Area Rug Pads
Once you’ve chosen a stunning new area rug from the Independent Floor Covering Rugs.Shop, it’s time to invest in quality area rug pad to help preserve its beauty. Rug pads are relatively thin underlays that are specially made to be used under area rugs to simultaneously protect both your rug and your floor. While not an absolute necessity, we highly recommend them if you want to maximize the lifespan of both surfaces. There are three main varieties from which to choose:
- Non-slip rug pads made from rubber are designed to prevent rugs from slipping, wrinkling, and bunching on hard surface floors. These pads simultaneously grip the area rug and the floor, holding the rug in place and providing a cushioned, protective layer between the rug and floor. While they can be used with all rug sizes and types, we recommend them for area rugs located in high-traffic areas where thin rugs may be especially inclined to slip and slide.
- Cushioned rug pads made from felt make area rugs softer and more comfortable underfoot. These cushioned pads add a plush layer to larger rugs in areas that get a lot of visitors. As area rugs in these rooms tend to be anchored by furniture, grip is less important in this type of area rug pad, which is good because felt is not always effective at holding rugs in place. However, these felt-cushioned pads do provide firm support for the area rug, which is important.
- Cushion & grip rug pads made from a combination of natural rubber & felt are multi-purpose, anchoring area rugs firmly to the floor while adding a layer of comfort. These combo rug pads are recommended for thinner, smaller area rugs that are prone to slipping and/or wrinkling and therefore need more grip, support and cushioning.
If you plan to lay an area rug over carpeting, look for a specially-designed rug-to-carpet pad. These pads are typically made of polyester with a vinyl coating and are made to prevent the rug from bunching up on the carpet underneath.