One of the frequently asked questions we get at Bond Products is “How much Instabind should I order to bind my rug or carpet remnant?” This is not very hard to determine – easier than you might think, in fact. You will need to do a little basic math calculating the perimeter of the carpet. Here we will give some examples of how to do that so you will know how much to order.
To begin with, let’s take a very common carpet size, the 10×12 carpet. This carpet is 10 feet wide by 12 feet long. If you multiplied 10×12 you’d get the area of the carpet, but that’s not what you need. You need the perimeter of the carpet or the distance around a two-dimensional shape. Here you need to add both lengths and both widths of the carpet. This looks like:
10 + 10 + 12 + 12 = 44. For a 10×12 piece of carpet, you need 44 feet of Instabind in order to bind it.
For a 10×10 carpet, the math is even easier: 10 + 10 + 10 + 10 = 40. You need 40 feet of Instabind to bind a 10×10 carpet.
Instabind comes standard in 54-foot rolls. We also sell larger rolls for industrial uses, and Bond Products can run a special sized roll for a customer upon request. We do recommend that our customers order an extra foot or two of Instabind for any errors so they do not run short when they are binding their project.
For circular carpets, you can calculate the circumference of a circle by using this formula: Pi (π) x diameter. The diameter of a circle is a straight line through the middle of the circle. Measure a straight line across your rug through the middle and multiply that number by 3.14 (Pi). This will give you the footage amount of Instabind you will need to order.
For a circular rug that is 10 feet across, you would need 31.4 feet of Instabind. 10 x 3.14 = 31.4.
If you have an irregularly shaped carpet, then you will need to measure each part of that carpet and add up all of the sides. If the carpet has straight lines, that’s easy to do. If the carpet or remnant is an oval or an even bigger challenge like a butterfly shape, you will have to get a flexible tape measure and measure it by hand in order to determine how much Instabind you will need to order. For oddly shaped carpets it’s always good to get someone to help you hold the tape as you measure around the curves and edges.
All of our Instabind binding tapes are bound to carpet the same way, so this method of measuring and determining how much to order works for any type of Instabind. If you have any other questions about Instabind or our other great products, please do not hesitate to call us. We are happy to help you find any product in our catalog and order the right amount for your need.