A Guide to Keeping Your Runner Rug Neat and Safely Secure

Runner rugs are a fantastic way to add comfort, style, and protection to your hallways, stairways, and floors. However, keeping your runner rugs, including extra long runner rugs for hallways, secure and in place can be challenging. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll discuss why securing your runner rugs is important. We’ll explore the various methods you can use to ensure your runner rug stays smooth, neat, and correctly positioned on your floor, too—from exploring different DIY solutions, the various floor types you might encounter, and nice-to-have rug accessories.

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The Liana Blue Vintage rug is displayed in a hallway room scene

The Importance of Keeping Runner Rugs Secure

A neat, orderly rug is both safer and more visually appealing than a rumpled or askew rug, and this principle is especially significant when it comes to hallway runners. While many rugs are often held in place with furniture, hallways are typically decorated with runner rugs that are simply placed on the floor, and each edge of the runner rug creates a long, unbroken line down the hallway. A secure runner rug requires little effort to keep straight and in place, ensuring your hallway looks outstanding with minimal maintenance.

Beyond the visual appeal of a neat, secure runner rug, it is important to keep runner rugs secure to prevent tripping hazards and reduce the risk of falls. While it may not be immediately apparent, falls are a major cause of non-fatal injuries across people of all ages and, when used incorrectly, rugs can be a contributing factor in home accidents (CDC). When it comes to older adults, the facts are even more apparent. Rug-related falls account for nearly one-half of all falls among the elderly (Rosen T, Mack KA, Noonan RK).

Aside from protecting the health of your loved ones, secure rugs can also protect the underlying flooring from damage of friction and rubbing caused by foot traffic.

So, what can you do to keep your runner rugs from slipping and sliding?

The Emilia Vintage Persian Floral Blue Flat-Weave Rug is unrolled in front of a window in an entryway room scene

Non-Slip Rug Backings

First, check to see if your runner rug already has a non-slip backing, which can help keep it in place without the need for additional products. These backings are typically made from rubber, latex, or PVC materials that provide a natural grip on the floor. 

You’ll know your rug has a non-slip backing because you’ll be able to see grippy silicone or rubber dots/strips strategically located throughout the underside of the rug. You can both see and feel these. 

If you don’t want to leave it to chance, here are a few of our favorite non-slip hallway runners and some tips to make the most of your rug’s non-slip backing:

How to Make the Most of Your Rug’s Non-Slip Backing

  1. Clean the floor and rug backing: Before placing your runner rug on the floor, clean the floor and rug backing with a damp cloth to remove any dirt, dust, or debris that may interfere with the grip.
  2. Position the rug correctly: Lay the runner rug down on the floor, ensuring it is straight and aligned with the hallway’s edges.
  3. Smooth out any wrinkles or folds: Once the rug is positioned correctly, gently smooth out any wrinkles or folds with your hand or follow these rug unwrinkling tips to ensure even contact between the rug backing and the floor. 
  4. Monitor and adjust as needed: Keep an eye on your hallway runner as it wears and make any necessary adjustments to ensure it remains securely in place.
The Liana Vintage Oriental Red Flat-Weave Rug covers a set of stairs

Nice-to-Have Runner Rug Accessories

Just like how adding accessories to your favorite outfit can elevate your look, accessorizing your rug can bring out its best features. Luckily, there are various rug enhancements to choose from depending on your taste and needs.

Rug Pads: The Essential Foundation

One of the most effective ways to keep your entryway runner or hallway runner in place is by using a rug pad. Rug pads provide a non-slip surface that grips both the rug and the floor, ensuring your runner stays secure. They also add an extra layer of cushioning and protection for your floors. When selecting a rug pad, consider the following factors:

Sizing Your Rug Pad

Choose a rug pad that is slightly smaller than your runner rug. Having an extra 1”-2” of rug around all four sides of our rug pad will ensure that the pad remains hidden beneath the rug while still providing the necessary grip. Many rug pads can be cut-to-size after purchasing if you’re not able to find a standard-size rug pad that will work for your rug.

Materials to Look For

Rug pads are available in a variety of materials, including felt, rubber, and PVC. Each material offers different levels of grip, cushioning, and floor protection. 

