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DIY - Cutting a round rug from Flor carpet tiles

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:28 AM
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by Tyler last modified Jan 02, 2012

In all three of our homes including this one we have utilized Flor carpet tiles in some fashion. We really needed a round rug to anchor our Burke table and Eames chairs. For color we wanted something pretty loud, something that would really make a statement on our dark floors, so as you can see [...]




 

 

In all three of our homes including this one we have utilized Flor carpet tiles in some fashion. We really needed a round rug to anchor our Burke table and Eames chairs. For color we wanted something pretty loud, something that would really make a statement on our dark floors, so as you can see bright pink it is! I have never cut Flor tiles but I thought why not give it a try, there are probably half a dozen ways to do this but this was my attempt.

how to diy cut flor tiles carpet plastolux

The finished rug

how to diy cut flor tiles carpet plastolux

I found an old used carpet tile that I had no plans for and drawing corner to corner, found the center.

how to diy cut flor tiles carpet plastolux

I then drilled a hole in the middle. I put a bolt through the center with a washer on the bottom of the carpet tile and on the top.

how to diy cut flor tiles carpet plastolux

My kids did not appreciate this next step. I dismantled their cardboard fort and put it down on the floor for a cutting surface.

how to diy cut flor tiles carpet plastolux

I taped the tile to the middle of the cardboard.

how to diy cut flor tiles carpet plastolux

I taped all of the tiles together. The center bolt is popping up out of the four corners that meet in the center.

how to diy cut flor tiles carpet plastolux

To make my cutting arm I purchased a 4′ length of this L shaped perforated metal. I cut the end off and made a small “L” at the end. I then used a carpet knife and attached it to the flat side of the “L”. Lucky for me there were already holes in the knife for the bolts to go through.

how to diy cut flor tiles carpet plastolux

how to diy cut flor tiles carpet plastolux

I loosely attached the arm to the bolt in the center so that it could turn freely. I also placed some felt furniture dots on the underside of the arm so that it would slide along the backside of the tiles more easily.

how to diy cut flor tiles carpet plastolux

Here is where I would like to say that it worked like a charm, but it did not work at all. I realized that the blade needed to be more straight up and down vs on an angle. After going around a couple of times I did realize that the knife did make a perfect circular score mark around the rug. I decided to just cut the rug buy hand now that I had the score mark. I just followed the score line around the rug, it worked pretty well. I then flipped it over and used the supplied adhesive dots to assemble the rug.

how to diy cut flor tiles carpet plastolux

I am sure pink is not for everyone and maybe some day we will tire of it but for now we really like it.

how to diy cut flor tiles carpet plastolux



 

 

 
 
 

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