What To Put Under Furniture on Hardwood Floors


What to Put Under Furniture on Hardwood Floors

It’s one of the most common household issues – What to use under your furniture to protect your hardwood floor? While you can find all types of felt furniture pads to use under your furniture, unfortunately those allow furniture to slide and they rarely last long enough. We know this problem, we’ve had to deal with it and we did something about it – We created DURA-GRIP® pad to place under all types of furniture to prevent any damage to your hardwood floors.

What is DURA-GRIP®?

Unlike the common felt pads found in most stores, DURA-GRIP is much different. It is a 3/8″ thick pad that is made of a dense fiber center with a layer of natural rubber on the top and bottom surfaces. So, the dense center works to prevent penetration to the floor, keeping any weight of furniture from affecting the floor. The natural rubber sides work by the top adhering to the furniture to hold it in place and the bottom grips to the floor to prevent sliding – The result is a furniture gripper pad like no other that keeps all types of furniture in place on all floors and prevents damage to those floors.

dgsqhwoodWe make DURA-GRIP in our own warehouse through a multi-step process. Excess cuts from our rug pad orders are utilized in the manufacture of DURA-GRIP. Through a few steps, we attach two pieces of our Ultra Premium rug pad together to form the finished product. Since there are various types and sizes of furniture, we offer DURA-GRIP in round and square shapes and ten sizes – there’s sure to be one available for any piece of furniture. And, for those unusual shapes and sizes, we also offer custom DURA-GRIP made to fit any shape and size. For recliners, DURA-GRIP has become quite popular as we custom make it to fit perfectly under the base of the recliner keeping it in place under all uses.

How to Order and Use

Ordering DURA-GRIP is simple at www.rugpadcorner.com. You choose the shape and size closest to your furniture leg and place your order – There are sets of four and eight, so be sure to choose the amount necessary to place under each furniture leg. We’ll ship your order within one business day and when you receive it, you can put them to good use. The pad will have  tan colored rubber side and a purple colored side – Place the purple side against the floor and tan side against the furniture. That’s it, theres nothing to stick or nail and DURA-GRIP starts working immediately.

If you have furniture that is always moving and you would like it to stay in place, try DURA-GRIP furniture gripper pads – These pads are very effective for use on all hard floors and now available for furniture on carpet as well. Unlike any other, our pad simply sits under furniture without any sticky mess or anything to tack or nail. That said, you may use it under any other furniture when necessary.

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Ease of Caring for Handmade Rugs


Ease of Caring for Handmade Rugs

Handmade area rugs offer many benefits, are enduring and are often referred to as works of art for the floor. While all of these are reasons to invest in one, another great benefit is the ease in caring for them – It is surprisingly easy to care for and repair almost anything within a handmade rug.

Unlike machine made rugs, handmade rugs are just that, made by hand. Respectfully so, they are also repaired by hand when the need arises. Fortunately, good handmade rugs can endure years of use and wear before the need for repair, yet when that need arises, the right person will put you at ease as they offer expert repair to restore your rug back to condition. We would say that handmade rugs are quite versatile on many levels.

Area rug repair

Repairing missing fringe, most likely the result of constant vacuuming of the fringe.

One of our clients had a huge plant pot sitting on a part of their handmade Persian rug – A beautiful palette of traditional jewel tones set within this now antique carpet. As one of the most common causes of damage to rugs, the plant pot was seeping out water every week and when this was finally discovered, the rug contained what is referred to as “dry rot” – The affected area actually dried out to the extent that it fell out from the rest of the rug, leaving a hole in its place. After time, the water that escaped into the rug reached the foundation cords of the rug, dried into these cords and created the dry rot. Fortunately for the client, we know of an expert weaver who was willing and able to restore their rug to it’s previous condition.

A miniature loom was made to accommodate the affected area of the rug. To begin with, a set of cotton cords are intertwined around each other from left to right and top to bottom on this wooden loom and this created the (new)foundation for the repair. On this foundation, our weaver would then wrap and hand tie individual strands of dyed wool to reflect the original missing pattern within the rug. To any trained repair person, this was not an impossible task, but a tedious one of hand tying thousands of strands of wool to recreate the missing pattern within the rug. Since the client understood the capacity of the repair, time was allowed for the restoration, estimated to be approximately one year.

