Can I Put a Rug in My Bathroom?

Can I Put a Rug in My Bathroom?

Learn everything you’ll ever need to know about rugs and whether or not they belong in the bathroom with this post from Sisal Rugs Direct.


For many people, their time in the bathroom is one of the only times each day that they get to completely relax. If you fall into that category and are someone who considers your bathroom your sanctuary, you know how important it is to maintain that sanctuary. You want it to be clean, comfortable, safe, warm, and stylish.

Have you ever considered adding a rug to your bathroom floors as a way to help make it tick all of those boxes? Have you ever thought, “Wow, a rug would really tie my bathroom together but I feel like that’s something you’re not supposed to do”? If so, this blog is for you.

So… can I put a rug in my bathroom?

Yes! Yes, you can! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Just because your mom doesn’t have a rug in her bathroom doesn’t mean you can’t have one in yours! You’re a grown adult and if you want to put a rug in the bathroom, you can.

That said, there are certain considerations to make when choosing a rug for your bathroom. The main consideration will be what kind of rug fiber to choose.

What types of rug fiber should I look for when choosing a bathroom rug?

Not all rug materials are the same. These are the fibers that are best suited to life in the bathroom:

Wool Rugs

Wool is one of the best options to choose for a bathroom rug. Why? For one, wool is incredibly durable. Additionally, the way the fibers lay allows for more airflow than many other materials. As long as your bathroom is well-ventilated and you aren't dumping a whole sinkful of water on the ground every day, your wool rug will stand up to the rigors of being placed in a bathroom.

Outdoor Sisal Rugs

Just because a rug fiber is labeled as "outdoor" doesn't mean you only have to use it outdoors. Outdoor sisal rugs, also referred to as polypropylene, are a great bathroom rug option because they have the manufactured durability of a rug that has to stand up to the elements combined with a variety of unique pattern and style options.

How can I best maintain a rug I’m keeping in my bathroom?

Keeping a rug in your bathroom is going to be slightly more high maintenance than keeping a rug elsewhere in your home. That's because your bathroom has one unique factor that the rest of your house doesn't: moisture.

Our main tip for maintaining a rug anywhere in your home is this: mindfulness. When we say mindfulness, we just mean that your best bet is to just pay attention to your rug so you notice when something is off right away. Here are a few other tips:

  • Don’t use your rug as your bath mat. A bathroom rug and a bath mat aren’t the same thing. A bathroom rug is a style choice and a bath mat is a practical choice. Bath mats are uniquely designed to handle lots of moisture, like what would come from a person who has just stepped out of the shower.
  • Vacuum regularly. Bathrooms are usually one of the more high traffic areas in your home. It's important to remember to keep them in your weekly vacuuming rotation if you're using rugs.
  • Use a non-slip rug pad underneath. This tip is more for your own well being than that of your rug. Bathrooms can be slip hazards and not all rugs naturally come with the sort of non-slip underside a bath mat does. That’s where the non-slip bath mat comes in!

Natural fiber rugs can fit into any room’s design, bathrooms included. If you want to take a closer look at specific rug options that would fit in your bathroom, check out the wide selection available online from Sisal Rugs Direct.

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