Should I Put a Rug In My Kitchen?
Although rather unusual on the surface, lots of manufacturers and retailers will recommend using a rug in your kitchen. For those who cannot imagine using a rug in their kitchen, we are here to help you! In this blog, we will discuss which rugs to use, why and where they should be placed.
Why a Kitchen Rug?
The most obvious benefit is the warmth rugs provide. Kitchens are tiled in most homes, so rugs can provide a refreshing and cosy feel underfoot whilst undertaking arduous tasks such as preparing food, cleaning dishes and loading a washer. Why make these things more uncomfortable than necessary? This reasoning is also the case when it comes to the softness of a rug. Rugs are easier on your feet and back than hard flooring, which is especially helpful if you will be standing for a long time or you have already been stood up all day. More on the design side, kitchen rugs will grab attention due to their rarity, and can help match colour schemes or patterns elsewhere in the kitchen.
Where Do I Position The Rug?
Struggling to visualise where you would put a kitchen rug? The most common area is in front of the sink, or alternatively your most used counter, as the softness of a rug eases the aches and pains from standing a long time. Certain rugs in front of the sink are useful for absorbing spilt water too, but it is important not to use an expensive rug for this and only use certain materials as explained in the next section. If you have an open plan kitchen, or dining room and kitchen combined, you may wish to place the rug under the table for the comfort of diners, or fill any large, empty space to induce a more friendly and homely atmosphere. To reduce the amount of dirt that enters the kitchen, entrance matting could also be used at the doorway. This will trap dirt and increase hygiene.
Which Type Should I Use?
Firstly, size should be determined. Consider the overall size of your kitchen and the section of the room you are looking to furnish. You do not wish the drown the room with a rug that is too large relative to the entire room, nor the section of the room you are looking to cover. For example, if you place the rug in front of the sink, ensure no sides overlap past the sink itself, as this will simply dwarf the overall room and draw negative attention. Generally, stick to smaller rugs unless filling a space in an open plan area - but even here, make sure the rug is not too close to walls or furnishings for the same reason. If using a rug under a kitchen table, choose a shape that matches the table, and a size either proportionate to the table itself for smaller spaces, or overlapping chairs when pulled out slightly in larger spaces.
As for material, in front on a sink, an absorbent rug such as a bathmat or microfibre rug should be used to serve its purpose. In any place in the kitchen, thinner rugs should be used to ease cleaning and suit the kitchen aesthetic. Flat-weave rugs are a good example of low maintenance rugs that can be hoovered with ease and don’t harbour dirt or become stained easily. They also offer protection to your flooring without drawing as much attention as more common rug materials would.
Whichever you decide to use, it is essential to make sure all rugs are secured down with tape. With spillages a common occurrence, tiles being slippery and the presence of sharp objects, hot water and hot food, the last thing you need is a rug that will move under your feet and increase risk of injury. Follow this tip, and you are on your way to a happier, warmer and more attractive kitchen! Find our kitchen rugs here.