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How to Anchor Area Rugs to the Floor

Updated April 17, 2017

Area rugs have the ability to bring a room together using colour and texture. However, on certain floors like hardwood or tile, area rugs can slip and cause accidents. There are products out on the market, such as rug grippers and double sided tape, which allow you to anchor your area rugs to the floor to prevent slips and falls. Experiment a little to decide which product works best for you, your home and your rug.

Lay your area rug flat on the floor and put heavy objects at the four corners of the rug. This will encourage the rug to remain flat instead of curling back up. Leave the objects on the rug for 24 hours.

Measure your rug to find length and width and subtract 1 inch from each measurement. If the rug is meant for a hardwood floor, cut a piece of rug grip, which is available at home supply stores, using the measurements you collected. Rug grip is made from a textured rubber that doesn't move, even on slick or wet floors. The rubberlike texture keeps the rug in place and also protects the floor from the material underneath the rug.

Place the rug grip on the floor in the area that you want the area rug. Lay the area rug over the rug grip and reposition as needed until you are satisfied with its placement. Walk back and forth over the rug to test for any movement of the rug or rug grip. It may be necessary to use doubled-sided carpet tape if you noticed any movement.

Cut pieces of double-sided carpet tape according to the measurements you took earlier. Turn the rug grip over and place the doubled sided tape at the four corners before laying it back on the floor, tape side down. Position carefully and press down against the rug grip to secure it to the floor.

Add tape to the top of the rug grip at the four corners and down the centre. Lay the rug on top of the rug grip and reposition it as needed until it's straight. Walk all over the rug to secure the rug to the tape.

Things You'll Need

  • Rug grip
  • Double sided carpet tape
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Annie Carter has been been writing in some way for as long as she can remember. However, she has been writing informative articles for the last few years. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Edinboro University. Carter specializes in articles relating to pets, as she has four cats and two dogs of her own.