Reason You Need A Rug Pad Under An Area Rug

You’re done with the hard part: You’ve chosen the perfect rug, and now it’s time to pay attention to the details. One of those details includes buying a rug pad to go underneath your rug. Here at The Carpet Workroom, we cut the best quality rug pads to fit and secure your area rug perfectly. Contrary to popular belief, a rug pad is not only beneficial for holding your rug in place. It also serves several other purposes. Additionally, rug pads are not exclusive to hardwood floors. A rug pad can and should be placed below an area rug that is on top of carpeted floors as well. Now, we as experts would like to help you understand exactly why a rug pad is so important under your new area rug.

The simplest course of action to take when you buy a new rug is to immediately lay it on the floor, but you may run into problems with this approach. A rug pad is designed to supplement the rug, getting rid of inconvenience and enhancing your experience with the rug. The rug itself takes care of developing a room’s visual appeal, but the rug pad improves your tactile interactions with it. Here we share a few reasons you need a rug pad under an area rug.

To Hold Your Rug in Place

In some situations, you might want to compromise on comfort for the sake of style, but decorating with rugs should not be one of those situations. If anything, a rug should make your home cozier by covering a hard floor with its softness. However, a rug that easily slips around can make you tread more cautiously than you should have to when you’re trying to relax. By putting a rug pad underneath your rug, you can completely conquer this concern, as it will grip the rug to the  floor and keep the rug from sliding around.

To Protect Your Flooring

A rug pad also can protect your flooring,  whether it be hardwood, LVT, tiles, etc., The underside of some rugs may be rough enough to scratch the floor when they rub against each other. The rug pad physically stands between the rug and floor, absorbing and stopping the abrasive shifts that frequent foot traffic can cause.

Dirt and debris will accumulate over time underneath your area rug. These materials are abrasive. That means that they wear away at the floor surface due to friction.

A rug pad prevents this grime from contacting the floor. That way, little bits of dirt and other waste materials can’t scratch, blemish or otherwise damage the floor.

To Cushion and Quiet Your Steps

One of the main reasons for having an area rug is to improve the “underfoot experience.” A rug slightly softens up a portion of the floor. However, a rug without a pad can result in sliding, bunching, knotting and wrinkling. That makes for a decidedly unpleasant surface to walk or place furniture on.

A cushioned rug pad provides grip to hold the rug in place. It also makes for an even softer landing for your footsteps, providing a plush and giving surface for walking or sitting.

The cushioning also will block some of the sound transference from your feet to the floor. That helps to mute the sounds created by footsteps.

Its ability to cushion and quiet your steps is yet another reason you need a rug pad under an area rug. Some rugs are thinner, and you may prefer to have a gentler feeling underfoot than your rug alone provides. A pad adds extra cushion when you walk on your rug since it’s often made of rubber, felt, or a foam material.


Not using a rug pad can result in a variety of bummers, ranging from mildly annoying to costly and distressing.

Curious to know what types of pads we offer? Learn more below:

Our 32oz felt pad is made from 100% recycled content! Sometimes we will recommend this pad for certain projects, and sometimes customers will ask for this pad specifically. If you’re looking for a little extra cushion, this is a great pad to use.

Our premium non-skid felt pad is made from 100% recycled content! The premium blend of fibers provides a long lasting support. The rubber backing helps area rugs stay in place and not shift around as much. We highly recommend this pad. The felt also adds cushion, which is really nice to have underfoot!

Our thin waffle pad and premium waffle pad are the solution for rugs bent on slipping and sliding in high-traffic areas. Waffle pads are one of our best-gripping rug pads yet – and better grip also means better floor protection. Its waffle design facilitates airflow between the rug and flooring while lending a comfortable level of cushioning. Additionally, it’s thin enough to hold rugs fast and keep them lying flat.

Lastly, our blue pad is one of our newest offerings and is great if you’re looking for extra cushion! For more information, contact us at and we’d be happy to share some more details.

Need a pad for your new or old area rug? Shop pads at If you don’t see the size you’re looking for, send us an email at and we can better assist you there!

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