Driving without the ugly worn-out mats is not a good solution, as mats are meant to protect your vehicle’s underlying carpeting and floorboards from damage caused by dirt, mud, sand, water and debris. However, you may be surprised to learn how simple it is to make and bind your own custom, brand-new floor mats.
With a little bit of time and a few simple tools, you can cut and bind professional-looking floor mats for your vehicle in any size and shape and save a lot of money. Do-it-yourself self-adhesive carpet binding tape will give your new floor mats a beautiful and durable finished edge and no one will ever know you made them yourself. The carpet binding tape is available in many colors, styles and materials to coordinate with whatever carpeting you choose, and no special tools are required.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
Old floor mats or heavy paper for cutting patterns
Instabind™ DIY Binding Tape
Hot glue gun
NOTE: Before you start cutting and designing new floor mats, you’ll have to measure carefully to be sure the new mats will fit. You will also need to know what size carpet remnant to buy and how much carpet binding tape you need. Good deals on carpet remnants in a wide variety of colors and patterns can usually be found at do-it-yourself home centers and carpet retail stores. You may want to buy a little extra carpeting and a few extra feet of binding tape in case you make a slight mistake with your measurements.
To prevent the floor mats from slipping, invest in a few non-slip shower appliqués and glue them to the backside of the floor mats. Or check out rug backings, such as a felt/rubber rug backings that can be applied, rubber side down, with spray glue to keep your new floor mats securely in place.
Custom-made floor mats make great gifts. Surprise your boyfriend, husband or other car enthusiast in your life with brand new, affordable mats for their favorite vehicle.