How do I make DIY car mats?

I love color, but my car is the typical boring old gray inside. I thought one way to cheer it up would be to replace the drab floor mats. Is there a cheap way for me to DIY car floor mats?

Laura Salvas · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
It’s quite cheap and easy to make DIY car mats. First, you’ll need the right material. You won’t want your mat to slip around on the driver’s side, which could be dangerous. The material should be rugged enough that it doesn’t soak up tons of mud, water, stain, get stinky, slippery, or pool water.
Home renovation supply stores often sell carpet offcuts or samples for just a couple of dollars. Consider:
  • Indoor/outdoor carpeting
  • Carpets with a non-slip backing
  • Doormats made for shoes
If your carpet of choice doesn’t have a non-slip backing, you can use floor mats or clean car mats as a base. Alternatively, source a felt/rubber rug backing or a non-slip applique meant for floors or tubs.
Here’s how to DIY your car mats:
  1. Use your existing car mats as a template. If you don’t have these, measure the floor in front of each seat. Create a rough template on a large piece of paper. Test the sizing and trim as necessary.
  2. Place your old car mats or templates on your new material and trace around them.
  3. Cut out the shapes with heavy-duty scissors, trimming away loose threads.
  4. If the carpet you are using does not have a non-slip backing, repeat the two above steps with the non-slip material you will be attaching.
  5. Using carpet tape, attach your new mats to the non-slip mats or your old car mats. If your non-slip base is plastic or rubber, use spray glue to attach.
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