When considering the decision of whether or not to go through the expense and time of such repair to a handmade rug, we need to evaluate the actual value of the rug – This antique rug of this proportion is valued at over $30,000 with great sentimental value, so the client opted to repair and pay and wait. While the repair was estimated at $7500, no amount of money could replace the rug with another of the same – This over 100 year old rug is truly one-of-a-kind and quite large at that, hence a true investment quality rug. If the repair is done properly, most of the rug’s value will stay with it, instead of be lost, another benefit of handmade rugs with the proper care.

We have seen hundreds of such unfortunate instances happen to handmade rugs over the years and with each one, we know that quality restoration will bring the rug back to life. The more common causes of damage are that of vacuums damaging the fringes of a rug, plant pots causing dry rot that lead to holes within a rug and fireplaces throwing hot ashes and causing burn holes in a rug – All of these types of damage can fortunately be repaired and the cost and time involved are all relative to the extent of the damage. In this sense, handmade rugs are quite easy to care for, as some points of damage do not mean that the rug should be disposed of – On the contrary, the rug can be restored and back to its normal use.

• While it’s fairly easy to care for handmade rugs, no one wants to necessarily see their rug being damaged. For this obvious reason, we offer some solid points on preventing common damage to your rugs:

• When possible, avoid placing plant pots on your rug and if necessary to do so, be sure to protect the bottom of the pot from any possible leakage.

• When vacuuming a handmade rug with fringes at the ends, never allow the fringes to be sucked into the vacuum – This constantly frays the fringes to the point of extreme wear.

• Try to rotate your rug once a year to prevent a common wear pattern – Rotation will spread any where and prevent one part of the rug wearing much more than the rest of the rug.

• Always try to use a quality rug pad under all of your rugs to preserve the rug and floor, as well as add comfort and safety.

Your handmade rugs are truly an investment as well as a work of art and while they are easy to maintain, it’s always best to prevent any unnecessary damage and premature wear. Try to pay attention to some simple preventative tips and your rugs should be around for a lifetime, as they were made to be.

Rug Pad Corner Trade Program


Rug Pad Corner Trade Program

Calling all interior designers, the Rug Pad Corner Trade Program is your opportunity to purchase the finest quality rug pads for your clients through our trade-only portal. Our program caters to your interior design needs where you can order all sizes and shapes of our rug pads at trade pricing.

Rug Pad CornerOver the years of your business, we have been fortunate enough to attract the interior design trade. With a customer base of hundreds of designers, Rug Pad Corner is honored to be the chosen source of quality rug pads for clients around the United States. Based on this, we recently created The Rug Pad Corner Trade Program – A very user-friendly environment in which registered designers may place their rug pad orders at trade prices. Obtaining access is as simple as completing a short registration form and upon approval, the sign in credentials are forwarded along to allow access to the trade-only web site.

intblog“Our Rug Pad Corner Trade Program is an excellent way for designers to offer their clients the finest rug pads made today”, states Sam of Rug Pad Corner. “And since we know these same designers can shop elsewhere, we are extremely appreciative to have been chosen as their supplier, so we offer special pricing to the trade only”. Sam goes on to explain that designers can either offer the discounted prices to their clients, or they can resell the rug pads at a nominal profit. “Another advantage of being a Trade Member is that we will fulfill designer orders catered to special requests, if any”, states Sam. This means that trade members can stipulate a variety of criteria to fulfill an order, such as custom sizes and shapes and the ability to show the designer as the shipper on the shipping label. “There are some designers who want us to remain anonymous for their own reasons, so we will do what it takes to fulfill this and other requests”, states Sam.

The Rug Pad Corner Trade Program offers every one of the rug pads normally available by the company to consumers. Trade members can choose from felt and rubber rug pads to all rubber to rug to rug pads – Every type of rug pad is all natural and safe for use on all types of floors. Trade members sign into a special version of the Rug Pad Corner web site where they can make their selections at reduced trade-only pricing. Members can include any special requests assigned to each order and we will follow them all. In regards to processing and shipping times, trade orders always ship within 24 hours and we always accommodate timed shipping requests. Virtually any request trade members have can be fulfilled to make the buying process as simple as possible.

