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How to hold down a rug?



 
 
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Old July 24th 10, 02:02 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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"Timothy Murphy" wrote in message
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We have a large (12ft x 8ft) rug in our living room,
on top of a carpet.
The rug keeps getting rumpled up,
mainly along an old fold in the rug.

Is there any simple way of holding the rug down on the carpet?
The only thing I can think of is a nail through both
onto the wooden floor underneath.


Double sided tape is useless, maybe fix a thin carpet gripper
at either end and stretch the rug?


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Old July 24th 10, 02:13 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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We have a large (12ft x 8ft) rug in our living room,
on top of a carpet.
The rug keeps getting rumpled up,
mainly along an old fold in the rug.

Is there any simple way of holding the rug down on the carpet?
The only thing I can think of is a nail through both
onto the wooden floor underneath.

--
Timothy Murphy
e-mail: gayleard /at/ eircom.net
tel: +353-86-2336090, +353-1-2842366
s-mail: School of Mathematics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Old July 24th 10, 02:18 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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On 24 July, 14:13, Timothy Murphy wrote:

Is there any simple way of holding the rug down on the carpet?
The only thing I can think of is a nail through both
onto the wooden floor underneath.


A very effective way is to use rug-gripper press studs, although mine
were manufactured in the '50s or earlier (parents' drawer of "come in
handies"). These are a large socket sewn to the back of the rug,
fitting over a shaped screw head driven into the floor. it does
require screwing into the floor, but they weren't the worst holes in
that floor. Once installed they were secure, yet easily lifted for
cleaning.

I imagine something similar could be found from car trim specialists,
like Woolies (a real company and still going, but not great for pick-
and-mix).
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Old July 24th 10, 02:44 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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On 7/24/2010 9:02 AM, Nitro® wrote:

"Timothy Murphy" wrote in message
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We have a large (12ft x 8ft) rug in our living room,
on top of a carpet.
The rug keeps getting rumpled up,
mainly along an old fold in the rug.

Is there any simple way of holding the rug down on the carpet?
The only thing I can think of is a nail through both
onto the wooden floor underneath.


Double sided tape is useless, maybe fix a thin carpet gripper
at either end and stretch the rug?


Heavy-duty velcro hook tape, sewn (or stuck) to the underside of the rug.
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Timothy Murphy wrote:

We have a large (12ft x 8ft) rug in our living room,
on top of a carpet.
The rug keeps getting rumpled up,
mainly along an old fold in the rug.

Is there any simple way of holding the rug down on the carpet?


Something along the lines of this?

http://www.rugsuk.com/Rug Hug

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Old July 24th 10, 04:15 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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On 7/24/2010 11:57 AM, Timothy Murphy wrote:
S Viemeister wrote:

Is there any simple way of holding the rug down on the carpet?
The only thing I can think of is a nail through both
onto the wooden floor underneath.


Heavy-duty velcro hook tape, sewn (or stuck) to the underside of the rug.


Thanks for all the suggestions.

I thought of using Velcro,
but decided it might damage the carpet underneath the rug?
And I don't know how well it would stick to the carpet?


When velcro strips land on my carpet, they tend to stick pretty well.
Try a bit in a hidden area (press in place, pull off, repeat a few
times), to see if it damages the carpet.
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S Viemeister wrote:

Is there any simple way of holding the rug down on the carpet?
The only thing I can think of is a nail through both
onto the wooden floor underneath.


Heavy-duty velcro hook tape, sewn (or stuck) to the underside of the rug.


Thanks for all the suggestions.

I thought of using Velcro,
but decided it might damage the carpet underneath the rug?
And I don't know how well it would stick to the carpet?


--
Timothy Murphy
e-mail: gayleard /at/ eircom.net
tel: +353-86-2336090, +353-1-2842366
s-mail: School of Mathematics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Old July 24th 10, 08:48 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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"Timothy Murphy" wrote in message
...
We have a large (12ft x 8ft) rug in our living room,
on top of a carpet.
The rug keeps getting rumpled up,
mainly along an old fold in the rug.

Is there any simple way of holding the rug down on the carpet?
The only thing I can think of is a nail through both
onto the wooden floor underneath.

--
Timothy Murphy


There are expensive backing sheets you can buy, but with no guarantee even
they would work, I found a simple solution.
Get some wool about the same colour as the border of your rug and tack
stitch the 'trailing' edge to the carpet with a bodkin. You only need about
one 3/4 inch stitch every 3 or 4 inches or so. After years of constantly
turning the rug and carpet to try and find a combination that didn't creep,
the rug has remained in place for a couple of years now and nobody notices
the tack stitches. Obviously, if yours is a fitted carpet you may find the
stitching more difficult than I did with a non fitted one, but it would be
relatively easy to make a curved bodkin and hook it through with pliers.
Simple, effective, and costs next to nothing.

S


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Old July 25th 10, 07:30 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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Timothy Murphy wrote:
We have a large (12ft x 8ft) rug in our living room,
on top of a carpet.
The rug keeps getting rumpled up,
mainly along an old fold in the rug.

Is there any simple way of holding the rug down on the carpet?
The only thing I can think of is a nail through both
onto the wooden floor underneath.

ISTR adverts for something called "cats claws" for fixing rugs. I can't
see an obvious description in Google, so I'll let you do the work

Andy
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Old July 26th 10, 08:03 PM posted to uk.d-i-y
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"Timothy Murphy" wrote in message
...
S Viemeister wrote:

Is there any simple way of holding the rug down on the carpet?
The only thing I can think of is a nail through both
onto the wooden floor underneath.


Heavy-duty velcro hook tape, sewn (or stuck) to the underside of the rug.


Thanks for all the suggestions.

I thought of using Velcro,
but decided it might damage the carpet underneath the rug?
And I don't know how well it would stick to the carpet?


--
Timothy Murphy
e-mail: gayleard /at/ eircom.net
tel: +353-86-2336090, +353-1-2842366
s-mail: School of Mathematics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland


I bought some backing fabric from John Lewis. It is slightly sticky and
works a treat. The only drawback is that it is quite expensive. Mine has
been down for 8 years now. It has been lifted and turned a couple of times
with no problems. It has never moved!

Lawrence

 




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