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Got leftover carpet from your home renovation project? Carpet remnants can go a long way in providing practical uses for your home or fixing a simple problem.
Planning a flooring project? Most homeowners will purchase more material than they need.
That’s because you’ll use the extra carpet for closets and other areas. Go ahead. Order a little more. Carpet remnants can be used in some pretty neat, practical ways around the house, such as sensory boards for kids, pet beds, or these other great ideas:
Animal experts say crates are one of the most successful ways to toilet train your pet. A little cushy carpet inside the crate makes it a cozy home, and you can add carpet under the crate to prevent scratches and dents on your floor.
Speaking of animals, use leftover carpet to make a scratching post for your cat.
Slip a few pieces under the feet of your washing machine to keep the noise down in the laundry room.
Save your knees—in the garden or anywhere else you use a little elbow grease—with some rolled-up carpet remnants.
Moving furniture across hard surfaces? Slip carpet remnants under the furniture, pile side down, and push it across the floor.
Lou Lockwood, a senior interior designer in the USA behind many of the STAINMASTER® brand photo shoots, shared this flooring idea: She used leftover carpet to soundproof a friend’s music practice room. She put carpet on the walls and ceiling for the drummer’s studio above the garage.
Use carpet remnants as a topper for a piece of furniture such as a bench, or use rolled-up pieces of carpet as a unique way to make a cushion.
Our favourite leftover flooring idea: Give it to a shelter and improve the lives of the “residents” there. “They need love and beddies, too!” says Lockwood.
Use leftover carpet to make a protective cover for your home workbenches.
Stash a few carpet remnants in the boot of your car to put under the tyres if you or a friend’s car gets stuck in mud.
Use carpet in your storage containers for an added layer of protection for all your favorite fragile things, from holiday ornaments to family keepsakes.
Place carpet remnants under exercise equipment, such as indoor bike trainers, weight benches, and elliptical machines, to help prevent indentions in your carpet.
And as a bonus idea, use leftover carpet underlay instead of buying foam for your DIY projects, such as a padded headboard or an upholstered bench for your entry way.