How to Pick the Right Rug Pad

How to Pick the Right Rug Pad

Posted by Janice Wells on October 4, 2023

Picking the right rug pad for your area rug

Choosing the right type of area rug pad is important to enhance the comfort, help maintain the shape and improve the longevity of your rug.

Here are some tips to help you select the appropriate rug pad.

Consider the rug type

Take into account the type of rug you have. Different rug materials, such as wool, silk, or synthetic fibers, may require specific types of rug pads. For example, hand-tufted rugs with natural fibers like wool benefit from a pad that allows for air circulation to prevent moisture buildup, while thinner rugs may require a thicker pad for added cushioning.

Choose the right size

Ensure that the rug pad is slightly smaller than your area rug. Ideally, the pad should be about a 1.5” inches shorter on all sides of the rug to ensure it remains hidden and doesn't extend beyond the rug edges. Measure your rug accurately to determine the appropriate pad size then trim if needed.

Go for non-slip properties

Look for a rug pad with non-slip properties to prevent your rug from sliding, bunching up, or stretching out of shape especially in high-traffic areas. This feature provides safety and helps to keep your rug locked in place. Some rug pads have a textured side that grips the floor, while others use adhesive materials or compounds to adhere to both the rug and the floor.

Consider floor protection

A good rug pad should protect your floor from scratches, dents, or dining chairs moving back and forth. Choose a pad that has a non-abrasive and non-staining surface, particularly if you have hardwood, laminate, or delicate flooring. Note: All floor types fade due to direct sunlight and time of exposure.

Determine the desired cushioning

Rug pads can provide extra cushioning underfoot, making your rug more comfortable to live, walk and stand on. If you prefer a plush and cushioned feel, opt for thicker pads such as Duo-lock rug pad or NoMuv rug pad, depending on the surface it is going on. Thinner pads are suitable for rugs that already have sufficient cushioning such as hand-tufted rugs or if you prefer a firmer feel such as in a dining room, kitchen, or office area.

Check for mold and mildew resistance

If you live in a humid climate or are placing the rug in a damp area such as a basement, consider a rug pad that is resistant to mold and mildew. This helps prevent moisture from getting trapped between the pad and the floor, ensuring an overall healthy environment.

Read product reviews and recommendations

Before purchasing a rug pad, read reviews from other customers or seek recommendations from a reputable rug professional such as Rug Goddess. Their experiences and insights can help guide you in choosing the top reliable and suitable rug pad for your area rug and as well as your situation.

Remember to assess your specific needs and preferences when selecting a rug pad. By considering factors such as rug type, size, non-slip properties, floor protection, cushioning, environmental considerations, and mold resistance, you can find the right rug pad to enhance the comfort, integrity and longevity of your area rug.

Feel free to contact the Rug Goddess at 866-921-5716 or email Janice a.k.a the Rug Goddess if you have any questions. We are always happy to help answer any questions you might have.