All About Overlocking / Edging your Carpet Offcuts and Hallway Runners!
Carpet comes in standard widths of 3.6 to 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, due to the irregular size and shape of many rooms. This is perfectly normal!
Hall Rugs come in standard widths of 67cm, 80cm and some 100cm; all on rolls 20-30 meters long. These can be ordered at custom lengths to suit the customer. 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 Rug Offcuts
Carpet rug offcuts or remnants are in most cases used in high traffic areas of homes, often helping to prolong the life of newly laid carpet or wooden floors. Areas such as Hallways, Doorways, Living rooms or Activity rooms are just some examples of common areas of placement for such offcuts. Very commonly the offcuts, 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 how their carpet is used, 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. Or even just for decorative reasons. Hallway runner rugs are also used to protect your floors, similar to carpet offcuts as stated above. Many honmeowners have spent a lot of money on their floors, so it makes sense to make sure they are protected!
Another reason for getting hallway runners is to further the ease of mind and wellbeing of the customer. Hallway runner rugs are perfect for decreasing the echoes and sounds common in tiled and wood floored homes, as well as to put less strain on the body by adding a soft surface between your feet and a hard floor.
Remember, if you are interested in purchasing a hallway runner rug, each length of the hall runner will need 2 ends overlocked. When ordering hall runner online, you can follow this link to add the edging to the hall runner.
Scattermats can also provide hall runner or rug fringing/tassles for your ends of hallway runners, for those so inclined. Remember, each length of hall runner will need 2 ends for fringing, similar to the overlocking above.
How is Carpet Overlocking Done?
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 14mm wide. This will provide an outstanding finish to any Carpet Remnant and will also prevent your carpet from fraying.
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. 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. Rounded corners and Square corners.
For the majority of Carpet Mats, rounded corners are recommended. The reason is that it helps prevent the corners from curling up (otherwise known as "dog earing"), as well as the fact it’s stronger as it is a continual stitch. It also adds a neater finish, whereas square corners have a weak spot where the overlocking starts and stops.
The standard method used for overlocking the ends of carpet runners and significantly larger rugs is to have square corners. This is for a few reasons. Firstly, there is usually a pattern on hallway runners, thus 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 requested cases, contrasting colours or bright colours are also sewn on to the carpet remnants. It all comes down to individual preference and style. If you have any carpet remnants you would like to have edged, you now have the information on what to do! If you are local to our Perth Warehouse in Western Australia, you can easily bring your remnant down and have it done up.
How is overlocking/hemming calculated
Our current price for carpet edging/hemming is $6 per perimeter meter for new carpet hemming/edging. Simply measure the length and width of your carpet piece, add the 2 measurements together and multiply the answer by 2.Or just add up all 4 sides and add together! Once you have either measurement, multiply by 6 and that will be the total cost. Remember that this will be worked out in Metres
E.g. My carpet leftover is 1.2x1.7m, so 1.2+1.7=2.9m x2=5.8m, so 5.8x6=$34.80.
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, located in Bibra Lake, 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"