Rug Pads

Keep your flooring in tip-top shape and protect the fibers in your rugs. Whether you have a custom rug tailor made to fit your space or several simple solid colored rugs, you need rug pads underneath every area rug in your home. There are a few different options from which to choose and the right options depend on the materials in your rug and the kinds of flooring in your home.

Why You Need a Rug Pad

A rug pad is basically a layer of material that goes underneath your rug. They keep rugs from slipping on the floor, which does both you and your floors a huge favor. The lack of slippery fabric on the floors helps prevent accidents, and it keeps up the finish on your floors. Dirt and dust get trapped under rugs over time, so keeping them in place keeps debris from scratching the wood. Rug pads also help make your spaces more comfortable. Many materials add some extra plush to your textiles, which comes in handy when you want to add natural fiber rugs in thinner weaves to your floors. This padding also reduces pressure on the fibers in your carpeting, which helps them stay as good as new. Finally, pads lift rugs off the floor helps the fibers breathe. This keeps the fibers in good shape, preserves colors and keeps mold or mildew from collecting underneath the rug in humid climates.


Rug pads can come in a wide variety of materials, which pair well with different kinds of rug fibers. Felt pads are popular options because they add lots of padding to your floors. However, they can be slippery, so they work best when you have large furniture such as sofas, armchairs or tables to hold things in place. Rubber pads are also popular as they are durable and stay put. You can find options in both natural materials such as soy oil, natural rubber or synthetic materials. Rubber pads make good options for outdoor rugs because they’re resistant to mold.

Choosing a Rug Pad

Other than material, the only thing you need to consider when making a choice is size. Many west elm rug pads come in a variety of sizes that fit perfectly with the rugs in our collections. However, some options are easy to cut to fit a variety of different sizes, which is a great choice if you have custom rugs that don’t have standard dimensions. Because rug pads aren’t visible, color doesn't matter at all. Whether you have basic solid rugs in your home or colorful patterned rugs, any rug pad shade will do.

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