Finding the perfect rug that matches your decor, fits your space and is priced within your budget is a design win. Rugs give rooms a finished look, provide a comfortable place to stand and help protect floors. But keeping your rug in the spot you spent hours picking out for it isn’t always easy. That is unless you have a rug gripper.
As implied by its name, rug grippers help rugs grip the floor. Rug grippers can be the same size as the rug and cover the entirety of the bottom of the rug or just the corners and edges. Rug grippers can attach to the rug or lay below it. Rug pads, a type of rug gripper, are solid pieces of fabric that act as a barrier between the rug and floor. They not only keep the rug in place, but they also stop dirt from getting under the rug and damaging the floor when users step on top of the rug. Rug pads can also help to protect the floor from dents caused by heavy furniture and create a barrier between the floor and the rough underside of the rug.
Whichever style of rug gripper you buy, make sure it’s one that will keep your rug secure on the floor and stop it from becoming a mini ice rink in your home.
1. Gorilla Grip Original Area Rug Gripper Pad
Keep your rug firmly in place when standing, walking or vacuuming using the Gorilla Grip Original Area Rug Gripper Pad. The traditional style rug ripper has an open grid mesh-like construction that creates a thin barrier between the rug and the floor that will hold the rug in place and protect the floor without adding height that can make the rug a trip hazard. Made in the USA, the Gorilla Grip rug gripper comes in a variety of sizes, but users can also easily cut the item with scissors. The versatile grippers can also be used in drawers, on shelves and when opening tight jars.
Pros: The Gorilla Grip rug gripper is reversible, making installation easy.
Cons: The Gorilla Grip shown here is only appropriate for hardwood floors, but the company does make rug grippers that can be used on carpet.
2. Mohawk Home Felt Rubber All Surface Non-Slip Rug Pad
Add comfort to your rug with the Mohawk Home Felt Rubber All Surface Non-Slip Rug Pad. The full coverage rug is 1/4 inches thick and made with 100 percent felt rubber for an added feeling of cushion under your rug. Designed with a slip-resistant finish, the Mohawk rug pad can help rugs stay in place. A fiber side grips the back of the rug, while the rubber side sticks to the flooring without leaving marks. Made in the US with recycled materials, the rug pad is ideal for rugs with furniture on top as the thick pad will help to protect the floor from dents and scratches.
Pros: Customers can trim the rug with scissors and the company offers custom cutting at no extra charge.
Cons: The Mohawk rug pad may have a chemical smell when first opened.
3. Home Techpro Washable Rug Gripper
If you’re tired of tripping over the edge of a rug that continues to curl up, it’s time to try the Home Techpro Washable Rug Gripper. The set of eight square grippers can be glued to the bottom of any rug to create a non-slip finish. Designed with a Vacuum Tech principle, the squares create a suction to the floor when pressure is applied from above, pushing air away and creating a low-pressure area in the gripper. To apply, customers simply peel the sticker off the back of the gripper and place it sticky side down onto a corner or side area of a rug. The grippers should not leave any marks on the floor.
Pros: The gripper can remain on the rug even when it’s being cleaned in the washing machine.
Cons: The Home Techpro Grippers will not work on carpet.
4. Kraftex Double Sided Carpet Tape
Rugs inside and outdoors can be a tripping hazard, so make your home safe with the Kraftex Double Sided Carpet Tape. Suitable for use indoors or in the elements, the Kraftex professional-grade tape can be used to make rugs anti-slip whether they’re on tile, wood, vinyl, marble, carpet or concrete. Using super strong adhesive and a fiber web mesh backing, Kraftex creates a secure hold on rugs. The easy peel backing makes the tape simple to install.
Pros: Kraftex is ideal for using on runners because customers can line both sides of the long rug.
Cons: It’s difficult to cut the tape with scissors and users would be better served using a utility knife.