I’m often asked which the best type of rug over a RugBuddy.
The first answer has got be “a rug you like”, but it is also worth considering the TOG value of the rug.
Most of us are familiar with TOG ratings on our duvets. The higher the TOG number the more insulating the duvet is and the more easily it will keep us warm as the temperature in the room drops.
With a rug over a RugBuddy, the TOG of the rug tells us how easily the warmth of the RugBuddy will be conducted to the surface of the rug.
A higher TOG rug may take longer to warm through, especially if the rug is heavy.
Most of the time you won’t be aware of the TOG of the rug and, in fact, that information may not be readily available from the supplier.
How to Choose A Rug Over a RugBuddy
Here are some pointers to choosing a suitable rug:
- Most woven and cut pile rugs are suitable
- Heavier weight rugs will have a higher TOG
- Thicker rugs will tend to have a higher TOG
- Any rug marked ‘suitable for underfloor heating’ will be OK and have a TOG of between 1 and 2.5
Ideally, the rug should have a low TOG value (1 – 1.5), and the underlay should have a high TOG value (2 – 3).
Avoid These Rugs
- A felt rug or one with felt backing (felt will have too high a TOG)
- A rug with foam backing
- A foam playmat
- A shag pile rug
- Animal fur or fleece (animal skins such as cow hide are OK)
NOTE: The maximum TOG value we recommend for use with a RugBuddy is 3.0. The vast majority of rugs fall well below this maximum.
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