To inquire and possibly register for The Rug Pad Corner Trade Program, please send inquiries to trade@rugpadcorner.com. We will gladly reply to inquiries within 24 hours.

Layering Rugs


Layering Rugs

Everyone knows that an area rug can be used to add warmth and texture to a room. More recently there has been an increased use of multiple rugs in one space. Layering rugs is a great way to elevate the style of a space, bring added comfort, and save you money! Check out our tips on how to incorporate this design trend into your home.

Start with a Neutral Base

If you want to try out the layered rug look, it is best to start with a neutral base. Jute, and sisal rugs are great options for a neutral base. These rugs are environmentally friendly and relatively inexpensive. These rugs are very sturdy as well, making them great for high traffic areas and homes with young children. Jute and sisal rugs also typically come in neutral tones. This makes them a great base for layered rugs. Jutes and sisals are some of the most popular rugs used in layering. If you have neutral wall-to-wall carpeting try adding a small area rug to define spaces throughout the room. If you have a large bedroom with  a sitting area, use an area rug to anchor that sitting area on top of your wall-to-wall carpeting. It will add interest to your space and make the floor even more comfortable. The average homeowner does not think to add an area rug on top of their wall-to-wall carpeting. But typically, wall-to-wall carpeting provides the perfect neutral base for a brightly colored/patterned rug.

Keep a Similar Color Scheme or Pattern

If you want to get adventurous with the layering effect you can layer rugs with multiple colors and patterns. It is important to understand that while mixing colors and patterns for added interest to a space, it can also create a chaotic look. When choosing rugs with multiple colors it is important to choose rugs within a similar color family. It is also important for layered rugs to have similar patterns as well. A chevron pattern with a circular pattern rug will create a disorganized look. So if you do try layering with multiple colors, try one solid rug underneath a patterned rug in a similar color scheme. The one exception to this rule is oriental rugs, oriental rugs tend to have a similar color palette and similar themes within their patterns, making them easier to mix and match than most patterned rugs.

Layer Smaller Rugs

Using multiple smaller rugs in a space is a perfect way to cover your floor and spend less money. Larger room-sized rugs can be costly. By pairing multiple smaller rugs you can get the coverage you need at a fraction of the price. Using a small plush rug is also a great way to get extra comfort and add dimension to a room with wall-to-wall carpet. Consider adding a plush rug next to your bed or in a nursery to create added padding.

Choose the Right Room

You do not have to add the layered look to every room; that might be excessive. Rather, start with a larger room. The living room is the perfect space to use a neutral base with a patterned design. This brings texture and depth to the room and makes the patterned rug stand out. It also creates a more welcoming environment if people ever need to sit on the floor. Bedrooms and nurseries are other spaces that are perfect for incorporating the layered look. This creates added comfort and prevents your feet from being cold when you step out of bed and onto the floor.

Choose the Right Rug Pad

Now that you have your layered rugs on your floors make sure they stay put! Area rugs have a tendency to wrinkle and buckle even when placed on top of another rug. While your rug will not move around too much on top of another rug, prevent any hazardous buckling with the proper rug pad. Our No-Muv rug pad is specifically designed for rug on top of carpet. No-Muv will keep your layered rugs in place and prevent any hazard to you and your family. If you are laying an area rug on top of carpet, simply lay No-Muv down first and place the area rug on top. It is that easy! Try out the layered look in your home today and don’t forget to use your No-Muv rug pad!


Felt Rug Pads and R-Value

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Felt Rug Pads and R-Value

While our felt rug pads are manufactured to be safe for use on all types of floors, our two felt pads also have the benefit of being used effectively on heated floors. Fortunately, the R-Value, or thermal resistance level, is very favorable among our Ultra Premium and Superior felt rug pads. This allows for heat transfer from the floor to the room.

