Cushion Your Step

When you get professionally installed carpet, you know it comes with padding underneath. But did you know just how important that padding can be? If you’re thinking of installing wall-to-wall carpet yourself or are buying a large area rug, read these tips before you do it.

Here you’ll find guidelines for recommended thickness and density based on which type of carpet you have as well as the reasoning behind the carpet pad. Not only does it reduce noise and warm the room, it also prolongs the life of the carpet itself.

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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  • Allison1888

    Good article. Also, many people don’t know that you can have the padding too thick — and it’s not good for the carpet.