Keeping Rugs From Slipping

June 12, 2012

A rug sitting on a wood floor.To keep rugs from sliding: Instead of buying those expensive mats, you can use a roll of the rubber shelf liner you can buy at the dollar store.


By Carmen Connell from Daytona Beach, FL

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July 22, 2013

Rugs on hard floors stop slipping if you roll masking tape at least 5 times around your hand and apply to each corner of the rug. The tape will not damage any tiles or even wooden flooring


August 11, 2011

Keeping your rug in place is important to prevent falls. Here are a few options for keeping area rugs in place:



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August 19, 2014

I have 15 rugs on my hardwood floors. I am trying to secure them from moving around especially with my four dogs. I tried almost everything I find in the stores, but nothing has worked.

By Cassidy


August 20, 20140 found this helpful

I have wood laminate and use the carpet pads you put under the rugs. Works for me.


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August 20, 20143 found this helpful

Take each rug and put it on a table upside down. With a hot glue gun, make a "lazy S" around the edges and then crisscross several times in the center. Once dried, it will make a good non-slide backing.


However, if for some reason the fabric doesn't like the glue I would try it with one rug first. Hope that helps.

August 4, 20161 found this helpful

This is the best idea!
I've tried everything, trust me, I'm 56.
I was using industrial spray adhesive, it worked, but like everything else, not for long.
Hot glue strip like on the bottom of slippers! It will stick to the rug, I'm going to go do it right now to my favorite rug that the rubber backing came off of!

January 22, 20180 found this helpful

Will the hot glue stay attached to rubber backing (which is NOT non-slip)?

December 30, 20180 found this helpful

Of all the tips for keeping throw rugs from slipping the hot glue gun sounds like one of the best, easiest. The glue sticks come in different formulas which one did you use? Thank you.

January 26, 20190 found this helpful

does the glue come off in the washing machine?

July 13, 20190 found this helpful

Does not work !!

August 16, 20190 found this helpful

With putting the lazy s with a glue gun - can you wash it?

September 10, 20190 found this helpful

So help with slippery rugs I put those clear adhesive dots on mine ( Corners and center points). The ones they use for scrap booking It seems to be working. My rugs are not sliding

April 10, 20200 found this helpful

I never would have thought of this for a rug or slippers, but yep. Thank you very much both. Yall shared youre everyday genius with me, and I appreciate it.


Dug your enthusiasm too, River Dweller. Peace.

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April 11, 2015

I have tried using rubber shelf lining under my kitchen fatigue rugs. This doesn't work for me. Any other suggestions?

By Gerry F.


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December 1, 20171 found this helpful

You can get the rug nonslip pads from carpet places, lowe's, home depot. They work best as that is what they are made for.


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December 1, 20170 found this helpful

Any hardware or home improvement store will have the no -skid rug pads.

April 7, 20180 found this helpful


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September 26, 2011

What is a cheap or free way to get small rugs to stay in place on the floor? How about rugs? I appreciate any ideas, as my rugs are sliding and wrinkling and I don't have the money yet to get what I need. Thanks.

By bumpinggums from Boston, MA


September 26, 20111 found this helpful

If you have hot glue, you can smear hot glue on each corner on the back side, spreading so it won't leave a bump, then when it is dry, it should grab on to the floor and help with the slipping problem Back in the 'old days' when canning jars still used rubber rings, momma would save the old broken rings, and sew those to the back side of rugs to keep them from slipping.

September 27, 20110 found this helpful

If you have a dollar store near you, go buy a set of rubber place mats or a package of rubber shelf/drawer liner, and put under the rugs. The non-slip rug liners are made of the same type material. Depending on the size and number of rugs, a couple pf dollars would do it.


I have a rug liner 6 ft long under a runner in a hallway, and it is made of exactly the same material as the place mats I got at the dollar store. It keeps the rug in place well.

September 27, 20112 found this helpful

Squeeze "Speed Sew" on the back in lines or swirls. Works on the soles of knitted slippers too.


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September 27, 20111 found this helpful

All great ideas. I use Duct Tape and make a circle around my four fingers, making sure it adhere's to it'self. Then I put some on all four corners or if it's oval/round, in the center and on four or five other places.


You will have to replace it about every three months, but that's a small price to pay for rungs that won't slip.

Good luck. PBP


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September 27, 20110 found this helpful

I was going to suggest the rubber shelf/drawer liners that Omanana mentioned. I even used a wide one of those cut to fit to keep from slipping in my shower.

November 29, 20150 found this helpful

An earlier post said the shelf liner discoloured the floor.

January 21, 20162 found this helpful

after many trials and errors, here is what worked for me. first, lay down several strips of rug tape. I got some rolls of 2.5" from Walmart and made sure to go in both directions. Then I got double-sided Duck Tape and laid that ON TOP of the rug tape.


the rug tape will protect the carpet from the very sticky/grippy Duck Tape. now lay down the runner rug. hasn't moved in three days.

