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Finding the Best Carpet Pad: 4 Need-to-Know Factors

Posted by Hammond Knoll on Oct 15, 2020 4:00:00 AM

Finding the best carpet pad often amounts to choosing the least-expensive option.

Purchasing carpet can be costly. Whew! A LOT goes into the process.

Not only do you have to think of the expense of the carpet itself, but you also have to consider removal and disposal of the old carpet.

Then there’s the cost to move furniture and the installation to pay for. By the time you get around to thinking about the best carpet pad, you’re ready to cut corners to save money.

But that’s not the place to skimp.


Bottom line: Choosing the best carpet pad is just as important as your selection of the carpet itself. 

Underlayment (AKA “pad”) provides insulation during the cold winter months. It also adds a “cushy” layer under the carpet and, as an added bonus, padding extends the life of your carpet.

When selecting the best carpet pad for your floor, the important considerations are quality, cost, carpet and compatibility.

Here’s what you need to know.

Choosing the best carpet pad

Think about these four factors when selecting padding for your new carpet.

1. Density

Pad is rated by density. We recommend sticking with a 6 - 8-pound density rating.  

Avoid going with anything less than a 6-pound unless it’s in a commercial setting or in a rental that will be replaced more frequently.  

Believe it or not, a 6-pound pad is softer and cushy-er, while an 8-pound pad is harder and more dense. 

The 8-pound pad works best in high-traffic areas, but keep in mind that the lower the density, the more likely your carpet is to wrinkle over time. At that point, you'd be looking at the expense of stretching the carpet.

2. Thickness

Most carpet manufacturers recommend a 7/16” thickness. Always check with the manufacturer because purchasing the wrong carpet pad will void the warranty.  

Avoid padding that’s thicker than 7/16.” Overly-cushioned padding will cause the back of the carpet to break down over time, which causes wrinkles – a tripping hazard, especially for elderly folks.

(If you currently have an issue with wrinkles in your carpet, call Hammond Knoll. We can fix it!)

3. Polyurethane

Foam paddings like polyurethane or urethane are the best carpet pad options for extending the life of the carpet. (That’s along with the 6 - 8-pound density and 7/16” thickness.)  

Polyurethane is a great option because it has a higher density and withstands more foot traffic for a longer period of time, keeping those busy areas in tip-top shape.  


Urethane padding compresses faster and is a less expensive option. It's best for use in rentals or anywhere a carpet is going to be replaced frequently.

4. Rebond

This pad is the most-sold type of carpet padding. It’s not quite the same quality as the poly pad, however, it’s a good option if you’re trying to pinch a couple of pennies.  

Rebond comes in different weights and thicknesses, but it’s still highly recommended that you go with the 6 - 8-pound density with 7/16” thickness.

Make the best carpet pad pick

Here are the most important factors to remember when you’re ready to buy new carpeting for your home or business:

  1. 6 - 8-pound pad
  2. 7/16” thickness
  3. Polyurethane or Rebond

You’ll get the most for your money and save on expensive carpet-replacement costs.

P.S.  If you’re experiencing wrinkles in your carpet – call us! We know to unwrinkle the wrinkles.

Sharpei, I tried to stretch out my wrinkles but it got worse


How to choose the best carpet pad

  1. Go for a 6-8-pound density
  2. Buy pad that's 7/16" thickness
  3. Stick with polyurethane or rebond


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