In the construction industry, R-Value plays an important role within various levels of the building process. Various elements and products are chosen based on R-Values. Insulation, types of flooring and types of siding, as examples, are rated by R-Values and can determine the integrity of the final building project. When it comes to the interior of the home, there are some items that can be used based on R-Values and this can contribute to a more comfortable and efficient home.

We hear a lot of requests for our rug pads from homeowners who have radiant heat flooring. These floors can be wood, tile or stone with heat under them. The most important aspect of this type of floor heat is that it is able to escape into the room and home. Generally, area rugs allow for transfer of heat, yet since every area rug should have a rug pad under it, the rug pad must be suitable for radiant heat floors. The pad should allow for heat transfer and it should not be harmful to the floor. There are many types of rug pads containing adhesives that are known to stick to and damage the floor, so it’s important that our rug pads remain free of these agents that can damage the floor.

When we manufacture our felt rug pads, we maintain their use on heated floors in two ways; They allow for heat transfer with low R-Values and they are safe for heated floors because they do not contain the sticky adhesive or chemicals of others that can actually cause damage to the floor.

Felt Rug Pads and Low R-Value

Ultra Premium is a felt and natural rubber rug pad and Superior is all felt. Since it has rubber in it, Ultra Premium possesses a slightly higher R-Value than Superior, yet both rug pads effectively allow for heat transfer from heated floors. Our felt is porous and the R-Values are s such; Ultra Premium is rated with an R-Value of 2.25 and Superior with an R-Value of 1.09. The lower the R-Value, the less resistant the product is as it allows full transfer of heat. Comparing our felt rug pads, while they both allow for heat transfer, Ultra Premium contains rubber and allows for slower transfer.

Safe for all Heated Floors

So, there’e the fact that felt rug pads for radiant heated floors allow for heat transfer and then there’s the fact of whether or not the rug pads will be safe for the floor. Fortunately, when we manufacture our rug pads, we do not include any additives, chemicals or adhesives. Instead, we use pure recycled felt and 100% natural rubber, materials that are known to be safe for all floors, even heated ones. Many people ask whether or not the rubber in Ultra Premium will actually stick to and stain the floor and our answer is no – We need to remember that we only use a layer of natural rubber that is not treated with any sticky adhesive. It is the adhesive within a rug pad, whether it is a all felt or felt and rubber rug pad, that can cause damage to the heated floor. The interaction of the adhesive with the heat can cause significant sticking and staining of the floor. Our all natural felt rug pads are completely safe for all floors, heated as well.

If you have the luxury of living with heated floors, there’s no need to compromise on your floor coverings. Fortunately, there are area rugs and rug pads that are rated for use on radiant heat floors and allow for efficient heat transfer from the floor to the rest of the home. Take care to steer away from those rug pads that are made of plastic, nylon or PVC and are covered in adhesives – These will easily and quickly have a negative reaction with the heated floor to cause significant damage to the floor. In regards to their effectiveness on heated floors, make sure the rug pads possess a low R-Value to allow for easy heat transfer.

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Dorm Rooms: Creating a Home Away from Home


Dorm Rooms: Creating a Home Away from Home

Moving into college is a huge step for most teens that are leaving home for the first time. It is hard for any parent to watch their kid leave home but it is even more difficult to make a “home away from home.” Not sure how to make the perfect home away from home? Check out some of our tips on how to make a drab dorm room a cozy space your child can call their own.

Maximize Your SpaceDorm

Unfortunately you cannot choose the size of your child’s first dorm room. Most freshman year dorms are quite small and almost always are shared by one roommate. Because of this, space and storage becomes the most essential element of making any dorm feel like home. My freshman year, my roommate and I made the mistake of not having enough storage from the beginning so we were constantly trying to corral our collective clutter. Try to find a way to create storage where there is none. Storage bins should become your child’s new best friend. Try to find bins that can fit underneath the bed and in the closet. No room under the bed? Consider lofting it! Most college dorm beds can be adjusted to any height. If your student is ok with a bit of climb, lofting is a great way to add some extra floor space.

dorm1If you are looking for any additional furniture pieces try to search for multifunctional pieces. Storage ottomans are excellent for this because they provide additional seating if your student has multiple people in their room. Storage trunks with a flat top can easily double as a table. Use a filing cabinet as their side table to hold important papers and supplies. If there is no more space on their floor, try going vertical. Setup removable wall hooks to hang bulky clothes and scarves so they don’t take up valuable closet space. Also, look for an over the door or hanging shoe rack to free up more floor space for any extra storage they might need. Try stacking their bookcase on top of their dresser or desk, store the stuff your student uses the least at the top and free up even more space on their floor!

