How to Secure a Rug to a Wood Floor

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How to Secure a Rug to a Wood Floor
Protect wood floors by placing padding under decorative rugs. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

You can protect your home's wood floors by laying rugs in high-traffic areas. Keep the rugs from slipping and sliding by placing padding underneath them. Rug padding, which is available in several different types of materials, typically comes in rolls featuring specific dimensions. When purchasing the padding, inspect the labels to make sure the product can be used on the type of wood flooring you want to protect. Some common padding materials, such as rebond foam, polyurethane and fibre padding, won't leave residues or discolouration on the wood surface.

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Things you need

  • Rug
  • Tape measure
  • Padding
  • Rug tape
  • Utility knife

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  1. 1

    Measure the rug dimensions using a tape measure. Subtract 1 or 2 inches from the width and length and transfer this when measuring the rug pad.

  2. 2

    Unfurl the roll of padding and measure the dimensions, subtracting the 1 or 2 inches from both the length and width in step 1.

  3. 3

    Create a larger piece of padding to accommodate a rug's length or width by connecting two pieces of padding. Place the padding ends together and secure them by attaching rug tape along the seam to form one solid piece of padding.

  4. 4

    Lay the padding on a surface that will not be damaged by a knife blade, such as a concrete garage floor. Cut any excess padding off using a utility knife.

  5. 5

    Place the padding on the wood floor where the rug will be laid. Set the rug over the padding and adjust it so it lies evenly over the pad.

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