No kitchen feels complete without a rug. Adding a rug to the kitchen is a great way to add texture, color and comfort to your space. Whether it’s a small rug for under the sink, a runner that protects the flooring under your major work areas, or a larger rug that defines the breakfast nook area, rugs have a place in the kitchen.
A kitchen rug can be difficult to choose, and there are some major factors that you need to consider. For instance, spills in the kitchen are inevitable, so this rug needs to be mildew and stain resistant. It also needs to hold up well to foot traffic and not act as a trap for food or dirt. While a silk rug, for example, is an excellent choice for a bedroom, it would not work well in a kitchen environment, because it does not handle moisture as well as a wool, cotton, or polypropylene rug.
The best part about adding a rug to your kitchen is that it is one of the most cost-effective ways to change the space. Compared to the cost of other kitchen changes, like new cabinets and appliances, a rug makes a large impact at a much lower cost.
Size and Shape
How much of your kitchen floor are you wanting to cover? If you love your kitchen flooring, you probably only want a small rug near the sink. If you are wanting to fill a space between your kitchen island and your other work areas, consider a runner or a rectangular rug. Round rugs soften harsh lines in the room.
Rectangular mats in front of the sink tend to be 2 feet by 3 feet. (Here is an adorable geometric pattern, if that is what you are looking for.)
If you are looking for a runner (and we love this striped cotton runner) measure the length of your space and subtract at least 3 inches but ideally 6 inches from each side (6-12 inches altogether) to allow for space between your rug and your cabinets. This concept of subtracting 3-6 inches from each side also applies if you are looking for a rectangular or round rug to fill your space.
Weave and Material
As a general rule, a flat weave rug does better in a kitchen environment. While food and other messes can soak down into deeper rug pile, a flat weave rug would keep any spills on the surface, which makes it easier to keep clean.
When you are considering a kitchen rug material, you need to consider that the rug needs to be tolerant of moisture. Accidental spills are bound to happen in any kitchen, and a rug that is easy to clean is a much better choice. The kitchen is also a room with potential for a lot of foot traffic. When identifying a material for your kitchen rug, you will want to find something that is moisture and mildew resistant that also stands up well under everyday foot traffic. For these reasons, we recommend you look at rugs made of wool, cotton, or polypropylene for your kitchen.
Wool is naturally moisture and mildew resistant and is a very durable material. Cotton is also very easy to clean and maintain and is often machine washable. Cotton is a less expensive natural material than wool. Polypropylene is a synthetic material that is known for its stain resistant qualities and holds up moderately well under foot traffic (but will show common wear over time). Wool, cotton or polypropylene would be an excellent rug material for a kitchen, or even a bathroom.
Natural fiber rugs such as bamboo, sisal and hemp do not handle moisture well and are prone to mildew. If you have your heart set on using a natural fiber rug in your kitchen, seagrass is a slightly better natural fiber choice for a kitchen as it has a natural waxy coating that makes it more resistant to moisture, however it is not the ideal rug material. Seagrass can be very difficult to clean if stained, and should never be steam cleaned. We typically recommend it be used in a dry room. And, remember, cotton is a natural fiber too!
Potential for Slips
The kitchen probably is one of the highest areas of potential for slipping or tripping in the house. You will need to plan to add a non-skid rug pad underneath your kitchen rug to avoid tripping or slipping. A Super Hold rug pad would be an excellent choice for a kitchen to maintain safety.
Between the potential for moisture being on the floor and the fact that your hands are often filled with the things you are carrying, there is a high potential for fall accidents in the kitchen. To lower your potential for accidents in the kitchen, you should account for purchasing a non-skid rug pad to accompany your kitchen rug. A Super Hold rug pad under a flat weave rug is an excellent combination for maximum kitchen safety to protect against fall accidents.
The easiest way to identify a color for a kitchen rug is to use one of the accent colors already available in your kitchen. Take stock of all the existing colors in your kitchen: the cabinets, the flooring, the appliances, the walls, the small decor pieces and accessories. There are probably several existing colors that you can use to begin shopping for your rugs.
Neutral tones will leave your kitchen feeling more cohesive and traditional which allows for other kitchen accessories to shine. Alternatively, you can make a bold statement with a patterned rug. Darker colors will hide dirt and show fewer stains. While lighter colors have the potential to show more dirt and stains, they also brighten the room.
Are you ready to select your kitchen rug?
A rug is a relatively low investment when compared to replacing kitchen cabinets or appliances, and it can completely alter the look of your kitchen. That means that kitchen rugs (and the recommended non-skid rug pad) are a terrific investment to make your kitchen space feel more comfortable and cohesive. Choosing a rug material that is stain resistant and sticking to a flat weave option will ensure that everyday messes are simple to clean. If you have any more specific questions about our products and how they might work in your kitchen space, please don’t hesitate to contact the customer support. If you need further ideas, here are 5 Kitchen Rug Ideas!