How To Secure Area Rugs On Top Of Carpets

Home décor is different for everyone. Some people would never put an area rug on top of the carpet while others would. Below are some reasons people put a rug on top of a carpet;

  • Wall-to-wall carpets: In cases where your house is fully covered with a wall to wall carpet, you might want to break the monotony using a rug.
  • Protection: You might decide to put a rug in high foot traffic areas, such as below the dining table, in the living room, or on the entryway to protect your carpet on those areas from getting damaged.
  • Wear and tear: Your carpet might have worn out places you might decide to cover up the torn parts with a rug.

If you decide to put a rug over your carpet, these tips will help you create a complementary décor to your existing design without messing up too many things.

Additionally, it would help if you remembered to safely secure the rug using the methods below to avoid the occurrence of slip and fall accidents.

Placing rugs on top of carpets can easily create these two problems:



1. Anchoring

Placing a heavy object on top of the area rug will help to keep it in place. For instance, if you put the area rug in the living room, you can use couches, coffee tables, and buffets to hold it down. Also, if the rug is placed in the bedroom, the bed or nightstand can easily hold it down.

Pro tip: You can also use the Nevercurl solution to hold down the corners of the rug in places where you do not have any heavy furniture to hold it down.



2. Use carpet tape

There several things you need to remember if you choose to use this method;

Firstly, you need to select tapes designed to stick rugs to carpeted floors like this one to avoid picking the wrong options.

Secondly, you need to go for tapes with lighter adhesives because those with stronger adhesives tend to leave residues, which will end up damaging your carpet floors.

Thirdly, you will have to replace the tape from time to time because it tends to lose its grip with time after collecting too much dust and moisture.

Finally, you want to avoid the use of method on antique or highly expensive rugs because you might end up damaging the fibers with the tape. However, you can always test on small hidden portions before you rule the use out.

Pro Tip: Rug Grippers serve the same purpose as carpet tape, and you can use them instead. Some people like this homeowner also use Velcro instead of the tape of grippers.


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3. Caulk it up

You need an Acrylic Caulk and a caulking gun to complete this method. You can also use Silicone Caulk, but the Acrylic option is known to have a more long-lasting grip.

This is a method only recommended for inexpensive rugs because the caulk can quickly leave residue, stains, and scratches on expensive oriental rugs.

Use the video below to see how you can secure a rug on top of the carpet using the caulking method.

Pro Tip: You can replace the caulk with hot glue, as explained in that post.

4. Add Anti-slip Mats

I know placing a mat on top of a rug which is placed on top of a carpet sounds too much. Allow me to give you several possibilities where this method might work.

Entryways and kitchen sinks are some areas where this method can work.

You can place a non-slip doormat on top of the runner rug on the entryway to protect both the carpet from dust and high-pressure foot traffic.

If your kitchen has wall-to-wall carpet, you might want to add runner rugs beside high traffic areas, such as the sink area. You can add extra cushioning to your feet by adding an anti-skid kitchen mat on top of the area rug.

5. Use a Non-slip rug pad

Most areas rugs are soft while the carpet is rough. If you place the rug on top of the carpet without a rug pad, there will be a texture difference. That difference in texture is what causes the slipping and moving of the rug from one place to the next.

Pro Tip One: If you are curious or in a hurry, the following reasons make this particular rug pad is the most popular among our readers.

  • It is made explicitly for rugs placed over carpeted floors
  • It will not only secure your rug in one place, but it will also protect your carpet floors from stains, scratches, and other damages.
  • It is made from polyester textile, which has an excellent grip and does not transfer any toxins into the carpet.



Pro Tip Two: Non-slip rubber shelf liners can also be used instead of rug pads. But you must only use this as a temporary solution because liners do not provide the same efficiency that a pad would.


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