How to Roll a Rug for Storage

There is a lot of clutter in the average home, and if you have more than one room, it can be challenging to find space for your rug. If you are looking for a way to keep your rug clean and out of sight when not in use, rolling it up might be an option. This blog post will discuss how to roll a rug for storage with some tips on what type of rug works best. 

Moving is a stressful time. The last thing you need to worry about is how to store your rug for the next few months while you find a new home. First, measure the length and width of your rug. Next, get two sturdy pieces of cardboard that are at least one inch larger than the rug’s dimensions. Read on to know more information!

How to Roll a Rug for Storage

11 Ways on How to Roll a Rug for Storage:

1. Tightly Roll the Rug from the Long Side

Roll up a rug tightly by grasping it firmly and rolling it toward one end. This works especially well for larger rugs but can also be used on smaller ones if you don’t mind wrapping them too tightly. Make sure that there are no wrinkles in the area of the carpet where the ends meet up.

2. Wrap a Rug in Bubble Plastic

Wrap your rug tightly with bubble wrap, moving from one end to the other, just as you would roll it tightly with a towel. If you have extra space at the ends of the rolled-up carpet, use more bubble wrap to fill it in. This is especially useful for smaller rugs.

3. Roll a Rug with an Old Sheet or Bedspread

Roll your rug up tightly in an old sheet, then tie the sheet into a knot at each end of the rolled-up carpet. If you have more than one rug to store, consider unrolling them and laying one on top of another so that they will be protected from dirt and stains.

4. Remove a Rug’s Fleece

If you have a rug with a fleece back, you will need to remove the fleece before storing it. This can be done by cutting through the carpet’s backing at one edge, then pulling the fleece out through this cut until all of it has been removed. You can then roll up your rug and put it in its storage container.

5. Roll up a Rug on the floor

This is an option only if you do not mind your rolled-up rug taking up a lot of space until you need to store it. Lay your rug out on the floor, then roll it tightly from one end of the carpet to the other using an old towel or sheet.

Lay Your Rug Out on the Floor

6. Use Furniture Sliders to Roll Up a Rug

This is helpful if you have already rolled up your rug using another method and need to lift it onto something for storage purposes. Place the furniture sliders underneath the edges of the rolled-up rug, then push them together, so they are flat across the top of the carpet. If you are storing more than one rug, stack them on top of each other.

7. Store your Rug in a Storage Bin

Before storing your rolled-up rug, make sure it is clean and dry. Then carefully fold it in half with the front side of the carpet on top, then roll it up tightly. Place this rolled-up carpet into a storage bin that is large enough to hold all or most of the rug, then cover it with a sheet or blanket.

8. Use a Rug Bag

If you do not want to fold your rug in half, you can instead place it into a heavy-duty bag made specifically for storing rugs. The bag should be large enough to hold the total size of your carpet, and if possible, should have some foam inside to protect the carpet during transport.

9. Wrap your Rug in Plastic

Layout and even flat surface and gently lay your rolled-up rug on top. Cover the rug completely with heavy-duty plastic sheeting and tape it securely at all four corners of the carpet. If you have more than one rolled-up rug, stack them on top of each other and cover the top rug with plastic sheeting.

10. Cover your Rolled Carpet with a Blanket

If you do not have enough time to store your rolled-up carpet, you can at least cover it with an old blanket or sheet and place it in the corner of your home for the time being. If possible, wrap the corners of the rug in extra plastic to help protect them from dirt and other debris while they are being stored.

11. Give your Rug an Intense Vacuuming

Before putting it in storage, give your rolled-up carpet a deep cleaning with the vacuum cleaner to remove any dirt and debris that may have accumulated on it while it was being used. Turn off the brush attachment of the vacuum so you don’t damage the carpet.

Some Tips and Suggestions:

Make the Rug as Compact as Possible for Storage

1. The idea is to make the rug as compact as possible for storage.  If you are careful, you will do this multiple times without too much visible damage.

2. To start with, spread out the rug and flatten it completely. If you leave an “edge” or part of the middle unsquashed, you will likely have trouble later.

3. Next, fold one side in about 1/2 way to the other end (so that if your rug is long, half of it is folded over). Try to make the fold as straight as possible.

4. Do the same thing with the other side, folding it towards the center of your rug.  (If you are only folding in half, then do one side at a time.)

5. Now, take one end and roll it up fairly tightly, but not too tight. You will notice that it is easier to roll if you don’t do this around the end but in the middle of one of the long sides.

6. Do the same with one side (rolling it up reasonably tightly). When you are done rolling it up, make sure there are no loose ends.

7. Make sure both rolls are sitting tight together in the middle of your rug, and start to work on rolling up the rest of the rug.

Should You Fold or Roll a Rug?

Normally, people roll rugs and put them away for storage. However, nothing is stopping you from folding a rug up instead! Of course, folding your rug will take more time, but it depends on what you plan to do with it in the future.

If you are looking to take the rug out again shortly, it would be best to roll it up. However, if you plan to store it for a long time, folding your rug will keep the creases from becoming permanent when stored for an extended amount of time.


When you store your rug, the first thing to do is roll it up. Start by rolling from one end and then turning the rollover so that both ends meet in the middle of the rug. Next, roll again until all four corners are tucked tightly inside each other. Finally, tie a piece of string or rope around the rolled-up rug for easy transportation!

This process will help keep your rug clean during its time off duty as well as protect any furniture you might have nearby. We hope this guide on how to roll a rug for storage has been helpful, and we look forward to hearing about how it goes when you try out these tips yourself!

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