3 Tips for Choosing the Best Rug Padding for Your Home 3 Tips for Choosing the Best Rug Padding for Your Home
Rug padding is installed under a rug to provide additional plush comfort to the rug, keep the rug from sliding excessively and minimize damage to your flooring. Use the following tips to choose the best padding for your rugs:
1. Leave an Inch Off the Perimeter
The best rug padding is actually about an inch shorter than your rug on all sides. This forces the rug itself to touch down on the floor, which means that the rug won't be an elevated tripping hazard. Keeping the edges of the rug on the floor will also help decrease the chances of the rug fraying.
2. Increase Thickness According to Floor Hardness
The harder your flooring, the more rug padding you'll need to feel comfortable walking on the rug. The thicker padding will also help your feet feel warmer if the hard flooring retains cold temperatures. Concrete and hard basement floors need especially thick padding.
3. Use Jute for Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors are highly susceptible to scratching due to rug padding made from materials such as rubber latex. Rug pads made from jute are the least likely to scratch hardwood flooring. However, be careful to find jute padding with additional non-slip support, as rugs can be very slippery on hardwood flooring.