We all know that when we have a lovely new carpet laid it doesn’t matter how well we have measured, there is always have that extra little bit of carpet that’s left over. It’s always such a shame to throw it away – so don’t! There are plenty of different uses you can find for your spare bits of carpet and it's likely you haven't even considered these carpet recycling alternatives yet...

1. Create a doormat or runner

Of course, this will be the most popular use for that extra bit of carpet you have left but that doesn't mean it isn't worth doing. This practical solution will offer visitors to your home a very comforting entrance.

Here's a great guide on how to put this idea into reality if you think this could work for you.

2. Add a bit of extra comfort to your vehicle

Travelling is a huge part of a lot of people's lives and there's no reason why you shouldn't bring a bit of additional comfort to that experience. Carpet offcuts are often the perfect size to be shaped into car mats for your vehicle's footwell.

 

3. Prevent scratches on floors and walls

Perhaps you have another room with wood flooring which is constantly being scratched by heavy furniture? Cutting down your spare carpet to make floor protectors to attach to the feet of your furniture is a great solution to this problem.

A similar solution can work for certain walls which can take a pumelling from opening doors too. Attaching a bit of carpet onto the wall of your garage could allow you to open your car door without the worry of scratches.

4. Make a scratching post or board for your cat

Even your cat doesn't want you to just throw away those carpet remnants! Wrapping your spare carpet around a post or creating a carpet-filled board to place on the wall (see picture below) is a brilliant way to create some guilt-free scratching for your feline friend.

 

5. Use for practicing Yoga or Pilates

Yoga and pilates are certainly some of this decade's most fashionable activities. Creating a more comfortable exercise mat from your carpet offcuts could prevent your elbows and knees digging into the hard floor when you're trying to recreate those complicated poses.

If you're still trying to work out whether to take up yoga or pilates then this article might help!