Finding inexpensive carpet remnants at any number of locations such as thrift stores and yard sales is easy but to bind a carpet remnant is an additional expense and may involve considerable effort. A bound carpet may be desired in order to shape a custom area rug or reshape a large area rug that has been stained or damaged. Sometimes these reworked remnants are used to cover high traffic areas of the wall-to-wall carpet which replaced them. It is generally not a good idea to bind a carpet remnant to simply save money, as this can be expensive and a lot of careful work is needed to do the job well.
Binding may either involve stitching the edge or attaching some sort of fabric or adhesive to the edge. Before any more work is done, proper measurements must be made to determine the desired size and shape of the area rug. Choose a binding to be used and decide if beveling needs to be done on the edge. The bound carpet remnant will need to be cut to the desired shape. Then, depending on the size of the remnant and the type of binding to be done, the right kind of equipment and glue needed must be acquired.
Creating the bound carpet will involve work with thimble and needle or with power tools that will do the stitching. These tools may be either stationary or portable tools. Portable tools are moved around the edges of the carpet and can be brought to the home or other work site. With stationary tools you must move the carpet through the machine. For big remnants this may necessitate a workspace larger than the average garage.
If you manually bind a remnant, or use portable tools, it might be possible to do this work on site. A small remnant could be easily bound in your home. The use of stationary tools will probably mean that a large, off-site workspace is necessary. There are binding professionals who have these tools and experience in using them.
Even the least expensive, polyester carpet binding will cost $2 per linear foot. Obviously, finer and more stylish binding will cost more. Multiply this number by the perimeter of the desired area rug to get an estimate of how much it may cost to complete the task. This price, of course, does not include the cost of tools, other materials such as glue and fabric, and the hard work involved. If professional binding is sought, it can easily cost hundreds of dollars to complete an average-size area rug.
Due to the above-mentioned spatial needs and tool requirements, anyone that wants to bind a carpet remnant should carefully consider whether they want to do this project on their own. DIY-ers might want to put this job in the hands of a professional, particularly if they do not own the all the tools and equipment needed nor have sufficient space. This type of binding is a long established sector of the flooring business.