Rugs in the kitchen get dirty, and if you can’t easily wash them, what’s the point of buying them? I’ve rounded up 20 of my favorite washable kitchen runner rugs that I know you will love.
Washable rugs became popular when Ruggable came onto the scene several years ago with their washable rugs in every size. When your rug gets dirty, you pull it off the pad, throw it in the washing machine, dry it, and put it back down.
What was this magic rug solution?! Everyone wanted one! Even me.
Since then, many other brands have come out with versions of washable rugs full of gorgeous designs to suit any design style and use in any space.
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Why does a washable runner make sense in the kitchen?
Kitchen runners not only add style, warmth, and character to your kitchen, but they also protect your floors against damage (from both wear and tear and water), and give you a softer place to stand when working in the kitchen.
I had always dreamed of having a rug in the kitchen but hesitated because…well it’s a kitchen. Kitchens are messy. From cooking spills to the constant crumbs, water drops from loading the dishwasher, and messy kids, it is inevitable that the rug in the kitchen will get dirty often.
And I don’t know about you but I’m definitely not going to be diligent enough to my carpet shampooer out and clean a regular kitchen rug often enough.
And that is why having a washable kitchen runner makes SO much sense. Just grab it up and throw it in the wash on a regular basis.
Now some of the washable area rugs that are in the market are fairly large, which makes them hard to put in the standard-size washing machine that you probably have at home. However, a kitchen runner will definitely fit!
What runner sizes do rugs come in?
Kitchen runner rugs are typically 2′ 5″ wide and can be up to 12′ long. Choosing the length you need depends on where you will use it and how long of an area you want it to cover in your kitchen.
What’s the best material for a washable rug runner?
Most washable rugs are made of synthetic fibers, making them stain-resistant and perfect for machine washing. Cotton is also an excellent washable material for a rug runner.
Let’s take a look at these 20 kitchen rug runners you’ll want to get for your kitchen.
Spillproof and stain-resistant, this washable rug is perfect for high-traffic areas in your home, like your kitchen. Its design will complement your love of boho style and be the ideal rug for kids or pets. I love this beige color, but it also comes in a dark gray color if you want something darker.
It doesn't have a non-slip backing, so we recommend a rug pad to keep it from slipping and to give you added support as you work in the kitchen.
Globally inspired for a boho look, this rug, like the other nuLoom rugs on this list, is machine washable and pet-friendly. The backing is 100% rubber, so that is why you don't use heat when drying in your dryer. The rug material is a 100% polyester low-cut pile that is stain and spill-resistant.
The color of this kitchen rug runner would look great in a kitchen with white cabinets and countertops, adding a pop of color to complement the other accents in the kitchen.
You can get this kitchen area rug up to twelve feet long, perfect for placing in front of a long expanse of kitchen cabinets. Made from 100% polyester, it's stain-resistant and pet-friendly and can easily be put in the washing machine when needed.
Protect your hardwood floors from high traffic in the kitchen with this gorgeous boho-style kitchen rug runner.
Unlike the other washable rugs on this list, this one is a high pile, upping the comfort factor for you in your kitchen. You will love standing on this one in your bare feet!
It comes in six colors, so you can choose the one that best suits your color scheme in your kitchen.
It is still stain-resistant and pet-friendly and can be put in the washing machine for a thorough cleaning. You will feel like you're walking on a cloud with this kitchen runner with a fluffy and cozy feeling underfoot.
The off-white color may be a little risky in the kitchen, so you can also choose from 5 other color options for this kitchen runner.
If you're looking for something simple without a pattern, then this is the perfect kitchen rug for you. This shaggy rug comes in three colors, has a non-slip backing, and is ideal for high-traffic areas.
Its plain design won't compete with the other design elements in your kitchen and is the perfect neutral accessory to complement any kitchen.
I love the design on this one! The simple cross pattern is simple and modern, perfect for a boho-style kitchen. It comes in white or black detail so you can choose the best one for your kitchen color scheme.
Made from 100% recycled material, it's low pile and easily fits into your washing machine for quick cleanup when it gets dirty. Hang to dry when you're done washing.
This kitchen runner set features rubber backing. It is also water-absorbent and machine-washable. It will protect your floors from damage and give you a comfortable place to stand while working in the kitchen. The black and white design will complement any style of kitchen design.
Here's another simple washable kitchen rug runner for those who don't want a busy pattern on their rug competing with the other design elements in their space. It's non-slip, stain-resistant, and pet-friendly.
You can clean this one daily as needed with a vacuum. Deep clean in the washing machine using cold water and the delicate cycle, then hang to dry.
Made from cotton, this lightweight kitchen rug doesn't have a backing, so we recommend pairing it with a non-slip rug pad to keep it in place. Tassels add a touch of boho to this rug design that comes in seven colors.
Daily cleaning can be done using a vacuum or shake it out to remove debris. Deep cleaning can be done in the washing machine using cold water and the gentle cycle, then hanging to dry.
Available in nine colors, this washable kitchen rug runner is an excellent investment for your kitchen. It comes with a rug pad, which you attach to the pad for easy setup.
I love the distressed Persian look of this rug that will complement any boho farmhouse kitchen.
Ruggable rugs are explicitly designed to be washed in a washing machine when needed, but you can also spot clean according to the manufacturer's instructions.
If you aren't familiar with the Ruggable brand rugs, they come with a standard low-profile mat that is non-slip. The mat does not get washed, just the rug does. You can also upgrade the mat for something with more cushion if you want.
This one is part of Ruggable's new "Tufted" rug line that is 3x thicker than the classic Flatwoven rugs!