I didn't think much about rug pads before we moved to our house - which is entirely hardwood (with tile in the the bathrooms) For the years that we were renting - I'd lay area rugs on top of wall to wall carpet (built in rug pad!) with no issues.
Once we laid our rugs on the hardwood - this is what it would look like underneath after a few weeks - yuck!
This is from our diamond rug that was in the living room. After walking on it, the wool started to break down - not only did this create a mess - it was damaging the rug. Not having a rug pad also caused a tripping hazard as the rug would easily move where it wasn't anchored by furniture (I had a few close calls!)
Under our rug, we have Eco Plush, from Rug Pad USA. The first time I stepped on it, I noticed how soft and plush the rug / rug pad combo were! It's amazing how not having the rug twist under my foot can make such a difference! The Eco Plush doesn't have a gripper on it - since it's anchored under the bed - it wasn't needed, but there are gripper options for free standing rugs too.
Using a high quality rug pad to protect our recently refinished hardwood floors and area rugs was definitely worth it!
Once we hang draperies and art - this room will be complete! Can't wait!! :)
Thanks so much to Rug Pad USA for sponsoring this post! As always, I only share products and companies that I've had a good experience with. All ideas and opinions are 100% my own.