How To Stop Rugs From Curling On The Corners and Edges

Have an area rug that curls on the corners? This simple tip will flatten your rug corners and prevent carpet from curling.

We’ve all been there. You just finished putting down a new rug, step back to admire your handiwork only to find the corners and edges have curled up and are causing a tripping hazard. It’s frustrating, but thankfully there are a few things you can do to get those pesky corners and edges to lay flat again.

how to keep rug corners down

Moving back into our 1886 Victorian house has been fantastic and stressful all at the same time. I had area rugs for all of my rooms prior to the fire, but I have no idea what happened to them since then! No one knows where they are, ugh! ? ?‍ Buying new area rugs is one of my least favorite things to do and I have literally dreaded it at every home we’ve ever owned! Rugs are usually pretty expensive and finding one in the exact colors and designs I want is always really hard!

We went a couple of months with no area rug in our dining room and it literally drove me crazy! So, as logic would have it, I finally settled on a new area rug one week before bringing home our brand new puppy! {genius plan…? }

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My main objectives for a new area rug were:

1. Had to be big enough to fit in my gigantic dining room
2. It had to be neutral so I can swap out my decor and have it still match the room and because my dining room is open to the living room and needed to match the decor in there
3. Not break the bank

I had searched high and low at all of my favorite local stores and could not find anything large enough or anything that I liked. So, I took to Amazon and sure enough, I found an area rug I loved. I ordered an 8’x10′ and it fits nicely under my table, with several of feet around on all sides.

neutral dining room area rug carpet with table and chairs

Curling Rug Corners

The rug was delivered to my doorstep {seriously one of my most favorite reasons to order on Amazon!} tightly rolled up. I immediately unpackaged it and placed it under my dining room table, on top of my MUST HAVE carpet pad floor protector. The new rug looked gorgeous, but on the end that was more tightly rolled, the edges wouldn’t lay flat. These curled up rug edges caused a lot of issues.

  1. A tripping hazard! I don’t even want to admit all of the trips that happened on the rug
  2. My new, incredible iRobot Roomba S9+ that my hubby bought me for Christmas had difficulty getting up over the curled edge when transitioning from wood to carpet
  3. A fun thing for a brand new puppy to play with who doesn’t know better
  4. It kept slipping away from the carpet pad
How to prevent rugs curling on the edges

How To Keep Rug Corners Down – The Solution!

I knew I had to figure out a solution fast for my curling rug edges! I hopped online and began researching ways to prevent my rug to curl on the edges. To my dismay, many of the products I found actually attached directly to the floor. That was a huge no-no in my book. 1. We just had our wood floors refinished 2. The floors in my house are likely original to its build date of 1886, so in other words, “ain’t no way I’m stickin’ somethin’ on them!”

That’s where Curl Stop came in. I finally came across a product on my beloved Amazon that stuck to the rug itself and not my wood floors! That right there sold me on the product! I reached out to them and they sent me their anti-curling rug system to try.

How to prevent rugs curling on the edges

It’s literally a weighted plastic sticker that adheres to each corner of your area rug and solves all of the problems with curling rug corners!

How to Keep A Rug From Curling Up

In this video, I’ll show you how to apply Curl Stop to the back of your rug corners. It works by providing a bit of grip so that the rug stays in place. It’s easy to apply and you won’t even know it’s there. Plus, it’s safe for use on all types of rugs, including wool and synthetic materials.

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I’m so happy to have found the perfect solution to stop my rugs from curling on the edges! I’ve since put Curl Stop anti-curling rug systems on all of my rugs in my home…and they all lay flat now!

Neutral Dining Room Area Rug Carpet

Alternative Ways To Flatten Rug Corners

One easy way is to grab a flat iron (the kind you use on your hair) and run it over the offending areas. The heat will help relax the fibers and make them more pliable.

Another option is to use double-sided tape or carpet tack strips along the perimeter of the rug. This will help hold everything in place while you smooth out the wrinkles with your hands.

If all else fails, you can always try weighting down the corners and edges with heavy objects like books or potted plants. With a little patience and some trial and error, you’ll have those corners and edges lying flat in no time!

Neutral Dining Room Area Rug Carpet under dining room table set

I absolutely love the look of my dining room chairs. I love that they help bring an antique table to modern day farmhouse look! I’m definitely a fan of nailhead designs on furniture! *Update: I have since replaced my dining room chairs with these ones that I reupholstered!

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How to prevent rugs curling on the corners


  1. Phillis White says:

    Can the Curl Stop pieces be removed to wash the rug and then reapplied?

    1. Hi Phillis,
      Yes, you would be able to remove them to wash the rug, however, I’m not so sure how well they would “re-stick” to the back of the rug after they were removed. You could use some doubled sided sticky tape (the strong kind) if there was an issue! Good luck! Keep me posted!

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