For many, the question of whether a carpet is needed in the kitchen raises doubts. At first glance, it seems indisputable that this object in a room, where something constantly falls and spills on the floor, will only bring additional trouble to the hostess. In addition to cleaning the floors, carpet cleaning will also be added.
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In fact, everything is not so critical, because the carpet in the kitchen, in addition to its aesthetic function, is able to solve a number of practical problems, and the right choice will help you minimize the shortcomings.
Arguments in his favor:
- If your kitchen has a cold tile floor, carpet can literally and figuratively make it warmer and cozier and muffle sounds.
- In a studio apartment or just in a large kitchen, this decor item can become an original means of zoning a room: it can be used to highlight the dining area or separate the working area from the rest of the space.
- The kitchen is a place where people often go. If the floor is worn out and has lost its appearance, and repairs for some reason are not yet soon, the carpet can play the role of its pretty disguise.
- Carpeting will protect the floor surface from damage in the event of falling objects or dents and scratches from table legs and chairs.
- This item in the interior of the kitchen can visually change its size, which is especially important in small rooms.
- The carpet will help to make the design of the kitchen space original and stylish.
The carpet in the kitchen will look appropriate:
- At the sink;
- Along the working area;
- In the eating area.
Such options are most common, but, of course, you can have your own, because when choosing a place for a carpet, you need to take into account the size of the room and how the furniture is arranged there.
Choosing the right size and shape for your carpets goes a long way towards creating a sense of order and harmony in your kitchen. So, in a small room, too large a carpet will be inappropriate, one or more small rugs or mats will harmoniously fit there. And, on the contrary, in a large room there is a place for fantasies to roam: you can lay one large or several rugs of different sizes, united by style.
If you want to highlight the dining area with the help of a carpet, keep in mind that its parameters should be at least 60-70 cm larger than the size of the table on each side in order for the chairs to move freely.
Choose a place where you would like to lay the rug, and using tape, mark its contour on the floor in the most suitable parameters. Measure the resulting length and width.
When you go shopping, you will know the approximate dimensions and be sure that then you will not have to move furniture or cut the carpet.
In order for the carpet to organically fit into the overall interior, when choosing its shape, it is necessary to take into account the configuration of the dining table or room. So, for a square room, a square or round carpet is more suitable, and for an elongated rectangular kitchen - an oval-shaped model. This principle should be followed when choosing a carpet for the dining area: the carpet will fit perfectly if it repeats the shape of the table. Although options are possible:
- For a round table - a round or square carpet;
- Under a rectangular table - a carpet of the same or oval shape;
- For an oval table - a rectangular or oval covering.
To keep your carpet in the kitchen as hassle-free as possible, you need to consider properties of the material from which it can be made:
- Wool - the material is natural, hygienic and durable. She has excellent soundproofing qualities. Wool carpets are soft, warm and cozy, it is pleasant and useful to walk on them barefoot. The woolen carpet is easy to clean, washable and does not shrink. Disadvantages - such carpets easily absorb moisture (which means that stains from spilled liquid will be more difficult to clean), dry for a long time and have a high cost.
- Cotton, jute, sisal, linen, bamboo and viscose - for connoisseurs of natural materials. They are hygienic, wash well and dry quickly. They are often used to make lightweight and practical mats. Products made from these materials are lightweight and affordable.
Polyester - fiber of synthetic origin, similar in appearance and quality to wool. It is a dirt-repellent material, products made from it are durable, easy to clean, do not fade, and are resistant to dirt and mold. It is easy to remove non-greasy stains from their surface, but greasy stains can remain forever if you leave them to be treated for later. Another disadvantage is that polyester does not recover well after deformation
- Polypropylene (decolan, ixelan). Carpets made of this material do not absorb moisture at all, so everything spilled can be removed from the surface without any problems. They resist dirt and fading well, do not electrify and do not cause allergies, and are affordable.
- Acrylic - high quality synthetic fiber. Acrylic products are difficult to distinguish from woolen products. They have a number of advantages - they are dirt-repellent, do not absorb moisture, are resistant to mold, and are easy to clean. This is a good option for allergy sufferers, they hardly absorb dust. Acrylic carpets have bright and rich colors, as these fibers are dyed better than others and do not fade. A significant disadvantage for use in the kitchen is that fatty contamination is extremely poorly cleaned, in addition, with frequent use, the material rolls down, which spoils the appearance of the products.
- Flatwiva - material from more perfect polypropylene. Flatwive mats are very good: they produce a massage effect if you walk on them with bare feet. This is achieved by weaving threads of different thicknesses. The mats are beautiful to look at and easy to maintain.
- Mixed materials are obtained using fibers of different origins. Due to this, their quality characteristics are improved. For example, a hat-set material is obtained by adding polypropylene to the main composition. Hat-set carpets do not electrify, retain their color and texture for a very long time.
From the above, we can conclude that carpets made of synthetic materials for the kitchen are more preferable. As a rule, they are non-allergenic, durable, lightweight, fire-resistant, dirt-repellent and antistatic and have good washable properties, which greatly facilitates their care. In addition, moths and microorganisms do not start in them. Mixed materials are also a good choice.
When buying mats made of natural materials, it is worth asking if they have been treated with special impregnations (dirt-repellent, insect-repellent, antistatic).
If you decide to lay a carpet with a long pile on the kitchen floor, know that you will never completely get rid of spilled crumbs and dust and you will be doomed to endless cleaning. The lint-free version (mats, rugs, kilims, sumach) is best suited, or, in extreme cases, a rug with a very short nap.
It is worth noting that a coating with a dense, smooth weave will be much easier to clean than a model with a dense, but rough texture.
When choosing a color, you need to take into account several factors:
- It is advisable to avoid light colors, no matter how you like the model. Even small spots will be noticeable on a light background; such a coating will have to be cleaned often.But if you can't imagine your kitchen without such a rug, choose one from a material that is easy to clean and wash.
- Give preference to carpet of non-marking saturated colors. Rugs with a variegated pattern are very suitable - on such a surface, spilled crumbs or stains will not be so noticeable.
- A narrow room can be visually made wider by laying a carpet with transverse stripes or a "wave" and, conversely, you should not use this option in the longitudinal design, since the impression of a narrow space will only intensify.
- The shades of the floor covering should overlap with the shades of other elements of the design of the room: it can be the color of curtains, a kitchen apron, upholstery on chairs, etc. The carpet, like the last puzzle in a puzzle, should unite all disparate interior details into a single whole and create harmony.
- If you have a bright kitchen, you should avoid an equally catchy cover: the carpet shouldn't be just another flashy detail living its own life. In this case, the color scheme should be calmer and more delicate, chosen in a suitable range.
- A rug with a texture of active colors (lilac, pink, red, etc.) can revive a kitchen in restrained, calm colors and become a bright accent. Stripes, rhombuses or any other geometric pattern made in a similar scale will add dynamics and movement and create a cheerful mood.
And if you support it with several matching kitchen accessories, then it will organically flow into the interior, creating a feeling of celebration even in the most boring kitchen.
A Few Care Tips
To prevent the purchased carpet from slipping on the floor, it is better to secure it with a sticky fixer or double-sided tape. This may not be necessary if the mat has a rubberized base.
It is advisable to give preference to dry cleaning, but if you cannot do without a wet method, then it is better to do it manually, using soft brushes and special detergents for carpets.
At least once a year, it is necessary to take the product to the dry cleaner, or, if the opportunity presents itself, to clean it in the snow. For coatings made from natural materials, it is better to periodically treat with special insect repellents.
You can learn how to properly clean the carpet at home in the following video.