This $10 Find on Amazon Has Solved My Biggest Issue with My Rugs

This $10 Find on Amazon Has Solved My Biggest Issue with My Rugs

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When my fiancé and I moved into our new apartment eight months ago, we snagged double the square footage of our previous digs for about the same price. (A small-space dweller’s dream? I certainly think so!) But since San Francisco has a rug coverage quota for most apartments, we had to pick up a few new plush surfaces. Finding the right rugs and pads for our new space was easy, but living with them? Now that was the hard part.

Our apartment has a long hallway that leads to our bathroom, bedroom, and respective offices. However, every time either of us would step on our new runners, the rug would fly far away from the pad hiding beneath. Not only did this turn something as simple as carrying my morning coffee to my office into a scene from “Mission: Impossible,” but it also looked terrible. I spent a lot of time adjusting the runner and rug pad — only to do it again a few minutes later.

“If only there was a way to fix this,” I thought to myself. “If only I could bind the two with some double-sided tape.” As luck would have it, I discovered YYXLIFE’s Double Sided Carpet Tape — and it has been a total game-changer.

YYXLIFE’s carpet tape is exactly what it sounds like: The roll has two adhesive sides that successfully keep your rug in place. Though this tape is billed as a great way to stick a carpet to a wooden, concrete, or tiled surface, it can also successfully bind a rug runner to its respective pad. Translation? It’s the perfect way to solve my biggest rug annoyance.

Using this YYXLIFE’s carpet tape is a total breeze: All you need to do is cut the tape to your desired length, peel off protective paper on each side, and apply it to your rug and corresponding pad. (Since my rug pad is shorter than my runner, I applied this tape to the perimeter of the pad.) While YYXLIFE instructs you to press down firmly on the taped area, I’d also recommend piling on a few heavy books to make sure the tape sticks. From there, the brand’s military-grade strength takes hold.

It’s been eight months since I used this carpet tape on my rug runners, and I can confidently say that easy DIY hack works. Since my rug pad is shorter than my rug, the edges of my runner are slightly flipped up; however, I can walk up and down my hallway without needing to brace myself for a spontaneous slip and slide. It’s no wonder this pick has over 40,000 positive reviews on Amazon. While I have no plans to remove this tape anytime soon, YYXLIFE claims it leaves no sticky residue behind — a blessing for renters who are looking to use it on their apartment’s floors, but don’t want to sacrifice their security deposit.

But perhaps the best part of this hack is how affordable it is. Right now, a 10-yard roll of YYXLIFE’s prized carpet tape costs — drumroll please — $10 on Amazon. So, whether you want to tack down of all your rugs or take care of a pesky trouble area, this tape will deliver over and over again. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a dining room rug that needs some reinforcing.

Kelsey Mulvey

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Kelsey Mulvey is a lifestyle editor and writer. She has written for publications like Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, Wallpaper.com, New York Magazine, and more.

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RugsUSA Is Having a Black Friday Sale with Up to 75% Off a Ton of Styles

RugsUSA Is Having a Black Friday Sale with Up to 75% Off a Ton of Styles

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While we’re still months away from actual Black Friday, Summer Black Friday is here, at least at Rugs USA. Their Summer Black Friday Sale just launched, offering up to 75 percent off thousands of rugs in all sizes and styles, plus fast and free shipping. From shaggy, tasseled boho designs to elegant lattice patterns, there are tons of trendy and classic designs to choose from, and there’s even a big section of outdoor rugs that would arrive just in time to spruce up your patio for a Fourth of July barbecue. You can browse the full Black Friday Summer Sale section here, or read on to check out the very best deals on rugs we love.

I Shop Stylish Home Finds for a Living — Here’s What I’m Loving From Prime Day

I Shop Stylish Home Finds for a Living — Here’s What I’m Loving From Prime Day

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As Apartment Therapy’s resident style shopping editor, a big part of my day-to-day centers around — you guessed it — shopping. I’m always the hunt for the latest and greatest home finds, both for all of you, dear readers, and my own living space. Not only am I seeking out pieces that look the part, but that also won’t break the bank — because few things rival the rush of snagging the ultimate stylish steal on a budget.

