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Lay your rug down like a pro, and don't forget a rug pad to keep it safely in place.
You probably already know that adding a new rug to your space is one of the biggest-impact design decisions you can make, but have you given much thought to what goes beneath it? The right rug pad can help your rug last longer, protect your floors, prevent slips and even reduce noise. Read on to learn which rug pad is right for you.
What is a rug pad?
Simply put, a rug pad is a piece of material that sits between your area rug and the floor. Rug pads can be made from various materials and come in a range of thicknesses, depending on your needs.
Why do you need a rug pad?
Without a rug pad, your area rug is more likely to slip, bunch up, move out of position or even cause damage to your floors.
Benefits of rug pads:
Where to use rug pads:
How to Choose the Right Rug Pad
Here at Rugs Direct we offer rug pads that work with all types of rugs and home environments including outdoor rugs, radiant heat systems, hard flooring, and carpeting. We'll look at the three main types of rug pads including outdoor, gripping and cushioned, so you can choose the perfect rug pad for your space.
Outdoor Rug Pads
When to choose an outdoor rug pad:
Outdoor rug pads are specially designed to stand up to the moisture, wear and tear that occurs when your rug is exposed to the elements. Our outdoor rug pads resist moisture, mold and mildew, and can also be used indoors in high traffic and high-humidity areas, such as the mudroom, kitchen and bath.
Gripping Rug Pads
When to choose a gripping rug pad:
Gripping rug pads are important if you have smooth flooring like hardwood, tile or linoleum because without a gripping rug pad your rug can slip and slide. Slim, gripping rug pads can also be helpful underneath really thick and fluffy high-pile rugs like a shag rug, where you might not want to add more height, or in a spot where your rug needs to fit below the level of a door opening. Round gripping pads are available.
Cushioned Rug Pads
When to choose a cushioned rug pad:
Our thickest rug pad is also the most versatile, thanks to a reversible design that allows you to use it on either hard flooring or carpeting. This luxuriously thick rug pad is, however, not recommended for use with runners or smaller rugs on hard surface floors. Round cushioned pads are availble.
Benefits of cushioned rug pads:
Rug pad sizing tips:
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