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3 Practical Tips to Pick a Kitchen Rug Runner

Published on:

3/25/20

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Carrie Barker

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Full disclosure … I decided to write this post because I happen to be in need of a new rug runner for my own kitchen. There are three things that I ALWAYS consider when I pick a kitchen rug runner (besides color), and I thought it would be helpful to share these with you  :).

We’ll cover these THREE things you too might want to consider when purchasing a runner for your own kitchen. I’ll also share the rugs that I narrowed my search down to … FYI, they are all grey or blue (because those are ‘my colors’).

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I was holding off on getting a new runner because I repeatedly get little stains here and there.

However, my sweet (and gross) dog recently destroyed my original kitchen runner when she puked all over it :(. So here we are … looking for a new (practical) rug runner.

3 PRACTICAL TIPS TO PICK A KITCHEN RUG RUNNER

Of course, color is an important factor in choosing a kitchen rug runner, but there are three other things that are equally as important: PATTERN, COST, and THICKNESS.

1. CHOOSE A PATTERNED KITCHEN RUNNER

Your runner will be hardworking and WILL get stained from spaghetti sauce splattering over the pot or bacon grease sizzling over.

I recommend that you choose a rug with a pattern and/or texture to hide these inevitable stains. If you prefer a solid-colored rug, then I suggest a dark color to hide stains and/or a material that can be easily cleaned (e.g. an indoor/outdoor material).

2. CHOOSE A RUNNER WITH A REASONABLE PRICE

I don’t spend very much money on my own kitchen runner because I know it will get stained and will need to be replaced almost every year.

Of course, we all have a different threshold for what entails a ‘reasonable price’. Your threshold may be higher or lower than mine … it doesn’t matter. Just go with what YOU consider a ‘reasonable’ price.

3. CHOOSE A STURDY (THICK) KITCHEN RUG RUNNER

Another important thing to consider when choosing a runner is the thickness. Make sure the rug is thick enough that the corners won’t curl up.

Your runner will be walked on multiple times a day by all family members (especially if you’re reading this at the time I published it: COVID-19 and #stayathome are in full effect). You don’t want your rug to be a tripping hazard.

Also, make sure to order a non-slip mat to place under the rug. I prefer a thick wool rug runner because it stays in place with the non-slip mat and it doesn’t curl up on the edges. It does require regular vacuuming though (i.e. 1-2 times a week).

BLUE AND GREY KITCHEN RUG RUNNERS

The design board below shows the blue and/or grey runners I narrowed my own rug search down to. I ordered the grey and white runner in the second row, right side. Unfortunately, it is sold out since I just ordered it last week, but will hopefully be back in stock soon.

Collage of blue and grey kitchen rug runner options

SHOP BLUE & GREY RUG RUNNERS

 

CONCLUSION

Color is an important element when selecting a rug runner for your kitchen. However, it isn’t the only important thing. Pattern, cost, and thickness are just as important for hiding stains and for maintaining safety.

Now it’s time for you to pick a kitchen rug runner for YOUR home! Go ahead and shop the rugs above if grey or blue is your thang!

  1. Blissful Girl says:

    I will be buying a Kitchen rug for a condo renovation that will be done soon. I definitely want a rug that is machine washable, that is my first and most important requirment! I have a very drooly dog.

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