How to Stop Rugs Moving on Carpets


Posted by: Ryan Malone

02 March 2023

Are you tired of constantly adjusting your rug on top of your carpet? Rugs that move around can not only be frustrating, but they can also pose a tripping hazard.

Have you ever wondered why your rug keeps creeping or bunching up on your carpeted floors? This is a common problem that many decorating their homes face. One reason rugs move on carpet is due to friction.

When you step on the rug, the weight causes it to shift, which can lead to the rug creeping or bunching up over time. The reason behind this is that carpets are typically made of smooth, synthetic fibres that lack grip.

Additionally, the backing of some rugs may not have enough grip to keep it in place on the carpet.


Methods to Stop Rugs from Moving on Carpets

Preventing rugs from moving on carpet can be achieved through several options, influenced by the quality of materials and the thickness of the carpet. Newly installed and plusher carpets are especially prone to movement.

However, these steps can significantly improve the situation:


Use a Non-Slip Rug Underlay

One of the easiest and most effective ways to stop a rug from moving on a carpet is by using a non-slip rug underlay.

These underlays are typically made of polyester, and they help to create friction between the rug and the carpet. Rug underlays are available in a range of sizes and shapes, and you can easily trim them to fit your rug. Simply place the underlay under your rug, and it will stay in place.

It is best to have the underlay around 5cm shorter and narrower than your rug so it is not visible from above. To ensure enough grip the underlay should be a minimum of 2/3rds of the area of the rug.

Tip: We have found the best underlays to be those which are machine-washable. Cheaper anti-slip underlays that have a grid-like structure do not work well with carpet and although they initially work on hard floors they tend not to last long and need replaced often. 

rug underlay shown on wood and carpet surface

Try Double-Sided Rug Tape

If you want a more secure option, double-sided rug tape is a great choice. This tape has adhesive on both sides, which allows you to attach your rug to the carpet.

Make sure to use a high-quality tape that is specifically designed for rugs, as other types of tape may damage your rug or carpet. It's also important to note that rug tape is a more permanent solution, and it may be difficult to remove without damaging your flooring.

Double sided carpet tape

Use Furniture as an Anchor

Another way to prevent your rug from moving is by using furniture as an anchor. Simply place your furniture on top of the rug, and it will hold the rug in place. This method works best with larger pieces of furniture, such as sofas or beds, as they are heavier and less likely to move around. However, keep in mind that this method may not be suitable for smaller rugs or spaces.


Invest in a High-Quality Rug

The quality of your rug can also affect its tendency to move on carpeted floors. Look for rugs with a heavier weight or thicker pile, as these tend to be more stable and less likely to slip. Additionally, make sure to choose a rug size that fits your space properly. A rug that is too small or too large may be more prone to movement.

The weight of a rug reflecting its quality is perhaps a bit of an incorrect and sweeping statement! The weight or thickness of a rug doesn't necessarily reflect the quality; but heavier rugs do tend to sit better on carpet than thinner and those of a lighter weight do may be a better choice for those with carpets.


Stopping Rugs from Moving on Hardwood Flooring, Tile, and Laminate

Finally, it's important to consider the type of flooring you have. If you have hardwood or laminate flooring, a non-slip rug underlay is usually sufficient. However, if you have carpeted floors, you may need to use a more secure option, such as rug tape or furniture as an anchor.



Stopping rugs from moving on carpets can be achieved through various methods, including non-slip rug underlays, double-sided rug tape, furniture as an anchor, investing in high-quality rugs, and considering your flooring type. By taking the time to secure your rug properly, you can prevent tripping hazards and enjoy a more comfortable and stable living space.
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