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We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, preparing meals, grabbing a mug of coffee, and sorting those dishes.  Many people eat in their kitchens as well.  That means a lot of activity for the flooring in the room and is one reason that carpet isn’t always considered to be the best option.

But that doesn’t mean you have to stick to hard flooring.  If you like something a little softer underfoot, could you have a rug in your kitchen?  The answer is definitely ‘yes’ and let’s look at some tips on getting the right one.

How to pick the perfect rug for a kitchen

The first thing to consider when choosing a rug is the material and this is even more important with a kitchen rug.  Some materials are better suited to busy rooms with lots of activities and ones that have some degree of stain resistance which is also very useful.

  • Nylon is a synthetic material that’s great for the kitchen. It is strong and long-lasting as well as being durable enough to withstand the frequent use of the room.  It is very easy to clean and has good stain resistance.
  • Polyester is another synthetic fabric that’s great for fade resistance and dries very quickly if something is spilt on it or you need to wash it. It has a low absorbency but can find oil-based stains a little tougher.  It is often blended with wool.
  • Seagrass is a natural material that is very hard-wearing and resistant to stains. Whereas things like sisal and jute are often recommended for the living room or bedrooms, seagrass is an ideal kitchen alternative for natural flooring fans.
  • Bamboo is the other natural material that works well in kitchens as it is very durable and has a nice sheen to it. It has strong eco-friendly credentials as it is a sustainable material.

What style and size should I choose?

Apart from the material, you’ll also want to think about style and size.  The size may be dictated by the room itself or the purpose you want the rug for.  Say you want a rug to go under the kitchen table and chairs to stop all those dragging sounds when the kids pull the chairs out.  Then you’ll need one big enough to cover the table, chairs and the space needed to pull them out.

Runners are another popular style, and they work well in front of a section of kitchen bench or along the middle of the room in a galley style kitchen.  They tend to be longer and thinner than other rug styles.

Styles of rug can be much more varied.  Many people like a contrast to the flooring it will sit on.  So if you have plain, dark tiles, you may want a lighter rug with some pattern to it.  Or if you have patterned flooring, you might want a simple, single colour rug.  There’s plenty of options to choose from.

Adding to your kitchen

A rug is a simple and stylish way to add to your kitchen and comes with solid benefits.  It makes the room warmer, helps with reducing noise levels and means it is more comfortable underfoot when you are working.