Why You Need a Rug Gripper for Your Area Rug

Feb 4, 2022

Hi folks, as you might see, today’s topic is “Why You Need A Rug Gripper for Your Area Rug”

So, you found just the right area rug, and you have the perfect spot at home to put it. Then, you ask yourself about purchasing a pad underneath the area rug. Do you need one, or is the brand just trying to “upsell” you with add-ons?

Eventually, the answer is: yes, you need a pad under your area rug! No matter what type of floor covering your area rug will be laid over, a rug pad is essential for several reasons.

What Is a Rug Gripper For?

Think of a product as protection you can’t afford to go without. It protects you, your rug, and your floor. Some of its benefits include:

  • Keeping your rug from slipping underneath you or curling up, and other significant trip hazards
  • Extends your rug’s life by minimizing bunching up or edges from unfurling
  • Safeguards your floor from needless scratches or the indentation from heavy furniture
  • Adds another layer of cushion and extra softness with every footfall
  • Reduces noise
  • Insulates room from a cold subfloor
Prevent Slipping


A rug pad helps to keep the area rug lying flat and in one place. Rug pads vary; some are designed specifically for use over hard surface flooring, while others are best for laying on top of wall-to-wall carpet.


A good rug pad grips the area rug to prevent it from sliding around. Even rugs anchored by furniture can shift, causing them to buckle, bunch up, and increase falling risk.

Prolong Wear

Like the cushion under a wall-to-wall carpet, a good rug pad helps protect the area rug from wear and tear by absorbing the majority of the impact from foot traffic. The pad is designed to compress and bounce back (even a firm pad will do this slightly), taking the strain off the rug fibers. Without a pad underneath to act as a shock absorber, the area rug fibers will be crushed, and the rug will show signs of wear much sooner than it would with a proper pad.

Protect the Floor Underneath

It doesn’t matter what type of floor you have underneath your area rug; it still needs protection. An area rug’s backing can be rough and could cause scratches on hardwood, laminate, and other types of surfaces. Other things that could pose a risk to the underlying floor include color transfer from the rug, a small rock or other sharp object being caught underneath the rug, and abrasive wear on the surface of the underlying floor caused by the area rug shifting with foot traffic.

A rug pad provides a protective barrier between the area rug and the floor underneath. Even if you’re putting your area rug on top of wall-to-wall broadloom carpet, you still need a rug pad.

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