Stockholm in the crib || Rug Pad USA


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I changed out my living room rug when I scored this Ikea Stockholm rug on Craigslist.  I unknowingly pin a lot of interiors with this rug, so it only seemed fitting to have it in my home.   And when the chances you come across this rug in your hometown when Ikea is a 6 hour round trip drive, you hop on it like white on rice.

So this was the state of my living room awhile back.  A lot of brown?  Check.  Too small of a rug for the space?  Check.

During Christmas, this was the state of the living room.  It's amazing how the rug made such a transformation for the space.   After Owen ripped out the curtains (see that orange spot above the window frame below?), I thanked him for taking charge.  The curtains needed to go in my opinion.  The space looks much better without curtains.

What happened to my old rug?  I used it as a rug pad since this one is a flatweave.  But there was a BIG problem, which you can kind see in the photo above.  The rug draped over my existing rug.  And do you see that slight ripple under the chair?  Yeah, the rug was NOT staying in place very well.

And this.  Do you see that dip next to the couch leg???

So apparently I had a problem, but I was okay to live with it until I got a proper rug pad.

And then the craziest thing happened.  Will, from Rug Pad USA (not to be confused with RugsUSA), contacted me asking if I would be interested in trying out a rug pad.  After getting my measurements, they custom cut the pad to fit your rug.  Will sent over the Premium Lock pad for my new rug.

Here's a link to a coupon on their blog!

Y'all.  This was the BEST decision, and I am so thankful Will contacted because I really, really! needed a rug pad!  I was not too sure what to expect since I thought anything would be better than my old rug, but Rug Pad USA exceeded my expectations and excelled in customer service, fast delivery, and great product.  And I'm seriously not saying this because I got the rug pad.  This pad has added a bit of cushion to the rug, has elevated it off the floor (pic to come), and my rug DOES NOT move.   How many flatweave rug owners out there complain about the ripples and movement?  Come on.  We all do.  But we just love our flatweaves so much we just deal with it, right?

When we got the rug pad, it came rolled up.  It was easy to flatten out and place where we wanted it.

My walls were half painted for Creating with the Stars.  It's slowly getting painted white.  :) But here's a great shot showing you how flat the pad is even after it came to me rolled up like the photo above.   We were able to sell our old rug for $75!

The pad lifts my rug off the ground.

I'm sure many of you are wondering about the durability and clean-ability with this rug.  Because it's white, I am sure you are weary, especially if you have kids.  We have a no shoe rule with this rug, although it's been walked on plenty of times with shoes.  We also had a guest spill soda on this rug.  I found this rug to be a little more difficult to clean, but my stains came out.   Overall, I am very happy with my Stockholm rug!!

I still have a lot of work that needs to be done in this space, but for now, that's quite the improvement, no?  If you are wondering where the brown couch went, it's actually no longer in this room.  I'll save that for another day.

Thanks Will for hooking a sister up!  The pad is freaking amazing and does wonders for the space. I love it!

What do you think of my new Stockholm rug found on Craigslist?  Do you think it helped change the space?

xx nancy

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Rug Pad USA supplied me a rug in exchange for a post.  I would only share with you products that I feel confident about.  I don't like fishy content, and I am sure you don't either.


  1. I am in love with this rug!! It's funny how one thing can add so much to a room!! Looks fabulous!

    1. Thanks! I really like it too. I was a little concerned at first if it would be too busy for the small space, but it has worked out great. Definitely a great buy!

  2. I've loved this rug since I first saw it. It looks great in your place!

  3. What a difference it makes!!! Really livens up your living room!!! It is fun watching you make changes in your living area - thanks for including us :)

  4. I'm considering this rug for my living room but am wary (I have three kids). Do you still love yours? How has it held up? How do you clean it? This is by far the best review I've found about the Stockholm rug. Thanks for your help!

    1. Also, is it soft? I have a crawling baby...

    2. Also, is it soft? I have a crawling baby...

    3. Hi Frida! So here's the deal. I LOVE my rug! It has held up so well. But here is why I think it has held up well. 1. I vacuum my rug every 1-2 days to pick up any dirt. 2. We do not wear shoes on the rug. Although guests have and we have had the occasional need to walk over the rug without taking our shoes off. But for the most part, I'm pretty strict about my rule. 3. I have only one child (5 year old boy), but I set rules with him (no food or shoes), and he obeys.

      With that said, I think this rug could work with a family, but it really depends on how diligent you are about keeping the area clean as well as how rough and tough your kids are. We did have a guest spill a Coke on the rug, and I immediately cleaned up the spill. No stains! It's a flatweave, which is harder to clean. It's not super soft, but it's not really hard and scratchy either. Babies could be on it, but then again, I'm not the type of mother that prefers for babies to always be on soft surfaces. It wouldn't scratch your baby's knees or hands, if that is what you are wondering. You definitely need a rug pad, and we absolutely love the one that is recommended in this post. Have you felt a flatweave before? Maybe if you can touch one first to see? I hope that helps! We really do love our rug, but it isn't for everyone.


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