Felt Rug Pads vs. Rubber Rug Pads

The team here at Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs has helped homeowners from Naperville, Lisle, Wheaton, and all across the greater Chicago area pick between felt rug pads and rubber rug pads. In fact, the differences between rug pad types are some of the most common things we’re asked about, so we thought we’d write up this quick overview.

Why Should You Use a Felt Rug Pad?

Felt rug pads are often a little bit more expensive than rubber rug pads. However, they are fantastic when you need to keep larger rugs from moving around, and they work particularly well with hardwood flooring. In terms of keeping floors and furniture protected, it’s a very strong option, and cushioning support is excellent. However, felt rug pads may wear out faster than rubber rug pads, so you may need our repair services in the future.  

Why Should You Use Rubber Rug Pads?

Rubber rug pads are normally cheaper than felt rug pads, but that doesn’t mean that using them sacrifices either practicality or quality. Rubber rug pads also provide excellent cushioning. However, the most impressive benefit of rubber rug pads is their ability to keep even smaller rugs firmly in place thanks to their non-slip backing. In contrast, felt rug pads need the weight of furniture or a large, thick rug to keep everything from slipping around. However, one thing to keep in mind with rubber rug pads is that you will need to ensure that are 100% natural rubber — synthetics are not nearly as durable.

Which Option is Right for You?

Ultimately, there’s no definite right answer when it comes to felt rug pads vs. rubber rug pads — you just need to match their relative advantages and disadvantages against your own needs.

If you have a large rug or heavy furniture and don’t mind spending a little more money, opt for felt. If you have smaller rugs to keep in place and want a completely non-slip surface, rubber will probably suit you better.

Find High-Grade Rug Pads from Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs

Regardless of your chosen option, you can count on finding exactly what you’re looking for from Russell Martin Carpet and Rugs, and we’ll be more than happy to provide further advice if you contact us directly.