5 Best Drum Rugs – Reviews and Buyer’s Guide

A drum rug is essential to any drummer who plays at home or tours professionally in a band. Right now you can go to your local music store and find a very limited selection of good drum rugs. Generally, they are small, all black, and offer some gimmicky feature. With the internet and many new boutique companies on the rise, there are many more options available than just what exists inside the walls of Guitar Center.

Our Picks For Best Drum Rugs Of 2018

Rug NameSizeMultiple Colors 
DW Drum Rug5' x 7'NoCheck Price
Black Widow Drum Web Anchoring Drum MatN/ANoCheck Price
Meinl Cymbals MDR-BK Drum Rug5.25' x 6.5'YesCheck Price
Feraghan Isfahan Persian Area Rug5' x 7'3"NoCheck Price
Budget Black Rug
5' x6'6"YesCheck Price

5. DW Drum Rug 5×7 Feet

Best Drum RugDrum Workshop (more commonly known as DW) is a drum set and hardware manufacturer located in California. They make incredible sounding drums at both an intermediate and professional level. In fact, DW makes a perfect entry to intermediate-level drum kit that I reviewed extensively, which you can read here. Today we are looking at DW’s branded drum rug.

The DW Drum Rug is by far the cleanest looking rug on the market. It features a non-skid rubber bottom, four silver DW logos, and is the perfect compliment to your DW Collector’s Series drum set. Although it doesn’t offer much as far as design goes, simple sometimes can win. If you tour or travel a lot with your drums, the black cloth makes it easy to spike with colored tape.

The biggest issue with black rugs for drummers? Stick shavings. If you are an aggressive player, you will definitely be vacuuming this drum rug very often, as you will see the fragments of your old drum sticks collecting at your feet. If you keep your rug clean, this shouldn’t be a huge issue.

DW Drum Rug 5x7 Feet
  • 5' x 7' sizing
  • Non-skid rubber bottom
  • Silver DW logo
  • Play on it in the studio, on stage, or just about anywhere
  • Drummers can now place their prized Collector's Series kit atop a high-quality rug emblazoned with DW logos

Best Drum Rugs
DW Drum Rug - Editor's Pick
Design7.4
Size8.8
Cost4.6
Traction and Isolation9.8
Materials9.6
Reader Rating1 Vote9.3
Perfect for DW Drummers
Features Industrial-Grade Carpet
Includes a Non-Skid Rubber Underside
Price is a Little High
Very Simple Design
8
Conclusion
The DW Drum Rug may be a little more pricey than your average Walmart rug, but it delivers where it counts. DW's design is clean and minimalistic. The non-skid underside will prevent your drums from moving forward on you. This is a great investment for any drummer and this rug is our best pick and Editor's Choice.
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4. Black Widow Drum Web Anchoring Drum Mat

This is the most unique drum rug on our list. The Black Widow Drum Web Anchoring Mat is truly different. This rug only covers the space for your throne and your kick pedals. It replaces conventional drum rugs and weighs less than 2 pounds. The Black Widow Drum Web Anchoring Mat is perfect for touring, since it leaves such a small footprint. The rug includes a patented system with self-adhesive Velcro security strips. With this rug, your aren’t supposed to move, as your throne is anchored under the rug.

The drum rug is made from a military-grade nylon material, making it very tough and easy to clean. No more beer stains on your old drum rug. The Black Widow drum web will work fine with acoustic drum kits, electronic drum sets, practice kits, and even  percussion kits. It’s not the type of drum, rather the velcro system that makes it work.

Upon opening the box, you’ll see a nice case that holds your drum mat. It’s not very big in size and is very portable. The Black Widow drum rug does include velcro as well as marking strips that help you set up the same way at every gig. The velcro strips will attach to the bottom of your bass drum pedals, hi hat pedal, and any other accessory pedals you may use.

Do The Drums Really Stay In Place?

I was a little skeptical because I have used velcro on tons of applications and I know that it’s not always perfect. Things move around and it doesn’t always hold the best. I wanted to make sure our kit didn’t move at all with this mat, so we had to be thorough in testing.

