What are rug pads for?
While not essential, rug pads are useful for a few reasons! First, they'll help keep any area rug from sliding around when stepped on. Second, they add extra padding and comfort beneath rugs, making them softer underfoot. Finally, they protect hard-surface flooring beneath the area rug from heavy traffic and furniture.
General rug pads are made from a slip-resistant webbed material and largely prevent your rug from sliding out from underneath you when you step on it. You can order a roll and cut it to size or order a pre-cut pad in the specific size you need.
Premium felt or polyester-blend pads are coated to help them stick to the floor, offering extra protection against movement. They also help to prevent scratches under the rug and are best for adding comfortable padding.