How To Buy Carpet Padding

Cushion your feet and extend the life of your carpet with the best carpet pad

Installing quality carpet padding under your new carpet will help it last longer, feel softer, reduce noise and provide insulation. This guide will walk you through the different types of carpet pads and their benefits.

What Are Carpet Pads?

Aside from providing additional comfort underfoot, carpet pads absorb impact from below, relieving stress on carpet backing and fibers. Thickness counts, too.

The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends that you install padding that conforms to the manufacturer recommendations for the specific carpet being installed.

Memory Foam, Step Ahead Carpet Cushion with Nike Grind and TrafficMASTER 8-pound padding are recommended for pattern and loop carpets.

The Carpet Cushion Council recommends a maximum thickness of 1/2 inch for cut pile residential carpet padding (carpet with textures and twists). The cushion under low-pile carpet, such as berber or commercial carpet with loop or patterns, should be 3/8 inches or less.

Carpet Pad Varieties

The Home Depot is the exclusive retailer for a variety of carpet cushions or pads, including a pad made of unused Nike shoe scraps for use with all types of carpet.

SCOTCHGARD™ Foam Pad

SCOTCHGARD™ Foam Pad

The Home Depot is the exclusive carrier of this Scotchgard pad.  

  • 1/2 inch thickness: The Home Depot’s thickest cushion
  • Includes moisture barrier
  • Anti-microbial protection inhibits mold, mildew and bacteria
  • Hypoallergenic durable foam
  • Insulating quality to help slow energy loss
MEMORY FOAM with DUPONT™ Teflon® Surface Protector

MEMORY FOAM with DUPONT™ Teflon® Surface Protector

Teflon® is a registered trademark of DuPont used under license by DuPont, approved private label The Home Depot.  

  • 7/16-inch thickness with 8-pound density
  • Breathable moisture barrier
  • Anti-microbial protection inhibits mold, mildew and bacteria
  • Teflon® surface protector keeps spills on the pad’s surface for easier clean up
STEP AHEAD Carpet Cushion, with NIKE Grind
STEP AHEAD Carpet Cushion, with NIKE Grind

STEP AHEAD Carpet Cushion, with NIKE Grind

This environmentally friendly carpet pad is exclusive to The Home Depot. As part of a company-wide recycling effort called Nike Grind, Nike takes top quality, unused shoe scraps and sends them to Future Foam, which converts the scraps into the cushion.  

  • 7/16-inch thickness with 8-pound density
  • Moisture barrier
  • Made with salvaged high-performance Nike athletic soft shoe scrap material
  • 90 percent recycled content
TRAFFICMASTER™ 6 and 8 Pound

TRAFFICMASTER™ 6 and 8 Pound

  • Available in 6- and 8-pound density (8-pould designed for loop and commercial carpets)
  • 5/16- and 7/16-inch thickness
  • Moisture barrier
  • 100 percent recycled materials

Determine which type of carpet pad is designed to work with your brand of carpet.

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