We are wooden floor nerds. We love the natural beauty of wood flooring. It offers so many advantages! From its hypoallergenic qualities and durability to the value it adds to your home. However, area rugs are an important part of soft furnishing in homes with wooden floors. On the one hand, they help to protect your floors from dining chairs, or children and their toys. On the other hand, area rugs can create cosy spaces for lounging. That said, rugs laid directly on wooden floors can lack softness. There’s a solution! Here’s how to make your rugs softer using rug pads and adhesive velcro.
How to Make Rugs Softer on Wooden Floors
What makes carpeting so soft? The answer is carpet-padding. While the style of carpet influences its softness, it is the padding that creates the most cushion. So how can you replicate this with rugs? Simple! Just add padding. There are two main ways to do so. First, by cutting carpet padding to size and attaching it with adhesive Velcro. Second, with a pre-cut rug pad.
Option 1: Carpet Padding with Adhesive Velcro
- Roll of carpet padding
- Adhesive Velcro strips, at least 5cm wide
- Sharp scissors
- Marker pen
- Straight edge
Step 1: Measure
Measure your rug. Take measurements for length and width. However, do not include decorative ends such as tassels in your measurements.
Now, subtract 1.5-3cm from each of your measurements. This is your padding measurement. For example, if your rug measures 182cm x 274cm, then you want a piece of carpet padding that is 180cm x 272cm.
Step 2: Cut
Next, roll out your carpet padding. Use the marker pen to mark the length and width on the padding. If you wish, join up your measurements with a straightedge. You can follow this line when cutting. Use sharp scissors to cut the carpet padding to size.
Step 3: Add Adhesive Velcro
Firstly, cut adhesive Velcro into 10-15cm strips. Then, remove only one side of the Velcro’s protective plastic, and stick it to the padding. Place strips in each corner as well as in the middle. Next, place your rug on top of the padding. Line it up, making sure the rug overhangs equally on all sides. Now, working with one piece of Velcro at a time, lift up the rug, remove the plastic cover on the Velcro strip, and place the rug back where it was, being sure to not let the rug shift during this process.
That’s it! Enjoy that cushiony softness.
Option 2: Rug Pads
While cutting carpet padding to size and fixing to your rug with adhesive Velcro is a good option, sometimes dedicated rug pads offer better performance. In particular, rug pads may be better at protecting your floors and keeping it in place.
A good rug pad will do a number of things:
- Protect wooden floors from scratches
- Make your rug softer underfoot
- Keep your rug in place
There are a number of different types of area rug pads. For instance, a felt pad can provide a lot of cushion but won’t stop your rug from moving around. Whereas, a rubber pad will hold a rug in place. For ultimate performance, consider a combined rubber and felt pad for both cushion and grip.
Rug pads can be bought in standard sizes and trimmed to fit, or in custom sizes. If you need to trim a rug pad, follow the steps to measure and cut, above.
Advantages of Rugs and Wooden Floors over Carpeting
Carpeting can feel warm, inviting and soft. However, carpeted homes can suffer from poor indoor air quality and higher levels of allergens. So, many homeowners choose to refurbish their wooden floors for cleaner indoor air, or to replace carpets with allergy-proof flooring. However, people still want soft, quiet, cosy places to hang out and play. That’s where area rugs come in. Wooden floors plus area rugs have a number of advantages over carpeting.
First, area rugs can be cleaned more easily. Homes with pets or severe hair-fever suffers might consider annual cleanings to reduce irritants. Secondly, rugs can be moved and repositioned. In this way, they can offer more flexibility in how you arrange your interior space. For instance, rugs are great for creating separate spaces in open plan layouts. Lastly, they can be replaced if needed. While worn-out wall-to-wall carpeting is messy and expensive to replace, a tired rug is much easier to upgrade. Many homeowners are already convinced by the wisdom of wooden floors plus area rugs. However, though softer than wood, rugs can sometimes lack the plush feeling of carpet. So, now your know how can you make rugs softer on your floors.
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