Added cushion and traction mean a safer living space, easier cleaning, and years of additional life for your rug
Regardless of whether your rug feels thick and cushioned, it still needs a rug pad. Because the pad isn’t for your feet — it’s for the rug!
Don’t get us wrong — rug pads can certainly add a level of comfort, especially when they’re placed under a flat weave rug that has no pile to speak of. But ultimately, the best reason to buy a rug pad is that it will extend the life of your rug. And the right rug pad will help protect your floor as well.
How To cut your rug pad to size
Rug pads come in a range of sizes, but they won’t always match perfectly with the rug you choose. Fortunately, you can easily cut your own rug pad if the retailer cannot do it for you.
Depending on the rug pad you’ve bought, you may be able to trim it with a sturdy pair of household scissors. Make sure to measure your rug, and then mark off your rug pad so that the finished pad will leave approximately one inch of rug overlap on all sides. That doesn’t include any decorative edges or fringes.
Once the pad is properly trimmed, place it where you want the rug to lie on the floor, and position the rolled-up rug on one end, so that the edge of the rug is on the floor about an inch in front of the edge of the pad. Make sure your sides are evenly lined up, so that you have about an inch on each side. Then, unroll the rug onto the pad. The rug pad should stay completely flat, to avoid any bunching that will cause bumps in the rug.
Many rug pads are created from naturally non-slip materials, or feature a tacky side to help anchor the pad to the floor and keep the rug stable. You might also consider double-sided tape, which can help keep the rug properly positioned on the pad. Always check your floor warranty to see what rug pads are recommended for your floor surface, as some pads are treated with adhesives and can cause discoloration on certain surfaces.
While the rug pile gets the most traffic and attention, the rug’s back is what holds it all together, so including a rug pad will give you an extra level of stability and protection. When coupled with regular cleaning, your rug can provide years and even decades of enjoyment, and truly turn into an heirloom.