Published on February 2nd, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Borris mat modular carpet squares

Jari B needed carpets and found a cheap solution using Borris door mats.

“I needed some kind of floor covering for the kitchen area in my tiny apartment, and having recently moved, I’m on really tight budget at the moment. My kitchen is right near the entryway, so it’s also serves as a high traffic area. I wanted something durable, perhaps indoor/outdoor, washable, and that could withstand the abuse of high traffic and the occasional kitchen mishap.

I also wanted something with a dark muted tone, a modern utilitarian aesthetic and hopefully cost $30 or less. Although I love the look of sisal, these aren’t cheap, and my past experience has been, one errant glass of wine and they become permanently tatooed. Nappy style carpeting in the kitchen is a little, ew to me.

I was in my local Ikea browsing the rug section, and not really liking any of the available options, when I spotted a big pile of  these $1.99 Borris door mats. I immediately thought I could repurpose these into modular carpet tiles, similar to the more pricey FLOR carpet tiles that CB2 sells. The Borris mats seem durable, are hand washable, have a grippy latex backing that really helps keeps them from sliding, and on top of it all they have a really nice subtle stripe texture, and an attractive charcoal/navy muted color.

For this project: I marked and trimmed 1 3/4″ strip off of each side of mat to remove the rounded corners using a sharp utility knife- a brand new blade helps. I wasn’t sure if fraying was going to be a problem, so i carefully dabbed a tiny bit of Aleenes clear washable fabric glue along the cut edges with my finger,  which should prevent any fraying. For my sizing purposes I chose to leave the mats as rectangles rather than cut them into perfect squares, like the CB2 tiles. The only other thing I did was run a strip of gaffers tape on the back of mats along the edges to help keep them together. For my kitchen project I used 8 mats which cost me a total of $17.33 including tax.

I’m happy with the way this project turned out, and it’s huge improvement over the bare, creaky old wood floor. I’m sure my downstairs neighbors appreciate the extra soundproofing as well. The rug also helps to psychologically demarcate the kitchen as a separate area of my home, as it shares the same room as my home office and bedroom.”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

10 Responses to Borris mat modular carpet squares

  1. April says:

    I love your kitchen’s carpet design! It looks fairly the same as my grandmother’s. However, yours are easier to clean, compared to my grandma’s carpet at home. She usually asks for help from professional carpet cleaners to make the task easier and more polished. In our area, one of her favorite carpet cleaning service providers include the carpet cleaners in Tampa and carpet cleaning Clearwater, FL professional cleaners. She always tells me how good their services are. Thanks for the incredible post, Jules!

  2. Very creative idea to take one thing and use as another! You would be surprised at some of the things I’ve seen people do with rugs and carpet squares!

  3. Ken C. says:

    How’s the carpet after washing machine?

  4. This is fantastic, it looks lovely in your already lovely kitchen. This is a hack I find practical and attractive. I am seriously thinking of giving this a try.

  5. Nicole says:

    Love this hack! I’ve needed something soundpoofing for the office area in my living room but everything was so pricy. That’s the perfect solution. Thanks for sharing. *trecks of to IKEA too*

  6. Anonymous says:

    mine hasn’t curled… anyway, looks great! I have one of the ultra cheap ikea rag rugs in my kitchen and it keeps sliding around… the backing on these doormats eliminates that problem =) *treks of to ikea*

  7. Robj98168 says:

    Brilliant solution to your problem. Frugal too!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Those carpets curl like there’s no tomorrow. I’m sure you could have found something better at the carpet store for 99c/sf

  9. DJinny says:

    I did something similar too, its sooooo much better!
    good work!

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