A bathroom rug is a type of material or cloth that is placed on the floor of the bathroom. It has multiple purposes: it complements the look of the bathroom, it helps absorb water from the body as you get out of the shower or the tub, it keeps excess water off the floor, it reduces the instances of skidding, and it prevents slipping on the wet floor.
Factors to Consider
A bathroom rug’s placement is not limited to the side of the tub or the shower. It may also be placed in front of the bathroom sink and toilet bowl, or outside the bathroom door to provide warmth, cushion, and support. For large bathrooms, the rug may be placed at the center of the floor. For bathrooms with connecting dressing rooms or cabinets, the bathroom rug may also be placed in front of the dresser, shelves, or cabinets.
The size of bathroom rugs depends on the available area inside the bathroom. Some bathroom rugs may be customized, tailor-fit to surround the shower, tub, or the base of the sink or the bowl.
There are a variety of colors and designs for bathroom rugs. As a general rule of thumb, the bathroom rug’s color should complement the towels, shower curtains, and other decor. Dirt and stray hair are easily recognizable in light-colored rugs, but may be partially or temporarily hidden in dark-colored rugs.
- Wool – A superior choice as it allows for efficient airflow and can hold moisture well.
- Microfiber – Can hold up to seven times its weight in water. It is also durable and easier to clean compared to other fibers.
- Nylon – Made from large fibers, it is stain-resistant and takes a long time to fade. It is the most durable of all the synthetic carpet fibers, making it resistant to wear and tear.
- Cotton – The most recommended and easily available material for bathroom rugs, cotton can soak up the water very well, resulting in dryness and comfort after showering.
A bathroom rug may be stored by hanging it outside to air dry. Some bathroom rugs may be machine washed, especially those made from cotton or synthetic fibers.
For households with children, a non-slip rubber backing is ideal to prevent slipping.