The entryway is one of the most important areas in your home, and where you can make a good first impression on anyone who enters into your space. So, it’s extra important to roll out a rug that fosters a friendly environment—and sets the tone for the rest of your home. There’s a lot to consider when picking out the perfect rug for your entry, from size to shape to pattern. And we’re here to help! Here’s how to create a warm welcome and how to pick out the best entryway rug.
Making the Case for an Entryway Rug
Why bother with an entryway rug, you ask? For so many (very good!) reasons! Let us explain.
Entryway rugs set the tone for your home. As one of the first things guests will see when they enter your home, it’s important to roll out a beautiful rug in your entryway. Maybe we’re biased, but there’s nothing more welcoming than seeing a beautiful rug first thing upon stepping foot inside a home!
They protect your floors. Entries get a lot of foot traffic, so it’s crucial to lay down a rug to protect floors from daily wear and tear—especially if you have beautiful wood floors you want to keep in good condition!
They help prevent dirt and dust from tracking into the rest of your house. When it comes to dirt and other allergens entering your home, consider your entryway rug the first line of defense. Their fibers will trap unwelcome dust from shoes, preventing it from following guests around to other areas of your home. We recommend having a doormat outside too, to further mitigate messes inside.
How to Choose an Entryway Rug Size
Start by measuring your entry. Time to break out the measuring tape! Once you’ve determined the exact size of your entryway, you can find the perfect size rug for it. There’s no hard-and-fast advice when it comes to choosing the right size, but we have a few general guidelines we like to follow! Your rug should be at least 8 inches from the wall on each side, although slightly more or less will still work. You’ll want the rug to be wider than the door and to fill as much of the space as possible, which will make the area appear larger and more welcoming.
Consider how much floor you want to show. Do you have beautiful hardwood floors you want to show off? If so, you may want to opt for a smaller size rug! Maybe your entry has tile you’re not super fond of. If that’s the case, go for a bigger rug to cover it up.
If you have a small or narrow entry, like in an apartment or a house with a narrow entrance, consider a runner or a 2’ x 3’ or 3’ x 5’ size rug. A lot of people don’t think about rolling out a rug in smaller spaces like this, but we think it’s a great way to add character and warmth.
Where to Place a Rug in the Entry
Now that you’ve picked out the perfect size, it’s time to roll out your entryway rug! Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Center it in front of the door. Entryway rugs don’t need to be placed directly in front of the door, but they should be centered based on where the door is. If you have overhead lighting, like a chandelier or pendant, try centering the rug beneath that for a pleasingly symmetrical look.
Look out for any obstacles. If you’re placing your rug close to the door, be sure to make sure the door can easily clear the rug when opening over it. The last thing you want to do when opening the door to guests is to straighten out a rug! Keep in mind other architectural details, like floor vents, and be sure to avoid covering them up when rolling out the rug.
Always use a rug pad. No matter what size or shape rug you choose, you’ll absolutely need to pair a rug pad with it. Rug pads help prevent slippage, which is something that’s bound to happen in a high-traffic space like the entryway. They also protect your rug and the floor, meaning both will last longer and stand up better to daily wear and tear!
Best Materials and Patterns for Entryway Rugs
Durability is the name of the game when it comes to entryway rug materials. And luckily, you have a ton of options!
Wool rugs are luxurious designer go-to’s and and are water resistant thanks to the natural presence of lanolin, though they can be a little pricier than styles made of other materials. Rugs woven from jute and other natural fibers stand up well over time, but we’d avoid using them in entries where lots of wet feet may be coming through, since they absorb moisture more readily which can grow mold. Cotton and synthetic rugs are solid picks for the entryway as well, since they’re affordable, easy to clean, durable, and can be made in bold, bright colors.
If you’re looking for extra durability and extreme ease of cleaning, we highly recommend our washable rug collection. Any time muddy shoes (or paws!) come through or any other mess is made, all you have to do is roll up the rug and throw it in the wash to clean. Yes, it really is that easy! And yes, they look just as beautiful as more conventional rug styles, too.
On Pile Height:
We recommend sticking to flatweave rugs or rugs with lower pile height for the entryway, since these styles are easier to clean and care for. Higher pile rugs like shag rugs—though beautiful and wonderfully plush!—tend to get matted down in higher traffic spaces like the entry, and can trap dirt and allergens more readily.
On Colors and Patterns:
Keep in mind that your entryway rug will be stepped on by every person that enters your home. So, it’s smart to choose colors and patterns that will help hide dirt and any other stains. We recommend going with styles that have busier patterns, and sticking with colors that will camouflage any dirt or stains that might crop up.