I've decided I want a runner in my upstairs hall which leads to our bedrooms and main bathroom. I purchased two rugs from Rona for the LR I'll show in more detail another time, but here's a peek. Today I play with the hall! I am interested in keeping the cost of the hall runner down to $100 or less, and it's been hard to find a rug in a design/pattern I like in a medium-dark grey. Matching the new LR rugs would be nice, but I found it was not doable. The hall needs coverage for 12-15 feet. I wanted something 'cushy', but I've moved on because that was hard. I turned to Ikea and thought I'd try something 'flatwoven'. I like the ANDRUP striped one (24.99) very much as it's quite neutral, and the livelier green works since one bedroom has walls in a similar green colour. I also brought home some SIGNE (3.99) cotton rugs in winter white with black stripes. Anyway, here is the Martha Stewart inspiration picture that got me thinking of considering using smaller rugs together, separately or joined. I think it looks really nice in the picture, but my hall is minimum width and obviously not as grand. (needs paint and baseboards!) I might be joining these smaller rugs to make my own custom long runner. This of course depends on the mood of my sewing machine and whether or not the needles for denim can handle the rug weight. (I'm thinking it's doable)I started with the Ikea SIGNE. It's a little 'skimpy', weight-wise, but the bigger problem is that the sizing is not so uniform. This means that although joining them up with a sewing machine may work, but I'd have to compare widths in the store and buy one more for the length I need. It's not bad..........a good look for summer perhaps.I'm liking the heavier ANDRUP a lot more. Here it is how the 3 I brough home look with space between vs. joined: I still have issues with variation in width, and if I joined them I think I should get one more rug to make 4 so the runner would end just before the turn downstairs. What do you think? What would you do, join them or keep them spaced/separate? I'm having a hard time deciding. The only thing I know for sure is that the nonslip pads beneath are a must. It's SLIP CITY as is without them!