Flooring is generally a feature that can’t be changed when you’re living in a rental home, and sometimes it may not necessarily be your taste. Or maybe you like it, but you just want to warm up the space or bring in more color or pattern.

A great way to do this is by adding an area rug, and while sometimes rugs can get expensive depending on the size and style, the good news is you can save a whole lot of money by making or revamping one yourself!

DIY Faux Fur Area Rug


If you’re looking to add texture to your space, a great way to do that would be to make a DIY Faux Fur Rug like this one from View Along the Way. This rug just requires a few supplies and costs very little to make.

Stencil a Pattern

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Personally, I love geometric patterns and I wanted a stylish rug for our dining room, but I couldn’t find one that fit into our budget. I opted to stencil a pattern onto an inexpensive indoor/outdoor rug from the hardware store. The great thing about making over an outdoor rug for an indoor space is that it is durable and easy to clean.

Dyed Bed Sheets


Another fun and thrifty idea to add color and texture to a space is to use dyed bed sheets from the thrift store to create a “rag” style area rug, like this one from Artistic Endeavors 101.

You can easily customize it by making it any size you’d like or choosing any color combination that suits your taste. This type of rug could make a huge impact in a space depending on how large you make it and how bold your color choices happen to be.

DIY Braided Area Rug


As long as you’re picking up sheets from the thrift store, you could also use them to make this cute round braided rug from Spoonful of Imagination. This would be great for a smaller space, and it’s also a great way to use old sheets that you might have stashed in a closet somewhere.

DIY Painted Area Rug


An easy, money-saving way to create your own rug would be to find an inexpensive mat or rug and paint it. There are so many ways this can be done, and several examples can be found at Rain on a Tin Roof. I love the idea of painting a monogram or using painter’s tape to create stripes.

Ultimately, it pays to think outside the box when it comes to decorating. An area rug may cost hundreds of dollars (or more!) retail, but you can create the same look, or one that you like even better, by putting the time and effort into making it yourself.

Not to mention, making your own rug allows you to put your own spin on it and infuse your personality into your home in a creative way. Many of the techniques mentioned above can be customized to fit your own personal style and coordinate with your home decor. Plus, a DIY rug is a great way to invest your time since you get to take it with you when you move!

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[Image Source: Walter Parenteau]