What Is a Rug Pad?

When it comes to the feel, style and decor of a room, your rug is one of the most prominent pieces. Your rug has the ability to add warmth to a room, coolness to a room, make a room appear larger or make a room appear smaller. A rug can be quite an investment; for this reason it’s a good idea to protect your rug, elongating its life so you’re able to enjoy it for years to come. For this reason, west elm offers rug pads to help protect your rug and promote in-home safety.


There are quite a few benefits of a rug pad. While it’s true that a rug pad helps to protect your rug, it also protects your hardwood floors as well so they keep their shine and luster year after year. The pad adds a strong barrier between your rug and the floor, so the rug does not continuously rub against the floor every time pressure is applied, or you walk on it. A pad also adds a barrier to help minimize damage from heavy furniture that may sit on the rug. The pad protects the rug itself by not allowing dirt particles to get trapped in that small space between your rug and the floor. Dirt particles then stay on top of the rug, making it easier to clean.


This barrier also protects against potential spills from saturating through the rug and onto the wood floor. A rug pad provides extra cushioning, too. If your original rug does not have a generous pile height, the pad adds a little more softness for underneath your feet. Lastly, one of the largest benefits of a rug pad is its prevention of slippage. Especially if you have active children in the home, slips can occur frequently. A pad keeps the rug in place, so you can breathe easy when it comes to slips and falls.


When you're buying a rug for your living room or for another area in the home, measuring is important. However, how to measure for a rug pad is simple. A good rule of thumb is to a select a pad that is 1 inch less (on every side) than your existing rug. For example, if you have a solid area rug that is 8 feet by 10 feet, your rug pad should measure 7 feet 10 inches by 9 feet 10 inches. While this is 2 inches less when measured, it is the equivalent of 1 inch less on all sides when your place the rug pad on the floor. Our rug pads are already pre-cut with the perfect dimensions to fit many different types of standard rugs, from area rugs to entryway rugs and rug runners. There are also choices for round rugs as well. In addition to premium-styled rug pads, there are eco-friendly choices available for your existing natural fiber rug, or simply if you want to make a “greener” choice.


If you’re wondering how to use a rug pad, placing it in the desired room is simple. Simply place the resistant edge of the rug side down on the floor and place your existing rug on top. It is acceptable to use carpet tape to secure the rug pad into place but it is not necessary. If you decide to use carpet tape, make sure to purchase a type that is safe for your type of flooring.

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