Are rugs and underfloor heating a suitable combination?

The cold days are upon us, and that means many of us are turning on the underfloor heating again. But what if you would also like a rug in your interior? Is it possible to combine these two comfortable elements? In this blog, we take a closer look at this question!

What type of rug is most suitable for underfloor heating?

Rugs come in a variety of styles and textures, and some lend themselves better to underfloor heating than others. The good news is that most rugs go well with underfloor heating. However, there are some factors to keep in mind.

A rug with a flat-weave structure is an excellent choice. The structure of this type of rug allows heat to penetrate the rug easily, allowing you to get the most out of your underfloor heating.

However, there are also rugs that are less suitable for underfloor heating. For example, some tufted rugs. These rugs have a cloth on the back in which the yarn is attached. The heavy quality and thickness of this type of rug makes it difficult for heat to penetrate, which is not ideal. The same goes for rugs whose undersides are glued, as heat can weaken the glue layer. To avoid damaging your rug in combination with underfloor heating, we recommend placing an anti-slip mat under the rug. More on this in the next section!

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An anti-slip mat as a solution

In fact, we recommend placing an anti-slip mat under all rugs. This is not only to protect your rug from the heat of underfloor heating, but also to ensure that the rug stays in place and stays beautiful for longer. Anti-slip mats are an affordable and simple solution for both safety and protection of your rug. Cut the anti-slip mat to size and place it on the floor. The mat will adhere to the floor, after which you place the rug on top. Most anti-slip mats do not leave any glue residue on the floor, keeping your floor in good condition.

Wool rugs in combination with underfloor heating

Wool is an ideal material for rugs in combination with underfloor heating, as it regulates temperature. However, it is good to know that wool is a natural product that loses moisture with heat, which can lead to dehydration and fluffing. It is therefore important to balance the humidity in your living room to ensure that your rug lasts longer and always looks great. This can be done by lightly spraying the rug with water from time to time, or putting a bowl of water on the heater. With the right care and attention, your rug can be a warm and stylish addition to your interior, even in combination with underfloor heating.

Tip: Plants can also increase humidity, making them a beautiful and green replacement for a tray of water.

Need additional advice?

Would you still like some more information after reading? Then feel free to contact us. We will gladly think with you about the perfect rug for your interiors, with or without underfloor heating! Or follow us for more interior inspiration on Instagram and/or Facebook.

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