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All About Overlocking / Edging your Carpet Offcuts and Hallway Runners!


Carpet comes in standard widths of 3.6 or 4m wide. Sometimes you may end up with a lot of off cuts or none at all. Usually when carpet gets laid in a house you will end up with many off cuts, this is due to irregular size and shaped rooms.

Hall Rugs

Hall Rugs come in standard widths of 67cm or 80cm on rolls of 20-30 meters long, and once cut to length the ends need overlocking for a nice finished look and to stop the fraying of the ends.

What do You Use the Offcuts of Carpet For?

Carpet Rugs Offcuts

Carpet rugs offcuts In most cases are used to place over the high traffic areas of their new house, this helps to prolong the life of their newly laid carpet or wooden floors, areas like, Hallways, Doorways, Living rooms or Activity rooms are just some. Very commonly the off cuts, once Overlocked, are used as area rugs to protect wood flooring or placed over tiles to add warmth, it’s totally up to the individual but carpet isn’t cheap, so why not make use of your off cuts!

What do You Need Hallway Runner Rugs For?

Hallway runner rugs are handy in most homes these days as many have wood or tiled floors and need Hallway Runners to add warmth or character for decorative reasons. The other reasons for hallway runner rugs is to protect your floors, since you have invested a lot of money for them why wouldn’t you want to look after them.

Another reason is for your own well being, areas like in a kitchen for eg. standing on a runner rug for instance, is much better for your legs and back than standing on a wood or tiled floor, they will also help to minimise the echoing of sounds and keep peoples feet warm when walking around their homes.

 Remember, each length of hall runner will need 2 ends overlocked when ordering hall runner online, so you can go to this link to add edging of hall runner.

How is Carpet Overlocking Done? 

Carpet Overlocking

Carpet overlocking is done using a particular industrial sewing machine called a Carpet Overlocker.

As you can see we overlock a border of yarn approximately 15mm wide. This will provide an outstanding finish to any Carpet Remnant and will also prevent your carpet from fraying.

 Rug Binding Carpet Overlocking Machine

Question About Carpet Offcuts?

What do I Need to Do With My Carpet Offcuts?


You should work out what sizes you require for areas that needs mats, usually doorways or traffic areas to help protect the new carpet etc. You then need to check if there is enough carpet remnants left over to make up the mats you require.

How Should I Have the Corners of My Mats or Runners Finished Off?

There are two ways the corners of mats or Hallway Runners are finished off.

For the majority of all Carpet Mats rounded corners are recommended, the reason is this, it helps prevent the corners from curling up or dog earing, plus it’s stronger as it’s a continual stitch, not to mention a neater finish, where as square corners have a weak spot where the overlocking starts and stops.

The standard method used for overlocking the ends of carpet runners is to have square corners, this is for a few reasons, firstly, there is usually a pattern on hallway runners and having round corners would cut part of the pattern off. Secondly, we can’t always match the edging colour, so with square corners the overlocking is only adjoining the original stitching at the very tip making it is less noticeable.

What Overlocking Colour to Use?  

The colour of yarn used is usually as close as possible to the carpet or Hallway Runner, but we normally go a slightly darker shade as a general rule.

In some cases contrasting colours or bright colours are also sewn on to the carpet remnants, it all comes down to individual preference and style.

Now you are ready! Just bring in your measurements and carpet to be quoted.

Who Does Overerlocking and Turns Carpet into Rugs in Perth?

Rugs in Perth

To turn your carpet into rugs in Perth, you can take your carpet remnants to Scattermats Rug Warehouse, where we have been overlocking and modifying all types of carpets and rugs for over 28 years. We do all our carpet edging in-store and we have the largest variety of yarn colours to choose from. 


Author: "Neville Barnes"