The answer to this question is always YES!
For most, the rug pad is an afterthought but we are here to tell you that it’s actually an important side-kick to your new area rug. Here are a few reasons why you need a rug pad:
No matter where the rug is placed (on carpet or hardwood or etc), a pad keeps the rug in place and helps to prevent slips
An area rug pad extends the life of your rug by preventing the fibers from being crushed, acting as a buffer between the hard surface below and the rug above
A rug pad prevents dye transfer, staining, and scratching to the surface beneath the area rug
Who doesn’t want a little extra comfort? Rug pads add cushiony softness underfoot
It is important to note that different types of rug pads are made specifically for the type of flooring underneath – for example, if you have carpeting, make sure you purchase a rug pad made specifically for carpeting; don’t use a pad intended for carpet on a hardwood floor – they are not made the same and will not give the comfort and protection your floor needs.