Should A Rug Pad Be the Same Size As A Rug?
The rug pad should be about 1 ½ inches less than your rug around all sides. In total, that’s 3 inches off the width and 3 inches off the length. This allows the rug to lay flat on the flooring rather than being slightly elevated. When you have the pad extend to the full size of the rug, two things happen. First, it’s unsightly, and second, it raises the rug further off the floor and becomes a tripping hazard. It’s much safer to have the rug lay flat on the floor.