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Carpet Padding

Carpet padding
Installing quality carpet padding under your new carpet will help it last longer, feel softer, reduce noise and provide insulation.  
While the cushiony comfort underfoot may be the primary reason for choosing particular padding, keep in mind that specific pads are designed to help extend the life of certain types of carpet. The right pad absorbs the impact burden, relieving stress on carpet backing and fibers.
The Carpet and Rug Institute recommends that the cushion conform to carpet manufacturer recommendations for the specific product being installed. They also recommend Memory Foam, Step Ahead Carpet Cushion with Nike Grind and TrafficMASTER 8 pound padding for pattern and loop carpets. 
The Carpet Cushion Council recommends a maximum thickness of 1/2 inch for cut pile residential carpet padding. The cushion under low-pile carpet, such as Berber or commercial carpet, should be 3/8 inches or less.  Quality is a function of durability and comfort. ScotchGard Foam is our thickest and one of our most luxurious cushions.
The Home Depot is the exclusive carrier of a variety of carpet cushions or pads including a new pad made of unused Nike shoe scrap for use with all types of carpet.

Scotchgard™ Foam Pad



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


     • 1/2 inch thickness

     • Includes moisture barrier

     • Anti-microbial protection inhibits mold, mildew and bacteria

     • Hypoallergenic

     • Durable foam makes your carpet better and last longer

     • Insulating quality to help slow energy loss


MEMORY FOAM with DUPONT™ Teflon® Surface Protector


• 8 pound density  

• 7/16 inch thickness

• Breathable moisture barrier

• Anti-microbial protection inhibits mold, mildew and bacteria

• Provides consistent softness underfoot  

• Teflon® surface protector keeps spills on the pad’s surface for easier
  clean up


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

 Memory Foam Pad

Step Ahead Nike

STEP AHEAD Carpet Cushion, with NIKE Grind


This environmentally friendly carpet pad is exclusive to The Home Depot.  Features include:


    • 8 pound density

    • 7/16 inch thickness

    • Includes moisture barrier

    • Made with salvaged high-performance Nike athletic soft shoe scrap 

    • Environmentally friendly 90 percent recycled content

    • Your purchase helps keep millions of pounds of scrap out of landfills

Nike Grind As part of a company-wide recycling effort called Nike Grind, Nike takes top quality, unused shoe scrap and sends it to Future Foam, which converts the scrap into the premium Step Ahead 8 pound carpet cushion.  Enjoy the cushiony comfort of Nike even when you’re barefoot.

TRAFFICMASTER™ 6 and 8 Pound


• 6 and 8 pound density

• 5/16 and 7/16 inch thickness

• Includes moisture barrier

• 100 percent recycled materials  

• 8 pound designed for loop and commercial carpets  

 Traffic Master

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Install the highest- quality carpet pad you can afford.The cost will be only slightly higher, and the investment will extend the life of your carpet