Why do You Need a Rug Pad?
A common question that we get asked is, “Why do I need a rug pad?” or if you even need one at all. We answer all your questions about the rug pad here.
Why is it important to have a rug pad?
The main reason to have a rug pad is safety. Rugs that are placed directly on the floor without padding will slip and slide. A pad should keep it in place. The secondary reason would be to add cushion. Some rugs are thin and if people want to give it more “body,” they will put a thicker pad underneath. This is based on personal preference. We don’t generally recommend putting a thick pad under a thin or flat woven rug.
What are the different types of rug pads available?
Most rug pads will be made of horse hair, felt, rubber, or jute. Some may combine a couple of those materials, such as rubber for grip and felt for cushion.
What details should you consider when picking a rug pad?
Over the years that we have been selling some of the finest and rarest rugs in the world, we’ve tried all the different pads on the market. Based on our experience and feedback from our customers, the number one factor should be the price. Regardless of what people try to sell you, all pads will disintegrate over time. Unless you have a specific reason otherwise, all pads should be considered disposable and temporary. We suggest replacing your rug pad every 3-4 years, when you have the rug professionally cleaned.
What’s the primary difference between a grip and cushioning?
Grip is what keeps the rug in place and stops it from sliding. Cushion will add more body to the rug, but will not anchor it in place on its own.
What is the best way to trim a rug pad so it fits perfectly?
First, make sure your pad is at least as large as the rug. It can be slightly larger, but not too much bigger as dealers sell pads by the square foot size. Next, position the pad exactly where you want the rug to lay. Then place the rug over the pad. Grab a pair of really sharp scissors and carefully trim the pad all around so that the rug is about 2″ larger than the pad on all sides. Be sure that the edges of the rug touch the floor, but don’t leave too much excess rug. If you have too much excess you run the risk of creating a place where the rug may slide.
What is the best type of rug pad?
After years and years of experience, we feel that rug pads should be effective but not expensive. Many people think they want those thick felt and rubber pads, but, frankly, they are not any better. They are just more expensive. Most people actually opt to get thinner ones the second time around. Regardless of how “good” the rug you bought is or what it costs, we typically always recommend the same type of rug pad.