9 Washable Rugs for Every Area of Your Home

updated Jul 14, 2020
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We’re all looking to outfit our spaces with the most beautiful decor pieces we can find, but that can sometimes mean sacrificing style for practicality. Luckily, when it comes to rugs at least, there’s been a shift toward embracing ease of use as much as design. Enter washable rugs, which are built to withstand heavy foot traffic, spills, and stains, and, as the name implies, you can actually clean them in the washing machine. Talk about convenient!

Types of Washable Rugs

Washable rugs are available in the form of runner rugs, kitchen rugs, and area rugs, and there are many size options to consider in each category. When choosing a runner rug for a hallway or narrow room, 2.5′ x 7′ is the most conventional size, but you can go shorter or wider depending on your space. As for area rugs, 5’x 8′ is pretty standard and can easily fit into compact washers and dryers. Kitchen rugs are a 2′ x 3′ is the standard size to use beneath the sink. You can, however, go wider and longer depending on the size of your kitchen and the area you’re looking to cover.

What to Consider When Buying a Washable Rug

When it comes to fabric, cotton and rag rugs are popular options because they are easy to clean and maintain. Traditional and classic patterns are always in style, and Ruggable is just one company that has a slew of beautiful machine-washable options. Their two-piece rugs are practically indestructible and feature a polyester top layer that can easily be detached from the yoga mat-like rug pad and thrown in the washer. Be sure to always read the care instructions carefully before washing your rug, though, to ensure the longevity and value of your investment.

Below are some of our top picks for washable runner, area, and kitchen rugs. If you have a favorite that we missed, let us know in the comments!

Washable Runners

Turkish rugs are such a classic, but they can be tricky and expensive to care for. That’s why we love this bright, beautiful and practical option from Ruggable. Reviewers rave that it feels soft and plush and can even withstand the gnarly gnaws of determined pooches.

A pretty addition to an entryway, mudroom, or galley kitchen, this rug has a low-pile profile, which means its corners won’t get stuck in the doorway and get ruined. It’s also slip-resistant and waterproof, and perfect for tiny, active feet.

If you love soft and tufted rugs, then this highly reviewed runner with a 1/2-inch pile height is a great option to sink your feet into. Choose from three color options, including cream, charcoal, and toast.

Looking for a heavy-duty runner on a budget? Consider this find from Target. It’s made with a stain-resistant material and a durable latex backing that can stand up to a lot of use. The chevron patterns and plush padding make it look more expensive than it actually is.

Washable Area Rugs

Ruggable’s thoughtfully designed pieces are built to last and grow with you. The water-resistant top and non-slip rug pad make it ideal for homes with pets and babies. We love how these floral patterns and coral colors bring a touch of cheer to any space.

Amazon is a treasure trove for washable area rugs, like this vibrant, classic option with a non-slip rubber back and a non-shedding, fade-resistant low-profile surface pile. It has a bit of a distressed look that’s perfect for those who love a vintage vibe. Choose from six attractive options, including a beautiful turquoise blue and a soothing grey.

This beautiful berber rug, which has fringe all over, is made to withstand the test of time. Sourced from designer Lorena Canals, it can be tossed in the machine when it becomes a little dingy.

Washable Kitchen Rugs

This cheery, striped number is the perfect size to place at a sink. It comes in four color options, including red, chambray, green, and navy so you may find a shade that matches your appliances.

Sometimes your kitchen doesn’t need a fresh coat of paint to liven it up. Bright accessories will do just fine. We’re feeling the love for this soothing ocean blue rug from Ruggable that’s easy to maintain and comes in a 3′ x 5′ size that covers more footage.

Karen Marsala also contributed to reporting.