The first thing I found problematic was the heel side of the hi hat pedal was slipping and rotating under my left foot. You can apply a fix for this using more velcro, but this seems to be a bit of a flaw from my standards.

The next thing, which could be considered a non-issue to some, was that the drum rug seemed to “flex” as I played. For example, the bass drum would actually bounce forward a tiny bit and then bounce back to where it was. I don’t think this is a big deal, but sure makes me wonder if the drum mat itself will stretch over time, resulting in my markings to be all for nothing.

Black Widow Drum Web Anchoring Drum Mat, The Ultimate Drum Mat
  • Engineered, patented and designed to LOCK pedals in place; eliminates "drum creep":
  • Replaces conventional large drum rugs AND; weighs less than 2 pounds and folds conveniently in carry case
  • Completely personalized to drummers set up - includes patented system with self-adhesive Velcro security strips
  • The ultimate in drumset security AND portability. The drum mat you will keep in the drummer tool kit for every playing and studio recording situation
  • Drums don't move! Drummer's body weight on the throne keeps it in place so you focus on what you do best: drumming

 

Black Widow Drum Mat
Black Widow Drum Anchoring Mat
Design6.5
Size10
Cost9.4
Traction and Isolation3.9
Materials3.9
Reader Rating1 Vote3.6
Much Smaller Than a Traditional Rug
Includes Self-Adhesive Velcro Strips
Strange Design - Many Won't Adapt
Materials Are A Little Cheap Feeling
6.7
Conclusion
Although unique, this product gives a fresh take on drum rugs and their roll in the drumming world. With being more affordable than most rugs on this list, the Black Widow drum mat could take the cake.
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3. Meinl Cymbals MDR-BK Drum Rug, Black

Best Rug For Drummers

Meinl is a company best known for their awesome cymbals. In fact, most drummers I see now have switched from the mega cymbal companies over to Meinl. In addition to making great cymbals, they also make a killer drum rug that’s offered in five different styles.

The rug size is 5.5ft x 6.5ft, so you’ll have plenty of space for all your drums and cymbals. It does include a carrying case, but I probably wouldn’t use it to be honest. The underside of the rug is a non-slip rubber that prevents your rig from moving on stage. The rug is also made of very tightly-woven fabric that drum spurs with sink into and will stay put. Don’t worry about your bass drum moving away from you ever again!

Meinl Cymbals MDR-OR Drum Rug, Oriental Design (VIDEO)
  • 5.25' x 6.5'
  • No-slip rubber bottom
  • Tightly woven fabric top
Meinl Cymbals MDR-BK Drum Rug, Black
  • 160 cm (5.25 feet) wide x 200 cm (6.5 feet) long
  • Includes carrying bag
  • The Meinl drum rug is made with tightly woven fabric that spurs can dig into and stands will stay planted on
  • Designed for drummers and percussionists, the Meinl drum rug in black provides a non-slip surface for your rig with a sleek, simple design
  • A coating of rubber on the bottom of the rug prevents it from sliding on hard surfaces
Meinl Cymbals MDR-JB Drum Rug, Jawbreaker Design
  • 5.25ft x 6.5ft
  • Rubber on bottom eliminates sliding
  • Features Jawbreaker design
Meinl Cymbals MDR-ZB Drum Rug, Zebra Design
  • 160 cm (5.25 ft) x 200 cm (6.5 ft)
  • Entire bottom side is covered with rubber
  • Comes with a bag for comfortable transportation
Meinl Cymbals MDR-C1 Drum Rug, Camouflage Design
  • 160 cm (5.25 feet) x 200 cm (6.5 feet)
  • Original Camouflage
  • Includes bag

Best Drum Rug

Meinl Drum Rug
Design9.5
Size7.8
Cost7
Traction and Isolation8.5
Materials9
Reader Rating0 Votes0
Wide Variety of Designs
Excellent Traction and Grip
Perfect Size
8.4
Conclusion
The Meinl drum rug is an excellent choice for the beginner or the master. This is the one company that makes a rug that comes in a variety of designs! We love the price point and the options Meinl gives us as players.
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2. Persian Area Rug, 5′ x 7’3

Traditional Drum RugIf you’re more into traditional looking rugs for on stage, check out this 5’x8′ Isfahan Area Rug. This won’t have the features of the Meinl rug, like the non-slip rubber, but you can engineer some DIY solutions if you’re crafty. A rug like this will be totally unique to any drummer you come across, so that may be a benefit you are looking for.

