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Rule Your Rugs

Martha Stewart Living, May 2011

Is your rug tripping you up? Keep cotton flat-weave and other lightweight rugs from slipping around and curling with this tried-and-true trick: Attach a pair of flat, cork-backed rulers along the edges of each corner. Using a large, heavy-duty needle and monofilament, stitch through the rug, and tie it around the ruler in a couple of spots to secure. 

Olivia Rug, in Persimmon;

Comments (13)

  • 9 Jun, 2014

    To the concerned commenters:
    The rulers are attached to the underside of the rug, cork-side down.
    The cork protects the floor and provides some grip, the ruler keeps the corner flat (rug pads don't prevent a rug from curling).
    This works best on medium to heavy rugs . For lightweight rugs you can adhere the corner of a peel-and-stick vinyl floor tile.
    It's no use railing against MSL, this ruler technique is in wide circulation.

  • 12 Aug, 2011

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  • 16 Jul, 2011

    I read it the first time with full comprehension. It may actually be a re-packaged suggestion from an old issue of the magazine. I still think it's a silly solution for light rugs, especially in trafficked areas, that could damage flooring as well as the textile.

  • 15 Jul, 2011

    If you read carefully, this is not just to keep the rug from slipping. It's also to weight the corners so they don't curl up. I have a new rug in my dining room that is showing signs of needing this treatment. Tripping over a curled up corner is not on my list of things to do.

  • 15 Jul, 2011

    How dumb!!...they make a product for this called a rug pad!! You're losing it, Martha!!

  • 15 Jul, 2011

    This has got to be the dumbest answer to a problem I've ever heard of. This from the company founded by one of the smartest women in America. Really??

  • 15 Jul, 2011

    No indication whether this should be above or below the rug. If I'm seeing correctly, the ruler will be seen (how lovely) and we put ourselves in potential harm as we go barefoot in our tropical home. I'm sure there's something else more attractive and safe for the carpet as well as feet. Definitely not for a home with little children.

  • 15 Jul, 2011

    It seems strange to put something hard on a soft surface sinc I have tried so many options none have worked including industrial velco tape. I don't think the ruler would work for it would damage the rug eventually and that could be a problem you couldn't restore. Right?

  • 15 Jul, 2011

    If cork is the non-slip part why not hot glue just the cork strips? I saw a better suggestion of silicone caulk strips on the back of rugs - safe and easy to remove

  • 15 Jul, 2011

    I agree with the comments below.

  • 15 Jul, 2011

    Cork-backed rulers. Really?! Even if the ruler doesn't eventually show through or damage the fabric, this is a pretty tacky approach. I'm all for more cumbersome methods if the result is improved but sewing jagged edged metal to the bottom of a rug is ludicrous. Especially when the cork is the beneficial material for the problem.

  • 15 Jul, 2011

    I prefer to use double-sided carpet tape (available at hardware stores)---works well!

  • 15 Jul, 2011

    This is REALLY dangerous! If you tripped on the rug, you could injure your leg or foot, perhaps getting a serious gash, on the metal rulers. A "tried and true" tip - I don't think so! Please remove this suggestion and add a much needed caution explaining the danger.