How To Choose A Door Mat

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Your entryway says a lot about your home! With your front door and door accessories, such as a great door mat, you can welcome people into your home, create space for deliveries, and even deter intruders.

What should you be looking for in a door mat that can help you accomplish all of these goals? We'll delve into materials, design, sizing and more in this handy door mat features guide.

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What materials are best for door mats?

The most important consideration for your door mat is the material it's made from! As your door mat lives outside, it must be ready to weather the elements. Choose from the following popular, durable materials for your best bet at a good door mat!

Rubber

It may not be gorgeous, but it can give off a minimalistic, rugged vibe and it will last through anything. The rubber will be completely waterproof, making it an excellent choice for homes that get a lot of rain.

Gray Modern Rubber Outdoor Door Mat
Gray Classic Rubber Non Slip Door Mat
Gray Traditional Rubber Indoor Door Mat
Gray Modern Rubber Outdoor Door Mat
Brown Traditional Rubber Sunburst Door Mat
Gray Classic Rubber Non Slip Door Mat

Rope

A synthetic rope will be durable and strong; a natural-fiber rope will look prettier, but will need to be replaced more frequently. However, its texture can do a very good job of removing soil and dirt from your shoes before you enter your home.

Brown Traditional Coir Outdoor Door Mat
Brown Classic Coir Non Slip Door Mat
Gray Modern Synthetic Fiber Indoor Mat
Dark Blue Classic Synthetic Fiber Door Mat
Red Traditional Synthetic Fiber Indoor Door Mat
Gray Classic Synthetic Fiber Door Mat

Fabric or Carpet

These can come in a variety of designs, but as they aren't exactly weatherproofed, are likely best for the interior of your home. If you're looking for an absorbent option, this is best - having one just inside will help keep soil and dust from outside going further into your home!

Brown Stylish Coir Door Mat
Black Modern Synthetic Fiber Indoor Mat
Black Modern Synthetic Fiber Door Mat
Brown Classic Synthetic Fiber Non Slip Indoor Mat
Brown Modern Synthetic Fiber Indoor Door Mat
Contemporary Synthetic Fiber Non Slip Door Mat

Metal

Cast iron door mats are having a moment these days; however, you'll find that they are more decorative than purely functional. If you're looking for a door mat that will last forever, though, metal door mats will definitely deliver over the long run!

Black Silver Modern Metal Outdoor Mat
Brown Traditional Metal Door Mat
Gray Traditional Metal Flower Outdoor Door Mat
Black Contemporary Metal Non Slip Outdoor Mat
Brown Traditional Metal Oval Door Mat
Gray Traditional Metal Outdoor Door Mat

What colors and patterns should you choose for your door mat?

Your door mat is a place to experiment with fun designs if you so choose; it is, after all, a far less permanent investment than your house's siding or the front door itself!

  • Would you like for your door mat to be a focal point or make a bold aesthetic statement? Select a color opposite from the main colors of your entryway - for example, an orange-toned hue if your home is mainly blue, or a bright blue or red if your home is black or white.   
  • If you'd rather your door mat blended in better with your property, then stick with a color similar to those featured on your patio, front door, or siding - or pick a natural hue which will read as invisible to the human eye from afar, such as a brown or grey tone. However, you'll find that you don't need to go minimalist, even with a subtle color scheme: There are hundreds of fun patterns you can choose from, even with a toned-down color palette.

Wondering what designs or patterns might lead you to the perfect door mat? Wonder no more - we'll list them for you here:

  • Circular: Often featuring a braided aesthetic, circular or oval door mats can offer a pleasing alternative to the hard lines usually found in home architecture.
Light Brown Classic Rubber Indoor Mat
Brown Stylish Oval Door Mat
Brown Classic Natural Fiber Oval Door Mat
Black Classic Synthetic Fiber Indoor Door Mat
Blue Classic Synthetic Fiber Round Door Mat
Brown Elegant Synthetic Fiber Bear Canoe Door Mat
  • Geometric: With bold lines, grids, and triangles, a bright geometric can feel modern and accentuate the lines of your home.
Red Modern Synthetic Fiber Door Mat
Stylish Synthetic Fiber Geometric Pattern Door Mat
Gray Modern Plastic Indoor Door Mat
Brown Classic Fiber Non Slip Door Mat
Red Modern Synthetic Fiber Indoor Only Door Mat
Stylish Coir Flower Outdoor Door Mat
  • A Cute Saying: Because door mats are a relatively low investment, you can feel free to choose a saying or quote which complements your unique personality.
Brown Black Modern Coir Outdoor Mat
Brown Modern Coir Cactus Outdoor Mat
Brown Modern Coir Birds Outdoor Door Mat
Brown Modern Coir Bee Non Slip Door Mat
Brown Modern Coir Outdoor Door Mat
Blue Modern Synthetic Fiber Door Mat
  • Personalized or Monogrammed: Do you have a more traditional aesthetic? A doormat can be a perfect place to layer on more classic home appeal with a gorgeous monogram. (This is also a perfect gift for newlyweds or a festive housewarming!)
Brown Classic Coir Non Slip Door Mat
Brown Classic Coir Plastic Door Mat
Brown Traditional Synthetic Fiber Monogram Door Mat
Brown Classic Coir Outdoor Door Mat
Brown Classic Coir Non Slip Door Mat
Black Classic Synthetic Fiber Outdoor Door Mat

How big should the door mat be?

When you're selecting a mat, one of the decisions you'll have to make is simply how big the mat is going to be!

  • One simple rule of thumb is that the mat should be no smaller than 80% of the width of your front door. Any smaller, and your entryway may look lopsided. Measure your front door's width, and rule out any mats whose widths are less than 4/5 of that number.
  • If you have double doors, remember to include both doors in that measurement. This may result in a door mat six feet wider - or more! However, remember that it'll keep you covered in the event that either door is used.
  • As far as depth goes, you'll find that many mats are standardized at about one and a half to two feet. If you have a longer porch entryway, select one on the larger end of that spectrum to help balance out the look of your entryway.