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How to Make Nonslip Rugs

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 nonslip rugs without those pesky mats that are supposed to make your rug nonslip.

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.

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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 pad 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 lightweight solution and you don’t want to invest in a rug pad, this simple pad will work great.

Examples of Large Rug Pads

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Thick Gripper Pad / Felt Pad / Protective Cushion Pad / Washable Gripper Pads

Small Rug Solutions

Small rug nonslip 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 nonslip

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

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.

How To Make A DIY Non-Slip Rug

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

I was very happy with my first rug, so I decided to make this new rug from Boutique Rugs a nonslip 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.

How to Make a Rug Non Slip

Creative Answer For DIY Nonslip Rug

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

One of the larger tubes will cover several rugs.

Silicone Sealant

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

Apply silicone sealant to the edges of the backside of your rug to make it non slip

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

Cover the back of rug with a criss cross of sealant to keep rug from slipping

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

Spread Sealant onto back of rug with a putty knife to make it the rug non slip

Place your rug

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.

The non slip rug stays in place with this DIY method

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

The Rug can still be lifted to move and clean with the DIY non slip rug method

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.

I do plan to add sealant to rugs that I have in the farmhouse as well, so I’ll keep you posted.

Rug stays in place with DIY Rug Non Slip Method.

Update on DIY Nonslip Rug Technique

I have now had my rugs in place for over a year, and the heavier bedroom rug is still nonslip and works perfectly.

However, the rug in the kitchen is very lightweight and gets lots of traffic in front of the sink. It is still nonslip; however, the corners began to curl after a few months. So, although the rug is sliding around, it’s still a trip hazard.

I added washable gripper pads to the corners that were rolling, and now the rug stays in place and isn’t rolling on the corners.

Final Word

Would I still recommend this option to make a rug nonslip? Yes, although the small kitchen rug wasn’t a 100% success story, the rug is much safer than any of the previous options I tried. It’s still nonslip, and the grippers keep the corners from rolling.

The heavier-weight rug, located beside the bed, is still working perfectly after a year.

I hope you found this helpful.

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Thursday 7th of September 2023

Does it make it through a cold water wash?


Friday 8th of September 2023

Delinda, I've washed mine twice with no problems. Thanks for stopping by.

Valerie kober

Monday 17th of July 2023

Can you do this method with cotton rugs for the bathroom?

Valerie kober

Tuesday 18th of July 2023

@Rachel, thank you so much 😊


Tuesday 18th of July 2023

Valerie, I would give it a try. I believe as long as the adhesive sticks, it will work.


Thursday 23rd of March 2023

It is a caulk gun not chalk which is white and used on chalk boards at school. Great idea though and one I am going to try tonight. My wife was ready to throw it out, now I'll fix it. Thanks for the tip.


Thursday 23rd of March 2023

Tim I'm so glad you found this helpful.

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Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

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Wednesday 23rd of March 2022

Thanks so much for the feature.


Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

I enjoyed this post so much and I wanted you to know that this post will be featured in the next Tuesday Turn About Link Party! Thanks for sharing your tips and I hope to see you at next week's party! 😊


Tuesday 22nd of March 2022

Cindy, Thanks so much. I'm so glad you liked this post.