If you are into these kind of rugs, you can spend a fortune on them. Go for the cheap ones. You don’t want to spend a ton of money on a really nice hand-made rug and then have it ruined by drum stick shavings and bass drum spurs.

Noble Sarouk Red Persian Floral Oriental Formal Traditional Area Rug 7x10 ( 6'7" x 9'6" ) Easy to Clean Stain / Fade Resistant Shed Free Modern Contemporary Transitional Soft Living Dining Room Rug
  • Plush 0.4" pile height. 100% polypropylene power loomed in Turkey. Stain resistant and fade resistant. 100% jute backing is safe for wood floors. Shed free pile. Extremely durable and very easy to clean, made to last for years.
  • Traditional, formal, Persian floral oriental Sarouk pattern. Perfect for the living room, dining room, bedroom, foyer, or great room.
  • Size: 6'7'' X 9'6''
  • Color: Red, beige, ivory and black with hints of light blue and green.
  • Luxury, handmade feel at machine made prices.

1. The Budget Black Rug

If you are looking for the cheapest route, look no further. Hell, you could probably go to Walmart and spend $20 if you really want to go that way. Here is a cheap black rug that does have a non-slip coating on the bottom. It measures in at 5×7, so this rug is big enough to fit a moderately sized drum kit on. Originally designed for a kitchen, but no one will have to know that!

In a later post, I will detail my choice for best bass drum anchor as well as detail a way to make your own bass drum stopper that not only stops your bass drum from sliding forward on your rug, but also provides a ‘spiked’ spot where your bass drum goes every night for every gig. We will also go over the best ways to spike a drum rug to make sure all your hardware is in the same spot for each show!

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Things You Should Look For In Drum Rugs

Now that you have taken a look at all the major benefits of each drum rug, we can look at some things you should always look for when buying a drum rug.

When buying a drum rug, one thing to consider is the overall look and design of the rug. When you are on stage, do you want to be flashy, or do you want to have a minimalist and clean look to your drums? Most drummers I see on the road today have a standard black rug with their hardware positions marked with green or pink spike tape. I am the outlier in this situation as I love my Persian-styled rug.

Drum Rug Spike Tape

All drum rugs are not created equal. You must take into account the ruggedness and durability of the rug you choose to purchase. Some rugs will be thinner and more delicate, while others will stand up to anything. Most of the drum rugs made by big companies will be more durable than the budget black rug you can find at Walmart.

Drum Rug Size – How Large Should Your Drum Rug Be?

The last thing to consider when buying a drum rug is the size and footprint you will take up on stage. I have been in many club situations opening up for big national acts and they don’t leave us much space to setup. Since all their gear is already on stage, we have to make due with what we have. My rug has often times been too large to setup properly and, as a result, some of my hardware doesn’t always fit on the rug. This leads to lopsided hardware balancing on a half-folded up rug, microphone cables, and anything else that may be on stage at the time. This may be the case for the Black Widow drum rug.

That being said, the drum rug size should be as large as your kit needs to be. If you’re the headliner, you should have no problem with space on stage at most venues. Take care of your drum rug and be sure not to leave it at the last venue you played at. You probably won’t get it back.

Protection Racket Numbered Drum Rug Markers

Drum Rug MarkersThere is a company that makes markers for your rugs. You can mark your rug in minutes (unless you want to just use spike tape) with no weight added to the rug. These look great compared to duct tape or gaff.