Carpet remnant, an extra odd shaped piece of leftover carpet from your new wall to wall living room may seem like a logical contribution for the dumpster or recycle bin. This could not be further from the truth! Your spare pieces of carpet remnant can save you money on other home projects and make your life easier in many ways!
Are you a pet owner? Carpet remnant can be used in a number of ways on items for your pets. Some two by fours nailed to a piece of plywood for a base can be covered with extra carpet and made into a scratching post for your cat. If your kitty litter box creates a mess, trim a piece of carpet remnant to your needed size and place it under the cat box. If your cat box is in a carpeted room, using the same color masks the extra piece and creates a smooth look. You can wash and vacuum the remnant over and over without ruining the floor carpet beneath it. Does your dog have a dog bed, or an outdoor doghouse? Cutting your carpet remnants to fit that area can create a comfortable napping area for your dog that can be cleaned, shaken and replaced as needed at no cost to you!
Have you just spent a small fortune carpeting your home? Saving the extra remnants of your new carpet in a dry well protected environment will give you flexibility if you ever need to repair your carpet. Often times water damage or a stain can ruin one part of a rug. Rather than replacing the entire carpet, you can cut and piece that area and have a like new look for a fraction of the cost! You can also use long remnants as runners over your new carpet in high traffic areas to preserve these parts of the rug. By using your remnant pieces in those areas you extend the look and life of your wall to wall carpet.
Do you have small children? Carpet remnants make excellent designated play areas for children. Busy cooking dinner in your tile floored kitchen? A square piece of carpet remnant can be the ideal spot for your children to play a game or put together a puzzle. This is also a great idea for an outdoor deck. Small toys can fall through the cracks and the uneven surface is not always child friendly. Permanent outdoor carpet may not be the look you want. Your carpet remnant is the perfect solution!
You can also benefit from having spare pieces of carpet around. Do you exercise, stretch or do yoga? You may not want to lie down on your brand new carpet when you are just back from a workout and need to stretch. A piece of carpet can be a yoga mat, stretching pad or exercise mat for you when you pop that video in and get working. You can also cover the floor of your attic or crawl space with old carpet remnants to add insulation for your home. Likewise, a carpet in the basement in front of the washing machine will make that task a little less stressful (or at least less cold!)
As you can see, your carpet remnant is much more than an odd shaped useless piece of carpet designated for the recycle bin. While it may eventually end up there, it can have a full life of its own before you tell it good bye!