Style Your Space

Every incoming student should try to find a way to merge styles with their roommate. This does not mean that your student and their roommate need to match exactly. Instead with such a small space try to find a style that they can both be comfortable with. Similar color palettes, complementary accent colors, even similar patterned bedding can be a great way to merge styles without having to sacrifice your student’s own personal style. Have your child plan out with their roommate before they arrive to be sure they aren’t purchasing items that will clash. My college roommate really didn’t have a preference for colors so it was easy to find something we both loved that worked well together. If your student is having trouble finding a style that will merge with their roommate don’t worry about it. Have your student get something they love, not something that is a compromise.

dorm3Create a Home Away from Home

When your child is away from home for long periods of time they will want a dorm room that is comforting to come back to. Buy fabrics that are comfortable and have patterns and colors that soothe them or remind them of their bed at home. Keep in mind that mattresses aren’t replaced too often at colleges, so it might be good to invest in a mattress topper or mattress pad. Customize their bed as much as possible with throw blankets and pillows. Try to personalize stark dorm room walls with wall decals or artwork. Wall decals are great because they add style to your student’s space, are customizable, and don’t damage dorm walls. Most dorm rooms are outfitted with cold linoleum or old carpet. To add some warmth to these cold floors purchase a vibrant area rug. Consider adding a rug pad as well, it makes the rug extra comfortable for your feet and for hanging out on! Ultra-Premium is great to prevent slipping on linoleum floors, so your student won’t have to worry about readjusting their rug every time a friend comes to visit. Trying to cover up gross dorm room carpeting with a new area rug? Try using our No-Muv pad to prevent that rug from moving all year round! Don’t forget to add pieces from your home to make your child feel even more comfortable. Bring a throw blanket from their room at home or even add a photo collage of your family and their friends and place it near their desk or bed so they always feel close to them.

Simple changes to your student’s dorm room can make a cold dorm room feel warm and inviting. Try some of our changes when when you move your student in this year!

Get the Most of Your Porch This Summer

Get the Most of Your Porch This Summer

Even though the Summer is winding down, you can still make the most of it by updating your porch to embrace Summer living. Small updates to your porch or deck can make your home feel more inviting and relaxed. Try a couple of these simple updates to create an oasis that you and your family can enjoy even into the start of the school year.

Set Up an Outdoor Dining Space

The summertime is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor eating so try to set up an outdoor dining space for you, your family, and any guests you may have. Fit the largest table you possibly can while still leaving room to move around. Consider getting a table with a removable leaf so you can adjust the size based on how many diners you have. Providing ample room at the table creates a leisurely setting that everyone can enjoy. Removable outdoor cushions, lanterns or string lights can create a comfortable setting.

Beat the Heat and the Bugs

The summer is known for heat and bugs. If you live in a particularly warm place consider ways to cool down your porch. Try adding outdoor drapes that can block the mid-afternoon sun. If that is not enough, consider adding an outdoor ceiling or standalone fan. A fan is a great way to beat the heat and discourage mosquitoes. If you live in a particularly buggy area consider adding screens to your porch to keep the bugs away. Birds are also great for catching bugs, so consider adding a bird feeder near your porch to help fight off the bugs. Try out various citronella candles or mosquito traps to naturally repel mosquitoes.

Channel the Beach

Nothing really says summer quite like the beach. If you are like me, the beach is a bit of  drive away but you can try bringing the beach to you. Look for natural wood outdoor furniture. Unfinished teak is a classic outdoor furniture option because of its’ durability and beautiful natural color. Incorporate other beach tones like sandy beige and blue in your accent pieces to really get the complete look.

