Carpet Cushion

Proper cushion makes carpeting more comfortable underfoot, provides insulation and noise reduction and most importantly prolongs carpet life.  Much attention and energy is devoted to selecting carpet, but pad is a crucial part of your flooring and should not be forgotten.  Don’t go cheap because it is hidden- think of it as insurance that will protect your investment.

Cushion comes in various densities and thicknesses, ranging from ¼ inch to 7/16 inch.  The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends a maximum thickness of 7/16” for cut pile residential carpet cushion and 3/8” or less under low-pile carpet, such as Berber or commercial carpet.  When evaluating quality, look for denser cushion, rather than thicker cushion.

Carpet cushion is available in three basic types:  foam fiber and rubber.  Each type of cushion has several different varieties and construction.