I’m not sure about you, but I certainly hate stepping out of my bathtub or shower and onto a cold, slick floor. As we all know, ceramic floors can be cold enough to cause a chill, and bathrooms are one of the easiest places to slip and fall in the home. To combat both of these problems, finding a good bath mat or rug is very important. Let’s take a look at some of the best and most popular options available today.
Before we jump right into things, I want to go over a few things you may want to contemplate as you look through the available options. This buying information won’t be as extensive as that listed on some of the other pages of this website, but it is still worth considering.
Size of Mat – While you might not think is that big of a concern, you may be surprised by the many different sizes of bath mats available on today’s market. This is not a “one size fits all” product. Different bathrooms have different dimensions and, thus, require bath mats of different sizes. Companies have thought about this and have, as a result, come out with a variety of sizes of bath mats.
The best way to know how large of a mat you can house is to simply measure the space at the area where you step out from your bathtub or shower stall. If it is plain to see that you have a lot of space, feel free to select any of the options below. If you have limited space between your tub/shower and other surrounding objects and fixtures, make note of just how much space you have available so that your mat isn’t scrunched in between these objects and fixtures.
Material – Different types of materials will feel different on your feet. If you are extremely sensitive to different textures, you may want to consider how annoying or pleasurable it may feel to step onto a certain type of material. For example, some bath mats feel rubbery whereas others are soft and plush. Some, such as microfiber mats, are likely to pull at the little bits of dry skin you may have on the bottom of your feet. It is also important to consider any allergies or sensitivities to certain fabrics and dyes you or your family members may have.
The Slip Factor – Is a purely fabric bath mat likely to slip on the type of flooring you have in your bathroom space? This is one question few people consider until they have an unfortunate mishap. As someone whose children love to literally hop out of the shower, it has become very important for me to select a bath mat with a rubbery bottom. While many of these do exist on the current market, not all bath mats are made this way, so it is important to pay close attention when making your purchase.
Matching and Accenting Colors – Finding a bath mat which visually matches the décor and style of your space should go without saying. One thing I do want to say, however, is that you do not need to perfectly match the color of your mat to your shower curtain or any other accessory in your bathroom.
Some people panic when they realize that the company who made their towels or shower curtain did not come out with a matching bath mat or that the matching bath mat doesn’t fit their unique needs. To these people, I usually say, “Breathe.” It is actually best, in most interior décor styles, not to completely match the exact shade and tone of the color of every single accent piece in your bathroom. Instead, you can choose a different shade of the same color or a different color altogether (as long as that color makes sense in the room.)