Do You Need a Rug Pad?

The answer to this question is always YES!

Choosing a rug is an important decision. Style, shape, size, color and texture really make the room complete. But in the Hollywood of home design, while the rug may be the glamorous celebrity, the rug pad is the assistant who is usually invisible but completely essential.  If you’re unfamiliar with the term, a rug pad is simply a liner placed directly underneath your area rug, creating a layer in between the rug and the floor that provides a number of benefits.

Why You Always Need an Area Rug Pad

For most, the rug pad is an afterthought but we are here to tell you that it’s actually an important side-kick to your new area rug. Here are a few reasons why you need a rug pad:

  • SAFETY
    No matter where the rug is placed (on carpet or hardwood or etc), a pad keeps the rug in place and helps to prevent slips
  • LONGEVITY
    An area rug pad extends the life of your rug by preventing the fibers from being crushed,  acting as a buffer between the hard surface below and the rug above
  • PROTECTION
    A rug pad prevents dye transfer, staining, and scratching to the surface beneath the area rug.
  • COMFORT
    Who doesn’t want a little extra comfort? Rug pads add cushiony softness underfoot

It is important to note that different types of rug pads are made specifically for the type of flooring underneath – for example, if you have carpeting, make sure you purchase a rug pad made specifically for carpeting; don’t use a pad intended for carpet on a hardwood floor – they are not made the same and will not give the comfort and protection your floor needs.

Don’t let your celebrity (rug) miss a shot at the Oscars by not giving it the right support and cast – Every great rug deserves a great rug pad!


At Avalon Flooring, we want to make sure you’re happy from your first step in our showroom to your first step on your new flooring—and as your partner in home design, we’ll be there every step along the way. Consider us your “One-Stop Shopping” destination for all things flooring…(and window treatments)!

Our design consultants are equipped with the knowledge to guide you through the wide selection of products we offer, and our expert installation team is professionally trained to make sure everything gets installed the way you envision. We know your home is an expression of your sense of style, and we’re here to make sure you’ll be proud of it for years to come.

If you have any questions, please email us.