Why buy a rug pad?
Not just for slippage, a rug pad can help preserve the life of your rug. Rug pads protect the rug from every day wear by giving it a soft, supportive foundation that keeps it in place. Most rug pads can also be cut with scissors to match the exact size and shape of your rug.
Choosing the right size rug pad
A rug pad should be slightly smaller in size than the actual size of the rug. If the rug pad is slightly smaller than the rug, then the edges of the rug will taper to the floor. This prevents any trip hazard by a heel of a shoe catching on the edge of the rug. This also prevents premature wear and curling at the edge of the rug as it is walked on. The final reason why the rug pad should be smaller than the rug is so that the edge of the pad is not seen.
The way to determine what size your rug pad should be is simple. The rug pad should be about two inches less than your rug size on all four sides. So if the size of your rug size is 8’x10’, then the rug pad size should be 7’10”x9’10”, a total of two inches less in each dimension, which is the same as one inch less on all four sides.
Benefits of using a rug pad
- Reduces the wear and tear on the rug.
- Helps to absorb the impact of feet and noise.
- Makes vacuuming the rug easier.
- Helps to protect the flooring underneath the rug from being scratched by the back of the rug.
- Adds a layer of cushion between your feet and the hard floor.
- For rugs placed over carpet, choose a pad of with thick polyester fabric coated adhesive. This type of pad prevents darker color rugs from bleeding through on to lighter colored carpets.
- For a rug placed on a hard flooring surface such hardwood, tile or laminate, choose a rug pad that has a nonslip coating on at least one side. This side should be placed on the hard surface floor to insure that the rug stays in place and does not slide around on the floors surface causing a potential tripping or falling hazard.