We find that felt rug pads tend to be the most-loved universal option.

Floor Compatibility

Some rug pads may not be suitable for certain floor types, such as vinyl, laminate, or heated floors. Be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations for floor compatibility before purchasing a rug pad.

The vintage blue Juliette rug rests on the floor.

Double-Sided Tape or Carpet Tape

Another popular method for securing your entryway runner or hallway runner is using double-sided tape or carpet tape. These adhesive products are designed to create a strong bond between the rug and the floor, preventing slipping and movement. When using double-sided tape or carpet tape, consider the following:

Tips for Using Carpet Tape

  1. Test the tape on a small, inconspicuous area of your floor to ensure it won’t cause damage or leave a residue when removed.
  2.  Apply the tape along the edges and center of the rug, creating a grid-like pattern to maximize grip.
  3. Replace the tape as needed, as its adhesive properties may diminish over time.
The Liana Blue vintage runner rug rests next to an entry table and shoes

Rug Grippers/Rug Anchors

Rug grippers are another effective option for keeping your hallway runner in place. These products are typically made of rubber or silicone and are designed to grip both the rug and the floor without the need for adhesive. Rug grippers can be placed at each corner of the rug or along the edges, depending on the size and shape of your runner. Embracing rug grippers is easy with these simple steps:

How to Use Rug Grippers

  1. Clean the floor and rug backing to ensure a secure grip.
  2. Place the rug grippers at the desired locations, following the manufacturer’s instructions.
  3. Press the rug firmly onto the grippers to activate the grip.

They often have some weight to them and can help control pesky corners, as well.

Rug-to-Carpet Grips

If your hallway runner is placed on top of wall-to-wall carpeting, rug-to-carpet grips can help keep it in place. These products are specifically designed for use on carpeted surfaces and feature a unique construction that grips both the rug and the underlying carpet. Rug-to-carpet grips are available in various sizes and shapes, so you can choose the one that best suits your runner rug.

Rug Rods

If you have a large rug or are looking for a more permanent way to tackle shifting runner rugs, rug rods might be your perfect solution. Rug rods are long, metal rods that are inserted into a pocket or sleeve sewn onto the back of the rug. The rod is then anchored to the floor using brackets or other hardware, making it an ideal choice for high-traffic areas and large rugs.

The vintage Anya runner rug shows off it's length, spanning from one end of the hall to another

DIY Solutions for Securing Your Hallway Runner

If you find that your runner rug doesn’t have a non-slip backing or it’s still shifting and the reasons why you needed a hallway runner are starting to look bleak, there are several DIY solutions you can try at your own risk to keep your runner rug in place before shelling out cash for the more expensive rug accessories mentioned above:

Silicone Caulk

Applying a bead of silicone caulk along the edges of the rug backing can help create a non-slip surface. Be sure to allow the caulk to dry thoroughly before placing the rug on the floor.

Shelf Liner 

Cut a piece of non-adhesive shelf liner to fit the size of your runner rug and place it between the rug and the floor to create a non-slip surface.

Velcro Strips

Attach hook and loop strips, such as Velcro, to the corners of your rug and the corresponding spots on the floor, ensuring a secure connection.

Note: Some of these DIY solutions can permanently alter your runner rug, so make sure you’re committed before trying at your own risk!

The abstract Kenneth runner rug sits on a bare white floor rolled up

Tips for Securing Your Runner Rug on Different Floor Types

The type of floor you have can impact the best method for securing your long runner rug. Here are some tips for keeping your entryway runner and hallway runner rugs in place on various floor types:

Hardwood or Laminate Floors

Rug pads, rug grippers, and non-slip backings are generally effective on hardwood or laminate floors. If you opt for double-sided tape, be cautious and test the tape in an inconspicuous area first to ensure it doesn’t damage the floor’s finish.

Tile or Stone Floors

Rug pads and rug grippers are usually the best used in conjunction with runner rugs going on tile or stone floors, as they provide a secure grip without the risk of damaging the floor surface.

Carpeted Floors

Rug-to-carpet grips are specifically designed for use on carpeted surfaces, offering the most secure and effective solution for this floor type.

