EVERYTHING YOU NEEED TO KNOW ABOUT A RUG PAD
WHAT IS A RUG PAD ANYWAY?
The most simplistic answer is that a rug pad is a type of padding placed underneath a rug. This is done in order to keep the rug from sliding when you walk on it, and to protect both the rug and the flooring underneath from damage. Utilizing a rug pad can extend the life of your rug by many years, and can provide safety via preventing slipping, as well as comfort via padding and cushioning. In some instances, the rug padding can even aid in keeping your rug clean by allowing for proper ventilation.
WHY DO I NEED A RUGPAD?
1. Protecting your rug from damage and wear
Rug pads are the perfect solution to increase the life of your rug. They limit abrasion from normal use, and reduce the friction caused by rubbing on the underlying flooring. Without a rug pad, you would typically see your carpet or rug become a beaten up, thinned and aged over time. This is especially true if the rug or carpet is located in a high traffic area like the entrance to your home, etc.
Padding can help aid in preventing any shifting of the rug or carpet when being walked on. With pads designed for specific floor types like hardwood, laminate, tile or cement, you can find the perfect addition for your rug to ensure proper gripping to the surface underneath without damaging your valuable rug. In general, hardwood and laminate flooring are the two types of flooring materials most prone to causing rugs and carpets to slide and shift. Another strong consideration for a non-slip solution is if you have children (who tend to run and play carefree) or elderly inhabitants in your home. Both are prone to slipping and falling on loose rugs and carpets.
The majority of rug pads are designed with cleanliness in mind, having both ridges and bumps or other attributes aimed at trapping dust and other debris that would otherwise become lodged in your precious rugs. In addition to trapping dirt and grime between the rug and pad, this feature allows for air flow and thus aids in helping your vacuum suck up the dirt without causing any damage. Lastly, this barrier protects your underlying flooring from any liquid spills that may occur.
4. Protecting your Underlying Flooring
Collections of dirt and debris, as well as abrasion from use can cause damage over time. Typically manifested as scratches, chipping or indentations, this damage can be both unsightly as well as expensive to repair. Rug pads can prevent both damage, and limit exposure of your flooring to any dyes or coloring in the rugs. This is especially useful if using the rug over a carpeted floor where staining could easily occur.
5. Comfort and Noise
Yes, oriental and other eloquently designed rugs are beautiful….but they can clock in quite low on the comfort scale. Rug pads can provide a pleasant surface to walk on, with cushion options ranging from soft to firm padding, and even memory foam options. As an added benefit, these pads provide outstanding noise reduction, which can be a big benefit if you are using them on hardwood or tile flooring, or if you live in an upstairs apartment.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT KIND OF RUG PAD TO BUY?
Don’t worry, we know it can be a bit confusing with all the different flooring options, padding materials and so on. We’ll walk you thru what to look for, and as always, if you have any questions or need any assistance at all, please feel free to give us a call at our USA headquarters in Connecticut.
1. What Size Rug Pad do I Need?
Our suggestion is to measure your existing rug and get a pad that is as close as possible to the size you measured. We custom cut every order and make sure to remove 1” or so on each side to ensure the rug pad doesn’t “stick out” from underneath the rug or carpet. If you need any help with measurements just give us a call or email and we’ll walk you thru it. And even if you have an odd sized or shaped rug, we can still accommodate you with our custom cuts at no extra charge.
2. Do I need a “Non-Slip” Rug Pad?
There are a few factors to consider here. Smaller and thinner type rugs tend to move around a lot more than larger, thicker types, though that’s not to say that large rugs don’t slip and slide as well, especially around the edges and corners. Rugs placed over hardwood, laminate and tile also tend to move around a lot regardless of size and type, and may be better suited to a non-slip rug pad.
Other considerations include use by children, elderly, anyone with a limp or gait that may be prone to slipping or falling, and the area you place the rug in. High traffic areas should almost always use some form of a non-slip rug pad in our opinion.
While rubber rug pads are what often come to mind when thinking of “non-slip,” we offer a wide range of material types that include non-slip features, such as: felt, wool, eco-friendly all natural options, vinyl, and more.
