One of the best moments as an interior designer is finding the perfect rug that ties the whole space together! But we’re not quiet finished; after a rug has been selected, we need to make sure we’ve got a rug pad to go with it. Far too often I see rugs without pads that are sliding all over the room, damaging the floor and thinning way too quickly. Many people don’t know that a rug pad is a necessity for the longevity of your rug, the protection of the floors beneath, and the safety of those who use the space. Whether its an inexpensive rug from Ikea or a hand-knotted rug from India, here are 5 reasons why you need a rug pad:
1. A RUG PAD KEEPS YOUR RUG IN PLACE
How annoying is it when you realize your rug is continually not staying in line with your furniture? A pad will also prevent thinner rugs from bunching or slipping, which could create a safety hazard.
2. A RUG PAD WILL EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR RUG
A little extra cushion between your beautiful rug and hard floors could add years to its life, as the pad acts a buffer between the rug and flooring. It also prevents the delicate fibers from being crushed, which creates an old and wilted looking rug.
3. A RUG PAD PROTECTS YOUR FLOORS
The backside of many rugs can be rough. If it isn’t comfortable rubbing your skin on it, then it’s a guarantee that it will end up scratching your hardwood floors. A rug pad provides protection between the floor and rug. It also saves your flooring from any crocking or bleeding. Crocking color transfer can happen when a rug is dry, just as your new blue jeans can stain other materials. Bleeding color transfer occurs when a carpet gets wet, either from a spill or flooding. This is more common with darker colors, especially blues and reds.
4. A RUG PAD ADDS COMFORT
Who doesn’t need a little more comfort underfoot? Especially for those with small children, sitting on the carpet playing can be uncomfortable without any additional cushioning. Not only will your rug give your space a cozy look, it will have a cozy feel.
5. A RUG PAD REDUCES NOISE
The acoustics of a room with hardwood flooring can be quite loud, with little fabric for the noise to be absorbed by. A rug can help, but a rug pad adds additional absorption of sound, reducing echo, and making your space more peaceful