Keep your flooring in tip-top shape and protect the fibres in your rugs.
Why You Need a Rug Pad
A rug pad is basically a layer of material that goes underneath your rug. They keep rugs from slipping on the floor, which does both you and your floors a huge favor. The lack of slippery fabric on the floors helps prevent accidents, and it keeps up the finish on your floors. Dirt and dust get trapped under rugs over time, so keeping them in place keeps debris from scratching the wood. Rug pads also help make your spaces more comfortable. Many materials add some extra plush to your textiles, which comes in handy when you want to add natural fibre rugs in thinner weaves to your floors. This padding also reduces pressure on the fibres in your carpeting, which helps them stay as good as new. Finally, pads lift rugs off the floor helps the fibres breathe. This keeps the fibres in good shape, preserves colours and keeps mould or mildew from collecting underneath the rug in humid climates.
Rug pads can come in a wide variety of materials, which pair well with different kinds of rug fibres. Felt pads are popular options because they add lots of padding to your floors. However, they can be slippery, so they work best when you have large furniture such as sofas, armchairs or tables to hold things in place. Rubber pads are also popular as they are durable and stay put. You can find options in both natural materials such as soy oil, natural rubber or synthetic materials.
Choosing a Rug Pad
Other than material, the only thing you need to consider when making a choice is size. Many west elm rug pads come in a variety of sizes that fit perfectly with the rugs in our collections. However, some options are easy to cut to fit a variety of different sizes. Because rug pads aren’t visible, colour doesn't matter at all. Whether you have basic solid rugs in your home or colourful patterned rugs, any rug pad shade will do.