Why You Shouldn't Skip The Rug Pad - Room for Tuesday (2023)

Why You Shouldn't Skip The Rug Pad - Room for Tuesday (1)You guys know I’m a big fan of hardwood floors and rugs (specifically vintage rugs). The two go hand-in-hand, and I’m here to preach the benefits of using a rug pad in today’s post, because believe it or not- they’re necessary. We talk a lot about rugs, home decor, and furnishings, but rarely talk about the maintenance and items that accompany them. It makes zero sense to spend time & money making your home functional and beautiful, only to see things deteriorate.Click through to learn why you shouldn’t ever skip the rug pad (even when layering on carpet or tile)!

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#1 // Rugs Can Be a Tripping Hazzard

This one seems obvious, but a rug pad helps to anchor a rug to your floor. Most rug pads help to grip & flatten the rug, keeping it in place. A rug shouldn’t shift when you walk on it. I’ve watched too many people (and pets) slip, slide, and fall on rugs that aren’t flat or “stuck” to the floor.

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#2 // Your Floor is Worth Protecting

No matter what type of floor is beneath your rug, it needs to be protected. Rug backings are often rough and abrasive, which causes scratches on hardwood or other types of flooring. Even if your rug is on carpet, you still need a rug pad. I’ve seen the dye transfer from the rug to the carpet, leaving a stain. Rugs are also notorious for trapping debris, which could be dangerous for your floor… having a pad acts as a protective barrier from surface damage as the rug shifts with foot traffic and weight.

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#3 // Your Rug Will Be Cleaner

A rug pad also acts as a barrier for mildew, odors, and mold. It helps prevent these things by allowing better air circulation, as well as the build-up of dirt or debris under your rug.

#4 // It Helps To Soundproof Your Home

The thicker your rug pad is, the better your home acoustics will be. Sure, it’s a marginal difference, but a dense rug pad acts as a sound barrier. It’s great if you have a multi-level home… the padding makes a real difference!

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#5 // It Feels Better Underfoot

A rug pad also adds cushion and padding, making your rug more comfortable to stand and walk on. I’m all about a soft, dense rug pad. I got an extra thick one for the vintage rug in front of our kitchen sink. It makes standing there to do dishes much more comfortable.

#6 // Your Rug Will Look Better

If you want your rug to lie flat and wear evenly, a rug pad is a must. Crinkled or wavy rugs look messy, and rug pads help to keep it looking nice.

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#7 // It Protects & Extends The Life of Your Rug

Rugs are a textile composed of fibers… the more we walk and stand on them, the more those fibers compress. This causes a rug to look old, worn, and the pile height decreases over time. A rug pad slows this natural process by adding support and absorbing the weight & stress. It really prolongs the lifespan of your rug and acts as a buffer between the floor and rug. Rugs without pads show signs of wear and tear much sooner than ones placed on a pad.


How do I choose a rug pad?

You’ll need to know the size of your rug and determine what type of pad best fits your family or the foot traffic in your home. For example, I used a thick, premium pad for our kitchen rug since I stand on it multiple times a day to do dishes.

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Which type of rug pad is best?

I prefer this rug pad from Mohawk. It’s budget friendly, comfortable (pretty plush underfoot), and can be cut to size easily. It’s my go-to rug pad that I keep on my “frequently purchased” Wayfair wishlist. It’s really the best one I’ve found.

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Where do you buy rug pads?

I’ve always purchased rug pads online, but if you shop for rugs in person- any rug retailer also carries pads.

Do I still need a rug pad with a rug that has a built-in pad or non-slip backing?

This is totally up to you! Depending on what type of backing the rug has, it still might be a good idea to double up with a pad. Cost might also come into play?

Why You Shouldn't Skip The Rug Pad - Room for Tuesday (9)Whew! I know that was a LOT of info about rugs pads… which might be boring to some of you, but I promise it’s really a necessary item that most people forego. Give it a try and let me know if you notice a difference! Questions? Comments? You know I love them! Feel free to share below…

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    July 17, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Ooooh. Pretty close up of your beautiful new kitchen rug! Since becoming a vintage rug collector 😉 in the last couple of years, I’m also a rug pad convert. Even the already plush rugs seem to feel better underfoot, and the pad definitely helps keep rugs in place when my cat does her crazy laps! One question though, would you put a pad under a cowhide? That is one place that I haven’t bothered. Happy Wednesday!

