How to Keep a Throw Rug in Place When It's on a Carpet

Throw rugs come in a variety of patterns.
Throw rugs come in a variety of patterns. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Throw rugs are easy additions that warm up a room and serve a functional purpose as well. In addition to protecting the floors they sit on top of, throw rugs also prevent guests from slipping on wet floors. When placing a floor rug on top of carpet, sometimes the floor rug will bunch up and not remain in place. To combat this, consider self-adhesive tape or other padding to keep the floor rug from moving each time you walk on top of it.

Things You'll Need

  • Rug pads
  • Double-sided tape
  • New rubber backing for throw rugs
  • Pieces of rubber, such as from glass jars used for canning

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Purchase special padding to place between the area rug and the carpet. Though the padding may seem as though it will make the area as a whole too padded, special rug pads are made specifically for this purpose. These may be found at flooring stores. They help the rug lie correctly, but also prevent any color runoff that could occur from the rug onto the carpet.

Use self-adhesive tape to keep the throw rug in place. Use double-sided tape and apply it to each of the edges of the throw rug prior to placing it onto the carpet. This typically works better when attaching the throw rug to hard surfaces, though it can be used on carpet, especially carpet that is not extremely plush.

Replace the rubber backing entirely that is on the back of your current throw rug. If the rubber backing has worn away, it can cause the rug to slip more on top of the carpet. New rubber backing slips can be purchased at flooring stores.

Place additional rubber on the back of the throw rug. If you have any rubber rings, for example, that come from canning jars, attach these rubber rings to the bottom of the throw rug. This extra layer of rubber may help keep the throw rug from sliding. To attach the rubber rings, sew or glue them on.

Tips & Warnings

  • Using double-sided tape to secure an area rug to carpet could leave residue on the carpet. Use this option if the carpet is old and can be replaced.


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