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Lie Like a Rug - Recycling Linoleum Tiles

Posted on September 27, 2010 at 9:50 AM



Where to get free linoleum tile samples


You might not think of linoleum flooring as a particularly easy material to work with in a creative or artistic sense, but there are folks out there who view this as a great medium and create neat stuff using it. If you don't have a few tiles left over from a home renovation project, ask your neighbours. Or, just like carpet samples, you can get free linoleum samples and tiles anywhere flooring supplies are sold: building stores (like Rona or Home Depot), department stores that have a flooring section, and stores that specialize in flooring. Or as a potential customer, often online flooring material stores and suppliers will provide you with free samples.


 

DIY linoleum tile rug


The above is an example of an area rug that you can make with tiles. These area rugs can be as large or small depending on how many tiles you have on hand. Unfortunately I lost the information about who the artist is for making the above linoleum rug but it's a really effective way to reuse unused tiles.


If you want to make a similar rug, use quilt patterns to inspire you. Most quilting books also show you how to make a pattern so head for your local library for books on quilting. And no sewing involved--you just need to glue the blocks to a backing of some kind. Once you've figured out how to make the pattern, you'll need back material, carpet edging, and double sided tape. Experiment with a few small scraps before attempting the real thing. Here are my instructions on how to make this rug.


Top image KeestraOther image from files

Categories: Linoleum, Rugs and carpets, DIY

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2 Comments

Reply gebrichi
9:15 AM on December 26, 2012 
I live in Canada and usually find vintage linoleum at auctions, garage sales and junk yards. You really have to dig around but it's out there. Ebay may be another source although I never checked it out.
Reply lani loeks
9:04 PM on December 23, 2012 
Do you have any source for the vintage linoleum?