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What Is Carpet Binding Tape?

Do you have questions about carpet binding tape? We have the information you need. Below are some frequently asked questions that Bond Products gets about carpet binding tape – with our answers.

What Is Carpet Binding Tape?

Carpet binding tape is tape that is used to bind the edges of carpets, area rugs, runners, and staircases to make them more attractive and prevent them from fraying or unraveling. Binding tape is also used in cars, boats and recreational vehicles. It’s made of cotton or polyester and comes in a variety of colors to better match the color of carpet it’s trimming.

How Do You Bind Carpet Edges?

There are two ways to bind carpet edges: by machine or by hand using an “instant” carpet binding tape like Instabind

Carpet professionals bind carpets using cotton or polyester binding tape, depending on the fabric material of the rug. They push the carpet through a binding or serging machine that can be either stationary or portable. Portable binding machines are designed to allow for carpet binding when the carpet is being installed on site. A stationary binding machine is what a carpet store will use. These machines work very well, but they require a large table and workspace to turn the carpet on as it’s being bound.

Instabind™ regular style carpet binding has a similar appearance to standard or traditional binding but without showing any stitching. It’s not stitched – it’s glued. Instabind is available in 22 stock colors and a variety of styles. It’s more durable than traditional carpet binding and actually helps reinforce the carpet backing along the cut edges. 

For specific instructions about how to use Instabind to bind a rug or a carpet, click here. Or watch our instructional video:


How Much Does It Cost to Bind Carpet Edges?

The cost of having a carpet bound by a professional will vary from place to place, but expect that it will be at least $2 dollar per linear foot (measure the perimeter of your carpet) if you use polyester carpet binding tape which is the least expensive kind. 

If you want to bind your carpet yourself using Instabind, you can purchase it in standard 54 or 216 ft rolls (priced by the roll) or custom size lengths with a $.40 per foot up-charge (priced by the foot). Please note the diameter is estimated to be 9/32″ wide. We recommend that you use latex-based hot melt glue sticks for a long-lasting strong hold. 

If you have any further questions about carpet binding tape, please call us at 1-888-800-BOND. We are always happy to answer questions about carpet binding, whether you need help with your small carpet project as a first time DIYer or whether you have your own carpet binding machine and need assistance keeping it tuned and maintained. Call us! We are here to help.

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