Many clients think it’s a good idea to put a throw rug over the top of carpet. People may want to put a throw rug over their carpet for several reasons. They may want to bring some color and texture to the room, hide a worn or stained area or protect the carpet in high traffic areas. Area rugs can be laid over wall-to-wall carpeting, but there are some things that experts recommend in order to do it properly.
When throw rugs are set over carpet, the biggest challenge is to keep the rug in place. Ripples and movement can easily cause a slip and fall hazard. Without being properly anchored, the area rug can shift and cause bumps. If putting a throw rug on carpet, it’s important to anchor it. Using furniture to anchor it is one way to prevent sliding and rippling. There are also non-slip rug pads that can help keep throw rugs in place. These will also reduce the friction from the rug onto the carpet, making it last longer.
When putting throw rugs on top of carpet, clients need to also look at the possibility of discoloration. Whether from the rug or from sunlight, it’s possible for the wall-to-wall carpet to become discolored, leaving a clear distinction between the original color and the faded color.
In summary, throw rugs on carpet can work, but people need to be aware of the potential problems and take precautions to guard against that.