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How to stop rugs moving on carpet

Updated February 21, 2017

Placing a rug over an area of carpet can add style or prevent high traffic areas from becoming worn. Unfortunately, the rug may slide when placed directly on carpet, causing the user to have to constantly move and adjust the rug. When stepped or pushed on, carpet pile moves in one direction. When the carpet pile moves from being compressed, it causes the rug to shift or move with it. The taller the pile, the more difficult it can be to prevent the rug from slipping. However, there are numerous products designed to keep rugs in place.

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Double-sided cloth tape

  1. Flip the rug upside down.

  2. Place 2.5 cm (1 inch) strips of double-sided cloth carpet tape spread out every 15 cm (6 inches) on the rug. Only use cloth tape. Cloth tape is safe for carpets and will not pull or ruin the pile when the rug needs to be removed. Double-sided cloth carpet tape uses a stronger adhesive than regular double-sided cloth tape to help the rug to adhere to the carpet.

  3. Flip the rug over. Press firmly on the carpet to hold in place.

Rug pad

  1. Select an non-slip rug pad that is 1.3 cm (1/2 inch) wider and larger than the rug. If the rug pad is smaller than the rug, the carpet will continue to bunch up and move.

  2. Lay the rug pad flat on the carpet.

  3. Place the rug over the rug pad. Pull the rug firmly so it covers the rug pad. A small bit of rug pad should be slightly visible. Unfortunately, there's nothing you can do about it, as the pad needs to be slightly larger than the rug.

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Things You'll Need

  • Double-sided cloth carpet tape
  • Rug pad


About the Author

Kallie Johnson began her writing career in 2009, contributing to various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She enjoys writing home and garden topics and considers herself an expert on do-it-yourself home improvement topics.

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