Repurpose and Refresh

Take advantage of a free weekend by doing some weekend projects. Fashion an old stump into a side table, update your porch floor, or even make some outdoor pillows using vintage fabric or cheap burlap. Have old deck chairs that have seen better days? Simply sand them down and repaint them! A fresh coat of paint can give new life to your old deck chairs. Any one of these projects are easy to do and will not take up your whole weekend so try one out today!

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Porch swings just invite relaxation. If you have an empty corner on your porch that has no use, try adding a relaxing porch swing. It is a beautiful addition to any porch and can be a great spot to just sit and relax. Contact a professional to ensure that you follow proper safety regulations. You don’t want to cause any unnecessary accidents. If your porch cannot support a swing, try creating a cozy reading area to relax in. Find a comfortable rocking chair or two and a side table to fill the space. Just because your porch can’t support a swing doesn’t mean you can’t chill out!

Bring Color To Your Porch

Fresh cut flowers are a great way to bring natural color to your porch. Consider adding a potted hydrangea or two for a fresh pop of summer color. Hydrangeas are beautiful summer flowers that can bloom for multiple months and are even beautiful when they dry. Also pick up fresh seasonal flowers at the local market. Right now sunflowers and gladiolas are quite inexpensive and will brighten your home. Nothing like fresh cut flowers to brighten your day.

These simple updates to your porch can make a world of difference. Try any one of these this week to get the most out of your summer porch while you still can! Also take advantage of all the fabulous sales that are going on right now on seasonal products. You will be glad you did!

How to Throw An Easy Summer Party


How to Throw An Easy Summer Party

Summertime is the perfect time to throw laid-back parties. The weather in the summer provides the perfect outdoor atmosphere to create a low-key, budget-friendly affair. Check out our advice on how to throw an easy-going summer party this season that you and your guests will love!

Dress Up Your CandlesCandle

Candles are a great way to provide soft light for your outdoor table as the sun goes down. Get creative with your candle holders by adding woodsy or beachy details. Curl a wide green leaf (for example, the leaves of a fern) and place it inside a mason jar. Once the leaf has lined the inside of the mason jar, fill the jar with water and float a tealight in it. If you want to go for a more beachy look, fill your mason jars partway with sand and place a decorative shell on top next to your tealight. It is an easy and chic way to light your party.

upcycledoorMake Your Own Table

If you are planning on having a large get together and don’t have enough space to fit everyone at one table, try fashioning one of your own. Purchasing a new outdoor table for one party is a waste of money, instead make one with two sawhorses and a board. If you don’t have a sawhorse, ask around to your neighbors or fellow guests to see if they have any they are not using. You only need two sawhorses, unless you want to create a larger table to fit all the guests together. Find a board that can be used as the table top and simply place it on top of the two sawhorses with a tablecloth. If you have an old piece of plywood or an old door, these should work perfectly as a makeshift table top.

Keep the Bugs at Bay

One of the biggest problems with an outdoor party are the bugs. Try keeping the bugs at bay by purchasing citronella tealights and torches. While these don’t repel all bugs they can help to reduce the amount of bugs that will bother you and your guests. There are now organic sprays you can use in area of party right before it begins! We love those! If you have some kind of water feature at your home, or flower pots or basins not daring, be sure to dump water and skim or treat features throughout the summer to keep mosquitoes from breeding there. If bugs are really bad in your area, look into getting a natural lawn treatment or plan your party in a screened in porch if you can.

Get Creative With Ice Chestsoutdoorparty1

While ice chests are very convenient for keeping drinks cold, they often can look a little tacky. Instead of using a store bought ice chest, set up one of your own using found materials around your house. If you have a wood crate, wheelbarrow, garden cart, even a large unused flower pot, simply line the container with plastic and fill with ice. The ice will not last as long as it would in an ice chest but it should at least last for the whole party. Plus it will add flair to the celebration!

Have your Guests Pitch In

While parties are meant to be a time for everyone to get together and enjoy each other’s company, that does not mean your guests can not help out during the party. Giving your guests one or two tasks is a great way to reduce your stress and prevent any awkward inactive moments. Have one guest prepare the garnishes for the drinks while another guest prepares the drinks themselves. If you have a friend that loves to garden, send them out to collect flowers for a bouquet for the dinner table.

