Picture of Wooden Rug
Ever think, "Hmm, I wonder if a rug could be made from wood?" Well, I have, and subsequently, made one. Using rectangular shaped blocks of premium walnut wood, rope, and aluminum piping, I designed and happily stood on a wooden rug. How many people can say that?

Follow this tutorial for the how-to!

Step 1: Measuring and Cutting

I had two 8 foot walnut wood planks, that were about 5 inches wide. I decided I wanted simple rectangular blocks for the rug, so I went with a 5 x 2.5 inch rectangle.

The best tool for doing about 40 of these rectangle blocks is probably a chop saw. As you can tell from the pictures, I started off using a band saw, but it was taking way too long, and the cuts, obviously, weren't wonderfully straight. Chop saw all the way.

I cut about 40 of these bad boys, then sanded them to a smooth finish.
oldaugie1 year ago
Does it trap dirt?

Nice craftsmanship! Not a bad idea, but as others have said...it looks like a trip hazard. If you could bring the slats to within 1/8" of each other it would be more practical...perhaps you could use brass washers as spacers for a nice accent. This "rug" probably weighs a ton, but it would look nice on a wall.

Not only this, but round off the edges and corners, so they're easier on the feet.
greymax11 year ago

I heard of cutting a rug but this is a great idea! Kudos!

amalkhan (author)  greymax11 year ago

Hah! I love a good pun!

Sam DeRose1 year ago

Oh wow! This is a fantastic idea.

Preval1 year ago

This looks amazing. Great finish!

JenPat1 year ago

This is gorgeous!

Beautiful piece and great 'ible! Your instructions and photos leave no room for misunderstanding and the finished product is devine!

As someone else suggested I think I'll try my hand with a smaller scale rug and make placemats. Hemp rope and wooden beads/spacers would flow with the over all design as well as add to the natural feel of things.

Thanks for sharing your work!!
cmannaberg1 year ago

I made a rug like this using cedar. I have one inside my sauna and it is perfect. The other is outside on the balcony. I used flexible polyethylene tubing instead of rope. A larger diameter tubing was used for spacers, instead of aluminum tubing.

At the end of the rope, instead of a knot, I used a stainless steel screw that fits tightly into the end of the tubing

Unfortunately, the tubing has not held up well outside where it is exposed to UV. I need to find a better material.

very nice

i'll keep it mind

I'd leave as is to allow for stomping mud off boots, etc.

Very cool looking. I'd worry about dirt/rocks getting between the rug and the wood floor and scratching things. Maybe putting rubber or felt on the bottom of the block might help prevent this?

Unfortunately, wearing heels or going barefoot would be problematic on this "rug". But its pretty- I'd like it as a patio wind screen.

Bettybstt1 year ago

Beautiful - I just wouldn't want anybody standing on it!

boxcarmj1 year ago

Very nice, thank-you!


very cool and authentic idea. would make excellent place mats, too!
moover1 year ago
BigRed19731 year ago

Just beautiful!!

Do you think that 2.5" x 1.25" blocks would be too small?
jbrown1201 year ago
I'd imagine I'd stub my toes a lot
Roryfkl1 year ago

Beautifully done! Very creative!

vfrpic1 year ago
I love it. I would recommend using nylon or synthetic rope or parachord if this is going to be used outside our in a damp environment. Great job!
mustafaa1 year ago
very good. You just need frame
lverzino1 year ago
Is it hard to clean ? Cuz I'm loving this

I'm guessing the women in your life prefer flats.

Icesphere1 year ago
That's so cool and the best part is that it's solid but flexible and could be used for other things like a moving wall or hammock and could also probably be made of different materials like plastic
YerGramma1 year ago
Great idea and a beautiful end result! Thanks for posting it.
Very cool idea. Im extremely jealous of your workshop.
Gregbot1 year ago

awesome! Thanks!!!

Soooooo pretty!

Cameronmo1 year ago

This would look cool on a wall, as a background for some frames or something.

Carleyy1 year ago

Very cool! How stable is the rug? I imagine the wood blocks move around a lot.

Stone_UFO1 year ago

cool idea