Installing area rugs without putting some padding underneath can cause problems such as slipping, as well as shorten your rug’s life span. But you can’t just put in any type of rug pads- it has to be the right kind of rug pad for the best results.
Experts will tell you not to use rubber or waffle-type padding as it can cause uneven wearing. There are different rug pads to choose from- synthetic foam, felt, jute, hair, thin padding such as non-skid and rubber vinyls. The best matching pads for area rugs are available to stores that sell these rugs.
Felt, jute and hair paddings are denser than rubber or the foam variety, and they also come in different thickness. These are usually priced in at $10 per square foot. Non-skid synthetic padding are the thinnest of the bunch and usually cost $5 per square foot.
The area rug’s placement also plays a vital role in choosing what type of padding you should install. For instance, room-size Orientals and other large area rugs should make use of denser pads underneath it. Thinner rugs such as dhurries and kilims should make use of thinner rug pads that are designed to prevent slippage. Thinner Chinese and Orientals require the right-size padding, as heels might pierce through the rug, or the doors won’t open at all because of the thick padding. The pads that come along the rugs are usually the right kind; they don’t protect the rug as well as customized padding, but they are good enough to prevent slippage.
If you wish to know the exact specifications for thickness, then heed the experts. They say it should be not more than an eighth to a quarter-inch from your flooring. The idea here is to keep the rug flat enough to not wear it out quickly. This rule of thumb may be applied even if you have uneven flooring. For instance, if you have brick floors, then you should select the rug pad dense enough to allow your area rug to lie evenly flat.
How do you place an area rug over broadloom carpeting? With careful thought. The surface you’ll be installing rugs on is pile, which may shift anytime. Plus, the carpet already has some padding underneath. Don’t worry, as there are still effective ways to lay them on without damaging both carpet and rug.
Choose an area rug that has a similar thickness and weave type as the carpeting. Set the rug in by cutting some space into the broadloom. You may also use thin buckram and place them under small rugs, securing them with small hooks. You can buy buckram at around $9 per yard.
You’ll also need to consider how the feel of area rugs placed over carpeting makes your step feel uneven and bouncy. Usually, wall-to-wall carpeting is done for the sole purpose of being used alone. The carpet itself already has some padding, and it might feel unnatural if you place an area rug. You may install a stiff felt cushion to reduce bunching while keeping your carpet safe from damage.