8779633019_013ea274e9_oSet-Up Activity Zones

Another way to prevent any awkward moments during your party is by setting up activity zones. Activity zones are perfect for larger parties so guests are not crowded together in one area. Create the zones with various seating arrangements. Set up a bar area with seating close-by, a general dining area, a lounge area with more comfortable seating, and a seating around a fire pit. To keep your outdoor furniture in place throughout the party, try using our DURA-GRIP furniture grippers. These grippers will keep your furniture in place no matter how rowdy your guests get! To make your lounge area extra cozy, add an indoor/outdoor rug. Indoor/Outdoor rugs are great at making an outdoor space feel like home! An area rug can also help to distinguish between activity zones. Be sure to keep your floor safe by adding a non slip pad under any rugs you use. By setting up distinct areas, larger gatherings can feel more manageable.


Make this Summer one to remember by throwing an easy summer party that you and your friends will love!


Reduce Waste in Your Home


Reduce Waste in Your Home

People produce large amounts of waste every year. Whether it be from food, cleaning supplies, or beauty products, we cannot avoid producing waste. While eliminating all waste is impossible, even adopting a couple of sustainable ideas can help to reduce waste significantly in your home. We have outlined some of the easiest ways to reduce waste in your home. Help improve your environment and your home by adopting some of these practices!

Buy In BulkWaste

Buying in bulk is a great way to reduce container waste. Most of the waste we produce comes from the non-recyclable plastic containers that food and beauty supplies come in. By buying in bulk you can reduce your the amount of plastic containers that you and your family go through. When buying food in bulk, be sure to invest in airtight containers so your food will not spoil. By combining bulk food items with fresh ingredients like fruits and vegetables you can significantly reduce your waste and your exposure to preservatives. Buying food in bulk also incentivises you to cook at home more, reducing carryout container waste. Summertime is the perfect time to start this practice. With the abundance of fresh produce that is available during the season, you can buy what you need fresh, and buy everyday essentials in bulk. Also look into buying your beauty supplies in bulk. Many beauty supplies brands sell their products in bulk. If you have a family, figure out what shampoos, conditioners, soaps, and lotions you can share and buy them in large amounts. This will reduce plastic waste significantly. If you are feeling motivated, try making your own lotions and soaps. Making your own moisturizers can reduce costs and ultimately be healthier for your skin but reducing the need for processed products.


Waste1Simplify Cleaning Supplies

Much like beauty supplies, cleaning supplies can be easily made at home with a small number of ingredients that you can purchase in bulk. By making your own cleaning supplies you can reduce your use of disposable plastic spray bottles and other non-recyclable materials. Most cleaning supplies on the market today are toxic and can be harmful to young children if ingested. By making your own cleaning supplies you can monitor what exactly is going into them and that will ultimately make you more knowledgeable about what is harmful for your family. Most cleaning supplies can be made with Castile soap, vinegar, and baking soda. Vinegar is a great all purpose cleaner that is non-toxic. Castile soap can be used as a laundry detergent, mopping solution, dish soap, and a carpet cleaner. Combining castile soap, water, and baking soda makes a super easy scrub for wash tubs and sinks. Once you buy ingredients in bulk, the options are almost limitless!


Use Less Gas

A majority of our waste also comes from the gas we release into the air everytime we drive. If you live in an area where you have to drive to work everyday this cannot necessarily be avoided. But if you live close enough to your work to bike or walk consider switching. Plan out any car-essential errands and group them on a single day. Try to manage it so you reduce your shopping trips to once a week. If you are able to, try to set up a carpool system with you and your local co-workers so that you can all reduce your fuel consumption. On days off, instead of driving, try doing outdoor activities that are nearby so you can walk or bike to them. By adopting even a couple of these, you can reduce your fuel consumption and reduce the amount you spend on gas from week to week.


greyjuterugInvest in Natural Fibers

Buying natural fibers for your household can ensure that your fabrics are recyclable and can eventually go back to the earth. Look for linens and clothing that are 100% cotton, wool, hemp, or bamboo. When purchasing rugs for your home, look into natural fiber rugs such as; wool, seagrass, jute, and sisal. If you want a colorful rug, make sure the dyes used are all natural and non-toxic. These products are typically biodegradable and will reduce waste. Here at Rug Pad Corner we make sure that every product we sell is 100% natural and healthy for your home. Our Super Hold Rug Pad is made of 100% rubber and the color is derived from completely natural dyes. Our Superior Rug Pad is 100% natural recycled felt. We even use our patented Heat Press technology to avoid any need for harmful adhesives. By staying completely natural with our products, we can ensure that everything we sell is environmentally sustainable and completely safe for your home.


