How To Make Car Floor Mats
Car floor mats are essential in keeping your car floor clean. They help protect your car from dirt, mud, sand, and even water. If your car floor mats need replacement and now is not a good time to spend money on that, you can always be resourceful and just create one. Read on to learn how to make car floor mats.
Self-build Car Floor Mats
It's amazing how easy it is to create and bind your own floor mats. Here are the things you need and the steps on how to make car floor mats.
What you need:
- Carpet roll end or carpet remnant
- Old floor mats. If this is not available, any heavy paper will do as this will be used for cutting patterns.
- Carpet binding tape
- Pair of scissors
- Glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Clear tape
What to do:
- Take the measurement. The measuring process is very important and needs to be done first before anything else. You have to measure for you to know the size of the carpet remnant you have to buy as well as the quantity of binding tape you need. Your old mats from your car can be your basis in measuring the length and width. Use it as your pattern.
- If you don't have a floor mat in your car, measure the floor instead. Measure from one door to the other door giving an allowance in the measurement for the hump in the middle. Next is to cut out a paper pattern, and see if it fits perfectly on your car floor.
- Once you have the right pattern, trace and cut the new carpet remnant as this will be your new floor mats.
- Smoothen the edges of your new mats by cutting the loose threads.
- Set each floor mat on a flat surface and put carpet binding tape.
- Remove a portion of the binding tape paper backing, and apply it to the back of the mat. Make sure to start putting the tape from the middle of one edge.
- Continue placing the binding tape until you have covered all the corners of the mat.
- Once you have met the first point of the backing where you started, connect the two tape ends will a hot glue.
- Now get your hot glue gun, and put the right amount of glue between the edge of the mat and the piping around it.
- Cut the extra binding at the back of the mat, and put clear tape on its corners. Next is to press down the part of the carpet where you put the adhesive to level it.
- Repeat the same process on each floor mat.
Making your car floor mats is less expensive compared to buying a new one. Even if you have perfectly good mats, try this DIY one. It's fun to make, and it's good to have this as a backup.