How to Choose the Right Rug Pad For You

It’s what on the underside that counts.

Dining room with rug.
Protect your rug and keep it in place with the right rug pad.Pixabay

A beautiful rug can cost a pretty penny. Protect your investment and the floor underneath with a rug pad that provides just the right amount of support and grip. Consider these three tips before you shop.

Mohawk Home Dual Surface Felt and Latex Non Slip Rug Pad, 9'x12', 1/4 Inch Thick, Safe for Hardwood Floors and All Surfaces
High density cushioning for comfort and grip.Mohawk Home

Rug pads come in three basic types: grip, cushion or both. Grid-style grip pads are ideal for thin, low-profile rugs, like bath mats, hallway runners and outdoor rugs. Cushion pads absorb shock and sound and should be used with larger, thicker rugs in lounging areas, like bedrooms and living rooms. Combination grip and cushion rugs are ideal for larger, thicker rugs in areas with a lot of foot traffic.

Gorilla Grip Original Felt and Rubber Underside Gripper Area Rug Pad .25 Inch Thick, 8x10 FT, for Hardwood and Hard Floor, Plush Cushion Support Pads for Under Carpet Rugs, Protects Floor
Durable, hypoallergenic layer to dampen sound and stop slippage.Gorilla Grip

Rug pads can protect floors from general wear and tear, rug color transfer and scratches from natural fibers, like jute and sisal. That is, if your rug pad is compatible with your flooring. Read directions carefully before making a purchase. Some grip pads can leave marks on vinyl, lacquered, acrylic, porous stone and refinished surfaces.

Gorilla Grip Original Area Rug Gripper Pad, 2x3, Made in USA, for Hard Floors, Pads Available in Many Sizes, Provides Protection and Cushion for Area Rugs and Floors
Reversible open grid construction for easy installation and cleanup.Gorilla Grip

A rug pad should be around one inch shorter than your rug on all sides. While they come in standard sizes, they’re designed for easy trimming and can be customized to fit various shapes and sizes. Even better, home decor trends come and go, but a sturdy rug pad can be used for years.

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