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Should I Place a Rug Over a Carpet?

Should I Place a Rug Over a Carpet?

There are a lot of flooring decisions to make. Do you want hardwood or laminate? Vinyl tile? Carpeting or not? Where will you place one or more rugs? 

If you have carpet in the main areas of your home, that is perfectly fine! Some people may think that placing a rug over a carpet is a waste of time and money. However, by doing so, you can add an extra layer of insulation to your home and protect your flooring from dirt, dust, and other debris. If you are on the fence about whether or not to put a rug over your carpet, read on for some more benefits that may help you make up your mind!

Why a Rug on Top of a Carpet Is a Good Thing

Some believe placing a rug on top of a carpet is redundant. If you think about it, it’s not redundant. No matter the color, fiber, or texture, layering a carpet with a rug is common, and numerous benefits exist. 

First, a stylish rug placed over a carpet can add a pop of color, design, or texture to the room and serve as a focus piece that ties the room together. Typically, people have bland-colored carpets –– think light neutrals; adding a rug that vibes with your decor will boost the room’s aesthetic. Take this stunning red Persian rug into consideration if you're looking for the perfect classic pop. 

Next, if your carpet is outdated, faded, or worn, setting an area rug on top of the problematic areas is a cheap way to fix the problem, rather than replacing all the carpet. 

If you have a space meant for gathering, de-stressing, or focusing, you might want to add warmth and coziness to it. Popping a fuzzy, soft, high-piled rug onto your carpet can be a practical option, and wool, shag, and faux fur make cozy and comfortable rugs. Try this stylish Moroccan white wool rug for size for added comfort to any room. 

Lastly, you may want to protect new or expensive carpeting in certain rooms. Placing a rug in those high-traffic areas will help you achieve this. 

There are no actual rules regarding rugs and carpets –– you do you! 

White geometric rug

Tips for Placing a Rug Over a Carpet

Here are a few tried and true tips for adding a rug to a carpeted room. Our how to measure a rug resource can also serve as a trusty guide. 

  • Ensure the rug you choose scales to the size of the carpeted area. A teeny tiny rug in the middle of a vast room will look awkward. 
  • Don’t go too crazy with patterns and designs unless that’s your vibe. Choose something that flows with the rest of the room.
  • Take into consideration where the furniture will be. There are natural-looking places for a rug when you have a room full of furniture. Step back and look or take a picture and send it to a friend for a second opinion.
  • Choose a rug that has more or less texture than your carpet. If your carpet has little to no texture, pick a rug with more life to it –– and vice versa. 
  • If you’re adding a rug to a high-traffic or dining area, decide on one that will be easy to clean and maintain. 

The best tip ever: shop for a new rug and have fun with it! 


Placing a rug over your carpet is perfectly fine! The fashion police won't get you if you do so. There are numerous benefits to adding a rug to a carpeted room –– you may realize that it's the right choice for you. It will make a huge difference n the overall look and feel of the space. Not only will you make your home more stylish, but you'll enjoy added comfort and warmth underfoot. Resonnaire Home has many rug choices that will fit your home's aesthetic and vibe. Check out their online store! 

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