Can you put rugs on rugs? | Julie Blanner

Learn to make layers rugs on the carpet in your home. While this technique won’t work in every room, it’s a great way to extend the life of your carpet, cover stains or unsightly areas, and buy yourself more time before a floor upgrade.

Rugs over carpet can also instantly breathe a layered, eclectic style into a room, creating the feeling of a warm and cozy home in a moment!

This layering technique is one I have used in several rooms in our home over the years. It’s a proven way to quickly create a look you’re sure to love!

A white bedroom with a vintage rug on the carpet
A vintage Turkish rug on the carpet in our master bedroom.

When you love hardwood floors as much as we do, you’ll learn pretty quickly that rugs will become your new best friend. In our years of home ownership, we have owned countless rugs.

Some are of course better than others. Some are softer underfoot, some are easier to clean, and some are all about looks and style.

With that in mind, we’ve created a complete carpet guide to give you the best tips for Purchase of a carpet depending on size, budget, materials and durability! You can learn about just about every type of rug out there and find out what works best for your family.

A soft blue Dutch door, half-open at the top, with a basket of hydrangeas in an entryway, placed atop a beige rug on carpet.
Our dutch doorwith a beautiful rug on the carpet in our entrance hall by the lake cabin.

But today I wanted to talk to you about another way we’ve used many rugs over the years: layering rugs on the carpet. This can be an incredibly quick and easy way to inject an instant dose of fresh style into a room with a tired carpet.

I’ve written a lot about rugs, including the best easy-to-clean indoor/outdoor rugs Stair runner on basement stepsthe best boy and Pet friendly carpet, Indoor outdoor rugs, Vintage Turkish rugs and Sisal rugs you can clean!

Carpets on carpets

We have used this trick many times in our years of renovating old homes! You can see a carpet on the carpet in this bedroom makeover I did with Lowe’s years ago, in ours Main bedroomour recently updated Modern laundryand even with the girls Bunk room by the lake.

This trick can work pretty much anywhere in your home. Think dining room, living room, bedrooms, basements and more… anywhere you have a carpeted floor you might not love!

When you can’t immediately change the flooring in a room, a rug on the carpet is a great option that you can embrace! Wall to wall carpets can be hard to embrace – why not break it up with blankets?

Believe it or not, placing rugs on top of rugs can be a controversial topic in the world of home decor. It may not always be a resounding YES from everyone, but it is actually a good option in many situations.

Read on to find out if this look will work in your home.

A soft blue antique rug on the carpet in a white bedroom, a wooden chest of drawers in the left corner.


Does this look work for you? There are so many reasons to put an area rug over the carpet!

  • Hide blemishes
  • Hide damage or imperfections
  • Fastest way to change the look of your floor
  • rent? Place a rug over the carpet to add temporary style
  • Add color and personality
  • Introduce pattern
  • Add luxury and warmth
  • Extend the life of your carpet
A laundry room with gray cabinets, white washer and dryer and a plaid rug on the carpet.

How do you put a rug on a rug?

After considering your reasons for adding a rug to the carpet in your home, think about these design guidelines.

  1. Structure – Although monochromatic, the addition of a textural woven rug can create instant coziness in a room. Over the road Sisal rug or something similar for texture underfoot.
  2. weight – Remember size and scale – don’t let a small rug float in the middle of a large carpeted room. Remember to check the size guide in min Tips for buying a carpet.
  3. Color – While I’m personally always a fan of a neutral color scheme, I also love to see a fun color scheme! Add a bold color to your room with a bright rug. Just make sure to add the perfect Pillow cover on your accent pillows to really pull the room together!
  4. Style – Get creative! This is an excellent area to spice up your room. Regardless of whether you create a cozy cottage atmosphere, a Neutral living rooma Modern living rooma Coastal modern see or create the master bedroom of your dreams, the world is yours!
  5. Pattern – Carpets feel like a smaller investment than wall-to-wall flooring. They’re easier to replace and a safer place to play with patterns!
  6. Security – This is an important consideration. You don’t want them to undulate and create a tripping hazard. Read more below.
A white bedroom with a vintage rug on the carpet


  • Yes, you can add any area rug over broad-weave rug! With a few exceptions, of course.
  • One exception comes to mind! If you have a taller rug pile (like a deep shag rug style), a vintage turkish rug or other thick option may not work aesthetically. Thick pile carpet + thick pile rugs would probably be a bit too much and not give you the desired effect.
  • Lay an area rug over the carpet alone, or consider a rug pad between the layers. This can help ensure that your carpet is properly anchored against your carpet fibers, preventing slippage.

A laundry room with a white tumble dryer, a vintage laundry basket in front, placed on top of plaid rugs on the carpet

How to prevent frizz

  • Add a rug pad. You might even find one carpet pillow specially made for carpet-over-carpet.
  • Use double sided carpet tape
  • Use a heavy blanket (think burlap or wool)
  • Anchor with furniture such as coffee tables or sofas.

Frequently asked questions

Is it ok to put a rug on the carpet?

Absolutely! Ignore the old design rules that might say otherwise. Rules are meant to be broken, and a rug on rug can greatly enhance the design of a room in minutes. Why not give it a try?

How can I prevent my carpet from moving on the carpet?

Avoid dripping with carpet pads or tape, or even glue! (Not on your rug, of course…use glue designed to dry on the back of your rug to create a grooved, tacky effect when it dries.)

A laundry room with gray cabinets, a white washer and dryer, and a beige carpet on the floor.

I would love to hear from you! Are you a fan of layering like this, or is it a look you prefer to skip?

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