Most people get area rugs for living rooms, bedrooms, and hallways, but
few of them think of getting one for the bath. After all, itís a hot,
well-used, and often humid areaónot exactly the kind of place for a delicate
rug. But that was years ago. With the variety of rug materials in the
market, thereís no reason you canít find one thatís bathroom-friendly, or
even one that suits your dťcor theme. Indeed, if youíre looking for a quick
way to liven up your bath, shopping for rugs is definitely your best bet.
So what makes a good bathroom rug? Like any other design element, itís a
combination of different factors, and the role each one plays depends on
your particular needs. No two bathrooms are exactly alike, so itís really a
personal decision. But that doesnít mean itís complicated; itís just a
matter of laying down your requirements and finding a rug that fits. With
the range of rugs available these days, youíre sure to find one that works
for you. This guide offers a few buying tips to help you find the perfect
Invest in high-quality material.
Some rug materials are obviously not suited for bathroom use. All-natural
fibers like wool and organic cotton may be comfortable, but theyíre not
exactly sturdy. Most bathroom rugs use chenille, a type of twisted yarn.
Chenille is traditionally made of cotton, but for bathroom rugs, synthetic
fibers like rayon, acrylic or polyester are normally used. This makes them
more resistant to water damage and moisture problems such as mold and
Polypropylene area rugs also work well for the bathroom. Also called olefin,
polypropylene is a plastic-like fiber designed to look and feel like real
fabric. A polypropylene rug gives you the comfort and warmth of a natural
fiber rug, such as cotton or wool, minus the high maintenance. Since itís
synthetic, it also comes in a wide range of colors and patterns, so itís
easy to coordinate it with your current bathroom dťcor. Just make sure to
get a rug pad so it doesnít slip around the floor.
Consider a shaped rug.
One of the most common problems with bathroom rugs is that they tend to
slide around, especially if you have slippery tiles. One way to prevent this
is to get a rug with curved edges, rather than the usual rectangular kind.
Curved edges are less likely to fold over and loosen the rug, so you get a
better grip on the floor. Shaped area rugs range from simple circular or
oval pieces to irregular shapes like hearts, stars or flowers.
Some manufacturers even offer ďcontour rugs,Ē which are designed
specifically for the bathroom. Often offered in sets, these rugs include a
simple round or rectangular piece, one that hugs the toilet base, and
sometimes a matching cover for the toilet seat. This can be a good idea if
you have a large bathroom, as one area rug may not always be enough. Take
measurements before buying so you can be sure that the pieces will fit.
Experiment with colors.
Nowadays, area rugs do more than cover up your bathroom floor and absorb
your footfall. They also add to the overall look and feel of the room, and
may even serve as the roomís focal point. Thatís why color and design should
also be on your list when youíre shopping for bathroom rugs. Since most
baths come in plain neutral colors, experts recommend using bold,
eye-catching pieces such as green or red area rugs.
You may also want to look into patterned rugs. Not all bathrooms will look
good with a patterned rug, but when used properly, they can really change
the mood of your bathroom. Patterns usually work well in baths where there
are mostly plain surfaces, as they offer a nice contrast and help break the
monotony of your design. Likewise, if you already have patterned tiles or
counters, a solid-colored rug may be more appropriate.
Choose a low-maintenance rug.
All rugs will need at least a bit of maintenance, and thatís something a lot
of buyers forget. Some rugs will need to be cleaned once a week, while
others can do with just a monthly cleaning. Consider how much time youíre
willing to spend maintaining your bathroom rug. If youíre often too busy for
a quick sweep, a simply synthetic material such as olefin may be right for
Sisal rugs are a good choice if youíre looking for a low-maintenance rug.
Made from a cactus fiber, sisal is one of the most durable natural materials
around. Besides area rugs, itís also used for dartboards, industrial ropes,
and even some large furniture pieces. A sisal rug requires just a quick
sweep every other day, and with proper care, it can look and feel like new