The Neighborhood: Doormats 101

Indoor Doormats

The 411 On All Things Doormats

Hello friends, and welcome back to The Neighborhood! If you've found yourself here, chances are you've been on the hunt for the perfect indoor doormat or rug for your front door entrance inside your home. Well, you're in luck because we're about to embark on a journey to discover the ideal mat that not only welcomes you home but also stands the test of time. If you’re interested, you can read a more in-depth discussion about indoor door mats here: Just Inside the Door: A Fresh Look at Indoor Door Mats.

Let's dive into the world of indoor door mats and explore the ins and outs of creating a warm and inviting entryway.

Where Functionality Meets Style: Rubber Backed Mats & Rugs

Enter the unsung heroes of entryway decor – rubber backed mats and rugs. These mats boast an incredibly stable backing that naturally grips most floors with ease thanks to their trusty rubber backing. Say goodbye to awkward shuffles and hello to stability that is not found in traditional accent rugs. Rubber-backed accent rugs enhance the safety at the front door by providing more traction. It isn’t all about safety though, they also protect your floors from scratches and scuffs. With a variety of surface types, styles, and colors, rubber-backed mats and door rugs seamlessly blend safety and functionality with flair, making them a practical and stylish choice for any entrance.

Durable rubber backed WaterHog Luxe In-Vein placed at the back door.

Sustainable Chic: Recycled PET Fiber Surface

For the eco-conscious decorator, mats with a recycled PET fiber surface are a game-changer. Crafted from repurposed plastic bottles and waste, these mats are not only environmentally friendly but also durable. Known for their incredibly long life-cycle, recycled PET fibers excel at moisture-wicking, ensuring your entryway stays clean and dry. PET fiber door mats and rugs also come in various finished textures, with some being plush and soft, while others are molded with a rougher surface that’s ideal for scraping. Indoor door rugs and mats with PET fiber also dry much faster than their microfiber and natural fiber counterparts. It's a stylish and sustainable choice that makes a statement for your home and the planet, aligning functionality with a sense of responsibility.

Bringing the Outdoors In: Natural Fiber Mats

Step into the realm of natural fiber mats, where the beauty of the outdoors meets functionality. Crafted from a variety of natural materials such as jute, sisal, and bamboo, these mats are adequate at scraping off dirt and debris. These mats are cost-effective options that are often found at big box stores. Imported coir and coco mats will also shed its fibers resulting in a shorter life cycle because of their loose construction. They're a practical choice for high-traffic areas, and the diverse textures and earthy tones of natural fiber mats add a rustic appeal.

Plush Comfort: Microfiber Mats

Soft to the touch and highly absorbent, these mats are soft underfoot while working to capture the moisture from shoes and paws. Perfect for those who want to add a touch of comfort to their entryway, microfiber mats bring a sense of opulence to the functional realm of door mats. While not as durable as PET or rubber-backed mats, microfibers will outlast coir mats.

A Charming Accent

Reading chair and coffee table sitting on low-profile Un-Rug decorative mat with modern design.

In the grand tapestry of entrance décor, traditional accent rugs can also serve as a viable door rug option with the proper construction. Classic rugs without backing bring a certain charm, allowing them to seamlessly integrate with various interior styles (please use a quality rug pad or method to secure if you go this route). Meanwhile, modern versions with rubber backing combine the allure of tradition with enhanced functionality – ensuring stability and floor protection. Consider these rugs if you wish to evoke a sense of nostalgia while embracing contemporary convenience.

Enhance the Welcome of Your Entryway

In the pursuit of the perfect entryway mat or rug, the key is to find a balance of style and functionality. Rubber-backed mats and those with recycled PET fiber surfaces offer enhanced safety, protection, and styling, while natural fiber mats and microfiber mats are practical, low-cost alternatives that work in most spaces. The world of indoor door mats is vast and diverse, so consider your priorities – be it functionality, sustainability, or style – and let your front door entryway welcome you home with open arms.

Want to know even more? Check out the Complete Guide to Finding Your Ideal Doormat...

A Little Info to Let You Know…

We like to give you, the reader, a little info as to who we are. At Matterly, our history is deeply rooted in matting and floor coverings; like 6 decades deep. From where we sit as we type out this article, a quick walk through one set of doors leads out to a manufacturing plant floor where thousands of floor mats are made every day. We’re making rubber, we’re extruding fibers, we’re printing on textiles, and it’s all being done right here in America.

Image of one of Matterly's manufacturing facilities in Georgia.

December 09, 2023 — Bobby DeBardeleben