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June 12, 2023 5 min read

When it comes to enhancing the comfort and functionality of your bathroom, choosing the right accessories is crucial. Among the essential items, bath mats play a vital role in providing safety, absorbing moisture, and adding a touch of style to your space. 

However, the terms "bath mat" and "bath rug" are often used interchangeably, causing confusion for many. In this article, we will clarify the difference between a bath mat and a bath rug, and explore the various benefits they offer. 

First, we will go over what a bath mat is and how it is used. Then, we will review bath rugs, and their many functions. Finally, we will answer some much asked questions including “do I need a bath mat?” and “how do I wash my bath mats and bath rugs?.” 

Lets jump right in!

Loweswater Willow Organic Bath Mats by Designers Guild in multiple colors for fig linens and home
Fig Linens and Home: Loweswater Willow Organic Bath Mats by Designers Guild
Malibu bath rug by abyss and habidecor with ocean wave design on stone tiles
Fig Linens and Home: Malibu Bath Rug by Abyss and Habidecor

What is a Bath Mat?

A bath mat (sometimes known as a tub mat) is made to sit right outside the bath or shower to absorb water and prevent slips. Typically, it is part of the same towel collection used in the rest of the bathroom and part of the matching set.

A traditional bath mat is made of cotton terry cloth on both sides and is a similar weight to a bath towel. The mat protects the floor and is an essential part of a clean bathroom.

All of our favorite towel brands including Abyss and Habidecor, Matouk, Sferra and Yves Delorme make hotel quality bath mats with high gsm that we love.

description of a bath mat infographic featuring mirasol bath mat by matouk
Fig Linens and Home: Mirasol Bath Mat by Matouk​​

What Size is a Bath Mat?

When it comes to dimensions, the standard bath mat size is 20” by 30.” However, luxury bath mats from brands like Abyss and Habidecor towels and Matouk towels tend to offer more size choices. For instance, the Abyss and Habidecor bath mat in the Double Bath Mat style is available in a small size of 20” x 31” and a medium sized mat of 23” x 30.”

White Indulgence Quilted Bath Mat on White Background
Fig Linens and Home: Indulgence White Quilted Bath Mat

How is a Bath Mat Used?

If you are wondering “are bath mats necessary?” this section will answer your question. Bath mats offer a range of benefits that make them an indispensable addition to your bathroom. 

Here are the key functions of a bath mat:

1. Safety: Bath mats provide a secure footing, reducing the chances of slips and falls on wet surfaces.

2. Moisture Absorption: Designed with high absorbency in mind, bath mats quickly soak up water, keeping your bathroom dry and preventing water damage.

3. Hygiene: By placing a bath mat near your shower or bathtub, you can minimize the transfer of dirt, grime, and germs from your feet to the rest of your home.

4. Comfort: Stepping onto a plush and soft bath mat after a relaxing bath or shower adds a touch of luxury and comfort to your daily routine.

Lotus Bath Mat by Matouk Fig Linens and Home
Fig Linens and Home: Lotus Bath Mat by Matouk

What is a Bath Rug?

Unlike bath mats, bath rugs are larger and provide more coverage for your bathroom floor. These rugs are designed to add warmth, comfort, and style to your space while also serving functional purposes. Luxe bath rugs come in a variety of shapes including round bath rugs, bath runner rugs, and extra large bath rugs.

Bath rugs are typically placed in larger areas of the bathroom, such as in front of the vanity or near the bathtub. A bathroom rug is generally rubbery on the bottom to provide protection from slippage.

Bath rugs come in a variety of sizes including 24 x 60 bath rugs, 30 x 72 bath rugs, and 36 x 60 bath rugs. Abyss and Habidecor rugs and Matouk bath rugs are customizable by size.

Everything about bath rugs infographic featuring larry bath rug from abyss and habidecor
Fig Linens and Home: Larry Bath Rug by Abyss and ​​Habidecor

How is a Bath Rug Used?

Bath rugs offer a range of benefits that make them a valuable addition to your bathroom. Here are the key functions of a bath rug:

  1. Comfort and Warmth: Bath rugs provide a soft and cozy surface to step onto when you exit the shower or bath. They add an extra layer of warmth and comfort to your bathroom floor. If you are looking for an extra cushy bath rug, Abyss and Habidecor bath rugs are known for their ultimate plushness.
  2. Style and Décor: Bath rugs come in various designs, colors, and textures, allowing you to express your personal style and enhance the overall aesthetics of your bathroom. They can complement your existing décor or become a focal point to tie the entire space together. Sferra bath rugs, John Robshaw bath rugs, Kassatex bath rugs, and Abyss bath rugs come in a variety of colors and patterns including geometric and floral. 
  3. Moisture Absorption: While bath rugs may not have the same level of absorbency as bath mats, they still help in absorbing excess moisture from your feet and preventing water from spreading across the bathroom floor.
  4. Floor Protection: Bath rugs act as a protective layer for your flooring, preventing scratches, stains, and damage caused by high foot traffic and water splashes.
Stone Bath Rugs by Abyss and Habidecor for Fig Linens and Home
Fig Linens and Home: Stone Bath Rug by Abyss and Habidecor

Bath Rug vs. Bath Mat Comparison Chart

Bath Mat vs. Bath Rug comparison infographic for Fig Linens and Home

How to wash bath mats and bath rugs?

Maintaining the cleanliness of your bath mats is essential to preserve their functionality and appearance. Most bath mats are machine washable, making the cleaning process convenient. Rugs usually require more care. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to wash your bathroom rugs effectively:

1. Check the care label: Before washing your bath rug or mat, review the care instructions provided by the manufacturer to ensure proper washing guidelines. Some bath rugs should only be hand washed, or washed with cold water.

2. Shake off excess debris: Remove any loose dirt or debris from the bath mat by giving it a good shake or brushing it lightly.

3. Pre-treat stains: If there are any noticeable stains, pretreat them with a stain remover or a mixture of mild laundry detergent and water.

4. Machine wash: Place your bath mat in the washing machine, using a gentle cycle with warm water. Avoid using bleach or harsh chemicals that may damage the fabric.

5. Drying: After washing, air-dry the bath mat or tumble dry on a low heat setting. Ensure it is completely dry before placing it back in your bathroom to prevent mold or mildew growth.

In conclusion, bath mats are indispensable accessories that provide safety, comfort, and style to your bathroom. Understanding the distinction between bath mats or rugs is crucial in selecting the right option for your needs. Remember to consider the size, absorbency, and maintenance requirements of your bath mats to ensure optimal functionality and longevity.

Investing in a quality bath mat will elevate your bathing experience and add a touch of elegance to your space. Contact our customer care team for more information to choose your perfect bath mat.

Fig Linens and Home Abyss and Habidecor Must Bath Rug in Blueberry
Fig Linens and Home: Must Bath Rugs by Abyss and Habidecor
Must bath rug by abyss and habidecor in teal blue for fig linens and home
Fig Linens and Home: Abyss and Habidecor Must Bath Rug

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