How to Choose the Right Rug Pad for You

It’s what on the underside that counts.

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.

Extra Protective

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.

Quality Materials

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.

Versatile Design

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.