July 5, 20190 found this helpful

I have a 6'x9' living room area rug. Just bought. It is on a hardwood floor. How many and about how often should I space them? Thanks ahead of time for your help. Great idea!

June 22, 20200 found this helpful

Hello! Will this work for area rugs on carpet? I'm so concerned my 90-year-old Mum is going to trip. Thanks. :)

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February 24, 2015

I bought some rubber shelf padding to put under the rug, it works good, but it is such a pain when I have to lift the rug to set my dishwasher in place. Is there a spray to put on the back of none slip rugs?

By D M J


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February 25, 20150 found this helpful

There are products that attach to the corners of rugs to reduce rug movement. Check online or at carpeting and big box stores like Home Depot and Lowes.

March 1, 20160 found this helpful

I tried this but they stuck to the floor and came off of the rug.

August 28, 20160 found this helpful

Don't waste your $$ on the the "corner grippers". They move, leave marks, stick to the floor but not the rug, etc. If you want to try them, pay the shipping & I'll gladly mail them to you. They come in a pack of 4 & I have 5-7 pkgs. The brand is "ruggies"

August 28, 20160 found this helpful

Yep! Same here!

May 1, 20170 found this helpful

I used gorilla tape on the four corners of my throw rug and it seems to be holding up really well. To clean my rug, I placed it on the back of a lawn chair and used the hose.

May 2, 20200 found this helpful

You can do even better than that.
Here's what I did.
The post office has free boxes. Cut the box depending on size, sticky part to face the floor.
Tape the Priority side (white and red side) to the underside of the rug. Then, remove the paper to reveal the sticky adhering glue part of the cut box.
Flip and put on the floor. Works great for using rugs to keep your need from sliding.

January 10, 20220 found this helpful

I tried these, but they did not work. Do not use nano tape.

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January 14, 2013

I have a large braided rug in front of my door, on the hard wood flooring. It keeps sliding around everywhere except where I want it to stay?

By Lisa Wayne Herschbach S.


January 16, 20130 found this helpful

The rolled mats in dollar stores for shelf liners - are rubberized. Cut to fit the rug, or cut to place under where the foot meets the rug initially. Try that. Also works between mattress and box springs to keep them from sliding apart. Good stuff!

June 20, 20160 found this helpful

I used two small sink mats that have suctions on the bottom. They are like bathtub mats but are smaller and it works great!

July 11, 20170 found this helpful

The shelf liners stop working pretty quickly. I've used them to keep my mattress still on the box spring, as well with no luck.
I have MS and preventing falls is a serious matter. I tried some clear silicone caulk like you would use in bathrooms and kitchens. It works well so far.
My other experiment is fixing one side of long heavy duty velcro strips to the floor and the opposite velcro side to the carpet. So far, so good. I get the large rolls of green velcro in gardening departments of major DIY stores. It seems to be less expensive in gardening than it is in sewing and arts and crafts departments. Hope this helps!

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April 18, 2015

We have a runner leading into our living room. We bought the non-slip tape that you can get that attaches itself to the rug and then grips to the carpet, but that does not work for us. Our dog loves to run in that area (hence the rug), so we need something that will really keep it down. I'm doubtful about the shelf liner because the anti-slip tape has that kind of look and feel to it.

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April 19, 20150 found this helpful

There is a product that is sticky like carpet tape, but comes in a sheet so you can cover the whole bottom of the rug with it. I have used it and it works pretty well. Nothing seems to last forever. This worked for about a year and then I replaced it. It had picked up enough dirt and fibers that it didn't stick well any more.

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July 26, 2013

I have a long rug runner over my wall to wall carpeting from my front door to my TV room to cut down on dirt being tracked into the house. The runner slides constantly. I tried a rubberized mat underneath, but it did not work. Any other suggestions? Thanks.

By Monica


July 28, 20130 found this helpful

Double-sided rug tape won't help much. You need hook strips like the carpet layers use for anchoring wall-to-wall carpet. You nail or screw the strip through the carpet to the floor underneath. Don't worry about damage to the carpet. A few tiny nail holes won't make any difference and will never be visible.
Do that at both ends, hook the carpet at one end, then stretch it as hard s you can and hook it at the other end. Carpet layers use knee-kickers for stretching the carpet. You can rent those at Home Depot.

That method holds all your wall-to-wall carpets in place and is quite reliable.
Have fun!

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January 8, 2014

We have carpet in our kitchen (I know, crazy!). We have throw rugs in front of the range and sink. How can we keep them from creeping on the carpet?



July 27, 20140 found this helpful

Lowe's has a roll of plastic with teeth you can buy as much as you want off roll in different colors, just wipe clean. Years ago mom had it down our long hallway.

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