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Last but certainly not least, be sure to reduce the amount of surfaces in your house that collect dust and junk. By reducing the amount of surfaces in your home you incentivise yourself and your family to reduce the amount of junk your family collects. Reducing surfaces also reduces the need dusting and upkeep of these surfaces. This does not mean your house needs to feel empty. But rather, fill your home with the necessities and eliminate clutter.

These tips are meant to help you reduce waste in your daily life. Adopt one or go big and try them all out. Either way reducing waste can help you live a healthier life in the long run. Spread these tips to your family and friends to make our community more conscious of the waste we produce!

Pets vs Floors: The Battle Ends Here


Pets vs Floors: The Battle Ends Here

If you are a pet owner you know that your animal is just another member of your family. Sometimes, even though they don’t mean to, pets can have accidents and make mistakes. While you can always come around and forgive them, sometimes your floors can’t! Check out some of the important tips we offer on how to protect your floors and rugs from some of the destruction pets can cause!

Start With the Rug

Ike from Decor and the Dog seems to the love the difference our rug pads make and Michelle loves that our rug pads can handle this active pup!

Ike from Decor and the Dog seems to the love the difference our rug pads make and Michelle loves that our rug pads can handle this active pup!

If you have hardwood floors in your home, the best protection you can provide is a rug and rug pad. Before you purchase the perfect rug pad, you must find the perfect rug to fit your needs! If you are in the market for a new rug and you have an active pet, consider using an indoor/outdoor rug. These types of rugs are becoming increasingly popular for people with active lifestyles. They are super durable, stain resistant, and fade resistant so they can handle lots of cleanings! Most of these rugs are made from a combination of natural and man made-materials. Some of these rugs are even made with recycled plastic, making them great for the environment as well!

If you aren’t into the feel of an indoor/outdoor rug, get a rug that is easier to clean. A natural fiber rug and most flatweave rugs are a breeze to clean and are a great addition to any room! Be sure to shop around and get a rug that suits your personal style. If you have a pet that has a tendency to shed, get a rug that has smaller patterns or a more natural fiber. The smaller patterns help to hide any pet hair and stains that accrue between cleanings. To help prevent pet stains from reaching your floors, don’t forget to use a rug pad!

Harry-Beast from MBZ Interiors doesn't care if he can't see the rug pad. As long as it's comfy!

Harry-Beast from MBZ Interiors doesn’t care if he can’t see the rug pad. As long as it’s comfy!

Don’t Forget the Rug Pad!

Rug pads are a great addition to any home, but they are especially great for homes with pets. When a rug pad is placed under a rug it can help keep your rug in place and prevent any pet “accidents” from reaching your floor. As a pet owner myself, I don’t know how often I had to fix my entryway rug every time my dog came running inside. With our Super Hold rug pad, my entry rug no longer moves, no matter how often my dog runs in and out the house!

Our Ultra Premium rug pad is also great for people with young pets. The solid rubber backing that lays on the floor will prevent any pet accident from reaching your floor long enough for you to clean up! Ultra Premium is also an excellent non-slip pad, so it is perfect for any pets that love to play indoors. For people who don’t need a non-slip pad but still want some added comfort for your pets, try our Superior rug pad! This rug pad makes flatweave and indoor/outdoor rugs super comfortable; letting you keep the style you love and still provides the protection your floor needs from the furrier members of your family.

We all know how much your pet means to you and your family. Protect your pets and your floors with our rug pads and be sure to post a photo of your pets on Instagram with #RPCpets for your chance to win a $150 gift card!