How to Make Non Slip Rugs

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Do y’all have trouble keeping your rugs from slipping? Would you like an easy, inexpensive solution? Here is an easy, inexpensive solution to make your own non slip rugs without those pesky mats that are supposed to make your rug non slip.

I have struggled with keeping rugs from slipping and sliding for years. I’m so excited about this latest solution and I’m sure you will be as well.

Let’s take a look at our options first and then I’ll share my DIY Solution.

Large Non Slip Rugs Solutions

First, most large rugs are anchored with furniture. You may want to add a rug pad to provide extra cushion and to prolong the life of your rug. You most likely don’t need my DIY solution for rugs that furniture anchors.

There are a variety of options and if your rug is really thin, a thick rug pads like this one may be a good solution. It’s great to make the rug non slip and provide cushion.

If your large rug needs a light weight solution and you don’t want to invest in a rug pad, this simple pad will work great.

Small Rug Solutions

Small rug non slip solutions have been harder to work with.

You have the same rug pad solutions but without the anchor of furniture to keep them in place.

Most of my smaller rugs are at the door, beside the bed or in front of a sink.

I’ve purchased rugs with a built in grip such as bathroom rugs and sink rugs.

However, I love a beautiful rug and many of the ones I want to use don’t have the grip backing.

Options to make your rug non slip

Here are the traditional non slip rug options that I’ve employed in the past.

  • non slip rug pad
  • rug tape
  • corner rug grippers

No great solutions

I’ve used all these solutions without great success. The pads are either too thick or want to wad up under the rug.

The tape sticks to the floor instead of the rug and attracts all types of debris. The corner grips leave the center of the rug loose and it will still slip if you’re not careful.

So I decided to try this DIY Solution.

Make A DIY Non Slip Rug

First, you will want to test this technique on an inexpensive rug to assure that you are happy with the results.

I was very happy with my first rug so I decided to make this new rug a non slip rug.

The rug is for our beach cottage and with the new laminate flooring, it was slipping all over the place.

Also, it was curling around the corners which was making it a trip hazard

Creative Answer

You will need 100% Silicone Sealant and a chalk gun. If you are only making one rug non slip, you can purchase a smaller tube and avoid the chalk gun.

One of the larger tubes will cover several rugs.

It’s just a simple process of applying the silicone around the edges of your rug and then crisscrossing the middle of the rug.

It’s difficult to see the sealant because I used a clear, but hopefully you can see coverage.

Finally, use a spatula or paint scraper to smooth out the sealant and press into the back of the rug. Allow the rug to dry with the sealant side up for 12-24 hours.

Place your rug on the floor and press down in all areas. I walked over the rug several times to set.

When I tried to slide the rug, it was secure in all areas.

In addition, the corners were no longer curling as they previously did.

Although the rug was very secure and didn’t slide at all, I was able to lift the rug and move it easily.

Both rugs are in our beach cottage and I’ve only had them down for a week so I can’t attest to this method long term, however I will post an update.

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  • Dianne oberton Dianne oberton on Mar 20, 2022

    Can the rug be washed in the washing machine and dried in the dryer afterwards? Or at least washed in a washing machine then hung to dry?

  • N. G. Londonderry N. G. Londonderry on Mar 20, 2022

    Can this work on a rug that is placed over wall to wall carpeting?

    … matter what I do the rug moves and the corners turn up….making it a hazard.

  • Dena Cooper Naccarato Dena Cooper Naccarato on Apr 09, 2022

    can you wash them

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  • KateRos KateRos on Mar 21, 2024

    Great tips here! Thanks for sharing!

  • Alice Norton Alice Norton on Mar 21, 2024

    We have several rugs at home, and those on the first floor often slip. It drives me nuts sometimes. Moreover, it can be dangerous. I even called the loloi rugs customer service where we ordered them in the hope they would provide me with the solution. And now I've found your post. I like the idea and I should give it a try. Thanks!