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      July 17, 2019 at 7:25 am

      Yess!! You know my two crazy dogs run this house and rip around 100 mph, so rug pads have been necessary for us to keep them in place, at the very least. As for cowhide, in our first home- we had one under the dining table and I use one of the cheap, mesh pads. I laid it under the hide, cut it to shape, and it did the trick without looking bulky. Hair on hide is really super durable though. I’d be more worried about it staying in place or the floor underneath than the actual rug. This is the one I used for that: http://bit.ly/2O0tGPY

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      July 17, 2019 at 7:28 am

      So happy to help, Laura :) I just scored a new entryway rug yesterday and hit buy on a rug pad for that one this morning!

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    July 17, 2019 at 7:20 am


    PS Sharing on the weekend edit this Saturday ! laura

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      July 17, 2019 at 7:29 am

      Thanks so much! xo

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    July 17, 2019 at 8:50 am

    The vintage rug in your kitchen was made for that room….stunning! We have a rug on carpet upstairs but it keeps moving & wrinkling up. Which rug pad would you use on carpet? Same as the one you linked or thicker? I’ve had one in my cart for some time but wasn’t sure.

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      July 17, 2019 at 9:54 am

      Thank you Danna! For rugs on carpet, I prefer a less bulky (thin rug pad) option, that way it doesn’t turn into a tripping hazard with added height. Hope that makes sense :) Same type… just not the 1/4″ thick one. I’d keep it 1/8″ or less.

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      July 19, 2019 at 10:21 am

      Woohooo!! You’ll be surprised how big of a difference having a pad makes :)

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    July 19, 2019 at 7:41 am

    Thank you for the post! I want to check out the pad you use. I will add that it’s important to check the type of flooring with the type of pad. Luxury vinyl tile flooring is no bueno with those mesh-looking squishy type floor pads. Evidently they will turn your floor yellow.

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      July 19, 2019 at 10:22 am

      Yeah… I don’t love the mesh pads- I haven’t had much luck with those either. Thanks for the tip Brittany! xo

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    July 21, 2019 at 9:22 am

    Omg I once lived in a tiny apartment in the San Fernando valley and didn’t use a rug pad under a cheap ikea rug….when we went to move it had been so hot that the glue from the back of the carpet STUCK to the hardwoods! It was a nightmare! Now I always buy a good rug pad!! 😂

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    What happens if I don't use a rug pad? ›

    A rug slightly softens up a portion of the floor. However, a rug without a pad can result in sliding, bunching, knotting, and wrinkling. That makes for a decidedly unpleasant surface to walk or place furniture on. A cushioned rug pad provides grip to hold the rug in place.

    Is it important to have a pad under an area rug? ›

    Rug pads hold and anchor your area rug safely in place.

    A non-slip rug pad is absolutely the best way to avert the chances of someone slipping on a rug that is not holding on to the floor properly. In addition to being an added safety, rug pads hold your area rug in place during vacuuming, and moving furniture.

    Do you need a pad under an area rug on hardwood floors? ›

    An area rug can only damage your hardwood floor if it doesn't have a proper rug pad underneath it. Choosing a proper rug pad is as important as choosing a good area rug itself.

    How long does carpet last without padding? ›

    , the truth is, not very long at all. Lower-quality carpets last around five years, while even manufacturers of high-quality carpets can only promise a 10-year lifespan for their carpets.

    Do you need a rug pad on laminate floors? ›

    Yes, you do. A rug pad is a must-have pairing for area rugs on laminate floors. A rug pad prevents slips and makes your floor soft and cozy.

    Is the pad or carpet more important? ›

    Padding has higher R value (which measures a material's ability to keep heat from passing through it) than carpet which keeps the room warmer. Carpet padding also helps dampen sound. This is especially more important for upstairs rooms, but even in a basement, a pad reduces sound more than just a carpet by itself.

    Do rug pads extend the life of the carpet? ›

    Rug pads help lengthen a rug's lifespan and quality because they prevent direct contact with the floor, shielding it from dust and other particles,” says Hyman.

    What is the best pad to put under a rug? ›

    Rubber is one of the best materials you can use to prevent your rug from sliding or bunching. Rubber rug pads grip your floor hard, allowing your rug to stay perfectly put no matter how little or how much foot traffic your rug gets.

    What is best to put under hardwood floor? ›

    What Underlayment is Best for Wood? When installing hardwood or engineered wood flooring, the best underlay options are cork and foam. However, foam does have more give than cork so, while it is the more popular option, we recommend cork. Cork has less give, making it less likely to flex underneath your planks.

    What do you put under rugs on hardwood floors? ›

    Use a non-slip rug pad

    We recommend a felt rug pad with natural rubber backing. Natural rubber has many benefits over other materials, especially over synthetic rubber, which is often used in rubber backed rugs. Natural rubber won't react or stain hardwood floor finishes because it doesn't contain adhesives.

