Is A Rug Pad Necessary? The short answer is, “definitely, yes.” Here’s five reasons why.
Rug pads prevent shifting of the rug when it is walked on. A rug pad is designed with a surface that will stick to both the floor and the rug. This is especially important if you are placing the rug on a hard, slick surface like tile or hardwood. It is sometimes recommended to include the use of double sided carpet tape on your rug pad to better security.
Most rug pads have ridges or bumps that are able to trap dirt particles that can become imbedded in your rug. These ridges and bumps will also allow air flow between your rug and the floor, which will help greatly when vacuuming your rug. Rug pads are also good for preventing wet spills from reaching the floor or carpet beneath your rug and damaging it.
Rug pads can increase the life of your rug by protecting it from shifting and rubbing on the bottom, which will cause a lot of friction, resulting in a prematurely aged rug. Placing a rug pad between the floor and your rug will help to lessen this damage and make your rug last much longer.
Over time, damage to your floor can be caused by collections of dirt and grime underneath your rug. These small abrasions can scratch your hardwood floors or wear down carpeting. Rug pads also help to prevent dyes from rugs staining carpet when there is a spill.
Rug pads provide for a more cushioned walking surface. They also help to provide noise absorption. Rug pads prevent a rug from bunching up, which will detract from its appearance. There are two main kinds of rug pads - Standard and Premium.
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Placing the correct size rug in your space is as important as choosing the right color or pattern. A rug that it is too small will shift the balance of the room unfavorably. A rug that is too big, especially in open floor plans, may put the area designations off. There are a few rules of thumb, but a picture says it better. Use these handy guides by Interior Designer Lisa Ferguson to make the best choice.