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Securing Rugs

Martha Stewart Living, September 1999

Area rugs slip and slide, curling up at the corners like dog-eared pages. Thin architects' rulers solve the problem -- sew them, cork side facing you, to the underside of the rug with clear fishing line, which will disappear into the weave. Knot the line on the bottom of the rug, making one secure stitch at each end of ruler. (Small cork backers or pads can be substituted.) Use a rug pad to protect the floor.


Comments (2)

  • joanneagatha 13 Mar, 2010

    I also have the same problem and it doesn't matter if the rugs or expensive or not. My rugs slide on carpet or tile floors. Any Ideas?

  • MissMarple 16 Jan, 2009

    I like this idea for a larger area rug that you don't wash I' in the closthes washer. I'd like to use it for smaller throw rugs, also, but I clean mine in the washer, so the rulers would have to be removed and resewn every time the rugs are washed (pretty often). Wonder whether the rulers could be attached to the rugs with hook and loop tape (e.g. Velcro)?