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The Essential 2016 Buyer's Guide to Rug Underlay

There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you finally find the perfect rug for a room. Whether it’s a bedroom, living room, or anywhere else, a rug is often the final piece to the interior design puzzle, and really brings everything together. But once your rug arrives, it’s not always as simple as set and forget – there’s a good chance you’ll need rug underlay too. If you haven’t thought about underlay yet, don't worry, in today’s buyer’s guide, we’ll explain everything you need to know.

Why rug underlay is important

Let’s start with the basics: why you’d want to invest in a high quality rug underlay. The primary reason that people invest in a rug underlay is to prevent the slipping or creeping of rugs once they’re laid. Without a good underlay, a rug placed on a smooth floor or even a carpet may move and shift over time. Even worse, some rugs may even slip under your feet as you’re walking across them – and that could pose a health and safety risk. With this in mind, it’s important that you consider rug underlay carefully when buying a new rug.

How rug underlay works

The main reason that rugs slip or creep when laid on certain surfaces is that there’s simply not enough friction between the rug and the surface. When there’s no friction, there’s nothing stopping the rug from slipping all over the place – and that’s when frustration for rug owners can occur. The solution is rug underlay, and it works by inserting a very slim-line piece of material between the rug and the surface, creating more than enough friction to keep the rug in place for days, weeks, and months to come. Even better, many rug underlays allow you to pick and replace the rug whenever you may need to – no sticky adhesives required!

Where to find reliable rug underlay

Here at Rugs Direct, we recommend the use of a product called CyberGold rug underlay. This is a high quality underlay that can be placed onto the surface prior to laying your rug on it. In addition, if for any reason you want to reduce the size of the underlay, you can simply cut it down to the size you want using a pair of quality scissors. This is a very thin underlay that’s designed to be as discreet as possible, which is the main reason that we recommend this product for anyone worried about rugs slipping or creeping over time.

You can explore our full range of rug underlay on our website right now. And if you have any questions about underlay or how it works, please call our friendly team on 0845 838 8638.


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