Taming the Curl: How to Wrangle Your Wavy Rug and Flatten the Curl

A beautiful rug can elevate the look of any room, but dealing with curled edges can be a frustrating issue. Not only does curling detract from your rug's aesthetic appeal, but it also poses a tripping hazard. In this blog, we'll provide practical tips for preventing and fixing curled edges on your rugs, ensuring a safe and visually pleasing home environment.

  1. Opt for High-Quality Rugs

Investing in a high-quality rug is the first step to minimize curling issues. Cheaper rugs often have a thin or uneven backing, which can contribute to the problem. When shopping for a rug, look for those with a sturdy, non-slip backing to ensure they lie flat on the floor.

  1. Rotate Your Rug Regularly

Rotating your rug every few months can help prevent uneven wear and tear, which may contribute to curling. By changing your rug's position, you can distribute foot traffic evenly and reduce the chances of developing curled edges.

  1. Use Rug Pads

Placing a rug pad under your rug can help prevent curling by providing additional cushioning and grip. Rug pads also offer the added benefits of prolonging your rug's life, protecting your floors, and providing extra comfort underfoot. When choosing a rug pad, ensure it's the correct size and thickness for your specific rug.

  1. Reverse Roll the Edges

For mild to moderate curling, reverse rolling the edges can be an effective solution. Gently roll the curled edges in the opposite direction and secure them with rubber bands. Leave the rug like this for a few hours or overnight, and then unroll the edges to see if they now lie flat.

  1. Apply Heat to the Curled Area

Sometimes, applying heat can help relax the fibers and backing of a curled rug. Use a hairdryer on a low heat setting to warm the curled area gently, being careful not to overheat or damage the rug. Once the area is warm, place a heavy object, such as a stack of books, on the curled edge and leave it there for a few hours to help the rug lay flat.

  1. Utilise Rug Tape or Adhesive Strips

Double-sided rug tape or adhesive strips can provide a temporary solution for curling issues. Apply the tape or strips to the curled edges, making sure the rug is clean and dry before doing so. Press the rug firmly onto the floor, ensuring a strong bond between the rug and the floor surface.

  1. Seek Professional Help

If the curling issue persists, consider seeking professional help. Rug experts can steam, stretch, or re-block your rug to address stubborn curled edges. While this option may be more expensive, it's a reliable way to restore your rug's appearance and functionality.


A curling rug can be an annoyance and a safety concern, but with the right approach, it's possible to address this issue effectively. By investing in high-quality rugs, rotating them regularly, using rug pads, and applying various techniques to fix existing curling, you can enjoy a beautiful and safe rug for years to come. If all else fails, don't hesitate to seek professional help to restore your rug to its original condition.

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