One thing I’ve been meaning to do ever since we moved into our new home is to replace the bathroom rug. It was this horrible purple ratty-looking thing that had obviously suffered its fair share of battering, and even though it was supposed to be a shag pile rug I’m pretty sure they’re not supposed to have various shades of toothpaste and a large bare gap in them. So, we both took a day of work and travelled to Manchester with the intention of buying stuff for the home – one of those things being trying to choose the best bath rug we could find.
We eventually settled on a bath mat from the Home section in Next. It’s not the best one in the world, and it’s only cheap at £10, but the teal colour went with our bathroom décor and it’s comfier on the feet than it looks. We had to stick to a budget since we didn’t have an awful lot of money on our hands, so it’s good to see that you can still get decent selections out there for low prices. Obviously if you have the money to spend more on a bath rug than that’s great, and that really opens you up to a wide range of choices.
Styles of Bath Rug
Given that there are so many different styles, sizes and colours of bath rug out there you’ll be sure to find something that matches the décor of your bathroom. Remember that matching it is key though. You might think that red bath rug looks pretty nice, but it’s not really the best idea for a bathroom that has an overly blue colour.
Style wise you can shoot for traditional or antique type bath rugs, although that’s not going to match a contemporary bathroom setting. If you’ve gone down the modern route with your bathroom design then you’re best off going with a strongly coloured bath rug, although again making sure it matches your décor.
Cotton Means Comfort
The bath rug we bought was made from 100% cotton, which is the most common material used for bathroom rugs. As a result there is a huge range of colours and styles of cotton rugs out there, and it really all comes down to personal taste when you’re trying to select which one will best fit your bathroom (tip: don’t choose a colour that’s going to be completely at odds with the colours in the rest of your bathroom). Cotton is used because it’s an durable material that is absorbent enough to handle all the water that’s inevitably going to splash on it, plus it’s thin enough that it dries relatively quickly. It’s also comforting on the feet, and provides enough support that you won’t suddenly slip.
However, the downside with cotton is that they normally become damaged with prolonged use (hence the bath rug that was there when I moved in), especially if they are not properly dried out after getting wet. Even though I mentioned that cotton can dry quickly, it still needs to get a proper drying out rather than leaving it wet on the floor. You need to hang it up, preferably outside (or in a dryer if the weather doesn’t call for that, so it can dry properly.
Alternatives to Cotton
I’ve been in a fair number of bathrooms that have incorporated a bamboo bath mat into the overall design, and while they aren’t as comforting on the bare feet as a cotton rug I can see why they went for that option. Bamboo is an extremely durable material that won’t damage as easily as cotton can overtime, on the other hand bamboo isn’t as absorbent as cotton when it comes to moisture. They do look smashing in an Asian styled or contemporary bathroom setting though!
While not specifically designed for bathroom use, Kilim rugs are a good alternative to use if you make sure to take proper care of them. These are more traditionally styled; taking in Indian, Chinese, Persian or Turkish influences so they won’t really work well in an ultra-modern looking bathroom. The upside is they provide you with a unique design, and they’re similar to cotton in terms of quick-dry durability.
Whatever bath rug you end up choosing, remember to clean it regularly. Most of them can put into the washing machine, although make sure you always follow the washing instructions so you don’t do something wrong.
Top tip: coordinate your bath mat with something nice from our bathroom suites range.
For more tips on bathroom design, take a look at our ‘Bathroom Ideas’ category.
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