I’ve received product from RugPadUSA for this post but all opinions of the product are my own.
I have this thing for rugs that look awesome and feel great to the touch and at times, really have to hold back from purchasing an extra rug just for the sake of it. I love the way they can instantly accentuate and pull a space together. Did you catch my post on 20 budget-friendly ways to refresh your home? Adding a pretty rug is definitely one of the twenty.
But there is one problem. Choosing the right rug for the right cost for the right space is NO easy ordeal!! I’m I the only one who has a difficult time choosing a good rug? I cannot count the number of times I went in-store to shop for rugs and came back with NOTHING because I get so overwhelmed by the choices (even though I have an idea of what I want). There are just so many variables to consider when choosing rugs. Just to name a few, think in terms of
- type of rug (indoor, outdoor, natural, etc)
- material (wool, cotton, silk, etc)
- kind of floors to put it (tile, laminate, wood, carpeted, etc)
- size, shape
- style, design, or type of weaving
- durability, sustainablity
- and the list goes on……….
It’s complicated and I’m a little overwhelmed just from writing down these few variables. But anyway, we are in the process of updating our breakfast ‘nook’ and we thought we’d go the extra mile to add a rug. There are no separating walls between the breakfast nook and the kitchen – it’s all one big opened space. So when I say updating, I’m referring to adding a new breakfast table set and a few other complimentary touches. This picture shows the breakfast area. The lighting itself doesn’t give off the best shots depending on which angle I stand to take a photo. Our kitchen flooring is made from laminated wood and the previous breakfast table slid around some because there was no rug underneath. Every so often, I’d have to move it back into position under the light.
Choosing a rug for the space was such a good decision. Both hubby and I and even the kids are super happy with the rug we picked out (we all went shopping together). I’d seen the one we chose a few times (that blue is catchy) but was not necessarily focused on getting it. While we were out shopping for a rug the space and also for our entryway, this one seemed to be the perfect choice for the kitchen. I shared a sneak of it on Instagram and while I did not think the image was that great, so many of you liked it.
I also got a rug pad to use underneath the rug in the breakfast area. Back in December, RugPadUSA offered to send me a rug pad to try with one of our rugs. At that point, the only other larger rug I had was overlaying the carpet in our family room. I did not want to add a rug pad there because I felt what we had was already enough. So I thought I would use it in our entryway as I was planning to organize it and switch out the small door mat for something bigger. The floors are tiled and the space is wide so it seems more practical to have a larger rug and a rug pad there especially during the winter months when we come in with wet boots. I’ve organized the entryway but still have not settled on any particular rug yet. You can read more about the organized entry here. And here is a little sneak of it with the small door mat (I love the color).
But back to the rug pad. RugPadUSA immediately sent me a rug pad, well packaged, and cut to fit perfectly underneath our rug. Once I unrolled it, the kids hopped up on it. They also have a thing for rugs and cut-out carpet and love to be pulled around on them like Aladdin:)
The type of pad I chose is called Contour Lock and works for laminated flooring. Boy am I glad choosing a rug pad is way easier than choosing an actual rug! Since I am not too familiar with the pad in general, I pulled this description from the website.
“Contour Lock is a 1/8’’-thick felt and rubber rug pad that offers a strong grip with moderate levels of cushioning without bulking. Contour Lock’s solid design protects floors from scratching and rug backings, which also makes it an ideal mate for rugs with rough backings; it’s particularly well-suited to flat-woven rugs such as Kilims, Dhurries, and Soumaks”.
The rug we have is not flat-woven but because it is over the laminated floors, the rug pad seems to compliment it very well. There are some flat-woven rugs that may look really nice in style and color but we may think twice about purchasing because we don’t want them to slide all over the place. I once had a flat-woven rug that I really liked. Both sides were woven with the same material and it was easy to throw in the wash but it slid all around. It was a small 3 x 5 rug and I really loved the bold aqua color. And while I loved how easy it was to maintain, I eventually gave it away because I just did not like it sliding. At the time, I did not know about rug pads for cut out rugs like these – only knew of pads for carpeted floors. I recently saw an exact one in the same store, looked at it but put it back. I saw another gorgeous flat-woven rug I really wanted to bring home but hubby warned me against it. A rug pad though would definitely solve the sliding problem for both of these rugs. This is the pad laid over the laminated floors.
And here is a peek of the rug with the pad underneath. The upper-side of the pad is made from 100% recycled felt. I love how well these two compliment each other together.
This is the back of the rug pad, made from natural rubber rather than toxic materials. It grips to the floor to keep the pad in place which will then keep the rug in place. Apart from helping to prevent sliding, the pad provides an additional layer of cushion under feet and also helps an otherwise low performing rug to perform better.
Overall, I’m pleased with the rug pad and happy to know that RugPadUSA carries these quality rug pads that are non-toxic and Eco-friendly. This is probably the kid of stuff we’d rather have in our homes. Don’t you agree?!
Do you have flooring or a rug in your home that might need a rug pad underneath? RugPadUSA may be your solution! They’ve got one for any kind of floor. You can choose from a selection from their oh so easy to navigate site. They’ll cut it to your desired size so all you have to do is put it underneath the rug you already have and watch it work wonders!
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