Carpets come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The standard size is 3.6 or 4m wide. That size is of course small but even then ,you may still end up with a lot of off cuts from the size. This mostly happens if the room you wish to install the carpet on has an irregular shape. But off cuts don’t just happen with the usual carpets used in common spaces like the living room. Hallway runners too often face the same problem as they come in standard or rather predetermined widths of 67cm or 80cm on rolls of 20 to 30 meters. Once cut and resized to the right length, the ends must undergo overlocking to stop fraying ends and to give the hallway runners a finished look.
Can off cuts be used for something else?
Yes, off cuts can be used for something else. Place them over your wooden floors to prolong their life or on floor tiles to add warmth especially during winter. They can also be placed over high traffic areas of the home like doorways.
What about hallway runner rugs?
You will benefit a lot from hallway runner rugs if you have wooden or tiled floors. Like hinted, they prolong carpet lifespan. But that is not all. Hallway runner rags are more than just effective as far as minimizing echo and keeping your home warm is concerned.
How is overlocking done?
For starters, it is hard to do carpet overlocking at home on your own. The process is done using a type of specific industrial carpet sewing machines called carpet overlockers. They provide an outstanding finish to carpets and like already mentioned above, they prevent carpet fraying.
Which overlocking color is ideal?
The color of yarn used for overlocking should be as close as possible to the hallway runner or the carpet. As a general rule, a slightly darker shade is ideal. But this does not mean you can’t be creative and consider other colors. Bright colors for instance can be sewn on the carpet remnants to give the carpet an appealing look.