The assortment of carpets in this day and age is really as varied as anything. With all the types and styles out there, sometimes it really feels like there should be different words to categorize all these wildly different rugs. People can often get confused when purchasing a carpet, and this confusion can extend into the choice of rug padding. People who are familiar with both and are looking for function over style will sometimes look to purchase a carpet that can be used in conjuction with a specific type of rug pad providing a certain functionality. Those less in the know will usually buy the carpet first, then think of the exact location, and only then might they pour some tought into choosing a rug pad. We recommend something in between: while you should look for a carpet that complements your room in the way that you like, you also shouldn’t overlook the importance of rug padding in the whole matter. Once you have placed your carpet down, and even before for those particularly zealous when it comes to carpet care, you should start looking into ru g pads that suit your needs. As are there seemingly endless types of carpets, so is there a long list, albeit more finite, of the various types of rug pads for all the functionality you could possibly think of. The best way to go about selecting rug padding is to try and think of the functionality that a rug pad would add to your home, and that you need badly enough to warrant an extra purchase. Mind you, even without thinking of a specific benefit your rug pad will offer you, you are still advised to get one because it will almost always help reduce the wear and tear of the carpet. Unless you have an area rug that receives no traffic, in which case you are probably better off saving your money. A common benefit people look for is cushiness. Who doesn’t like cushiness? This becomes especially true whenever there’s people frequently sitting down or lying on the floor. In this case, you want that soft, thick padding between the floor and the rug, and it should also be designed with temperature control in mind, so it provides an adequate layer of protection from the coldness of the floor. Another popular reason people seek out rug padding is to hold the carpet in place in some way another. It can go from not feeling very stable under the feet to actual sliding of the carpet as people walk over it, which is even more dangerous than it sounds. While budget is of concern to some, there is a perspective you should consider. If you invest a little more now and procure appropriate rug padding, you won’t have to make a much larger investment later if your carpet is damaged due to lack of padding. If you can get the padding now, why wait until the carpet is worse for wear and you might need to buy a new one as well as finally getting the padding? You aren’t likely to find your money wasted on a rug pad.