On that note, Amazon’s Prime Day deals have been a dream come true on either account. And since the clock’s ticking (everything ends tonight!), I did the digging for you and quickly rounded up a few of my favorite style- and price-savvy Prime finds. Grab ’em before they’re gone!

I’m Obsessed With This Pillow That’s Part Heating Pad, Part Ice Pack — You Will Be, Too (Bonus: It’s On Sale for Prime Day!)

I’m Obsessed With This Pillow That’s Part Heating Pad, Part Ice Pack — You Will Be, Too (Bonus: It’s On Sale for Prime Day!)

Sarah M. Vazquez

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Sarah writes about all things shopping for Apartment Therapy. Her work has appeared in Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Elle Decor, and PureWow, among others. In her free time, you can find her strumming away at her guitar, on the perpetual hunt for the coziest duvet, and enjoying Sundays in the park with Marty—that’s her pup.

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This Fluffy Mattress Topper Has Nearly 25,000 5-Star Amazon Reviews

This Fluffy Mattress Topper Has Nearly 25,000 5-Star Amazon Reviews

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People put a lot of pressure on their mattresses, and that’s one reason why, every major holiday weekend, the talk is all about getting a new one from the many home sales. Even if you treated yourself to a mattress upgrade (and especially if you didn’t), you shouldn’t forget about an often-overlooked item that can work wonders toward helping you get a quality snooze: the mattress pad. This affordable bedding accessory is an easy way to make your bed ultra-comfortable, which can make all the difference when it comes to getting a good night’s rest. But how do you know what to look for? Thankfully, Amazon reviewers have already put in the work, and they are in love with this best-selling mattress topper. Oh, and it just happens to be on sale for Prime Day.

Boasting every quality you could want in a mattress pad, this one has racked up nearly 25,000 five-star Amazon reviews. It’s cool, breathable, and super soft, and it makes any mattress — including hard, lumpy, bumpy ones — feel more luxurious. Says one reviewer, “I have had this for one month and still the best purchase for bedding I have ever made!!!! Holds its shape every day and I am no lightweight. Finally a great night’s sleep!!!”

What makes this topper so fantastic? To start, the hypoallergenic stuffing means it’s a great pick for anyone with allergies and other sensitivities. Its unique design is more supportive than a typical diamond quilting seam, which keeps the filling from moving around and bunching up. Some mattress toppers are a struggle to get on the bed, but this one has elastic fabric pockets for easy installation. And since it’s made from 100 percent high-quality fitted combed cotton — 300 thread count, to be exact — it delivers extra comfort and guards against heating up during the night. One memory-foam mattress owner raves, “I didn’t sweat or get hot at all when using flannel sheets on this baby with no fan on at night! This topper totally dissipates my body heat and doesn’t hold it, I love it!”

Nearly every reviewer couldn’t help but comment on how soft and fluffy the topper is. “This topper is like lying on a bed of marshmallows,” said one. “Not too soft but so comfortable I just don’t want to get out of bed.” To maintain maximum fluffiness, you can air the topper out in the sun for a few hours to puff it up, or, after giving it a spin in the washing machine, tumble dry it on low.

If you’re still on the fence about this game-changing bedding accessory, take it from this happy husband. “Unbeknownst to me, my wife decided to replace our mattress with the hardest slab of concrete on which I’ve ever had to sleep,” he shares. “I ordered this cover hoping for a tiny bit of relief. From the first night it exceeded all my hopes and dreams, I was able to sleep again, it doesn’t slip off even with my tossing and turning, and it stays cool… ” ‘Nuff said.

Buy:Oaskys Queen-Size Cooling Cotton Pillow-Top Mattress Topper with Down Alternative Fill, $34.95 with extra $5 off coupon (normally $59.99)