Decorating Foyer + Hallway


A few weeks ago when we brought home the lamp, we also lucked out and found an awesome graphic navy wool rug for the foyer. When I held it up in the store, I wasn’t sure if it was even the right size for the space but when I laid eyes on it, I knew it had to be ours. It was originally priced at $220 and marked all the way down to $60. Hello! When we got to the car with our new loot, I was so excited about the rug that it called for an Instagram moment…

How to Resize A Rug / 7th House on the Left

When we walked into the house later that day, I couldn’t wait to see the rug in its new home. I immediately went to the foyer and unfolded it on the floor…

How to Resize a Rug / 7th House on the Left

It was too big. We’re planning on adding a runner in the hallway at some point (probably a sisal one so it doesn’t compete with the graphic pattern of what ends up in the foyer), so we really didn’t want the rug to come past the corner of the wall. It would make the transition from the foyer to the hallway too busy and cluttered-looking. I really, really wanted this rug to work, and the last thing I wanted to do was take it back to the store. There had to be a way.

How to Resize a Rug / 7th House on the Left

Just when I started thinking about other places in the house it could possibly go, a light bulb came on in my head… have it cut! Carpet places cut carpet and make rugs out of remnants all the time. Surely they could cut and bind a rug, right?

How to Resize a Rug / 7th House on the Left

It was about 1 am, so please forgive the nasty, low-light iPhone photo. Greg folded two of the edges inward so we could get a visual of what it would look like if it was trimmed down. We ended up letting it hang out like that for a couple of days to make sure it was the size we wanted, because once it’s cut, there’s no turning back. In the end, our perfect rug size ended up being 55 x 71.5 inches.

I’m not very crafty when it comes to sewing and fabric, much less binding my own rug, so this undertaking is definitely one for the pros. Once our rug size was set in stone, I called around to a total of five local carpet places to get prices and “do-ability”…

STORE #1 // The first place I called wasn’t sure if they could cut and bind wool rugs. They went ahead quoted me a total price of $25 and had a turnaround time of one week, but they said they would have to call me back about whether or not they could cut and bind a wool rug. Two days later, I still hadn’t heard from them, so I called back, left a voicemail and haven’t heard from them since. I took that as either a) they didn’t want to do the job or b) they have awful customer service. Either way, moving on…

STORE #2 // The second place I called said they would only cut and bind rugs that were purchased from their store. Being a national chain, that sort of thing was expected, but I had to try anyway. Again, moving on…

STORE #3 // The third place said they would only cut and bind a wool rug if it was brand new and preferably still had the tag on it. I thought it was a strange request, but neither of those were a problem for our rug. They quoted me a total price of $235 (!!!!) and had a turnaround time of 3-4 days. Seeing as how that was almost 300% more than what we paid for the rug, there was no way we were going to pay that much. So, yet again, moving on…

STORE #4 // The fourth place I called said they had no problem cutting/binding a wool rug. They also said they had many binding colors to choose from – which is something I didn’t think about before. They quoted me about $65 (depending on what of binding I picked out) and a turnaround time of “a day or two”. Even though the quote was a bit higher than the first place I called, they had all the answers to my questions off hand, and the turnaround time was very fast.

STORE #5 // Even though Store #4 seemed to be the way to go, I thought I’d call one more place just to make sure. Well, that phone conversation went something like this: “Umm… huh? You want to have a what cut?” … “I have a wool rug that is 5×7 and needs to be cut down to 55”x71.5”. Do you do that sort of thing?” … “Yeah, we can do that. But you have to tape the edges up yourself after we cut it.” Basically, they were happy to cut the rug down for us, but we had to bind it ourselves. No, thanks. Needless to say… moving on.

How to Resize a Rug / 7th House on the Left

A few days later, I took the rug to Store #4 (Hanover Carpet and Vinyl for any locals who are wondering). After I gave them my measurements, they spread the rug out on the floor to check it out and see where he would have to cut to make sure the pattern would line up on each edge. When he mentioned he was checking how the patterns lined up, I thought to myself, “These are my people.” Details make me happy. 

Once all of that was figured out, the saleswoman took me over to the binding station to pick out the binding I wanted. She explained how they had two grades of binding material. One was just your “run of the mill” binding that was thin and kind of plastic-ish looking and the other was thicker, more durable and looked a bit more like fabric. She said the thicker binding would last “forever” and stand up better to wear and tear. Seeing as how this was going in a high-traffic area of the house, it seemed like a good idea to go with the more durable binding. Sure, it was more expensive than the normal binding (about $25 more), but that’s money well spent to make sure we don’t have to replace the rug or have it re-bound in a year or two.

How to Resize a Rug / 7th House on the Left

Now for the binding color. Yep, yet another Instagram moment. She pulled out an assortment of blue and cream binding options that were similar to the rug, but when I saw the blue, I knew that was the route I wanted to take. Cream would eventually get dingy and wouldn’t blend into the design as well as blue would. Blues are normally really tricky to match, so I tried not to get my hopes up too high when it came to finding the perfect blue from their selection. But, lo and behold, there was indeed a perfect match. Me = happy camper. 

