Installing new carpet in your home gives it a great new look and style. However, your old carpet usually ends up contributing to the world's pollution problem by getting thrown into an ever growing landfill. Why not do your part to save the environment by turning that old carpet into useful home items?
Your knees are sensitive and overworked joints that often suffer from a great deal of dangerous pain. Why not protect them from extra damage with this simple-to-make knee cushion? Cut six one-foot square patches of carpet and staple them together in two piles of three. Now, whenever you're working on your knees (such as gardening or scrubbing the floor), you'll have two homemade cushions.
Appliance Sound Damper
Older appliances often create annoying loud rattles while they work. Thankfully, old carpet can be easily crafted into appliance sound dampers. Cut out four one-foot squares of carpet and carefully tip your appliance in the air. Slide a carpet square underneath each corner and lower it back down.
Make sure to attach a piece of carpet to any wall or cupboard the appliance bumps into while it runs.
Pets deserve a comfortable place to sleep, and old carpet can serve as highly comfortable animal bedding. Cut two four-feet squares of carpet and place one on the ground with the bottom of the carpet face up. Layer six inches of old blankets or stuffing on top of the carpet square.
Lay the second square top side up on the blankets, square it off with the bottom piece and sew it together at the edges. Place this bed in your pet's favorite sleeping spot and watch them fall in love.
Drafty doors can be a major sieve for the heat in your home: air leakage on the average door can be as high as 11%. Eliminate some of that air loss with this simple to make draft stopper.
Cut a rectangle of carpet about three-feet long and one-foot wide. Place old blankets on the inside of the carpet and roll it width-wise into a tight two-inch tall tube. Staple the tube together to finish.
Old carpet is perfect for making a home exercise and yoga mat. All you need to do is cut a patch of carpet about three feet long by about a foot and a half wide. The soft surface of the carpet will comfort your joints and muscles while the naturally non-slip bottom of the carpet will hold you comfortably in place.
These fun projects are just a small sample of the ways you can reuse your old carpet. Why not try them out or create your own unique home projects?
If you need new carpet installed, contact Matteo Family Kitchens & Flooring Inc. or a similar company.