    Can mold grow on carpet padding? ›

    wet padding beneath carpet: If padding beneath the carpet has become wet for any reason, or has become moist from condensation, the padding as well as the carpet on top are at risk for mold growth. The padding may need to be replaced, as will the carpet, in some cases.

    Why does my carpet crunchy when I walk on it? ›

    The biggest cause of carpet becoming crunchy and gross is simply that they were not cleaned properly. If your carpet is crunchy after getting cleaned, it may mean that particles of the shampoo, detergent, or chemicals that were used during the cleaning process were left behind in the carpet fibers.

    How often should you change carpet in your house? ›

    While regular upkeep can increase your carpet's lifespan, most manufacturers estimate you'll need a full replacement after about 10 years.

    Does luxury vinyl plank need rug pad? ›

    Do you need a rug pad on vinyl plank flooring? A rug without a rug pad beneath it will slip and slide on vinyl flooring and can scuff and stain its finish. Luckily, a rug pad is a simple and affordable way to protect your vinyl plank floor from this wear and tear, extending the life of your flooring and your rug.

    Do rug pads damage vinyl floors? ›

    While vinyl usually durable and low maintenance, it can be damaged by certain materials found in many rug pads. Rubber, both the natural and synthetic, is not safe to use with vinyl floors because it reacts with the chemicals found in vinyl and causes staining.

    What should you not put on laminate floors? ›

    Don't use abrasive tools.

    Laminate floors can scratch, so steer clear of anything abrasive (steel wool, for example). You'll want to use a soft-bristle broom or dust mop to sweep up debris. If you're vacuuming, be careful to use an attachment without a beater bar or rotating brush, which could scratch the surface.

    Is it better to have the same carpet throughout the house? ›

    Using the same carpet throughout the house gives a feeling of continuity and helps small homes feel more spacious but complementary carpet designs can deliver a similar effect while linking rooms more creatively.

    Why are rug pads recommended? ›

    Why use a rug pad. Rug pads can help rugs stay put, provide cushioning, protect floors, and extend the life of a rug.

    Is it better to have carpet in the living room? ›

    Living rooms, dens, bedrooms, family rooms, should all have carpet. These are areas of the home where we relax, take our shoes off, and play. Carpet is the right choice for giving a sense of peace and rest to the areas of your house that are shared. No mopping is necessary.

    What brings carpet back to life? ›

    Baking soda is the go-to solution for bringing your carpet back to life. Not only does it clean, it also kills bacteria, refreshes the pile and removes odours. Apply plenty of baking soda to completely cover your carpet then use a stiff brush to work it in, rubbing it in different directions.

    At what age should carpet be replaced? ›

    While carpet has changed over the years, today, its lifespan is usually anywhere from 5 to 15 years. The length of time that a specific carpet lasts depends on the type of carpet, carpet cushion, carpet fibers, and wear and tear the carpet is exposed to.

    How long should you keep a living room rug? ›

    There is no way to restore wear and tear on an area rug. The typical lifespan of area rugs run anywhere from 5 to 10 years.

    Is a thicker carpet pad better? ›

    The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends a thicker, softer cushion for lower traffic areas like bedrooms. However, a thinner, firmer cushion is best for high-traffic areas like living rooms, hallways and stairs. CRI recommends a carpet pad between 7/16-inch and ¼-inch thick, depending on location and carpet style.

    What do you put under rugs so they don't slide? ›

    To keep rugs from sliding, we recommend either a non-slip rug pad made from natural rubber and felt, or silicone caulk. Our favorite non-slip solution for tile is Contour-Lock. It is made of recycled felt and natural rubber, giving it strong grip with a bit of cushioning.

    How big should a rug pad be under a rug? ›

    A good rule of thumb is to cut your rug pad to be around 1 to 2 inches smaller than your area rug. Your rug pad should never be the exact size of the rug because you want the edges of your area rug to rest directly on the floor.

    What is the best thing to fill gaps on hardwood floor edges? ›

    Apply a fine bead of wood putty to the gap, then work it into the gap with your finger, using circular motions to force the putty down into the gap. Remove excess putty from the wood surface using a putty knife. Be careful not to scratch the floor's finish.

    Should you fill gaps in wood floors? ›

    For normal gaps, no repairs are needed. Adding filler is not a good idea; it will get pushed out as the wood expands with moisture. For larger gaps that don't close up, call in a professional contractor who can repair floors properly. The best times to repair hardwood floors are April and October.

    What color rug goes well with hardwood floors? ›

    For dark hardwood, beige, white, gray, and light blues and yellows will match best. For light-colored wood, opt for brown, burgundy, and earthy-toned rugs. For a rug that's meant to protect your floors from dirt and wear and tear, like a floor runner in your front hallway, choose something darker or patterned.

