While area rugs may help anchor the design of your room, rug pads – also known as rug grippers – are what anchor the rug itself. In addition to keeping your rug in place, rug pads help prolong the life of your rug and protect your floor from scratches, scuffs and everyday wear and tear. Consider the thickness, materials and size as you search for a suitable pad. Thickness is a key factor to keep in mind when searching for rug padding. Thin, non-slip pads work well with door mats, runners and other small area rugs situated in high-traffic spaces such as entryways and hallways.