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All About Underlay

Posted by: David Lanni on April 27, 2022

Not everybody will choose to buy underlay for their new carpet seeing it as an ‘extra’ purchase on top of what is already quite a big investment - a new carpet.

So, read on to find out why we think a good underlay is a must when renewing carpet in any room in your home.

How it feels

A good underlay will improve how your carpet feels underfoot. Not only does it add an extra layer of comfort, but it also makes your carpet feel softer. It acts as a shock absorber, especially in rooms with high usage. It can also help the pile spring back when trodden on. If your new carpet is quite thin, it will also act as extra cushioning.


A good underlay will prolong the life of your carpet. A carpet without an underlay generally has a much shorter lifespan than one with. It acts as a barrier between your floor and the new carpet providing an extra layer of not only comfort but warmth.

Heat Insulation

A good underlay will act as a heat insulator and will help maintain a warm room and in the long run, save on your energy bills!

Noise Reduction

Underlay also helps with noise reduction, especially from upstairs rooms where general sound and footfall will be reduced or muffled considerably.

Don’t Re-Use Old Underlay

As tempting as it may seem, we would definitely recommend that you do not re-use underlay. If your carpet is worn out enough for it to be replaced, then so is your underlay. Over time and with use it will start to flatten. If it’s really old, it can start to disintegrate.

You Don’t Have to Break The Bank

You don’t have to spend a fortune picking the best underlay on offer either.

At Poplar Carpets we offer a variety of brands, types and thicknesses of underlay, from standard to super-luxury.

We’re confident we’ll have just the underlay to match your own personal requirements.

Visit any of our showrooms and our friendly staff will be on hand to help and guide you to finding the perfect underlay for your new carpet.

How can Poplar help?

For more help and advice on choosing your underlay visit us in-store today or click on the Visit Us page to find a store near you. Come and have a chat with one of our friendly and experienced team, we look forward to seeing you.

We are a family-run business with over 50 years of experience and we love what we do. Our team of over 250 staff throughout the Midlands offer excellent service and support making the whole experience a positive one. We are here to help.

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