The Ins and Outs of How to Install a Rug Pad

Rug pads help you keep your floor decor in place and safely secured on any surface. These pads are a helpful way to ensure that nothing moves the rug from the original spot, and they are not difficult to install. If you're on a budget, or you just like to do these projects for yourself, learning how to install a rug pad is easy and much more affordable, considering there are only a few materials you need. Even as a novice, you can install multiple types of pads that are easy to use for any rug you choose.

The main purpose of a rug pad is to keep a rug in place, which is both a matter of aesthetics and safety since a flipped corner is practically an invitation for someone to trip. A rug pad is also helpful in avoiding damage to the floor or the rug itself as you consistently walk over it every day. With the cushion of support underneath, most people even find that this minor addition can make a significant difference in the softness and quality, which is especially true with outdoor rugs. However, learning how to install a rug pad requires that you start with right materials, even though there are few.

Getting the Right Supplies

Choosing the right rug pad is the first step. You can choose from a variety of comfort grip rug pads, including ones made of felt and rubber. The one you need will entirely depend on the surface of the floor and the chosen rug. Felt surfaces are typically meant to adhere to the rug itself, while the rubber side is placed on a hardwood floor. You may wonder, “do you need a rug pad on carpet?” That is why there are pads that are all felt, since it is still important to ensure that the rug stays in place.The only other supplies needed should be the scissors to cut the rug pad, and the rug that you want to place. Once all three components are collected, you are ready to begin the installation.

Measuring and Modifying the Rug Pad

The most crucial element in installing the rug pad is to properly size it. This will ensure that the area rug that you select will fit properly and stay in place. The first step is to measure the main length and width of the rug. Next, to size the rug, you need to subtract two inches from each of these measurements. This becomes the size of the rug pad itself, leaving a large enough edge all the way around so that the rug pad will not be accidentally seen by yourself or guests.

Placing the Rug Pad

Before you can put down the rug pad, you will need to start by clearing out any furniture that can inhibit your full view of the space, since having furniture in the way can keep the rug from laying flat. Clean the whole room to ensure that the pad will stay securely in place. It will not stick in place with dust or dirt in the way. During this time, you can also decide the angle and positioning of both the rug and the pad.

Once you choose a spot, it is as simple as that. The next step is just to put down the rug pad in the center of the area that you want the rug to be placed. While hardwood floors require some type of rubber grip to be placed face down, carpeted areas may use felt, which is easier to move around. Choose the right location in the room, and put down the pad. Many people see their rug as a centerpiece, which is why it is crucial to put the pad in place effectively the first time.

The new rug requires placement directly on the surface of the non-stick pad. If you are unsure of which side of the rug pad goes down, the directions on the pad you chose should indicate which side is up. Some people vacuum the pad and rug after placement to smooth out any wrinkles that may not have been noticeable before. This should be done twice yearly to maintain the pad's performance.

Subsequent Care for Rug Pads

Regardless of how long the rug has been in place, it is important to keep it clean. For a full cleaning routine, all you need to do is either vacuum the pad, or sweep it. These methods are a gentle way to keep the pad flat, while also getting rid of the dust that can force the pad to lose its protection from sliding around. Keep up with consistent vacuuming to ensure that the pad does not lose its traction, and rotate it often to ensure even weight distribution.

Not every mess on the rug pad will require a complete cleaning. Instead, spot treating the afflicted areas can make it easy to keep the clean appearance of the pad, though some you can place in a washing machine as well. 

Installing your own rug pad is an at-home project that can easily be completed with a little bit of effort and attention to detail. Even though this addition to the decor of a room doesn't make a visual impact, knowing the tricks of the trade will help you to align everything perfectly. Whether you choose natural fiber rugs, wool rugs, or even polyester rugs, dressing up a room with one is a fun and exciting way to transform the ambiance, and the last thing you want is for it to slip out of place or become a hazard. Choose from our variety of assorted indoor rugs and pads to change the way your space looks and feels today.