Before without rug and rug pad
I had investigated a few online companies selling area rugs but the shipping to Canada was more than the price of the rug. A few weeks ago I was in Home Depot and came across some inexpensive bound area rugs. I chose a nice cream colour for $89 (Cdn.) for an 8' x 10' (more or less) size.
I think it looks nice in our living room but being on the thin side it certainly wasn't cushy to our feet. The back of the rug is stiff and very scratchy and we were concerned about how it would affect the laminate hardwood too.
You can imagine how surpised I was when the co-founder from Rug Pad USA contacted me with an opportunity to review any of their rug pads. Rug Pad USA is a retailer based outside of the Greater New York area and they specialize in manufacturing higher end, eco-friendly rug pads that are made in the USA. After communicating with the rep I learned that the market is flooded with toxic pvc imported rug pads that can actually be quite toxic and could damage some types of floors. Have you ever opened one of those cheap rug pad packages and knew that it would have to be aired out before it could go in your home? With a son and lots of family with asthma we take our air quality seriously.
After choosing the Eco-Solid Non-slip rug pad and giving them the true dimensions of my not quite 8' x 10' area rug (which RugPadUSA custom cut to size) I was surprised to receive my rug pad in just over a week (with Canadian customs and all.) The Eco-Solid rug pad is 1/8" thick and is mold and mildew resistant, safe for all floors, hand washable and has a 20 year warranty.
Although not as noticeable in photos, the new rug pad adds a nice bit of thickness without having an obvious 'lifted' edge.
Our youngest son with the asthma always complains when there is a strong smell in our home and our chocolate Lab Remington sneezes, like when I bring in a stained furniture piece that has not completely dried. Josh sat in here with me for almost an hour and didn't even mention any smell. Remington didn't sneeze...
and she obviously found the rug with new underpad nice and soft now, because she was fast asleep within minutes. Thanks Rug Pad USA! If you are looking for great rug pads for your home, in many styles, be sure to check them out.
I have started some Fall decorating and I will share some more photos of our living room soon. We are still prepping the walls in the entry hallway, dining room and the newly popcorm-texture-less ceilings in those areas, but the Fall decorating must go on lol.