How to keep an area rug from moving around

Have you fallen in with the trend of adding an area rug over carpeting? It’s sharp – I admit I love the look, but there’s one major problem with it. When you spend so long looking at a rug buying guide, how to shop for a quality rug, you don’t want there to be anything wrong with your new item – but what do you do when your area rug won’t stop bunching and wrinkling? How do you keep an area rug from moving around?

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This is the rug from my master bedroom makeover and I LOVE it. Perfect colours, perfect pile and softness – just not perfect flatness.

At first I thought it was because I hadn’t pulled the area rug taught underneath my bed frame, so we moved the bed, pulled it taught and this still happened.

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Every time I walked on it.

Every time the dog walked on it.

Every time a breeze came through the window it seemed to pucker and wrinkle?

How come none of those incredible photos on Pinterest or on design blogs show an area rug all bunched up like this? Surely they don’t straighten it every time they walked on it?

I went to my local home improvement store and asked if there was something that could help keep an area rug from moving around – and the associate told me that she got that question endlessly – so I thought I’d share her response here:

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This is NOT a sponsored post. This is what was recommended to me as a rug gripper that would stick, but not ruin, your carpet and keep an area rug from moving around.

I should tell you that there are a LOT of rug grippers out there – and there may be several that work, possibly even better than this one – but make sure you check the label because many of them are meant to stick to flooring. The adhesive on those could ruin your carpet. If your area rug is on top of carpet please make sure you find a rug gripper that is safe for carpeting.

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I laid out my rug gripper in the direction that the area rug seemed to shift and removed the backing.

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Then I pulled my area rug taught again and stomped, stepped, knee-walked, bum-bounced, pressed and rolled until I felt the adhesive had attached to it.

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How to keep an area rug from moving around, What to do when your area rug won't stop moving, area rug gripper, rug gripper, carpet gripper, area rug tape, rug adhesive

Miss Lacey is less-than-impressed that I’ve been working on her snuggle-spot.

It’s been four days since I installed the rug gripper and my area rug has barely shifted from the photo you see above.

(Sigh of relief) Thank goodness! I didn’t want to give up on my area rug, but I couldn’t spend every single day straightening because my it wouldn’t stop moving.

This isn’t really a DIY post or a how-to tutorial, just a problem I came across and a solution I found that helped – so I wanted to share.

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2018-06-18T13:38:33-04:00February 20th, 2018|CLEAN, DECOR|0 Comments

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