.

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    1. I had no idea it even existed, but am SO glad I found this cheap solution for wonky rugs! Thanks Mary!!

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    1. I am so happy to share this easy rug fix with you!

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  6. Sounds like it will solve my problem. I just moved into a new townhouse with new carpet. Will it leave a sticky residue on the carpet?

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    1. It does not leave a sticky residue. I've pulled it off when I've needed to move the rug and it comes off easily and cleanly!

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