Bath Mat vs Bath Rug: Which Is Better?
What’s the difference between bath mats and bath rugs?
Bath mats are the absorbent, non-skid pads that you throw down in front of your shower or tub. They’re specifically made for preventing slips and post-shower puddles. Bath rugs, on the other hand, are fluffier and lend more to the look of a luxurious and guest-friendly bathroom. In simple terms, bath mats are functional, while bath rugs lean more fashionable.
Bath mats and bath rugs both add comfort in their own way. If you just want protection from icy tiles after a soothing hot rinse, either is a great option, but bath mats are the more popular of the two. For a full breakdown of why your bathroom needs one, read FAQs About Bath Mats.
What are the average sizes of bath mats and bath rugs?
Bath Rug Size Chart
|Bath Rug Size||Use|
|17″ x 24″||Pedestal sink or shower|
|21″ x 34″||Tub|
|22″ x 60″||Double vanity|
|27″ x 45″||Area rug or master bath|
Bath mats are used to catch drips or splashes in front of a shower or tub, so they run small, anywhere from 17 by 24 inches to 21 by 34 inches. A bath rug is more of a stylish statement, so a 22 by 60 inch placement is perfect for in front of a double vanity while a 27 by 45 inch bath rug can work as a centerpiece in your master bath. Your bath rug’s size can also impact how long it takes to dry, but the biggest factor influencing this is the material it’s made of. Skip to the next section to explore the best materials for a bath rug.
If you want the absorption of a bath mat and the decorative impact of a bath rug, use both. You can simply hide your smaller bath mat along the edge of the tub or in a linen closet until you need it. This will make your bath rug your focal point.
What are bath mats and bath rugs made of?
Whether you choose a bath rug or bath mat, search for fabrics that won’t get soggy from frequent humidity.
If you prefer nubby or fluffy loops, look into getting a reversible bath rug made of cotton or moisture-repellent nylon. These materials are also durable, so they should last a long time. If you opt for a bath rug, make sure the material’s dyes won’t bleed when they get wet so you don’t stain your floors. A wool bath rug is usually a safe bet. Remember, the thicker the rug, the more maintenance it will require. Wash your bath mat weekly to keep it hygienic.
If you like the assurance of a rug that stays put, get a microfiber bath mat.
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