Since we spend so much time in our kitchen, it’s important that it’s always looking its best. And what better way to add some personality and style than with a great kitchen runner rug? But there are a lot of things to consider when choosing the perfect kitchen runner. Do you want something that is going to keep your feet warm, or do you need something that is going to be easy to clean? Or is the style more important? Whatever your needs are, there are plenty of options out there. And believe me, I’ve spent a lot of time looking! In this article, I’m sharing all of my favorite kitchen runner rugs.
But before we look at all of them, let’s answer some of the most popular questions we get asked about kitchen runners.
How Long Should a Kitchen Runner Be?
If you’re shopping for a kitchen runner, then chances are you have an island or a galley kitchen. Either way, a runner is a great way to cover the narrow floor space created by these setups. But what is the right length? Whenever I’m shopping for a new runner I try to find a length that is no longer than the length of my island. So, if you’re island is 8ft long, choose a runner that is less than 8ft.
How Do You Keep a Kitchen Runner from Sliding?
There are a couple of different ways to keep a rug from sliding on hardwood floors. One is to use rug pads. These are basically thin pieces of material that you place under your rug to provide extra grip. You can find them in a variety of sizes and thicknesses, so it’s just a matter of finding one that fits your needs. Another option is to use double-sided rug tape. You can place a few pieces on the bottom of the runner, and it should hold it in place. If you decide to go this route, be sure to test the tape on a small area of your floor first to make sure it doesn’t damage the finish. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Jute Kitchen Runners
I’ve always been a big fan of the natural-looking texture that a jute rug brings to a room. One of my favorite jute runners is the Rice Jute Runner from Boutique Rugs. This rug is hand woven and made from natural fibers incorporating cream, light gray, and tan giving it a subtle dimension.
A couple more jute favorites are the Birch Lane Cummington Handmade Jute/Sisal Natural Rug and the Chunky Wool/Jute Rug from Pottery Barn.
The Pottery Barn rug is hand-loomed and designed for high-traffic areas and the wool fibers are bouclé-woven over a jute base to create a cozy texture underfoot. The runner sizes for this rug are 3×5′ and 2.5’x9′. It also comes in five colors.
Vintage Inspired Kitchen Runners
Vintage-inspired rugs tend to be a little more expensive, but I’ve found a couple that will not break your pocketbook. One of my favorites is the Nicolette Hand-Knotted Wool Runner from Pottery Barn. This vintage-inspired rug is available in five different color options.
Another one I’m loving is the Aurelia Hand-Knotted Wool Runner also from Pottery Barn. The Aurelia is also available in several color options and sizes. Both of these vintage-inspired runners are a little more pricey than a normal kitchen runner, but about half the price of an actual vintage runner.
Washable Kitchen Runner Rugs
Many people prefer washable kitchen runners and I can understand why. A kitchen is a high-traffic area. So naturally, any rug in this room is going to have a lot of feet on it, not to mention the occasional food spill. The convenience of being able to throw them in the washing machine at home is a time and money saver. This is especially a good idea if you have smaller children, host lots of people, and cook lots in your kitchen. Here are a few of our favorite washable kitchen runners.
Boutique Rugs has an entire line of washable rugs. I currently have one of these rugs and I highly recommend this company. They have a wide variety of colors and designs, but I will mention a couple of my top choices. If you are looking for something a little more neutral, the Rudo Cream Runner is beautiful.
If you want a rug with a little darker and more color, you may like the Rust Elki Vintage Medallion Runner.
And if you are looking for a runner with a touch of subtle blue, you may want to check out the Arias Cream and Blue Runner.