Using one of the following best things to keep rugs in place will help you to eliminate rug migration movements, such as sliding, slipping, curling, buckling, folding, creasing, bunching, wrinkling, and the existence or dents among others.

A rug should always remain flat and perfectly stretched out to look good and beautiful in your home.

Additionally, a rug that moves is a high-security risk, especially for children and older people who can suffer severe injuries from slip and fall accidents.

You can also check out the following posts for more specific tips on how to deal with the movement on wood and carpeted floors.




Benefits of a rug pad

Apart from keeping your rugs in place and preventing them from bunching or slipping, a rug pad provides other benefits below;

Protection & Cushioning: A rug pad will protect both your floors and expensive oriental rugs. To the floor, it will act as a cushion that absorbs excess pressure from foot traffic, reducing wearing down of your floors. It protects the rug from absorbing oils and other products from the floors, which can damage the fibers.

Provides comfort & Warmth: A rug pad is a source of insulation and comfort for your feet, mainly when used in areas where you are forced to stand for long hours like beside the kitchen sink.

Factors to consider when choosing a rug pad

#1 Size

The pad should not be larger than your rug or too small than it.

The general rule is that a rug pad should be 1’’ inch shorter on the four sides of your area rug.

On small rugs, you choose rug pads that are thin and lightweight to allow free air circulation eliminating the possibility of bad odor formation on your rugs.

Pro Tip: Small rugs are the hardest to keep in place, and that is why rubber rug pads are mostly recommended for that job.

Here is my favorite rug pad for keeping small rugs in place.

For large area rugs placed in low traffic areas, a felt rug pad will work just fine. However, if the area rug is placed on high foot traffic areas, you will need a felt and rubber combination rug pad.

Here is my favorite rug pad for keeping small rugs in place.

#2 Material

Rubber, Felt, a combination of felt and runner, PVC, Polyester, and Vinyl are the main types of rug pad materials.

The material you choose will depend on the type of your floor, such as carpet, hardwood, vinyl, or tiles, among others.

The material will also depend on the type and size of your rug as explained below.

  • PVC rugs pads are the cheapest but are not recommended for hardwood floors and highly expensive rugs since they cause discoloration and other damages.
  • Felt rug pads are mostly recommended for use with heavy and large area rugs.
  • Rubber rug pads are ideal for smaller rugs that need to be kept in place. They are always thin and sticky, which means they are not recommended for use in high foot traffic areas and floors where they are likely to stick.
  • A combination of rubber and felt pads are the most recommended choice for every home because they provide a better grip. It is like getting a combination of felt and rubber pads in one.
  • Polyester or Vinyl rug pads are mostly used when rugs are placed on carpeted floors.



#4 Floor Compatibility

Some rug pads are made for carpeted floors, others for hardwood floors, and others for vinyl floors, among other choices.

You will need to read your rug recommendations given by the manufacturer or the selling information given by rug producers.

For example, PVC is not recommended for hardwood, tile, and vinyl floors.

We have also given some recommendations on the size and material factors above which you can use.

Here is my favorite rug pad for HARDWOOD FLOORS

Here is my favorite rug pad for CARPETED FLOORS

Here is my favorite rug pad for VINYL FLOORS

Here is my favorite rug pad for TILE FLOORS


#5 Thickness

How thick your rug pad is will determine its performance and insulation. The thicker it is, the more protection it will give to your rug.

If your rug is placed in high traffic areas, you will need a thick rug pad.

Also, for small and thin rugs, you will need to choose a thin rug pad too.

Pro Tip: You can test the comfort of a pad using your fingers where you pinch it with your fingers and determine if it’s the right size depending on how it will fell to your fingers.




What is the best carpet tape?

Carpet tape can be used for three primary purposes:

  • Keeping rugs and carpets in place: In this case, a Double-Sided Carpet Tape is the most recommended option
  • It is used to bind or close up the raw edges of rugs and carpets. Duck Brand Seaming Tape is the most recommended option for this type of job.
  • It is used to join two or more fragments/sections of rugs or carpets. The 3M Vinyl Tape is the best option to use for such as job.

How to use Carpet tape


How to remove carpet tape

Method one: Use a remover

Step one: Pick a remover. There are many types of removers you can use, such as Alcohol, Goo Gone, Oil, and WD-40, among others.

Step two: Apply the remover on tape then leave it for some time.

Step three: Hold one corner of the tape then peel it back.

Step four: After the tape is removed, follow the steps below to remove its residue.

Step five: Apply a rug shampoo then use a damp sponge or cloth to scrub away the residue remains.

Step six: Once clean, air-dry entirely the rug to keep away mildew smells and pests, such as moths.

Method two: Use heat

Step one: The source of heat we shall use is a hairdryer.

Step two: Turn on the dryer and point it on the tape with 2 inches away. Make sure you use low heat and move the dryer evenly across the whole tape length. Heat loosens the adhesive on the tape.

Step three: Use a plastic scraper to detach the edges of the tape so that you can be able to pull it off.

Step four: Clean out the residue using the steps described in method one above.



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.

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

Use the following steps to actualize this method:

Step one: Put the silicone or acrylic caulk or hot glue into the caulking gun.

Step two: Flip your rug over such that the top side with being down and the backside on the top.

Step three: Use the gun to dispense the caulk or glue on to the rug until the whole surface is covered.

Step four: Let the caulk or glue to completely dry by setting the rug aside for 24 to 48 hours.

Step five: Once dry, flip the rug over then return it to its original position.

Check out this video if you prefer a more visual demonstration of how to complete the process above.




There are several anchoring techniques you can use to put a rug in a place like the three discussed below.

  • Use furniture: the sofa set, coffee tables, and dining sets can help to keep living room rugs in places. Make sure you use Furniture Sliders when moving It on the rug to avoid damaging the rug fibers with too much tension
  • Rug grippers: Performs the same function as carpet tape, except that it is mostly added on the rug corners and edges.
  • Anti-slip mats: You can place some anti-slip mats below the rug to perform the same function a rug pad would, as described above.


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