Kitchen carpet ideas

Updated February 21, 2017

While in the past, carpet in the kitchen might have been considered impractical, products currently available have all but eliminated worries about stains and the expense of replacing and reinstalling carpeting where you cook. Options like stain-resistant carpeting, large throw rugs and runners and carpet tiles offer consumers the flexibility and functionality they need without sacrificing the visual appeal, warmth or comfort of carpet under your feet.

Stain-Resistant Carpeting

According to the New York Times, most American-made nylon carpets offer some level of stain resistance, which makes it easier to remove spots and harder to stain carpeting. While this stain resistance is advantageous in kitchens, these carpets require regular vacuuming like other carpets, and different distributors recommend different treatments for different stains. Additionally, for spaces like kitchens, carpets should ideally have a carpet performance rating of 4 or better to withstand heavy wear and tear.

Area Rugs, Throw Rugs and Runners

Area rugs, throw rugs, and runners are all excellent options for kitchen carpeting because they provide all the comfort of carpeting with a high level of flexibility. They are simple to spot treat for stains, and are available in washable and dry cleanable varieties. Change them seasonally if you like. Best of all, if you do permanently stain or damage the rug, you can easily remove and replace it. For longer lasting rugs, choose durable cottons and nylons, and coat them with a stain resistant solution.

Carpet Tiles

Carpet tiles have been around since the 1960s and are the happy medium between traditionally installed carpeting and throw rugs. While you can use carpet tiles to achieve the look of an area rug or full-floor carpeting, stained tiles are easily removed for stain treatment or replacement in the messy kitchen environment to save the consumer from having to replace the entire carpet. Carpet tiles are easier to install than traditional carpets and don't require an underlay.

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Based in Barcelona, Spain, Chris Ciolli has been writing professionally since 2003. Ciolli's work has been featured in "The Tipton Times," "The Joplin Independent" and She received Bright Flight and Curator's scholarships in 2001 and was a Fulbright finalist in 2005. Ciolli holds a dual bachelor's degree in communications and Spanish with a minor in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia.