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How To Bind Carpet Edges? Best Tips 2024

Have you ever bought a high-quality carpet for your place, and what if its edges start unwinding or fraying? This can be a real downer, but here’s the good news- binding carpet edges can easily resolve this issue. And it’s not just a temporary fix, it’s a long-lasting solution. Isn’t it interesting? 

The most important concern here is how to bind carpet edges. If your concern is the same, there is nothing to worry about. In this blog by Wall Curtains, we will reveal some of the best and most efficient tips for binding carpet edges yourself. So, without any further delay, let’s get started.

Why You Need To Bind Carpet Edges?

Binding carpet edges is like putting a neat frame around the corner of your carpets. It improves the lifespan of your carpet and prevents fraying. Here are some more points about the importance of binding carpet edges. 

  • A neatly bound bedroom carpet from the edges looks tidy, clean, and aligned and improves the place’s aesthetics. 
  • The binding of carpets protects the edges of carpets from wear and tear and improves their lifespan.
  • The bounded carpets are easy to clean, and vacuuming is easy without losing much fabric. 

Tools Required For The Binding Carpet Edges

Before revealing the tips to bind the carpet edge, let’s explore the tools and equipment required. For a hassle-free experience, collect all these materials at a place and then start working.

  • Binding Material (binding tape, adhesives, etc)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Small Wooden Block
  • Measuring Tape
  • Seam Ripper
  • Pins ( Optional )
  • Marking Tool
  • Double Sided Tape
  • Sewing Machine Or Needle 

How To Bind Carpet Edges? Step By Step Guide

In this part of the blog, we will explain a step-wise process for binding the carpet edges for matchless finishing. The good news is that you can perform this process yourself at home. So, read every step with great attention.

  • Measure The Carpet Edges Very Precisely 

The first step is to measure the edges of the carpet precisely. You can use a measuring rod or measuring tape for this purpose. The purpose of measuring carpet edges is to get an idea about the right length of binding materials. After measuring the carpet edges, cut the binding materials to the same size with sharp scissors. 

There are countless binding materials available in the market, including fabric binding, top-stitching, serging, hand binding, and edge binding. The most common fabric used for binding is polyester or cotton. 

  • Cut The Binding Materials To Appropriate Length

After measuring the carpet edges from all four directions precisely, the next step is to cut the binding material of your choice exactly the length of the carpet edges. You can use a sharp cutter or scissors for this. While cutting the binding material, you must pay great attention that if you use knitted fabrics, you must leave at least ½ inch on both sides.

After cutting the accurate-sized binding materials, apply a fray-prevention product to the edges of the living room carpet. This will prevent the threads or fabrics from unravelling. 

  • Attach The Binding Materials To Carpet Edges 

The next step after cutting the binding materials and applying the fray prevention is to attach them to the edges of the carpet. There are many ways to attach these binding materials. The quick and easy ways are double-sided tape, adhesive, a hot glue gun, or sewing. Sewing will require 50% more time and effort to bind the material. 

If you have chosen top-stitching binding materials, you must sew them for better results. Mostly, people prefer double tape for attachments secured with hot glue for carpet tiles. These are some basic steps to attach double tape:

  • First of all, hold the binding material strips in your hand.
  • Place the strip near the top edge of the carpet. 
  • Now, secure the end of the binding material with double-sided tape. 
  • Repeat the same process for all the remaining edges of the carpet.
  • Make sure to secure the binding materials after 5 to 6 inches with double tape. 
  • Trim The Excess Binding Material

After attaching and securing the binding materials from all sides of the carpets, you might see overlapping. This was because we cut some additional inches. Now, you must trim that excess inch of binding material for flawless adjustment. Use a sharp cutter or knife for smooth binding. 

  • Secure The Binding Material With Hot Glue

The last step is to permanently secure the binding materials using any adhesive or hot glue. The safest way to apply hot glue is to use a hot gun. Apply a thin, hot glue or adhesive (0.1 to 0.2 inches) to secure the carpet edges and binding materials. 

Place some weight, around 30 to 40 pounds, equal to a wooden block, over the hot glue for pressing so that they will attach firmly without peeling. 

Some Alternate Ways To Bind Carpet Edges

If you find the above methods a bit tricky, you can use the easy process below. 

  • Binding With The Yarns 

The serging yarn technique will allow you to showcase your sewing skills. Serging yarns are available in various materials, such as wool, cotton, and nylon, and they are stitched or sewn around the edges of carpets. 

  • Fusible Webbing 

The second alternate way is to use fusible webbing, which is commonly designed using cotton or polyester to bond the carpet edges. Various designs and patterns of fusible webbing are available in the market, so choose the one that perfectly contrasts with your carpet. 

  • Serging or Hand-binding 

This method is best if you do not want the carpet binding to be much more noticeable and prominent. For hand binding, you attach the fabric with the same carpet color and stitch around the corner of the carpet.  

Common Mistakes to Avoid To Prevent The Carpet Edges From Fraying

Here are some mistakes you should avoid to prevent your carpet edges from fraying. 

  • Using a straight stitch instead of zing-zag
  • Using dull edges cutter or scissors for cutting 
  • Forget to apply the fray-prevention product before stitching. 
  • Do not pull the carpet fabrics from the edges or sides so they cause fray

Conclusion

So that is all the discussion about how to bind carpet edges to improve their aesthetics, prevent them from fraying, and enhance the lifespan of your luxury carpet. Make sure to follow the steps mentioned above for a hassle-free experience. If you do not have much time for the binding, then you can get help from a professional.