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The Difference Between Comfort and Functionality-oriented Rug Pads

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rugpadThe choice of the rug pad you use as padding between the floor and your carpet can make or break the carpet in question. This is because of the great difference in quality between certain types of materials commonly used for rug pads, as well as the lack of compatibility between some rug pads and the carpets they are meant to support. Before anything, when deciding to buy a rug pad or several of them, make sure to consult with the manufacturer of each carpet to know exactly which rug pads don't go with your carpet and could damage it before even considering the material of the padding.

Once that is out of the way, it's time to focus on choosing the right material manufactured the correct way to suit your specific needs. What people look for in a rug pad can vary from person to person. Those whose carpets decorate a family home, especially if children are involved, will look towards their rug pads, usually 8 x 10 rug pads or similar, providing comfort above all else. The carpets of such people often experience shoeless traffic over the rug, as well as people of all age sitting down on the carpet for prolonged periods of time. Because of this, the optimal choice of rug padding is one that is as cushy as possible, without much worry for support or even stability. Temperature insulation also plays a big role here, as a properly insulated rug pad of sufficient thickness can keep the carpet around room temperature even during the coldest of days.rugpad2While such rug pads, often made from either prime foam or wool, are the prime choice for comfort, they do terribly in the face of high traffic and heavy weight being placed upon the carpet, usually from furniture. This highlights how important it is to assess your situation and know exactly the type of rug pad you want as opposed to getting one that just seems like it could help. A cushy rug pad placed under a high traffic carpet is going to fare very poorly and break down soon, wasting your money. A rug pad that is not designed for sliding prevention can have all the other benefits one can think of but won't do much to keep a rug in place when someone walks over it, nor save that person from slipping or even falling badly once the rug is swept under them.

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Hard rug pads of high density are the best choice for high traffic areas like hallways, where the sheer amount of footsteps requires the rug pad to be of exceptional sturdiness lest it break down fairly soon. Regardless of the choice of material, the rug padding will always be available in the exact size of the carpet, from small carpets covering just one area of the room all the way to carpets needing 8 x 10 rug pads or even higher. As it is often the case, the increase in dimensions will also result in a proportional increase in the price of the rug pad.

Choosing the Right Rug Pad with your Budget in Mind

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rightrugpadbudgetIf you are buying a brand new carpet, you have more likely than not been overwhelmed by the sheer amount of different carpet styles, textures, shapes and sizes to choose from. There is a carpet out there for everyone, but the issue is often sifting through the seemingly endless amount of carpets that don't attract you or are only somewhat appealing to you. Then, once you have found your carpet, you need to worry about the price and whether it comes in the size you require.


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What you might not be aware of, however, is that carpets are supposed to come with a form of protective padding underneath it, designed to provide various benefits to its user. With smaller area rugs, a rug pad can offer sliding protection and added stability for the carpet, keeping it firmly in place in the face of traffic. A larger size rug requiring an equally large rug pad, such as an 8 x10 rug pad, which is one of the standard sizes for these pads, can provide you with added comfort and cushiness. Many people use their carpet as a surface to sit or lie down on, and certain rug pads are designed specifically with providing the users with cushioning and insulation. Sound and temperature insulation are a common feature of many of these rug pads.

Sound insulation is an important factor for many, as the footsteps can generate a lot of noise, especially if there are people in the room below. Temperature insulation, while not such an important factor for some, still offers even greater comfort by adding more padding between the floor and the rug. In the winter, the room floor can get considerably cold, so for those with people sitting down on the rug, especially children, this can be an important factor.soundinsulation
The material used for manufacturing rug pads is the key component whenever choosing the appropriate rug pad. If you have a larger carpet and, consequently, need a larger rug pad, like the 8 x10 rug pad, the choice of material is going to make a big difference in price. Some rug pads are made with very inexpensive materials, such as scrapped foam, but these pads are usually of subpar quality and can stain your carpet considerably. It's probably not worth saving a couple of extra dollars if it means irreversibly ruining your carpet with yellow stains with a rug pad made from cheap foam.

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On the other hand, if you are opting for a more quality material, like natural rubber mixed with felt, you need to be mindful of the size of the rug pads and the amount of rugs you wil be using them under. Multiple rug pads for large carpets are an expense of their own, and need to be carefully considered when planning how many carpets you are buying and what their size will be. Without being able to afford quality rug pads for your carpets, they might wear down over time, especially if they are experiencing a lot of traffic on a daily basis.