3. Special Considerations for Rugs on Carpet
As you may already know, rugs placed over carpeting tend to wrinkle and buckle as people and furniture are moved over them. For carpets, we highly recommend our no-muv options. No Muv works by resisting the friction caused by moving over the rug and aim to keep the rug as flat as possible over carpet.
4. Rug Pad Material
Rug pads come in a number of materials suited for varying floor types and uses.
- 100% Felt
- Natural Rubber
- Eco-Friendly materials
- Memory foam
Our rug pad selection tool on the homepage will help you decide which material is best for your floor type, but if you need help just call or message us and our staff with answer any questions you have.
5. Rug Pad Brands
At RugPads.net, we carry only the best rug pad brands available, holding each to the strictest of quality standards. We carry an assortment of rug pads from name brands, including Mohawk, Shaw, MSM, and other major suppliers in the industry. More than that, we make sure we source only the very best materials from premium manufacturers and suppliers in the industry.
Some of the brands we carry include:
- Leggett and Platt
- Jade Industries
- RugPads.net custom brand
- And more...
6. Styles of Rug Pads
- Non slip + non skid
- Eco-friendly all natural
- Made in the USA
- For Area Rugs
- For Hardwood
- For Concrete
- For Tile
- For Laminate
- For Oriental rugs
- For Persian rugs
A. Standard Sizes
B. Custom Sizes and Shapes
WE DO CUSTOM SIZES AND SHAPES AT NO EXTRA CHARGE!!!
WHY SHOULD I BUY FROM RUGPADS.NET?
We offer a huge selection of name brand rug pads that are designed to both anchor your rugs and protect your floors. Our rug pads are custom cut by hand and made to last! Fact is, most of our rug pads are not available in big box retail stores, and you’ll often find yourself hard pressed to find the exact fit or dimensions you need at a big box department store. Not only do we carry a vastly larger selection, we have the best prices in the industry as well, brining you factory direct wholesale pricing.
And if that isn’t enough, we even offer free shipping on all USA orders, a 30-day money back guarantee, and a 10-20yr warranty on all items!!!
Most Oriental rug pads are manufactured overseas and can often hurt floors under the wrong conditions. At RugPads.net our selection of padding is USA made and we inspect every batch in house to make sure every item meets the strictest of quality standards.
When you buy an oriental rug you are making a big investment and you should protect that investment as best you can. Your rugs and floors will benefit from being protected. We carry a huge assortment of padding to fit your exact specs and needs. Please feel free to give us a call if you are unsure which rug pad to purchase.
STILL UNSURE WHAT TO DO?
Don’t feel bad, we know shopping for the right rug pad can be a bit of a headache. That’s why we are here to help. You can use the rug pad selection tool on our homepage, or just give us a quick call or email and our experts will walk you thru your options in no time flat. Our knowledgeable staff is always happy to assist you.
Most rugs come in unusual sizes, so we make sure that our pads are cut fresh from the factory after every order. Because we buy rug padding in bulk rolls, we can custom cut your rug pad for you for a perfectly tailored fit. For odd size rugs, don’t worry because we will cut everything to the size you request.
Best of all, there is no complicated installation to deal with. Simply unroll and place under your carpet. Our rug pads are only folded and packaged during the shipping, no stubborn fold marks or creases. The majority of our rug pads are made in USA. Pads manufactured overseas are tested and tested to ensure quality. We want our pads to be safe for your home and your floors. Our rug pads come in a wide range of materials; including felt, natural rubber and PVC. Most of our rug pads are tested and approved for hardwood floors.
Some pads will work better with certain rugs. We have experts on hand 7 days a week to help pair you with the right rug and pad. Our staff is here to help. Look on our website to find the type of flooring you have and each pad will be described in that section. We offer a large variety of pads so you will be sure to find the one that is most suitable for your home. Note that all our rug pads come standard free shipping & free returns - Including custom orders. Certain precut sizes are kept in original packaging to keep costs down and pass savings onto our customers.