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Kitchen Rug

August 23, 2011
by thenestinggame

We have hardwood floors throughout our house. Yay! I love them. But in the kitchen, I like having a small rug in front of the sink. It’s a cute shot of color and pattern, plus its comfy for me, who is on perma-dish duty.

But when you get dinners like this on a regular basis, I can’t complain a bit.

So, I bought a cute rug at Homegoods. And it moved all over the floor, which drove me nuts, so I got a rug pad. And it still wouldn’t stay in one place, so I cut a bigger, heavier-dutier rug pad from the carpeting we ripped up in our bedroom.

And it still moved around all over the freaking place. Not just on the floor, but on the pad itself too.

Oh, and it gets filthy, so washable is a must. This is so gross I almost can’t believe I’m showing it on the Internet.

So I bought another cute rug at World Market, so when rug A is in the wash, rug B can step right in.

And when this rug went into the wash, it  faded something awful. And Taylor hated it. But that is less of a concern.

So…my question is. Do I HAVE to have a rug? Will I ruin the hardwood floors with water drips and the dripping Gladware that never freaking dries in the dishwasher? If the answer is yes, are there any cute ones that will stay put and not shimmy around on me? Please advise (with links!).


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  1. August 23, 2011 9:22 am

    My kitchen rug (from Crate & Barrel outlet, I think?) has been in our laundry room for like eight weeks. I don’t miss it. Hardwood under the sink is no worse for wear.

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      August 24, 2011 10:49 am

      Yeah. Think we’re going au naturel for the time being.

  2. Heather permalink
    August 23, 2011 9:43 am

    I bought a rug from Target for my kitchen – it had the rubber on the bottom and it was easy to move but it never actually slid around. I think it also has to do with the size of the rug. Mine was bigger than the one you have above so it was less likely to move. Plus the rug I bought was a heavier rug being a shaggy type…BUT I definitely washed it quite a bit and the rubber started deteriorating. I didnt have a back up rug so I probably would have been better off switching them out – but the rug lasted 2 years!!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      August 24, 2011 10:49 am

      2 years is definitely long enough to be worth the investment!

  3. Elaine Smart permalink
    August 23, 2011 11:39 am

    JellyBean rugs have thin rubber backing and do not slide – washable.
    Have cute, whimsical designs – probably more for Florida.

    By the way, our favorite Ikea inexpensive dish towels went up in price. They are now an outrageous price of 79 cents! (:

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      August 24, 2011 10:50 am

      I will check out JellyBean rugs! Can’t believe the price hike on the dish towels—will now only be able to afford 8 or 9 at a time!

  4. August 24, 2011 2:13 pm

    i have one of those gel pads to stand on… it stays put and is nice for that 2nd sink full of dishes after a party. :)

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      August 25, 2011 3:41 pm

      Post party dishes = the worst

  5. August 25, 2011 3:18 pm

    I have old wood floors in my kitchen and I don’t have a rug. It’s been that way for at least the 2 years I have owned my house. My floor looks no worse for the wear so if you don’t want to have a rug I don’t think it will hurt the floors.

  6. August 26, 2011 5:55 pm

    I always used a small braided rug in front of the sink, it really didn’t move and I could wash it just fine.

  7. Ann permalink
    September 24, 2011 9:07 pm

    I’ve heard that the magic formula is clear caulk lines on the bottom of the rug. I haven’t tried it yet, but it sounds promising!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      September 24, 2011 9:50 pm

      Ooooh. Good to know! Thanks for the tip!

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