The benefits of rug pads are numerous. They allow your rug to lay flat and will keep people and pets from slipping on the rug. In addition, they protect your floor from nicks and scratches.
But not all rug pads are cut form the same proverbial cloth. A short google search provides dozens of options and sometimes it's hard to know where to begin. Rug pads mostly differ in density and the materials used.
Most folks who are shopping for rug pads want something that is durable, stops rug slippage, adds cushioning, protects hardwood floors, and extends the life of the rug. If you choose the right pad, you may easily accomplish all of these goals. After researching rug pads and talking to clients over the last 10 years, I've compiled this list of my top three suggestions for rug pads.
In the meantime, let's look at why the choice of rug pad material should matter in your decision-making process.
Some of the cheaper rug pads are made from vinyls which include PVC (polyvinyl chloride), an unbreathable petroleum-based chemical. Rugs placed on these types of rug pads will have a hard time absorbing and releasing moisture and the outcome could be that you damage your floors and the finish.
For folks living in more humid climates, it is especially important to use a rug pad that resists mold and mildew and breathes appropriately. Keep your eyes out for rug pads made of all-natural-materials such 100% pure rubber and soybean oil.
With smooth flooring, like hardwood, linoleum, or tile, it's important to get a no-slip rug pad - I would recommend either a felt pad with rubberized grips or a thin grip-only pad. The felt pad is the thicker of the two options and adds extra cushioning underfoot, making for a more comfortable experience. The thicker felt pads have added benefits of offering thermal- and sound-insulation. These felt pads with rubberized grips tend to cost more but may be worth the benefit and peace of mind of keeping your floors safe.
How much should I expect to spend on a rug pad?
Rug pads vary based on their thickness and the types of materials used. The petroleum-based tend to be cheaper, as are the thinner grip-only pads. You can expect to pay a premium for the thicker felt-pads and the pads that are made of all natural materials.
Rug pads, much like rugs, are sold with a cost per square foot. For instance, a small 3' x 5' grip-only natural rubber rug pad from Rug Pad USA will cost around $30. For more options, check out rug pads from Rug Pad USA.
Meanwhile, a larger 6' x 9' felt and rubber pad from Mohawk Home will set you back approximately $40,For more information, check out Mohawk Home Dual Surface Felt and Latex Non Slip Rug Pad.