Vinyl or Linoleum Floors

Rug pads are typically the safest option for vinyl or linoleum floors. Be cautious with double-sided tape or adhesive-based products, as they may damage the floor surface or leave a residue.

Note: See here for more information about placing runner rugs on stairs.

The Pia runner rug shows off it's texture in a hallway setting

Selecting the Right Long Runner Rug for Your Space

Now that you know how to secure your hallway runner, it’s time to find the perfect one for your space. Luckily, runner rugs come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and materials, making it easy to find one that fits your specific needs and preferences.

We’ve selected a few of our favorites to check out below:

Overall Best Runner Rug

A Lea Southwestern Red Runner rug rests at the foot of a bench

Lea Southwestern Red Runner

The Lea Southwest Red runner rug from Well Woven is a beautiful, durable, and versatile rug that adds warmth and style to any space. At an affordable price point, you can even get it in blue, too!

This runner rug is made of durable polypropylene material, which makes it resistant to stains, fading, and shedding. It has a low pile height of 0.3 inches, making it even more easy to clean and maintain.

Best Washable Runner Rug

The Gene Blue Machine Washable Runner rug rests rolled up on a white background

Gene Blue Machine Washable Runner

The Gene runner rug is a modern machine-washable rug with a classic oriental design in shades of blue and beige. Its low, nylon pile height of 0.3 inches dries quickly and its durable construction and stain-resistance make it ideal for high-traffic areas or homes with children and pets. Overall, it’s a practical and stylish choice for any household looking to upgrade their flooring.

Best Kitchen Runner Rug

The Tabriz Red Custom Size Runner is displayed in an entryway setting

Tabriz Red Custom Size Runner

The kitchen is a messy place, so a runner rug that is easy-to-clean is a must! But, with kitchens so often being the heart of the home, we know it has to look good, too.

Luckily, the Tabriz runner rug checks all those boxes. It has a soft and stain-resistant pile, a non-slip backing for safety, and a pretty pattern made to delight. Plus, it’s versatile enough to complement any kitchen floor, whether that be laminate, wood or tile.

Best Hallway Runner Rug

The Brooklyn Trellis Grey Custom Size Runner shows off its length as it spans from one side of a hallway the other

Brooklyn Trellis Grey Custom Size Runner

The Brooklyn Trellis Grey Custom Size Runner is a great runner rug choice if you want to add some life to your hallway in a simple and subdued way. It comes in lengths up to 99 feet, so you can get the perfect fit. Plus, it has a non-slip backing, making it great for all the foot traffic you’ll bring to it when you show it off. Pair it with coordinating stair treads or area rugs for a cohesive look.

Best Indoor-Outdoor Runner Rug

The Odin Green Runner Rug is laid out on dark hardwood flooring near a table and chairs

Odin Green Runner Rug

Use the standard Odin runner rug to create a cozy seating area on your porch and patio, or create a pathway through your garden with this custom-size option. Knowing it’s water-resistant, UV-protected, and mold- and mildew-resistant is just an added bonus. Hose it down or sweep it off to keep it looking fresh and new through the seasons!

Best Extra Long Runner Rug

The Ailey rug is displayed half rolled up on a wood floor in front of two windows.

Ailey Ivory Custom Size Runner

The Ailey rug has a repeating Moroccan lattice pattern, a comfortable and neutral design, AND its width and length are customizable? Oh, and did we forget to mention there’s a blue Ailey rug, too? We can see why this runner rug is a best seller.

With options of traditional and contemporary patterns, plush and flat weave textures, and durable, stain-resistant materials, you’re sure to find a runner rug that not only enhances the beauty of your home but also stays securely in place.

Will You Keep Your Runner Rug Neat and Safely Secure?

Securing your runner rugs, especially those extra long runner rugs,  is essential for enhancing the comfort, safety, and appearance of your space. By understanding the various methods, materials, floor types, and rug backings involved in securing your runner rug, you can make an informed decision and enjoy a beautiful, safe, and comfortable hallway for years to come.

A pink runner rug rolled up

Further Reading on Runner Rugs

For more information on runner rugs, check out the following links:

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