that time “custom” was cheaper

maggie-5I love my dog.

I really do.

But, she has taken a fancy to chewing on the corner of my foyer area rug.  In the four years we have owned our yellow Labrador named Maggie, she hasn’t chewed anything else it the house.  I think chewing on the rug is fun for her because it is a woven rug and every time she attacks it she pulls a new string out.  

We have repaired the damage to the rug a few times, but it is also threadbare and ready for replacement.

My wife and I have been searching high and low for a new area rug.  We don’t want to spend a lot of money in case Maggie chews on the new one as well.  We have looked at online stores like Overstock and Wayfair.  We have searched Ikea and Target.  

We have fairly specific requirements on color, pattern, and pile height and were unable to find what we were looking for.

When we felt like we exhausted all options online, we went to a local design center that specializes in tile and flooring.  

We searched all of the area rugs on display and still did not find any that we liked.

On the way out of the store a sign caught my eye.  We were walking through the carpet section and I saw a banner that said any carpet could be cut to area rug size!  Who knew!?!

We worked with a salesperson to find a carpet that met our design requirements and also our price range.  Most area rugs that we were looking at were 5×8 feet and cost between $225-300.

It was a great surprise that the cost of our custom rug would actually come in UNDER that price point!

When we ordered the carpet we need to purchase a 12 feet wide segment as a minimum and then 5 feet long.  The company will cut the correct size and then bind the edges at a cost of $2.50 per linear foot.  Since the carpet only cost $1.79 per square foot our total for the custom rug will be about $175 and we are getting EXACTLY what we want.  

Some of you might be wondering about the excess carpet that may be discarded in the process.  Well, we also have a need for a small rug in our mud room and we will have a segment of the leftover carpet bound for use as an additional area rug

I walked away from this experience with two takeaways.

  • Be observant, talk to experts, and don’t be afraid to engage in conversation.
  • Our world is designed for convenience and off the rack shopping.  There are still a lot of expert trades people out there.  If you find them you will probably be much happier with your end product.

Have you had custom work done recently?  Were you happier with the result like I was?

PS – The picture is “before”.


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