How to Measure Your Rug
A common misconception is that you should purchase a rug pad that has measurements identical to your area rug. If the dimensions of the two products match, the rug pad will be less effective and will peek out from the edges of your rug, ruining the aesthetic.
To choose the correct rug pad size, you’ll need to follow these steps.
- Use a measuring tape to measure the length and width of the rug Note: Do not include the decorative ends, like tassels. Only the rug itself.
- Subtract two inches from both the length and width of the rug (Subtract three inches for thicker rugs).
- Use these measurements to select your rug pad size.
For thicker pads underneath large rugs measuring 10 x 13 or more, you will want a slightly larger overhang, so subtract 2.5-3 inches from your rug’s measurements when choosing the rug pad size.