Ranking the Rooms: Which Ones Need a Floor Mat?

by Chris Martin on January 23, 2014

A well-placed floor mat can keep dirt, mud, stains, and water from being tracked or spilled on the floors of your home. So it’s easy to see the advantages of purchasing a floor mat for your residence. But this leads to another decision that must be made: where exactly to put the floor mat.

There’s more than one answer to that question. In fact, here are the top eight rooms as ranked in order from most to least appropriate for floor mats.

  1. Your foyer or entryway. The top answer on the list is obvious. Soils and moisture from outdoors, especially on inclement weather days, will end up all over your home if you do not have a sturdy floor mat placed inside your front door.
  2. Your living area by your back door. Even though many homeowners use their back door as much as (or more than) their front door, they still somehow forget to place a floor mat there. It’s especially essential if there are children in the home who like to play outside.
  3. Your bathroom. If you shower or bathe in a particular bathroom, it’s nearly impossible to keep water from splashing onto the floor. A floor mat will help prevent slick tile floors and/or dingy, moldy carpet.
  4. Your utility room. In most homes, the utility room leads to the garage, where exterior soils or cleaners and oily substances can be tracked in. Laying down a floor mat just inside your utility room door can contain this material outside your living space.
  5. Your garage. In addition, it’s wise to keep a floor mat inside your garage itself, either by the door to the utility room or near the workbench. That’s because spills are common not only near work areas, but also when trying to unlock your entry door while holding several items at once.
  6. Your kitchen. Even the most careful homeowners still manage to let moisture from washing dishes or cooking fall onto the floor. Having a floor mat near the sink will reduce the odds of slipping and falling in your kitchen.
  7. Your den’s bar area. If you prepare beverages near your bar area (especially if it has its own sink), you should put a floor mat down here. After all, after a few of those drinks, you may not be as able to prevent little liquid spills (or bodily falls).
  8. Your basement. Having a floor mat near a basement sink and/or in front of laundry machines will sop up any water that gets spilled. Also, having one near your basement steps will help keep moisture from footwear from causing you to slip and fall down the stairs.

You can probably see where this is going: it’s nearly impossible to own too many floor mats, especially if you live in a moderate-sized or large home. Not only do floor mats help improve the appearance of your floors, but they also increase the lifespan of the floors themselves by protecting them from moisture and stains. And floor mats are much less expensive than replacing tile, carpeting, or wood floors. So take a stroll around your home and see which areas might be good candidates for floor mats. You’ll be glad you did!

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