Do You Really Need a Rug Pad?



Here is the situation. You found the perfect rug for your space and can’t wait to take it home. But then you hear about rug pads and ask yourself, “Is a rug pad really necessary?” The short answer is, yes. The benefits of rug pads are numerous. Ensure you get the most out of your area rug by using an appropriate pad underneath it. No matter what type of floor covering your area rug will be laid over, a rug pad is essential. Here are some reasons why.


A good rug pad grips the area rug and keeps it from sliding around, especially in high traffic areas. Non-slip pads are designed to adhere the rug to its surface and also stick to the floor, preventing bunching and knotting that can lead to accidents or falls. This is especially important when placing a rug on a hard, slick surface like tile or hardwood. In fact, there are rug pads designed for laying rugs on hard surfaces or for laying them on carpeting.


Most rug pads have ridges in them. These ridges are essential because they trap dirt particles that can become embedded in your rug. Ridges help to facilitate air flow between your rug and the floor. Proper airflow prevents debris build-up, which is important for conserving both your floor and your rug. These particles can then be easily swept up while vacuuming, which leaves space for your floor and rug to breathe. Rug pads also prevent wet spills from reaching the floor or carpet beneath your rug and damaging it.

Prolonged Wear

Rugs can age prematurely due to friction caused be shifting and rubbing between the bottom of the rug and the floor. Rug pads prevent this which helps increase the life of your rug. A good rug pad also helps to protect your rug by absorbing the majority of impact from foot traffic. This is because rug pads are designed to compress and bounce back, which takes the strain off of rug fibers. Without a pad, the rug fibers will be crushed and the rug will show signs of wear sooner than it would if it had a rug pad.

Floor Protection

No matter the floor type underneath your rug, it needs to be protected. Rug pads help prevent irreparable damages, blemishes, and scratches to your floor while also protecting your floor from dirt and debris. Over time, collections of dirt and grime underneath your rug can cause damage to your floor. These abraisons can scratch your hardwood and wear down carpeting. Rug pads also prevent dyes from rugs from staining flooring if there is a spill.


Probably the most noticable part of having a rug pad is that they provide for a more cushioned walking surface. Cushioned rug pads offer a comfortable, yet durable, buffer that provides a plush and soft area underfood. Rug pads also keep your rugs looking great by preventing them from bunching, knotting or wrinkling. They also provide noise absorbtion by blocking the transference of sound from your feet to the floor.

Protect your investment! Oriental Rugs can be quite sturdy, and they can keep their beauty for a long time if you treat them with the respect they deserve. At David Tiftickjian & Sons, we know that your rugs will need some tender loving care due to the general wear and tear of today’s modern family life. We carry, in stock, several different styles of padding essential for the longevity of your Oriental Rugs.