Rug pads - one more time
I have made one major decorating decision (reference to posts about having trouble making decisions due to fear of expensive mistakes) after several years of saving and dreaming.... I now have site-finished red oak floors throughout my main floor. I love them!
I have also finally decided upon an area rug.
So, do I get a rug pad or not? And, which type? This topic has been on the forum quite a bit, and I've read all of the posts, but I'm still trying to figure out what works for my situation.
My biggest concern is protecting the hardwood floors. Not so concerned about the rug being protected. Hardwood floors are the far greater investment.
The rug I've selected is 8' x 11' and will have the sofa and chair on top of it on one side and corner. The opposite side and corner will not be "held down" by furniture.
I've seen the rug in person at local HOM furniture store. Material type is 100% heat set polypropylene. It has a plush or "Saxony" texture and height. Will the back of this rug "scratch" my wood floors?
"Description: This diverse collection spans the design spectrum from basic geometric to ultra modern abstracts. The Bellevue collection is machine-made from 100% heat-set polypropylene. This affordable choice is durable and easy to clean without giving up the comfort of an ultra dense pile and fashion forward style."
Since this type of rug is already a little thick and cushy, will thick pads will make it too high? Local HOM Furniture suggests using the latticework-type poly-treated non-skid material as a rug pad. HOM Furniture salespeople say it's safe for hardwoods.
I'm not so sure. My hardwood installer is not so sure. He's of the mindset that it could be fine or it could damage the floors - never can tell for sure.
Help me make a decision.
PS. One idea that the hardwood installer has would be to cut chunks of the lattice/web type material and place them in the corners rather than placing an entire piece under the entire rug. Hold the rug in place in the "tripping" areas.