Why a Wovenly Rug Pad is the Best Companion for Your New Rug

Rug pads provide an additional barrier between your rug and flooring to help protect your floors and keep your rugs in place.

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If you’re considering purchasing a new rug or you’re thinking about buying a rug pad and you’re not sure where to begin, rest assured that you’re not alone. The following is a guideline for purchasing a new rug pad and we’ve got all of your bases covered including: What is a rug pad? What materials are they made out of? Why are they necessary? Which rug pad is the best for my rug? Let’s go.

What is a rug pad?

Glad you asked. A rug pad is a general term used for an additional barrier between your rug and your flooring. They come in various styles, materials, and thicknesses, depending on your specific needs and preferences.

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Choosing a size

Choose a rug pad that is about one inch less than your rug size on all four sides, or two inches less in each dimension. For example, if your rug is 
5’ x 7’, then your rug pad should be 4’10” x 6’10”. A rug pad that is smaller than your rug by one inch on every side will help your rug stay more secure, help stop the corners from tapering, and decrease the risk of the rug slipping.

Rug pad material

There are multiple types of rug pads made of different material to choose from including:

PVC

Best for rugs placed on hard flooring such as wood and tile, and best for machine woven, flat weaves, and hand woven rugs.

Polymer coated 
polyester


Best for all outdoor rugs.

Felt

Great for rugs placed on both hard flooring (wood, tile) and carpeting, and best for hand knotted, hand tufted, hand loomed, hand hooked, and hand crafted rugs.

PVC coated
polyester

Works for all rug types.

Latex coated 
polypropylene

Works for outdoor rugs.

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Kourtney C, Cincinnati, OH

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What is a rug pad

used for?

There are two main reasons to purchase a rug pad: to protect the floor beneath your rug and to reduce the movement or slippage of your rug.

Floor Protection

If you have hardwood floors you may want to take extra precautionary measures to ensure they withstand the test of time. Some rugs have a rough backing that may end up scratching the surface of your hardwood flooring after long periods of time, making a rug pad a worthwhile investment. It may also be necessary to use a rug pad if you are placing your rug overtop of carpeting, especially if your rug is a darker/brighter color than the carpeting beneath. A rug pad can help mitigate any potential for colors bleeding into your carpet or floors. Additionally, many rug pads are able to help contain spills and stop them from penetrating the flooring below. This is great news for those rugs that are placed on top of carpeting. A rug pad is that last added line of defense to protect your carpeting from difficult-to-remove stains.

Grip/movement reduction

Another very important reason to purchase a rug pad is to reduce slippage that may occur when you walk across the rug. If you have a slippery floor beneath your rug, not having the proper grip between your floor and rug may be very dangerous for navigating it safely, especially if you have young kids.

How do rug pads work?

At this point, you may be wondering how exactly a rug pad works when it comes to keeping your rug safely in place on your floor. The cool thing about these thin barriers between your rug and flooring is that they are created so that they grip to both your rug and the floor beneath simultaneously . This ensures extra security. If you’d like, go one step further and add some double-sided tape between your rug and rug pad for extra peace of mind.

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What are the benefits of a Wovenly rug pad?

There are two main reasons to purchase a rug pad: to protect the floor beneath your rug and to reduce the movement or slippage of your rug.

Longevity

Wovenly rug pads are specifically designed to protect your floors and to protect your rugs. By keeping your flooring safe from scratches and staining, you can rest assured that you’ve made a worthwhile investment in your home. Without a rug and protective rug pad, you may find that your floors wear down more quickly over time. It’s much less expensive to replace a rug or to purchase a rug pad than to replace an entire floor. Save yourself time and money with this small, practical investment.

Indoor

Wovenly’s indoor rug pads keep your rugs secure. No need to worry about slippage or rug corners curling up or getting stuck beneath a door you’re trying to open. Choose from a variety of Wovenly’s indoor rug pads to fit your specific needs and enjoy the comfort of knowing your rug is secure and your flooring is protected. The indoor rug pads also increase airflow underneath your rug, which makes vacuuming much easier.

Outdoor

Wovenly’s outdoor rug pads are designed specifically for outdoor use. These pads allow for maximum airflow between the ground and your rug to prevent mold growth. Enjoy a longer lifespan for your rug as well as additional support and structure from the durable weatherproof material.

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Choosing a rug pad means choosing safety for you and your floors. Extend the life of your flooring, whether it’s hardwood, tile, carpet, or otherwise, with a Wovenly rug pad. Prevent scratches, dirt and dust build up, or bleeding colors with an inexpensive rug pad, and enjoy beautiful flooring for decades to come.