There are many different ways to finish your rug edges to prevent them from unraveling. Bond Products offers a variety of carpet edge binding options that you can use to create practical and stylish carpets and rugs. In this blog we will list these binding options, with details, to make them easier for you to differentiate for your design needs.
Your Carpet Edge Binding Options
Standard Edge Binding
This binding option involves using a durable, colorfast synthetic fabric tape that is designed to blend with the rug edge and not stand out. This is the most common and economical edge binding choice. Carpet binding is commonly done with a carpet binder, but for individual projects or DIYers, we offer Instabind carpet binding tape in many different styles.
Carpet serging uses a continuous wrap of yarn, about 3/8ths of an inch wide, around the edge of a rug. It looks very similar to a traditional whip stitch, except that the yarn is even closer together, and gives the rug a more finished look. The yarn color usually blends with the rug’s background color or highlights a color in the rug pattern that the customer wants to emphasize. Most serging is done using a carpet serger because serging by hand is extremely time consuming.
On a traditional antique or Oriental rug, the fringes are the warps of the rug itself tied together to finish off the rug. On most modern rugs available in stores, the fringes are a decorative finish that can be replaced. Bond’s replacement rug fringes are available in natural cotton in various colors and with or without knots.
We also offer Instabind fringe style for a faster, do-it-yourself project.
Hand binding is the least noticeable edge binding option. A cloth binding is sewn or stapled and glued with hidden stitching and wrapped tightly around the back. This is a subtle, but time consuming rug binding choice that we offer our local customers. We also sell a heavy-duty hand-binding stapler for this job.
Hand-sewn serging sits below the rug edge, creating a close-to-invisible effect. This is the most labor intensive edge treatment, but for customers with heirloom rugs it can be worth the investment.
Wide Fabric Bindings
There are also a number of wide-fabric binding options. They are done to add an accent to the edge of the rug and are often added to natural-fiber rugs like sisals. The stitching options available include top stitch and blind stitch, and the corner options include straight and mitered.
Top Stitch – The top stitch binding style adds a visible seam to the edge of the carpet. This decorative stitch is sewn on top of the carpet, providing a neat and tailored finish. It not only prevents fraying but also introduces a subtle design element to the carpet’s edge.
Blind Stitch with Mitred Corners – The blind stitch, paired with mitred corners, is a sophisticated and seamless binding technique. In this method, the binding material is folded over the edge of the carpet, concealing the stitch beneath. The corners are meticulously mitred, creating a clean and polished appearance.
Blind Stitch with Straight Corners – For a clean and no-nonsense approach, the blind stitch with straight corners is a classic choice. The binding is stitched directly onto the carpet’s edge, providing a robust and durable finish. This style is great for high-traffic areas.
Choosing the right carpet edge binding style depends on your preferences, the intended use of the space, and the overall design scheme of the room. Each style adds its own touch of refinement to your floors.
As always, Bond’s customer service team will be happy to help you choose the best materials for your edge binding needs or, for local customers, make an appointment for your rug to be bound. Call us at 1 (888) 800-BOND with any questions you may have.