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September 11, 2018

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When we finished our bathroom a couple months ago, I couldn’t believe how many people asked about a bath mat! To be completely honest, we’d either throw down a towel before stepping out of the shower or just dry our feet and step out one foot at a time. But recently, instead of continuously going through towels, we indeed purchased a bath mat (this one!) and it’s cute, textured and extremely absorbent (plus! can be thrown in the wash!). We hang it up on the bar on the shower door to dry afterward.

And guess what! It actually works infinitely better than the towel we used to throw on the floor before stepping out. Here are a few other favorites, at every price point:

1. Striped Bath Rug $19
2. Geo Bath Mat $39
3. Topanga Cotton Kilim Bath Rug $62
4. Amira Bath Mat $78
5. Brooklyn Bath Mat $48
6. IRA Bath Mat $108
7. Tufted Diamond Tassel Bath Mat $39
8. Lila Mixed Shag Bath Mat $39
9. Tufted Dot Bath Mat $49
10. Geo Runner $49
11. Cotton Tufted Striped Bath Rug on sale for $28
12. Sadie Pink Bath Runner $49
13. Speckled Hand-knit Rug $89
14. Nala Bath Mat $48
15. Moroccan Cross Bath Mat $48
16. Tufted Diamond Bath Mat $38
17. Faux Hide $29
18. Cirrus White Bath Mat $24
19. Lateral Teak Natural Bath Mat $49
20. X Base Bath Mat $19
21. Lateral Teak Black Bath Mat $69

Do you have a bath mat? Or are you a throw a towel on the floor before stepping out kind of person?

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  1. Christa says:

    I got some fab Tulum bath mats from Quiet Town.

    I don’t have glass doors (hate to squeegee them) and I don’t like shower curtains. I find that rain shower heads don’t spray as much water all over. I use the bath mat (and possibly my dirty t-shirt I just took off before showering) to keep the floor dry. It’s the best!

  2. sara says:

    Always have a bathmat. Having just a bathmat and not mat (think heavier weave) plus floor towel was my small rebellion into adulthood. My mother always left the bath mat on the floor and then you placed your bath floor towel (similar scale) on top of the mat. Getting rid of that second step was my own little win in streamlining my domesticity, hah!

  3. Kay says:

    I have 4 machine washable bath mats that don’t have grippy on the back or anything, and they’re all white so they’re bleachable (just like my towels). I won’t go back to any other kind! I also hang it up to dry after every shower and so that no one steps on it with dirty feet. Apparently a very divisive issue!

  4. Pia says:

    Hi Julia and everyone!
    This got me thinking. Underfloor heating in the bathroom? Is that not a thing in US? Here in Sweden you can’t really renovate a bathroom and not get it :-) Keeps the feet nice and warm and clears the water off the floor in half an hour. I just dry my feet or not depending on mood. No need for any mat. Might look cute though but totally unnecessary. It’s like those tissue boxes. No need. :-)

  5. Sam C says:

    I was just in search of a nice bath mat! Perfect timing! Awesome finds as usual, thanks guys :)

  6. Andrea Kastanis says:

    Some of these are really nice! But, prospective buyer, beware #5 (the cute yellow Anthro one) and #14 (nice textured blue one, also from Anthro) are SPOT CLEAN ONLY (perhaps others, I didn’t check them all). It’s actually crazy to think of buying a non-washable bath mat if you actually want to use it as a .. bath mat.

  7. Dana says:

    Yes to the bath mat! Growing up we always used a towel and remember getting my first bath mat as and adult. Ha. Are they really supposed to be hung up though? Feels like a hastle to me and I’ve never had issues with them drying. I guess though that yours is more in walking through territory then mine have ever been.

  8. Cindy says:

    We definitely use a bath mat. For a long time we used the Annie Selke outdoor rugs as bathmats and they worked like a charm. Lots of options, too!

  9. Nicole says:

    I love the faux hide! What an unexpected bath mat, great find!

  10. Stefanie says:

    hi…the wallpaper in the water closet looks like it has green in it…but when I click on link the wallpaper looks black and white?

  11. Kim says:

    So this enters into a weird habit my mother and paternal grandmother did in which your house is at 90% of prettiness and guest perfection at all times, but when the guest comes there is some quick tweaking to make it 100% beautiful. Utilitarian/Workhorse kitchen handtowels, candles, bathmats, and empty vases are quickly switched over to give it those small touches.

    A lot of this has been remedied by modern products that can be both beautiful and utilitarian so I am now just down to the bathmat (thank god for voluspa candles, williams sonoma kitchen towels, and good fake greenery) but dang if I can’t find a bathmat that functions as well as it is pretty!! I have to have that nonslip backing and for a rug to look the the exact same after it comes out of the washer as when I put it in (sans husband’s grass stains from mowing). When I do get a pretty one they cant stand up the beating (ha) of the washing machine! Those tassels look mighty suspicious to me…

    Julia, can’t you design us some that have both form and function?! Its 2018! Surely it can be done! hahaha!

  12. Tracy says:

    If anyone has ideas about square 2×2 rugs, I’m all ears! Target/Nate B. has a good plain one, but I’m hoping for something a little more beautiful to spruce up our small master bathroom. Thanks!

  13. teresa says:

    we have Ikea’S super soft bathmats by the shower and the tub. Cats love them, and so do our feet –

  14. Jill says:

    Bath mat all the way!
    But it has to have non skid on the underside for me to feel secure! Otherwise, I’d just use a towel and probably skid across the floor onto my bum. :o

  15. Courtney says:

    I have never NOT owned a bath mat. What did you do with the towel after stepping on it? Put it in dirty laundry or step on it again and again?????

  16. Allison says:

    FYI, this post and a few others recently have shown up as being posted by a Brooke Davey…. i get it for the weekend sales posts you might have an intern helping, but for the first person posts it’s a little confusing.

    • Julia says:

      That’s odd! Chris or I write 100% of the posts, Brooke is our intern and she does all of the linking for me. I think that WordPress might have just saved the last person who edited the post as the author? I’ll look into it! Didn’t realize that was happening.

      • Allison says:

        It showed up in the author line of my newsreader (Feedly). Thanks for clarifying!

        Picking up No. 11 :) I’ve been wanting a long mat for awhile now!

  17. Monica says:

    Definitely have a bath mat and alway have! Never occurred to me to NOT have one, so I had to chuckle at your “throw a towel on the floor” concept :) What about for your girls’/guest bathroom. Wondering how guests have dealt with this? When you grew up did neither of your families use bath mats???

    • Julia says:

      We had/have bath mats, hahaha, I just meant we didn’t have a bath mat in OUR bathroom and have been using a towel in there. It’s those tiny details after a big renovation that always take the longest, right?

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