Kitchens get a workout—a rug in the kitchen will, too! When shopping for a kitchen rug, the most important factors to consider are comfort and cleanability. You’ll want a rug that cushions your feet and is easy to move around on while performing tasks. You’ll also want a rug that is durable, washable, and easy to clean. Because your kitchen rug requires regular cleaning, you’ll want a rug that’s easy to pull up and put back into place.
Where to Place Your Kitchen Rug
Regardless of the size and shape of your kitchen, the space in front of the kitchen sink is the best, most functional place for your kitchen rug. It’s where we stand for longer periods of time so the extra cushion there really helps.
The kitchen sink is typically centered on a wall with cabinetry adjacent, so coordinate your rug with both your flooring and cabinetry, and place the rug centered in front of the sink.
Rug Size for a Large Kitchen
(Over 200 square feet)
Who doesn’t love a large kitchen? A space this big can most likely handle larger or even multiple rugs.
If you have a kitchen island and want a rug there, position a 5’x7′, ‘3×5’, or runner rugs on either or both sides of the island. If you prefer to have more visible floor space, a long kitchen runner, like a 2.5’x10’, spanning the length of the cabinets or the sink is also a good alternative.
Rug Styling Tips for Large Kitchens:
– Leave the area around the refrigerator and stove clear from the rug.
– Position the rug underneath the island seating, but not underneath the island itself. You’d want to be able to easily pull the rug up for regular cleaning.
Rug Size for a Medium-Size Kitchen
(100 to 200 square feet)
Rug Styling Tip for Medium-Size Kitchens:
– Remember that the smaller the kitchen the more wear your rug gets.
– Place your rug strategically, close to the sink or stove. You should be able to work efficiently without a rug getting in the way.
Rug Size for a Small Kitchen
(70 square feet or less)
A small kitchen can very easily feel cluttered, adding a rug and pattern may only add to that. However, the right kind of rug can add warmth and personality to an otherwise utilitarian space. If you do decide on adding a rug, opt for a small 2’x3’ or 3’x5′ rug or a short kitchen runner, like a 2.5’x7’, and place it in front of the sink.
Rug Styling Tips for Small Kitchens:
For small kitchens, select a rug color that coordinates with your floor, keeping pattern light and minimal.
Rug Size for Long or Galley-Style Kitchens
(at least 10 feet long)
A galley-style kitchen consists of two parallel units, usually the stove and fridge on one side and the sink on the other, forming a long central corridor. Most small kitchens, especially in apartment homes, have this kind of layout. For this layout, a runner rug, either a 2.5’x7’ or a 2.5’x10’, would look the best.
Rug Styling Tips for Galley-Style Kitchens:
If the galley is wide, position the runner rug along the sink side of the kitchen. If the space is narrow, position it in the center of the kitchen.
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