How To DIY an Irregular Rug for the Ultimate Unique Decor Piece - Home & Texture
DIY Irregular Rug DIY

How To DIY an Irregular Rug for the Ultimate Unique Decor Piece

November 7, 2023 at 9:02 PM PST

It’s a well-known fact that rugs are on the costly side, but luckily, you can turn the expensive task of finding the perfect rug into an affordable project all on your own. If you consider yourself a maximalist and are looking to add an eccentric flair to your home, consider DIY’ing an irregular rug.

The fun thing about this project is that there is no right or wrong way to achieve the “irregular” look. It’s all up to you and your personal style. When completing this look, try to implement new shapes and patterns, get creative and use more than one rug to incorporate different colors or textures—there is no limit to the masterpiece that you can create.

@whatneish this is your sign to turn an old rug into an irregular shaped rug 🙃 diy beginner friendly! #diyrug #rugtok #diydecor #homedecordiy ♬ Taylor Port Junkie Rylo Rodriguez – ForeverArtists

Here’s What You’ll Need

  • A rug (or two) of your preferred size and color
  • Extreme hold duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Anti-slip mat

Getting Started

Find a place for your new rug.

While this step doesn’t require any handy work, it is just as important as the others. Figuring out where you want your rug will help you decide how big or small you’ll need it to be. If you need to measure, take the extra step to ensure all measurements are precise and will fit in your desired area.

Create a new pattern.

The first thing you’ll want to do is draw and create your new design. Simply turn your rug over, face down, grab your marker and draw your new shape or pattern. Try to think outside the box here or browse TikTok or Instagram for inspiration. Since the marker is permanent, it may be best to practice your design on a separate sheet of paper to ensure your drawing is to your liking.

If you want to use more than one rug, repeat the same step on the second rug. Instead of an irregular shape, you may just want to focus on patterns like stripes or checkers for an easier time piecing them together later.

Photo credit: Daniil Silantev

Cut it out.

This step is where you’ll cut out your new shape. Grab your scissors and cut along the lines. If you want to keep the size, cut at least one inch outside the lines if your rug allows. Then, remove the excess pieces and throw them out.

For two rugs, cut out the new patterns from both. Note that opting for a design like stripes will require you to piece the fragments from both rugs together, meaning you’ll have to cut out the shapes of the second rug from the main rug as if you were creating pieces of a puzzle. Play around to see what pieces go well and leave them be once you’re satisfied.

Bond it together with tape.

If you opted for two rugs, place all rugs face down and use the tape to bond all the pieces together. Use your best judgment to determine how much tape you should use for a stable rug.

Apply the anti-slip mat.

To avoid slips and movement, apply your anti-slip mat. Due to your new funky shape, you’ll also have to cut the mat into the same shape as your rug. Once you’ve cut all the excess pieces of your mat off and adhered it to the rug, take a step back and admire your new piece of decor. Well done!



Find us on social for more home inspiration where culture, personal style, and sophisticated shopping intersect to help you create a home where you love to live.