A RugPadUSA Review and New Rug for the Office!

Ever since we moved into this little house last year, I have known I'd eventually need a new rug for my office to cozy it up and take the focus off the cherry laminate wood floors. It wasn't high on the priority list though since I had a makeshift rug made out of these FLOR-like rug tiles that I found at the dollar store nearly two years ago. They definitely weren't right for this space (they moved around under the casters on my office chair and the overall size is too small), but they got the job done. 

Here's a photo of my office right after we moved in with the rug tiles. Sadly, I think this is the last full-view photo I showed y'all of my office - yikes! It's clearly changed a lot in about six months!

I finally got a kick in the pants to find a real rug for my office when Will from RugPadUSA contacted me to see if I'd be interested in reviewing one of their high quality (but affordable!) rug pads*. You bet I was! In order to review a rug pad though, I actually had to have a rug to put on it, right? Well, while on the hunt for something else, I stumbled onto the home section of Urban Outfitters and saw they were having a major sale and what do you know? The perfect rug happened to pop up for more than 50% off. It's sadly not available anymore, but it's the Magical Thinking Mirror Dot rug in gray for reference.

It's a flat-weave cotton rug and I wasn't sure what kind of pad would work best since I would be rolling back and forth on it with my office chair. The last thing I wanted was for the rug to move around and bubble up every time I moved my chair. I also wanted to make sure it would stick well, but not damage the laminate hardwood floors in our rental. Thankfully, Will helped me out on my selection and recommended the 1/4" Premium Lock Felt Rubber pad

{Side note: they have a huge selection on their site and lots of details about what pads work best for different kinds rugs and floors, so the decision can be pretty straightforward, but you can always give them a call to double check you've chosen the right one.}

The rug pad arrived tightly rolled up and I was a little worried it wouldn't lay flat right away, but there was no issue with that. Amazingly, there were hardly any wrinkles in it by the time I put it on the floor.

One side of the rug pad is felt, which is designed to grab onto the rug and keep it in place.

The other side is natural rubber (not latex, which can start to disintegrate and lose it's grip over its lifetime).

Once I got the rug pad into position, I laid my rug down right on top of it and had a little bit of a hard time putting it into the right place since the felt grabbed right onto it - which was exactly what was advertised, right?! It was a good problem to have :).

After a few days of use, even rolling my big office chair back and forth a ton, I'm happy to report that the rug has stayed in exactly the same place where it started. It bubbled up the tiniest bit in one spot where the casters go under my desk, but I only really noticed because I was trying to find something wrong ;). Overall, I love this rug pad. I'll admit - I've never thought much about rug pads until now. Now I'm a firm believer that a high quality one makes a huge difference. No rug movement = no frustration.

I think I've officially professed my love for RugPadUSA's rug pads. If you're in the market, check them out. They've got a fantastic buying guide so you can compare the different kinds of pads. You can even get 15% off your order using the code 'pr15off' and their rug pads typically ship the same day your place it. How's that for service?

Bit by bit, my office is becoming one of my favorite places in the house. It better be, since I spend all my time there during the weekdays, ha! I love the natural light I get in there, and my new rug brightens up the space even more. I'll be back on Wednesday to share more photos and details!

*Disclosure: RugPadUSA was kind enough to provide this rug pad for my review, but I was not compensated in any other way for this post. As always, opinions are my own and I only endorse products here that I truly love!

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