Four cuts (he had to cut it on all sides to make sure the design matched up evenly), binding and labor totaled to $78. Yes, the price to have it bound was $18 more than the rug itself, but when you think about it, we got a custom-sized rug in a design we love, with extra durable binding to boot for $130. Also, the wool rug we originally picked out for the foyer was $299 – and still had to be cut and bound to fit our foyer. So, when it’s all said and done, the $130 price tag isn’t too shabby.

A few days later, the rug was ready for pickup, and the first thing we did when we got home was put it in place…

How to Resize a Rug / 7th House on the Left

Perfect! Greg and I both are in love with the graphic pattern. It really fills up the space and makes everything feel homey. I also love how the navy blue design brings in color without being like, “LOOK! I’m a colorful rug!”

How to Resize a Rug / 7th House on the Left

In this photo, you can see the edge of the mini gallery wall we’re planning out for the small wall space to the right of the door. Rest assured, we’ll be posting more about that soon. In the end, a quick, casual trip into Tuesday Morning turned out to be a pretty productive one. Those are the best kind, right? Wednesday, we’ll have updates with the decorated foyer table and the whole kit and kaboodle.

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    christina @ homemade ocean
    April 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I loooove that rug….I never have any luck when it comes to rugs. They are always waaaayyyy too expensive, to small, or flimsy. Hopefully, my luck will turn around soon!

    Very cute, I am very jealous haha!

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    Joe Curry
    April 29, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Looks awesome, Greg and Ashley, and it’s fun to see the continued progress! Can you help me decorate my home in Minnesota? 😉

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      April 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      Sure thing, Joe! ; )

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    April 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    Great post and tutorial about this rug. I had not thought about “getting a rug cut down to fit” so thanks for the inspiration.

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    Julia [Chris Loves Julia]
    April 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Great problem solving. I would have never thought to do this and would probably search endlessly and then spend way too much on a rug that was custom for the space. Kudos!

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    April 29, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    That looks great! I’ve never put much thought (or money) into rugs, but you might have just convinced me to put a quality rug in my house when the remodeling is finished 😀

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    April 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    So smart! Can you show us a close up of their binding work?

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      April 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      Sure thing! We’re out of town for the day, but we’ll update the post with a detail shot as soon as we can : )

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    April 29, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I LOVE this rug! In fact, I was going to order one just like it or very similar to on-line but the store doesn’t ship to Canada! 🙁 I’m getting very frustrated! I find a rug, get all excited, go to purchase it and I can’t! I guess I’ll keep looking.

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    Lori H
    April 29, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    Oh, I love the rug! It is perfect in that space, and you certainly can’t beat the price:)

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    April 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    What a great rug!
    Rosson & Young in Richmond also does cutting & binding. I’m not sure if they work only with designers or are open to the public, but it is another option.

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    Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art
    April 29, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Having just spent hours agonizing over outdoor rugs, I can totally appreciate how difficult it can be to find the right rug at the right price and for the special pattern this rug has, I think the extra cost of customizing it was completely justified. It looks SO beautiful!!

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    KMP Modern
    April 29, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Sometimes a bargain is more than you bargained for, but you handled it all like a professional. I have often found something on clearance and had to customize it in some way to make it work for me. But you still save money and have the perfect item. Love the gorgeous modern print and colors!

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    April 29, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Looks great! Hanover Carpet did a great job cutting the rug to size. The way they cut all four sides to make the design match up looks better than when you bought it. Thanks for sharing!

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    April 29, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I love that rug & that light! I *just* found your blog and I’m in love! Where have I been?! I live in Hanover too 🙂 Can’t to read more!

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      April 29, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Aww, thanks so much! So nice to have fellow Hanovers reading along : )

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    Abby @ Just a Girl and Her Blog
    April 29, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Wow, I never thought getting a rug cut and bound would be so tricky! It was worth all the work, though because it looks GREAT! I especially love the blue next to your fun red door! The space is certainly coming together- yay! Hope you guys had a great weekend!

    ~Abby =)

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    April 30, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I absolutely LOVE that rug! I never knew you could have a rug cut…that may come in handy sometime. Also, great color choice. I’m obsessed with navy! And the red door really make it work.

    Brittany @ La Vita DiBella

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    April 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    Where did you get that rug? I love it! 🙂

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      April 30, 2013 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks! It’s from Tuesday Morning. They also had it in brown, red and gray.

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    April 30, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    That rug is so amazing, I am excited to see you were able to make it work! Love the choice to bind it and the color you went with. The entire area is coming together so nicely! Can’t wait to see more!


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    Rachel Moran
    May 1, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    That’s such a bargain on the rug. I love how it looks too! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

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    June 12, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Love the rug, your foyer is very similar to mine, including the red door. This inspires me to find a new rug!

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    January 1, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    Please share the name of the store you used in Hanover. I recently moved to Virginia (Fredericksburg) and have the same problem with an area rug. However, the carpet companies here will not cut and bind for me. Thanks.

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      January 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      We took it to Hanover Carpet and Vinyl. Hope that helps!

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        Mia Free
        March 8, 2018 at 6:52 pm

        What city/state? Do they have other locations that do this type application?

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    Adymn Enoka Ikaika Anakin Aage Sani
    February 18, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    this has been up since 2013 and it so happens I’m cogitating about cutting an area rug down to use as a runner, thank you, but of course the prices have gone up!

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