This post is sponsored by Rug Pad USA.
When building our home I was so excited about having hardwood floors. Our contract allowed for hardwood in the dining room but we made the decision to add the hardwood to the living room and the computer room as well.
Best decision ever! We didn’t feel we could afford to add the hardwood to the master bedroom but I sure wish we had. Future project, maybe.
Our floors were installed unfinished and then hand scraped and stained after installation. I had a choice of light, medium or heavy distressing/scraping or none at all. I chose light to medium scraping and I’ve loved it.
Our particular oak floors are cut 1/2″ thick, the same thickness as our tile so we don’t have a raised threshold between rooms. Again, love this!
Once you make the decision to invest in hardwood floors (and it is an investment) if you take care of them properly, they will last forever! In today’s post I’m talking about choosing the right rug pad.
Have you ever thought about the fact that spending money on the things you can’t see is the hardest part of owning a home?
I had no problem shopping for a rug but the rug pad? This was hard. My experience with rug pads consisted of synthetic materials that began falling apart and shredding after just a few years. I didn’t want to put this type of product on my beautiful hardwood. So I kind of avoided the fact that I needed one. Rug Pad USA to the rescue.
Rug Pad USA sells a wide variety of quality rug pads specifically recommended for hardwood floors. They’re made from felt with a natural rubber backing, not the yucky synthetic latex, which allows them to breathe, last longer and grip better than other rug pads. And on top of that they’re made right here in the USA!
I have the Premium Lock Felt pad under my living room rug. This pad is 1/4″ thick with a felt top (made from recycled felt fibers) and a natural rubber backing.
The photo above is from Rug Pad USA’s website showing the Premium Lock Felt pad. From this photo I expected the rug pad to have a thicker appearance but it is exactly 1/4″ thick as described. I measured it.
When ordering your rug pad you have the option of various sizes or you can specify a custom cut. With a custom cut your rug pad will be cut 1″ to 1.5″ shorter on each side. My rug pad was ordered for an 8′ by 10′ rug but actually measures 2.5″ smaller in length and width yet still works perfectly under my rug.
Here you can see the grooved natural rubber backing that really has a nice grip for hardwood floors. The great thing about this rug pad is if you want to use a rug on a carpeted surface you can flip the rug pad over, rubber backing up, to use on carpet. A great option if you hope to replace your carpet with hardwoods in the future.
Besides the fact that now this rug isn’t scooting on the floor, I can feel such a difference when I walk on it. I’m a barefoot kind of gal and I really noticed the extra cushion.
Rug Pad USA is offering Beyond the Screen Door readers a discount coupon code towards a new rug pad. Use code trade20off for 20% off your entire order!
Since I had to move all my furniture to place my rug pad I did a bit of cleaning as well. Of course this had nothing to do with a wedding coming up or company coming. Not at all.
Coming Soon: More details about my hardwood floors as well as tips on cleaning hardwoods and the placement of in-floor electrical outlets. This can be such a difficult decision but I’ll be sharing tips to make the task a bit easier.
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