Area Rugs & Flooring (01)

How to Repair a Hooked Rug
The latched hooked rug is a centuries old art form. Hooked rugs can often be found in antique shops, rummage sales, estate sales and consignment shops. If you find a hooked rug that needs repair, this article tells you how to repair and restore one to functional beauty. There are nine steps to the instructions. A simple outline is as follows: examine binding and the body of the rug to find any holes or breaks in the cloth; draw circles on the back side to mark areas that need replacement; cut away the damages portions with an X-acto knife; cut out pieces of burlap to fit the areas that were cut away; fit the burlap into the holes and sew each new piece of burlap into with double-threaded stitches, getting the burlap pieces to fit seamlessly around the entire edge of the holes; take the rug to yarn shops and purchase yarn that matches the yarn on the rug as closely as possible; latch the new yarn into the repair holes and trim the latch hooked yarn so it's the same length as the existing latch hooked yarn; and examine the existing binding that is not damaged and try to recreate the replacement binding as nearly as possible.

Before You Buy Your Area Rug
If you're in the market for a rug, check out the Resources section on The Rug Merchant website, especially the page Before You Buy. It gives you a really good list of the things you should know before you purchase an area rug. There are five fundamentals steps to laying down the idea rug: 1) size and shape—elementary but essential information, with some good advice to measure at least twice, and also if a rug is for under the dining room table that it's largest enough to cover pushing back the chairs; 2) color—whether muted or vibrant is a key factor, so that it's right for the location and expresses itself as your work of art; 3) pattern—one of the most helpful elements in narrowing your selection after size and color (in the industry, pattern is divided into the three categories of cuvilinear, geometric and pictorial); 4) style—and clearly the goal is to find one that matches yours, from floral to contemporary to traditional, the character of the motifs, colors and patterns of the rug; and design—all rugs can be divided into one of three major designs: all-over (motifs spread throughout the rug), medallion, where a large centerpiece is the focal point, and one-sided, which the design is woven in one direction. The site also offers tips on buying an antique handmade rug.


Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons
Bamboo is a very popular type of wood flooring material. Bamboo isn't a wood, but rather a grass. Bamboo is attractive as a building material because it is very hard, strong, and dimensionally stable. Environmentally, itís hard to argue with a wood-substitute that matures in three years, regenerates without need for replanting, and requires minimal fertilization or pesticides. In fact, these larger species of bamboo have been used in construction for thousands of years, and even in modern Asian cities itís not uncommon to see a large concrete building being constructed from a bamboo scaffolding. This article discusses a lot about bamboo flooring and how it can be effectively used, and decoratively.

How to Install Carpet on a Basement Floor
This post at was written by the DIY experts of Family Handyman magazine. Here, two options of installing carpet on basement floors were explained. Option A is when homeowners have damp floors in their basement that should be kept dry. In this option, it is being recommended to install a vapor barrier before placing a wood subfloor or any kind of carpet pad. On the other hand, Option B is recommended for floors that are generally dry except when they have small amounts of moisture that evaporate through the slab. But for both options, it is suggested to seek assistance from professionals.


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