Rugs have been an intricate part of interior decoration for many centuries, dating from the 7th to the 3rd centuries BC. The processes, designs, and techniques involved in the making process have developed and may have changed over time, but its relevance in decoration remains the same. Area rugs are textile floor coverings that are used over another finished flooring surface. They can be decorative, functional, or both.

While buying the right Area Rug for your home is vital, protecting it is also a significant thing to consider. Hence, the need for rug pads.

Rug Pad underneath an Area Rug

A rug pad is a sticky buffer between your rug and floor - a piece with double-sided tape, but without the residue that actual tapes would leave behind. It provides a foundation for your rug, reduces wear, and prevents holes and fraying around the edges.  A rug pad prevents slips, among many other benefits. Here are a few.

Why are Rug Pads Important?

  1. Rug pads increase the lifespan of your Area Rug: Acting as an extended buffer between your rug and the floor, a rug pad prevents the fibers of your rug from being crushed and prolongs the life of your rug. With every step you take, the pressure from your feet can cause the dirt particles to rip the fabric in your rug. This drastically reduces its lifespan. However, Rug pads add an extra layer of protection. It preserves the pile of your rug and helps it spring back more quickly. These pads absorb all the impact of furniture and daily foot traffic.
  2. Rug pads protect your floors and encourage neatness: Because a rug pad serves as another layer under your Area Rug, it prevents scratching to hardwood floors. It also prevents dye transfer to the carpet below your rug. Having a rug pad under your area rug means that mildew, mold, and odors will not set in. Rug pads avert the occurrence of these three things by allowing more air circulation and stopping bacteria growth under your rug.
  3. Rug pads prevent slipping: Rug pads hold and anchor your Area Rug safely in place. They are absolutely the best way to avert the chances of slipping on rugs. Rug pads also keep your rug from curling or developing wrinkles, which can be safety hazards for slips, trips, and falls. You should invest in a non-slip rug pad as it is suitable for your mental and physical comfort. Rug pads are especially important when you have children or older adults in the house. Besides being an added safety, they hold your area rug in place during vacuuming and when moving furniture.
  4. Rug pads help reduce noise effectively: Area Rugs do an excellent job reducing noise on their own. However, padding can enhance their ability to dampen sound. When you have many people tramping through any space, getting the right floor coverings can help minimize the amount of noise generated around the home. This is particularly useful if you have an upstairs room or a basement that you frequent. Keep in mind that some pads are better at reducing noise than others. Thicker pads tend to absorb sound more effectively. But your best bet is to look for a pad type that has a high Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC).
  5. Rug pads enhance the feel of your rug: Rug pads offer a long list of subtle benefits. For instance, after installing any of Luxe Weavers’ Hampstead Area Rug collections, you will observe how much foot comfort it provides when it has a pad underneath. A padded rug can absorb the impact of your footsteps and can give it a much softer feel. In addition to dampening noise, they also add a bit of cushion and softness.

Area Rugs are made from many fibers, with wool probably being the most common and traditional one. But nylon, cotton, silk, leather, polyester and polypropylene, and natural fibers like sisal and jute are also used.  Selecting the right pad for your rug can be tricky but choosing the wrong one can cause a bunch of problems. Below are a few tips on choosing the right rug pad for your Area Rug.

Folded Rug Pad

How to Choose the Perfect Rug Pad for Area Rugs

Always start by checking your rug manufacturer's suggestions for density and thickness. The ideal padding for your carpet depends on how much traffic flows through the room. Soft and thick padding works well for bedrooms, but living rooms and hallways require firmer and thinner padding. The area or space where you want the rug to be is a significant determinant.

Buy the right Area Rug for the right place and ensure you choose the right rug pad size. A rug pad should be slightly smaller than your rug. That allows the edge of the rug to taper to the floor, preventing a tripping hazard. It also ensures that the rug pad won't be visible.  Consider this simple formula: A rug pad should be one inch less on all four sides of the rug, or two inches less for each dimension. Most rug pads come in standard rug sizes but can be easily trimmed if needed.

Consider your rug pad type. Natural rubber is one of the most popular choices and has higher demand because it has glue-like grooves to keep your rug in place reliably.

Synthetic materials are an affordable alternative to natural rubber. However, when placing synthetic rug pads on some flooring types, you must be extremely careful. Because of their chemicals, synthetic rug pads can cause yellowing or sticking on your floor.

Ensure your buy a waterproof rug pad so that it absorbs the fluid when it comes in contact with liquid rather than fall apart.

If pet urine is a problem, rug padding can help protect your flooring. However, pet urine will fill the pad and create another problem over time. Rug pads usually can't be cleaned, and for this reason, if you have pets that tend to mess up your rug, you might consider buying rug pads and replacing them more often. Because of the frequency at which you will be changing your rug pads, you can buy cheaper rug pads, which would be cost-effective.

Rug pads have different levels of tolerance to chemicals like petroleum. They react to different floor and rug types differently. Check to see if the product description specifies the type of flooring it was made for.


Rolled up Rug Pad

Buying and Replacing Rug Pad

Low-quality rug pads can quickly deteriorate. Sometimes, the materials used in these low-quality pads can permanently discolor the floor under the pad, so you should buy a thick rug pad with excellent quality. A rug pad featuring a blend of felt and rubber will last longer and is very effective.

Rug pads don't last as long as the rugs themselves. They must be replaced from time to time as they will decompose over time. As rug pads deteriorate, they can stick to the floor or the rugs.

November 16, 2020 — Luxe Weavers