All want their kitchen to be beautiful, clean, and yet functional. An area rug is one of the many things that add some element to your kitchen. But a traditional rug in your kitchen! Yay or nay?
This question has been asked many times. And after losing counts of yays and nays, I have decided to look for it myself. Let’s see if putting an area rug in your kitchen is a good idea or not.
Many professionals negate the idea of having a rug in their kitchen. According to them, even if you ignore all the possible spills and grease that come with a rug, it is still hazardous. And that is because of the tripping danger. Especially in the case of cheap rugs, they fold at the edges resulting in bad, dangerous trips. Therefore, I would not recommend having a rug in your kitchen with kids running all over.
Moreover, rugs are an obstacle for senior residents, especially those with wheelchairs or walkers. But, for that case, if you really want to have a rug, then you can have something low-pile with a non-slip coating at the base.
Thirdly, spilling is the most common reason for why professionals don’t support having area rugs in your kitchen. It is impossible for one to cook and eat or even walk around in the kitchen and never have spilled anything over the floor. But floors are way easier to clean than rugs.
Well, it all depends upon the number of people in a family. It is better to not have a rug with a big family having great foot traffic in the kitchen. But, if you have a small family or have grown-up kids, let’s design your kitchen with beautiful rugs.
Other than spills, grease, and crumbs are the reasons for not having rugs in your kitchen. It adds a little more time and effort to your cleaning work in the kitchen. But, if you think you can deal with that, it’s a yeah then.
Pros Of An Area Rug
A few weeks back, I overheard my aunt saying she loves working in the kitchen since she put an area rug there. She added a little more to her statement, saying she thinks her kitchen will look dull now without a rug.
Well, I think she was right. And where many don’t like putting an area rug in their kitchen, the same number of people support the idea of having a rug in the kitchen.
A rug will add a colorful pattern and a style element to your kitchen. I personally love putting a “cotton woven kilim” under my feet over the area near the sink. It actually motivates me to stand there on a colorful kilim and wash dishes. It also looks quite modern on any kind of floor, either a stone floor or wood floor.
With that said, rugs add warmth and a homely feeling to your kitchen. They’re a reflection of your artsy personality. I have seen rugs in many designer’s kitchens. Rugs make your visitors know how you love to put detail and effort into everything.
Also, quoting my aunt, “I would love to have something in my kitchen that absorbs the noise, smell, spills, and still gives back warmth and beauty.”
Being an art enthusiast, I would love to decor my kitchen floor with a rug. Also, I know it is not as easy as saying it. It takes one to be a crazy cleaner or someone with OCD to keep your kitchen clean and functional with a rug.
You need to be extra careful not to spill juice, gravy, or red wine over the rug. Don’t let your pet laze over the kitchen area rug, although they love licking the rugs. Well, that leaves your rugs slimy resulting in trips.
Clean the spills as soon as possible. Also, do not rub the rugs too aggressively or with harsh chemicals. Instead, use home remedies for cleaning your rugs.
To avoid tripping by the rug, make sure there’s a non-slip coating underneath the rug. And for some extra care, use rug tape under the edges or wherever you think the rug folds.
Although there are pros and cons of placing an area rug in your kitchen, if you wish you use a rug, make sure that you buy from rugs on sale Alexandria stores that have durable rugs.