    What lasts longer carpet or hardwood? ›

    In terms of durability and longevity, hardwood flooring is the obvious winner. Hardwood floors are composed of durable materials that can last 50 to 100 years if properly maintained. Carpets, however, typically only last as long as the quality of the material.

    Is it better to have carpet or hardwood in living room? ›

    Carpet fibers trap allergen particles that prevent them from reentering the air, but mold can grow on wet, soiled carpet. Wood floors don't conceal microorganisms, pet hair and dust, which makes it easier to eradicate them.

    Do rugs make rooms look bigger or smaller? ›

    One large area rug — rather than several small ones — makes a room feel larger. Measure the room's dimensions first. Then select a rug that will rest within 12 inches of all four walls. Don't forget that adage “Measure twice, cut once.”

    Do rubber backed rugs harm wood floors? ›

    A rug with plastic or artificial rubber backing contains glue or adhesives, and unfortunately these are harsh on hardwood floors. They can scratch and ruin the wood, incurring damage costs.

    What will ruin hardwood floors? ›

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    Can carpet be put down without padding? ›

    It also protects the top layer of your carpet from furniture indentations and the wear and tear of foot traffic. Without a carpet cushion or padding underneath your carpet, you'll end up with a frayed and worn carpet—on both sides. And you will need to replace it much sooner.

    What can you use instead of a rug pad? ›

    What can you use instead of a rug pad? If you're just looking for non slip grip, a simple fix to a runaway rug is to put a bead of silicone glue, hot glue, or caulking around the underside of the rug.

    Will a rug eventually lay flat? ›

    If you've just unrolled a brand new area rug and it simply has some ripples from packing or shipping, usually if you smooth it down as flat as you possibly can and leave it alone for a day or two, the fibers will relax and the rug will start to flatten out on its own.

    What happens to carpet without underlay? ›

    In general, carpets without underlay have a much shorter lifespan and are more at risk of rapid wear and tear. Underlay is especially important if you're planning on laying carpet over concrete as it will help make walking across the room much more comfortable.

    What is more important the carpet or the pad? ›

    Padding has higher R value (which measures a material's ability to keep heat from passing through it) than carpet which keeps the room warmer. Carpet padding also helps dampen sound. This is especially more important for upstairs rooms, but even in a basement, a pad reduces sound more than just a carpet by itself.

    Is extra carpet padding worth it? ›

    Carpet padding is always the best money you can spend in a carpet store! Put it this way, if you were to spend $3 more per yard on carpet, you may or may not be able to tell the difference. However, take that same $3 and spend it on an upgraded pad and it will make all the difference in the world.

    What kind of rug pad is best for hardwood floors? ›

    Natural rubber rug pads

    Natural rubber is the best overall option for hardwood floors in terms of both safety and performance. It's perfectly safe to use with all hardwood flooring and finishes. Natural rubber also has very strong gripping power but will never stick to your floors.

    Can you use a blanket as a rug pad? ›

    Anyway, as another user answered, you CAN use a blanket as a rug, but you will need to alter it. There may be some issues in wear and tear if you will be putting chairs on top and they move around. A blanket isn't as strong as a rug, so you will need to attach some under padding.

    Is it better to roll or fold a rug? ›

    Make sure to roll the rug tightly and securely. Whatever you do, do not fold the rug. Rolling the rug is the best way to help a rug's fibers stay in good shape when moving.

    Can you revive a flattened rug? ›

    Fluff it up

    Spritz a little warm water onto the matted area then gently blow-dry with a hairdryer as you fluff the carpet fibres back into place with your fingers, the edge of a spoon or a hairpin. Allow the carpet to dry completely before walking on it.

    How do you get ripples out of an area rug? ›

    Typically, a rug will have ripples or waves in it if it is a new rug. Even though those ripples and waves may look bad, they're actually fairly easy to remove. All you need to do is lay the rug flat, and the waves will even themselves out after a day or two.

    Do bare feet damage carpet? ›

    Walking on the carpet in bare feet can still do damage to the carpet. Skin produces oils that stick to carpet fibers and attract dirt. Walking on the carpet barefoot, after applying lotion (oil), will actually do more damage than walking around the house in street shoes.

    Does carpet need to breathe? ›

    It is important to remember that carpets change over time due to air, sunlight, and a host of other factors. Carpets also need to 'breathe'; air needs to be able to move over and through. The carpet under the mat will stay in a 'time capsule' and not change.

    Can you leave an old carpet down and put a new carpet on top of it? ›

    In short, it is possible to place carpet over carpet without sacrificing style or the resale value of your home. Doing so can be an inexpensive way to update your room and add a fresh pop of color, but there are some factors to consider before doing so.


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