How to create a rug with carpet tiles in 5 easy steps

Carpet tiles are incredibly versatile flooring options that come in a variety of colours, textures and patterns. They’re easy to install, maintain and replace and can be reconfigured into an area rug that seamlessly fits into your space.

Watch the video and learn how to install carpet tiles as an area rug.


Area rugs are a great tool for defining zones in your home, especially in open-plan spaces. Nowadays the kitchen, dining and living areas are often merged into one multi-functional space. A clever way to distinguish between various functions in such a space is by using different flooring materials. For example, you can put a rug under the dining table to accentuate the dining zone. Another idea is to place a plush carpet in front of the sofa. This separates the TV area from the surrounding space, while adding that extra touch of luxury and comfort.

Also in the bedroom an area rug can enhance the ambience. Rather than having your feet hit the cold floor in the morning, give them a soft and warm landing.

Or place an area rug at the entrance of your home. It’s a good solution to prevent dirt from entering your home, while also adding a welcoming atmosphere.


You can create your area rug in 5 simple steps.

Creating a mood board is a valuable tool to help visualise your ideas before diving into the actual design. Try to envision the space you want to create. Think about the style, colours and overall mood you would like the space to evoke.

Then, you’ll need to select the carpet tiles and combine them into a floor design.

Think about colours and patterns.
Will you use uni-coloured carpet tiles, or do you prefer a multi-toned pattern? Will you combine multiple shades and patterns for an eclectic look, or stick to one?

Think about textures.
Will you go for a low loop pile, which is easier to maintain? Or a high cut pile, which evokes more luxury and comfort? Or consider combining both loop and cut piles to create a sculptured appearance.

Think about the installation method.
Monolithic, brick, quarter turn, ashlar or random installation, each has its own look. Always check the technical datasheet of the product to find out which installation methods are recommended.

With so many options, it’s really up to you to let your creativity run free.

Determine the size of the rug you want to create and calculate how many carpet tiles you need. Keep in mind that carpet tiles usually are 50x50 centimetres in size, although other dimensions are possible.

Depending on the size and installation method of your rug, you might need to cut your tiles. Always flip the carpet tiles and cut through the backing first with a suitable carpet knife.

Once you’ve decided on the design and the size of the area rug, apply a thin and even layer of adhesive directly on your subfloor. We recommend using an anti-slip tackifier because it allows you to remove, change or replace tiles at any time. Yet it’s durable enough to keep your tiles in place.

Secure all carpet tiles in place and enjoy your DIY rug.