Time to Throw the Throw Rugs

by Bruce Montgomery Ph.D. April 27, 2016

Time to Throw the Throw Rugs

So, you have had that throw rug for 30 years and it still functions fine. It keeps your feet warm and matches your floor. Plus a new rug will cost money. And throwing out the rug is wasteful.

Read any blog on home safety and one of the most oft-repeated pieces of advice is to get rid of your throw rugs.

 If you want to keep the rugs, you can make them safer by

  • Adding a non-slip rug pad – these can be cut to fit under your rug
  • Adding two sided tape
  • Purchasing a new rug that is non-slip

But the best advice is to throw them out. Why? Even if the rugs are flat and secure, they still have corners and edges. Every trip hazard in your home increases the chances for a fall. One of three seniors suffers a fall each year. Some die, some break hips. The average cost of a fall is over $35,000. No one is better because they fall.

If you have to have a rug on the floor – consider a wall to wall rug. Make sure it is low ply and choose a color that contrasts well with your walls and cabinets

 OK – so here is another reason to throw your throw rug – pet dander and dust mites.

 We will try anything to help you make your home safer….

 *Note: Fall prevention efforts can reduce the risk of falling. Caregivers and older homeowners can become knowledgeable about what needs to be done to make homes as fall-proof as possible. Check here often and search for product ideas that can make you safer in your home!

Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.
Bruce Montgomery Ph.D.


Dr. Bruce Montgomery is a licensed building contractor in Michigan and Florida. He is a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist as designated by the National Association of Home Builders. He has also achieved an Executive Certificate in Home Modification from the University of Southern California. He has a wide ranging educational background, including a Master of Science degree in Entomology, with a Master of Science degree in Forestry and a Ph.D. in educational administration.